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Airline Watch: It Just Keeps Getting Worse

Fees for pretzels, checked bags, diet Coke . . . the cutbacks and new tariffs levied by airlines have been rampant in this grim travel season. Now comes word that United will be laying off about 950 pilots, or 15 percent of the total. According to a story in today's...

By John Deiner | June 24, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (24)

Insta-CoGo: Drowsy Pilots in the Cockpit?

Let's file this one under "things you'd probably rather not know." According to a report in USA Today, "Two airline pilots fell asleep while cruising over Hawaii last February, flying past their destination toward open ocean for 18 minutes before waking up and returning for a safe landing." The incident...

By John Deiner | June 11, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

Insta-CoGo: Airlines Have a Good Month! Sorta.

Okay, the airlines didn't really have a good month, what with oil around $125 a barrel and cutbacks everywhere. Yesterday's announcement by United that it would curtail service by slashing its work force and U.S. fleet of planes certainly doesn't help. But did you catch the news from the U.S....

By John Deiner | June 5, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surf Wars: A Beef Over the 'Best Beaches'

So, once again, Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach," has issued his list of the Top 10 beaches -- just in time for vacation season, when you can gripe that you're not visiting one of his choices. This year's winner: Caladesi Island State Park, near Clearwater, Fla. According to a story...

By John Deiner | May 27, 2008; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (3)

Insta-CoGo: What's in the Cards for Tropicana?

I recently wrote about the state of Atlantic City in this space (it ain't pretty), but now comes word that an entire chain of casinos is in trouble: Tropicana Entertainment LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says it will keep its properties open and staffing will...

By John Deiner | May 6, 2008; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Monday Rant: A Fool for Fuel

Yes, it's easy to complain about gas prices. So let's. There's a gas station I pass each night in Takoma Park, Md., that I've been using as my barometer of incredulity. It's $3.33 a gallon on Monday, then $3.45 on Wednesday, and $3.67 on Friday . . . you get...

By John Deiner | May 5, 2008; 06:37 AM ET | Comments (14)

Tales From the Road: Atlantic City, Still Awful

A few years ago, I wrote a story for The Post's Travel section about the renaissance of Atlantic City. Things were getting hipper, happier, cleaner. The future seemed so bright I had to wear shades. Okay, things for AC aren't quite panning out the way I'd expected. Gaming revenue, according...

By John Deiner | April 18, 2008; 06:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: The Trouble With Tipping

Several weeks ago upon return to BWI, I took the airport shuttle back to a private, off-campus long-term parking lot. Without my asking or needing it, the driver grabbed my bag at the terminal and tossed it into the van, then dropped me off at my car and sat there...

By John Deiner | April 7, 2008; 06:14 AM ET | Comments (61)

In the News: What's Going on in the Skies?

It's turning out to be a particularly difficult week if you're an air traveler, though isn't every week particularly bad these days? In case you missed it, some developments: * Today, American Airlines has canceled about 200 flights, according to a report by the Associated Press, "so its crews can...

By John Deiner | March 26, 2008; 01:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Insta-CoGo: Line Rage at Disney World?

Love Disney, hate Disney, sort of love Disney, really hate Disney: Travelers are generally of mixed opinion on the place. But man, what to make of this? According to a report on Orlando's Fox TV affiliate, a woman named Aimee Krause has accused Alabama native Victoria Walker of beating her...

By John Deiner | March 25, 2008; 07:11 AM ET | Comments (46)

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; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Checking In: Goodbye to Hooters Hotel

Numerous blogs are mourning -- okay, noting -- the imminent demise of Hooters Hotel in Las Vegas. World Hum says that "despite the oh-so-clever do-not-disturb signs -- not to mention that fact that Hooters and Las Vegas would seem to be made for one another -- redevelopers have come a...

By John Deiner | March 13, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

In the News: Checking In on the Mayflower

So you've probably read about Eliot Spitzer and the prostitution ring by now -- and the Mayflower Hotel, where the dalliance allegedly took place. The Post's Dana Milbank gives an intriguing overview of the case this morning in his Washington Sketch, including some historical info on the place (JFK apparently...

