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Archive: April 20, 2008 - April 26, 2008

The Friday Photo: A Sweet Tweet

Friday already? You bet. And that means it's time to unveil this week's Friday Photo and the winner of the Travel tote bag. Drumroll please.... Congratulations to Anita Bright of Alexandria, who sent us this interesting shot taken during a recent visit to Africa. We wondered what the deal was...

By John Deiner | April 25, 2008; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Airfare Sale Within a Sale

Airtran's systemwide sale for travel through Nov. 12 is offering some decent fares. Good, right? But now the airline has announced a two-day Extra Savings sale that is far more restrictive, but offers incredibly cheap fares. The deal applies only to nonstop flights. From Washington Reagan, pre-tax fares are $49...

By Carol Sottili | April 25, 2008; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Site Inspection: Kanye West's Travel Site

A few weeks back, I was tipped me off to an intriguing development: Hip-hop megastar Kanye West has launched his own travel company. When I first checked the Kanye Travel Ventures site, it was bad: With an amateurish design and limited "deals" -- phone cards were sometimes the only options...

By Christina Talcott | April 24, 2008; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Q&A: Compromise Campgrounds

As the belt-tightening continues and Americans begin planning summer vacations closer to home, we're keeping it local with Today's Insta-Q&A question. It comes from a reader who's looking for a tent campground somewhere between Boston and Washington, and seems like the ideal query to throw out to our knowledgeable and...

By Scott Vogel | April 23, 2008; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Donovan House, Cont'd

When I first blogged about the grand opening of the Donovan House, the new swank Thompson Hotels property on Thomas Circle in Northwest D.C., some mysteries remained. During my impromptu tour, the manager was coy about who would run the restaurant. He ginned up my curiosity by hinting that he/she/it...

By Andrea Sachs | April 23, 2008; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's the Deal: Good News . . . and Bad

First the good news. Virgin America has launched a fare sale from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles or San Francisco. Fare on the nonstop flights is $119 each way: round-trip fare with taxes is about $273. While we've seen cheaper, the flights are nonstop, planes are new and each seat...

By Carol Sottili | April 22, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Orlando: Will the Smoke Ever Clear?

By law, 80 percent of all hotel rooms in cities like Atlanta, Honolulu and Cleveland must be nonsmoking. In Philadelphia and Chicago, it's 75 percent, and in Detroit it's 70 percent. So what percentage of rooms in Orlando -- one of the world's most popular destinations for children -- are...

By Scott Vogel | April 22, 2008; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Monday Rant: Trashing Tourists

It happens every year here in D.C.: The cherry blossoms pop, the days get warmer, and everywhere you turn, you can't help tripping on... some local griping about the tourists. They stand on the left on the escalators! They stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures! They...

By Christina Talcott | April 21, 2008; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (44)

 

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