Mother Nature, Father Time in cahoots

Bad weather could make the end of the holiday season difficult for travelers in the Northeast and the Great Lakes region. But travelers elsewhere have a good chance of making it home without problems.

United cancels dozens of flights

United Airlines, hit hard by weekend storms in the Midwest, canceled dozens more flights Thursday as the second storm since Christmas threatened to pile 20 inches of new snow on Colorado.

Mammoth goes for the big time

Charlie LeochaMammoth Mountain, already one of North America’s largest and most-visited ski and snowboard areas, took its first steps into the category of true destination resort last month with the opening of the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, at the base of the mountain. Charlie Leocha makes the introductions.

Help! I’m stuck with a ticket I didn’t buy

Denise Reed calls Delta Air Lines to get a price quote for a flight between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Memphis. Or so she thinks. A few days later, she gets a bill For the flight. Now Delta won’t return her money, saying its tickets are nonrefundable. Is Reed out of luck?

The high price of high-price hotels

Tim LeffelHotel room rates are hitting record highs and the extra fees add up quickly at a five-star hotel. There are occupancy taxes, resort fees, the Wi-Fi access charge, gym fees – you name it. But it doesn’t stop there. Tim Leffel reveals the “unseen luxury tax” — six unexpected ways luxury hotels will cost you even more than you think.

Holiday happenings at the airport

There’s something about an airport that brings out the wackiness in people, especially around the holidays. Maybe it’s the excitement of leaving the everyday world behind. Maybe it’s having an audience. Whatever it is, people stage some pretty crazy holiday stunts at the airport. James Wysong reprises his top 10 holiday airport sightings.

Merry Christmas to my cruise mates

It’s Christmas Eve – high tide of the holiday season – time to raise a wassail cup to toast another year of adventures at sea. Our cruise columnist, Anita Dunham-Potter, wishes her fellow voyagers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with 25 wishes for the year to come.

Tariff trouble: 6 airline ticket rules you need to know

When it comes to airline ticket rules, the devil isn’t in the details. The devil is the details. You’ll find the trouble in the ticket tariff, a massive, rambling and often incomprehensible document that passengers rarely see in its entirety. But you should take a look. Christopher Elliott walks you through six of the nastier surprises.

U.S. to cap NYC flights

Fewer flights will go in and out of New York City airports at the busiest times to try to ease chronic nationwide air travel delays, the government said Wednesday.