By John Deiner | March 11, 2008; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-Cogo: Southwest Airlines' 'Pretty' Incident

Oh, Southwest, you never fail to entertain. The airline seems to have a knack for attracting interesting, if not exactly bad, press. Last summer, several female passengers complained that the airline imposed a dress code on them, asking them to cover up their skimpy attire. Now, two college coeds claim...

By John Deiner | March 3, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: Fare Play in a D.C. Cab?

I haven't flown out of Reagan National in quite some time, but a few weeks ago, I was surprised to step into the cab line and -- just before a taxi whisked me away -- be given the sheet of paper you see here. On it is listed the approximate...

By John Deiner | February 25, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: You, Freezing Rain and Canceled Flights

Not more snow, sleet and freezing rain! The forecast is ominous, and having traveled through the last round a week ago, I feel for anyone traveling in the next 36 hours who may have concerns about whether their flights, or connecting flights, will get off the ground. Let's say they...

By John Deiner | February 21, 2008; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Mail Bag: Little Bottles of Soap!

We here in Travel Central get innumerable packages, envelopes, postcards, notes on carrier pigeons, etc., and I never fail to be amazed at the lengths to which some folks go to to get our attention. That brings me to last week's delivery from Starwood Hotels & Resorts of a package...

By John Deiner | February 13, 2008; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (13)

Travel Health: Hotel Drinking Glasses

Okay, I'm switching to plastic. You ever wonder how clean those hotel glasses are in hotel rooms? Well, according to an Atlanta TV station that mounted an undercover investigation last fall, not very. The station hid a camera in various hotel rooms around town, and used drinking glasses were set...

By John Deiner | January 30, 2008; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insta-CoGo: Burning Questions From Vegas

If you were anywhere near a TV set on Friday afternoon and it was tuned to CNN or MSNBC, you saw the flames shooting out of the roof of the Monte Carlo casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Pretty harrowing stuff, right? The 3,000-room hotel remains closed, and travelers get...

By John Deiner | January 29, 2008; 07:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

We Were There: The Palazzo's Grand Opening in Vegas

So this is how Something Big opens in Las Vegas: with less than a bang, but more than a whimper. I just happened to be vacationing in Vegas last week (really, I didn't know this was going on until after I made reservations!) when the new $1.9 billion Palazzo resort...

By John Deiner | January 23, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Monday Rant: What's So Hard About E-Zpass?

I had the fortune (misfortune?) to travel up I-95 and into New Jersey via the turnpike a few weekends ago, and several things leapt to mind. Delaware is an awful place to drive. Delaware is an expensive place ($4 each way for the toll?!?) to drive. Highway planners have become...

By John Deiner | January 14, 2008; 07:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Disney Whirl: Goodbye "MGM" . . . and Kids

Disney news. There's always Disney news. First up, if you didn't hear, there is no longer a Disney-MGM Studios. This week, the park officially became Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's evidently going to take a while to totally change all the signage, but from now on, that's the name of the...

By John Deiner | January 9, 2008; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (7)

Travel Personality Quiz: What Type Are You?

One holiday down, one more to go. Here's hoping you all had a restful, fun and otherwise mirthful day yesterday. Now that we have New Year's Eve to look forward to, that means that something else may be on a lot of minds: where to travel in 2008. Not going...

By John Deiner | December 26, 2007; 07:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vote Now: Your Take on Holiday Travel Tunes

How many times can you hear Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" before you want to bash in your radio? Hopefully, it's a lot, because that's the No. 1 holiday song that was playing last week nationwide, according to Mediaguide, whch keeps track of such things. In today's Escapes column in the...

By John Deiner | December 19, 2007; 07:03 AM ET | Comments (11)

U.S. Airports: Mistletoe, Anyone?

So Washington Dulles does have something going for it: According to a recent study, it's among the Top 5 airports when it comes to making a love connection. So missing flights and sitting around hours waiting for your delayed plane to leave actually does have a payoff. According to a...

