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Archive: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

The Friday Photo: Keep Your Eye on the Bouncing Lemon

It's Friday Photo time, and we're happy to report we've had a lot of great entries from those in quest of a Travel tote bag. So keep 'em coming. This week's tote bag goes to Anne Provencher of Alexandria, who provided this shot from a trip to Peru. We loved...

By John Deiner | March 21, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Park Watch: Beware of Kilauea

If you're headed to Hawaii in the next couple of days, congratulations are in order. But if your destination is the Big Island, be aware that a new eruption at the Kilauea volcano continues to cause some disruptions at Volcanoes National Park. It's the first eruption since 1982. According to...

By John Deiner | March 21, 2008; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal?: What You Need to Know About Summer Airfares

Farecast, a Web site that analyzes airfare trends and offers predictions and pricing, has issued its summer forecast, concluding (no surprise here) that summer fares to Europe are 10 percent higher this year. But the analysis also concludes that there are ways around paying sky-high fares, as long as you're...

By Carol Sottili | March 21, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Delta to Charge $25 for Second Checked Bag

Delta is the latest carrier to add a $25 fee for a second piece of checked luggage. The carrier hasn't made a formal announcement (and Delta's Web site still says that you're allowed two pieces of checked baggage), but Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott confirmed today that the fee will go...

By Cindy Loose | March 20, 2008; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (13)

It Came from the Chat: You Lucky Travelers

On Monday's Travel Talk Web chat (held most Mondays at 2 p.m.), we honored St. Patrick's Day by asking travelers for their luck o' travel tales -- that is, what fortunate things happened to them on the road. It was refreshing to hear happy, instead of horror, stories. Here are...

By Andrea Sachs | March 20, 2008; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Insta-CoGo: Clear Security Lanes Debut at DCA

When did being special get ... special-er? First there were HOV lanes on the highway, then came EZPass for tolls. Denver and Salt Lake City airports just got separate security lanes for casual, family and "expert" travelers. And as of today, Reagan National has Clear lanes for registered travelers, courtesy...

By Christina Talcott | March 19, 2008; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: JetBlue to Offer Extra Leg Room -- for a Fee

JetBlue boasts of providing the most leg room in coach than any other airline -- 34 inches from the edge of a seat to the back of the seat in the next row. That won't change, but as of April 1, fliers will have the option of buying an extra...

By Cindy Loose | March 19, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Rooms in Paris for La Famille

Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in Paris that can comfortably house a family. If you have some advice for Allison from Millersville, by all means post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at travelqa@washpost.com. She...

By Scott Vogel | March 19, 2008; 7:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Checking In: The Early Word on NYC's Revamped Plaza Hotel

We've been eager in the Travel section to hear about what marvels the newly revamped Plaza Hotel holds in New York City. But with rates that easily top $700 a night ($700!!) we haven't been able to check it out yet. Nor do we think we can anytime soon. So...

By John Deiner | March 18, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (4)

Travel Tech: Airfare Searches for the Truly Frugal

If you're the type of traveler who needs to unturn every stone in search of the absolutely lowest airfare before you'll buy, take a look at Priceline's new product, called Inside Track. It's the latest player to offer sophisticated airfare analysis for consumers. Other sites, including Kayak, Farecast and FareCompare,...

By Carol Sottili | March 18, 2008; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: China, Tibet and the Olympics

Hotels and restaurants closed and tourists were ordered out of Lhasa Saturday after protests to China's repression in Tibet spilled into the streets. Protesters, in the largest display of force in 20 years, burned some buildings and stoned Chinese, who they feel have been sent en masse to Tibet to...

By Cindy Loose | March 17, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Monday Rant: Who Owns The Window?

Window Dictators, you know who you are! And if you don't, I am going to tell you. On airplanes, I am an aisle person by choice, because I cannot stand to be squeezed in. Plus, I hate to bother others with my constant need to stretch my legs, visit the...

By Andrea Sachs | March 17, 2008; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (39)

 

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