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The unofficial guide to traveling in 2010

Steph Ulyett’s airline ticket should have said “Stephanie” of course, but she’s always gone by Steph, so that’s the name her partner typed into Expedia when he reserved their flights to Chicago.


What we’re reading: Cargo and passenger demand on the rise, TSA to expand security measures, US Airways regional lands safely

Cargo, passenger demand rise in November – IATA Cargo and passenger traffic rose in November in what may be a sign of a global economic recovery. Passenger demand rose 2.1 percent in November compared to a year earlier and air freight climbed 9.5 percent, data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed Wednesday. “Demand […]


Carry a torch for the New Year at a ski resort

Torchlight parades and fireworks are de rigueur for New Year’s Eve at ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada. They are fun to watch, but it’s even more fun to be part of the show – i.e. be a participant in a torchlight parade! Not all ski areas let the general public join in the trip down an unlit hill at night, but if they do, sign up now!


I canceled my room — where’s my refund?

Elaine Farkas cancels her hotel room in Sedona, Ariz., but her credit card is charged for the night. Now her online travel agency claims she was a “no show” and refuses to refund any of the money. Is Farkas out of luck?


Why I’m in no hurry for airline Wi-Fi in an “always-on” world

As computers have become laptops, and laptops have become smartphones, so has the working world become increasingly a 24-7 phenomenon. It’s not just that most of us check email nights, weekends and on vacation, it’s that now bosses and clients expect it too. As a successful travel agent — yes, there are some of us […]


New draconian TSA rules do little to improve aviation safety

Ned has reviewed the new TSA rules, put into effect after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to set off an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Ned has concluded the rules do little to improve aviation safety, while causing passengers at best serious inconvenience, and for many real hardship.