By John Deiner | December 17, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (11)

A Little More Leg Room, Please

Flown a budget airline in Europe lately and felt envious of the amount of space sardines have in a can? There may be changes afoot. According to a report in the London Daily Mail, budget airlines are being called on to give their jam-packed patrons extra leg room. Hear hear....

By John Deiner | December 14, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (10)

Are You More Stupider Than a Fifth-Grader?

Oh, Kellie Pickler, you poor "American Idol" also-ran. I don't watch "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" on Fox, but boy . . . you just have to love this clip of Pickler on the show. I understand that she may not know what Budapest is the capital of,...

By John Deiner | December 12, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holiday Travel: No, Not the Sofabed!

Don't tell my family what I'm about to reveal here, okay? For years, my wife and I have made the yearly trek to see the fam in Delaware, Central Jersey and Upstate New York. In three short, exhausting days, we're usually able to pack about 600 miles on the car,...

By John Deiner | December 7, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Christmas in NYC: Kitsch and Tell

Few cities drape itself in more garland and glittery stuff during the holiday season than New York. But if you're only there for a short time, how do you decide what to see and do? For today's Escapes page in the Style section, we sent a reporter to the Radio...

By John Deiner | December 5, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hurricanes: Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Winds?

So, no ill winds blew our way during this year's hurricane season, which ends today. But how scary is that for the future? There's an interesting wrapup on the season -- which caused mayhem in the tropics (more than 200 people died from the 14 storms that formed, and back-to-back...

By John Deiner | November 30, 2007; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Local Airports: Zagat Weighs In

Is Dulles the new BWI? Just a few years ago, ranting about BWI was a common practice, but since it's multi-quadrillion-dollar makeover, many of the complaints have gone away. And now comes the 2007 Zagat Survey on airports, in which BWI and Reagan National are clear favorites over Dulles. According...

By John Deiner | November 23, 2007; 07:23 AM ET | Comments (22)

The TSA's New Video: Packing It In

Thanks to Brian Williams of NBC News, who gave props to USA Today last night for its story on the Transportation Security Administration's new video on packing for holiday travel. The TSA has spent $10,000 (not a huge sum by any stretch) on a video promoting ways to make holiday...

By John Deiner | November 20, 2007; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cellphones and Flying: Many Thumbs Down

Many of us hate the idea of cellphones being allowed in-flight. We all knew this was the case, didn't we? Well, the good folks at the International Airline Passenger Association (IAPA) conducted a survery to find out just how much we hate the idea, and the results are interesting: We...

By John Deiner | November 16, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (13)

Staff Favorites: Las Vegas

When people ask me how many times I've been to Vegas, I like to answer as honestly as possible and say "Las what?" Actually, I've been there dozens of times, and I've seen it change a lot through the years. That said, let's dispel a few myths first: 1. Las...

By John Deiner | November 7, 2007; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (11)

The A380: How Big Is Too Big?

Count me among those -- okay, are there others? -- who have no desire to fly on one jet with more than 800 other people. Anywhere. Anytime. Last week, I watched with interest all the coverage on the maiden commercial flight of the A380, the world's largest passenger plane. Singapore...

By John Deiner | October 29, 2007; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Your Thoughts: Autumn Drives, Close to Home?

Leaves haven't really started to change yet (unless you count the brown ones), so there's still plenty of time to plan a driving trip. But our colleague Dr. Gridlock doesn't want to send people hundreds of miles away. Instead, he's soliciting scenic drives in this area. Nice, huh? Here's what...

By John Deiner | October 19, 2007; 04:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

World Fares: Taxi, Please

Count me among the multitudes who think that D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty made the right call when he decided that the city's cabs must switch over to meters from the weird, antiquated zone system that's confounded the world for decades. One thing that's struck me in the pro-meter argument is...

