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Archive: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

'World's Largest Cruise Night' Sale Packs Savings

If you're contemplating booking a cruise, mark Oct. 16 on your calendar. It's the World's Largest Cruise Night, a sales event sponsored by Cruise Lines International Association. (It goes on for 24 hours, but it's called cruise night because lots of agencies hold special evening events.) Last year, about 4,000...

By Carol Sottili | October 10, 2008; 7:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

You Paid For It: AIG's Retreat Destination, Up Close

It's the kind of publicity you just can't buy. Times are tough in the tourism business; accordingly, hotel chains around the world are pulling back on their advertising buys. But that's okay, there's another way tourist-hungry resorts can gain attention in a down economy: host a retreat for AIG executives....

By Scott Vogel | October 9, 2008; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (58)

Travel Tools: New Fee Chart on Southwest.com

By now, everyone knows about the airlines' new fees for checked baggage, snacks and drinks, all of which used to be complimentary. We've run a number of stories about those extra charges, and now Southwest Airlines has posted a helpful chart listing all its competitors' fees. The chart was created...

By Christina Talcott | October 8, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (4)

Short-lived Travel Deals

OpenSkies, a premium airline now owned by British Airways, yesterday announced sale fares between New York and Amsterdam, and New York and Paris. The sale will continue until the first 1,000 tickets are sold on each route, or until Oct. 15, whichever comes first. Round-trip fare in PREM+ class to...

By Carol Sottili | October 7, 2008; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

It Came From the Chat: Random Acts of Kindness

During yesterday's chat, I asked people to send in their stories of above-and-beyond customer service, and the chat was quickly flooded with tales of compassionate airline gate agents, sympathetic locals and other do-gooders who turned lemons into lemonade for stuck-in-a-bind travelers. Here are some I didn't get a chance to...

By Christina Talcott | October 7, 2008; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Monday Rave: Rental Car Save

There was some kind of computer glitch, I suppose, that cancelled my last-minute car rental at Logan Airport in Boston. I certainly didn't call to cancel the car I would need to get to Cape Cod for my friends' wedding. If you were reading last week, you'd know that rental...

By Christina Talcott | October 6, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (4)

 

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