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Archive: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Well-Spun Travel News

The airlines have issued lots of press releases and e-mails in the past couple of weeks, all with upbeat headlines and positive vibes. But, despite the spin, it's not all good news. Here are a few items that crossed our desks: * From American Airlines came the e-mail headlined, "More...

By Carol Sottili | August 15, 2008; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

When It's Tough to Relax at a Resort

So you're all ready to head down to the resort pool. Sunscreen, check. Sunglasses, check. Towel, check. You can already taste the margarita. And then you notice that, even though there is hardly anyone at the pool, every single lounge chair is covered with a towel. Do you: a.) Alert...

By Carol Sottili | August 14, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (17)

Real Deals on Rental Cars

While searching for a rental car for an upcoming trip to New England, I was disappointed to see daily rates of more than $40 for every car rental agency at the Manchester, NH, airport. I realize some towns are just more expensive car rental-wise, and renting at the airport is...

By Christina Talcott | August 13, 2008; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (12)

Class Action Suit Brings Refunds

It's not every day the airlines give money back to their passengers. But that's what British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will be doing as part of a class action lawsuit settlement (the airlines were accused of conspiring to fix fuel surcharges imposed on long-haul fares). On July 25, I received...

By Carol Sottili | August 12, 2008; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Monday Rant: Mouse Values

Here we go with another installment in our periodic Time to Update Those Guidebooks series. This week we're talking Orlando, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, a place that -- like many hot spots -- has been hurting recently. On the other hand, Disney just reported strong profits...

By Scott Vogel | August 11, 2008; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (11)


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