By John Deiner | October 19, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Reel Deal: You, Your Kids and In-Flight Movies

In case you missed it, there was an interesting piece in last Sunday's New York Times business section on in-flight movies. In a nutshell, photographer Jesse Kalisher is fed up with the flicks, contending that more violent scenes are creeping into overhead movie screens on airplanes. "I wouldn't think twice...

By John Deiner | October 12, 2007; 06:55 AM ET | Comments (23)

Southwest: Oops, It Did It AGAIN

Okay, this time even Southwest admits it went too far. If you didn't hear, airline employees once again criticized a passenger's wardrobe as being too risque and threatened to kick said passenger off the plane. The difference this time: It was a guy. According to a story filed by the...

By John Deiner | October 5, 2007; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

In NYC, a Room With No Loo

Even I was sort of grossed out when I was telling folks about my plans for my visit earlier this week to the Big Apple: I'd be staying two nights (two nights!) in hotel rooms featuring shared baths. Years ago (okay, maybe a decade or two ago) I was happy...

By John Deiner | October 5, 2007; 09:57 AM ET | Comments (6)

Autumn Colors: Leaf Me Out of It

First, the good news: According to the Vermont Department of Marketing and Tourism, the foliage way up north is looking pretty sharp these days. Here's I learned from a press release received on Thursday afternoon: "The color change is accelerating rapidly at the higher elevations along the spine of the...

By John Deiner | September 24, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Southwest and Revealing Outfits, Part Deux

Another one? She hasn't exactly seized the nation's attention like Kyla Ebbert, who was told by Southwest Airlines recently that she was dressed too skankily to fly (she adjusted her clothes and was permitted to take a seat), but a second flier targeted by the airline has surfaced. According to...

By John Deiner | September 12, 2007; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (17)

Southwest's Revealing Incident

Another flying conundrum has been cast upon us: How revealing is too revealing when it comes to air travel? Southwest Airlines recently tried to evict passenger Kyla Ebbert from a San Diego-to-Tucson flight because she was "dressed inappropriately," Ebbert told the "Today" show's Matt Lauer on Friday. Ebbert, a Hooters...

By John Deiner | September 10, 2007; 01:12 PM ET | Comments (26)

What Happens in Vegas... Your Kids Shouldn't See

Even for me, two visits to Las Vegas in five weeks was a bit much. But there I was for various reasons, in late July and early September. And a question that's been in the back of my mind for ages finally burst forth: Why do parents bring kids to...

By John Deiner | September 6, 2007; 02:28 PM ET | Comments (32)

Air Travel Gripe No. 1,234: Loud DVDs

Those airline complaints just keep coming and coming. Each Monday during our weekly 2 p.m. chat at www.washingtonpost.com/travel, we garner our share of vents from troubled fliers (which is just about all of us, no?). This week a lot of folks were complaining about long waits for baggage once they...

By John Deiner | August 21, 2007; 01:14 PM ET | Comments (12)

There's Something About Six Flags

Mr. Snyder, open up those rides . . . I like theme parks as much as the next person, unless the next persons are those seated around me, who generally detest them. But even I've had an aversion to our very own Six Flags America, part of the chain controlled...

By John Deiner | August 17, 2007; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (11)

Flight Delays: Only Bad When They Affect Me

I've been a very lucky flier lately -- haven't lost a bag in years and have been subjected to only the slightest in delays over the past year or so. Until last week. According to a recent story in The Post, travel delays are worse than ever. According to the...

By John Deiner | August 6, 2007; 09:53 AM ET | Comments (11)

Elvis: Dead for 30 Years?!?!?

Just took a run through my e-mail inbox and came across a disturbing reminder that Elvis Presley has been dead for 30 years come this Aug. 16. Thirty years! I remember it as if it were three decades ago, but I'm alarmed that I'm old enough to remember it at...

By John Deiner | July 27, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (8)

"Bye, Bye, Plane" . . . Then Bye, Bye, Baby

My eyes always light up when I see a news story involving people behaving badly on an airplane. But even this story has me bewildered. Last week, the Associated Press reported that a mother and her 19-month-old son were flying from Atlanta to Oklahoma in June on a Continental Express...

By John Deiner | July 20, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Look! It's, Uh, Andy Dick

Admit it: You still get a kick when you unexpectedly spot a celebrity when you travel. Sometimes, even if the trip is fantastic for any number of reasons, you'll start conversations years from now with, "Hey, remember when we saw Charo in Disney World?" Happened to me recently in San...

By John Deiner | July 6, 2007; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

What About the Munsters?!?

It's one of the goofier polls to be zapped into my e-inbox in a long time, but I have to tell you: It made me think more than I wanted to about its results. According to the email, "Access America partnered with IPSOS Public Affairs to survey Americans about summer...

By John Deiner | July 2, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Accidental Wedding Guest

Let's get this straight: I love weddings. I've actually been a groom in one before and had a good time. But when I came across this story out of St. Augustine, Fla., I sort of had to agree. Seems some locals are tired of the chaos that ensues on city...

By John Deiner | June 22, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Best Beach Is in . . .

. . . North Carolina! At least that's what Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach" (where do you go to school for that degree anyhow?), was set to announce today. We received a press release late yesterday (from North Carolina tourism, natch) heralding the fact that Ocracoke Island, on the...

By John Deiner | June 8, 2007; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (6)

Next Stop: Fargo?

In case you missed it, AAA announced earlier this week where you should go for vacation this summer if you want to save some money. But first, here's where you shouldn't go. According to an Associated Press story, "a family of two adults and two children could expect to pay...

By John Deiner | June 1, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (7)

Kitsch and Tell, Part Two

A few months back, I shared some news from Hampton Hotels -- that 2007 was dubbed the year of the "World's Largest Landmarks." In short, the company is working to restore some of those giant roadside eyesores (chairs, elephants, etc.) that we all love so much. Okay, not everyone loves...

By John Deiner | May 25, 2007; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lost in the Airport: Vacation Cash

Here's a lesson for all of you, because we here in the Travel section really do want everyone to arrive safe and sound at their destinations, and with all of their possessions intact. That last part is pivotal, as I learned last week on vacation. My wife and I flew...

By John Deiner | May 18, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (10)

Zagat Does Disney

Just in time for the annual Orlando invasion, Zagat has released its first Walt Disney World "Insider's Guide," a $15.95 extravaganza of maps, color photos and public opinion on 578 attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. My snap judgment: It rocks. There are stickers in the front cover so you can...

By John Deiner | May 4, 2007; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sniff, Sniff . . . What's He Eating?

Okay, so I'm watching television the other night (I think it was that "American Idol" telethon, so forgive me) and an ad flashes on the screen for Wendy's. I usually grab the remote at the first sign of an advertisement, but this one featured some dude sitting an airplane, with...

By John Deiner | April 27, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (14)

Put Down That Cell Phone

Here's some breaking news from Orbitz: We hate to fly. Wow, who saw that coming? That's the less than shocking result of an Orbitz Travel Survey conducted in late March by the Ipsos Public Affairs Project. According to an Associated Press report, "Asked to cite their 'most problematic' trip experiences,...

By John Deiner | April 17, 2007; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (9)

What Comes Up . . .

Sometimes the nastiest topics come up in our weekly online chats (held most Mondays at 2 p.m., if you haven't checked them out before). And almost always, the nastiest topics generate the most response. Take last Monday's chat. Please. Here's what a reader posted: "I was on a tiny commuter...

By John Deiner | March 16, 2007; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (9)

Buddy, Can You Spare a . . . No!

It's not the easiest topic to address, but there he was, Gavin Newsom, the telegenic mayor of San Francisco, telling several hundred guests yesterday at a luncheon about what he perceives as a major problem in his fair city: panhandling. The mayor was in town with a posse of hotel...

By John Deiner | March 14, 2007; 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Kitsch and Tell

Got some big news from Hampton Hotels yesterday: The chain has dubbed 2007 the year of the "World's Largest Landmarks." It's actually good news if you're a decrepit giant roadside attraction in need of some work. For eight years, Hampton has been refurbishing landmarks across the country, and then promoting...

By John Deiner | March 8, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (8)

The Web's Greatest Hits (for January at Least)

And I thought I was the only one who needed directions to get to the nearest Wawa. Hitwise, a company that tracks Internet usage, released its list of the Top 20 most-visited travel Web sites last week, and if you're direction-challenged, you can relate to its findings. Among the Top...

By John Deiner | February 26, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

JetBlue vs . . . Dave Letterman

You may have read the full-page newspaper ads begging for your forgiveness from JetBlue, and you've probably read a story or two about the airline's travails in the past week. If you belong to its frequent-flier club, you most likely received an e-mailed mea culpa in the past few days...

By John Deiner | February 23, 2007; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

An "Amazing" Return

Okay, I'll admit it up front: I gave up on CBS's "The Amazing Race," which is probably the most realistic portrait of travel hell on television, a few seasons ago when somebody came up with the bright idea to include families in the competition. The result was a tedious slog...

By John Deiner | February 16, 2007; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Hefty Dose of Skepticism

I'm all for geegaws and whatnots and thingamabobs to help improve the lives of travelers. Things are rough out there. But something popped into my mailbox yesterday that made me cringe. Okay, maybe I'm easily cringe-able, but let's see how you feel. According to a press release, "Pactiv Corporation, maker...

By John Deiner | February 14, 2007; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Beijing from Dulles: On Your Mark, Get Set . . .

Go. If you've been waiting with bated breath for information on United Airlines' new nonstop service from Dulles to Beijing, you can exhale now. According to a press release from United, the airline received final approval yesterday from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin the flights. Here's what we...

By John Deiner | February 9, 2007; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (7)

Hawaii's Ferry Big Development

While doing some research for last weekend's Way to Go issue, I stumbled across this tidbit: Starting in July, the Hawaii Superferry will start shuttling passengers from Honolulu (on the island of Oahu) to either Maui or Kauai. The ferries can hold more than 850 passengers and about 280 cars,...

By John Deiner | February 6, 2007; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (10)

Three Cheers for Fairhope!

Who doesn't love lists? You don't have to agree with them, but they're always fun to read. And I have to say that's certainly true about the list compiled by Coastal Living magazine of the "Top 10 Romantic Escapes." The key word here is "coastal," so it's no surprise to...

By John Deiner | February 2, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Atlantic City: Slots of Fun? Not Quite

Cough, cough. Hack, hack. Oh, sorry. Just got back from a weekend in Atlantic City, whose casino floors looked like San Francisco on a foggy morning. Actually, it was just the poor ventilation, low ceilings and mobs gathered around the slot machines. And the 1.3 million smokers on each casino...

By John Deiner | January 29, 2007; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wah, Wah . . . Get Off!

What is it about kids and air travel that makes the blood run cold? Oh, I know. It's when you're stuck on a flight with a screaming child. Most kids are great on flights, but when they're not, it can be unpleasant. Still, it surprised me to hear that AirTran...

By John Deiner | January 24, 2007; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (37)

Good News, Bad News in Delaware

Delaware: Such a small state, but such a big pain. If you ever drive up I-95 to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you know you have to contend with that sliver of the interstate that winds through the First State. I go that way frequently, so I could empathize with Travel...

By John Deiner | January 23, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (11)

Site Inspection: Southwest's Revamp

If you haven't noticed it yet, Southwest Airlines rolled out a redesign of its Web site this week. Our snap decision: It's bold, brash and decidedly no-frills, much like the airline itself. The design is also uncrowded and clean -- exactly the opposite of how we find the budget carrier's...

By John Deiner | January 18, 2007; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Blogger Profile: John Deiner

Deputy Travel Editor John Deiner digs penny slots, beaches, cruising, Disney World, the state of New Jersey, islands that begin with the letter M and long road trips. He can speak one language fluently and has just enough adventure left in him to be interesting....

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