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Photos: Architecture of Dusseldorf blended with upcoming fall festival

Photographer Craig DeThomas went to Dusseldorf to visit old friends. Now, this town is not one of the touristic stops of most American travelers, but the city is rich with industry and history and is forward looking. It's architecture is striking and changes Craig's normal search for the quaint and historic into an eye for modern building statements.

What we’re watching: Laughing and singing about airline fees, tapas in Barcelona, Older’s New Zealand

Discover a wonderful group of Irish ladies who will make you laugh about airline fees, no matter how much you hate them. Or visit Madrid with one of the Inspiration videos created by American Airlines. Then take a close look at native woodcarving in New Zealand.
By |August 27th, 2010|Today|2 Comments|

Airlines on track to collect more than $3 billion for checked luggage this year

Thought those reservation change fees I showed you yesterday were shocking? Then check this out.

AA faced with record fine from FAA, gets hit with double whammy

The rumored massive FAA fine against American Airlines for maintenance violations back in April of 2008 has been announced — try on $24.2 million on for size.
By |August 27th, 2010|Today|4 Comments|

What we’re reading: Fewer slots in Nevada casinos, AA mechanics reject contract, private jets for pets?

Fewer slots in Nevada casinos, AA mechanics reject labor contract, demand rises for private jet service for pets

Peak travel fees now in effect for 23% of the rest of the year

This peak travel fee is a fee that most people don’t even know they are paying. It is really hidden and included right in the airfare, like the transportation excise tax. But, travelers will notice it when prices vary by $30 to $60 from day to day. It could be the peak travel fee.

By |August 26th, 2010|Today|20 Comments|

Can airlines continue to extract $2 billion a year in change fees from us?

This data from the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics confirms what many airline passengers already know: That the travel industry, particularly airlines, is profiting on one of the most common human impulses: Changing your mind.

A journey through hallowed ground

A few weeks ago, I went on the newly-established Journey Through Hallowed Ground-- that spans Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland, and extends roughly from Gettysburg to Monticello--and I learned more in 11 days and 180 miles than I did in all my schooling.
By |August 26th, 2010|Today|7 Comments|

English and dollars — why American travelers have it easy.

Even in countries where change is more of an issue, I have been amazed over the years at how many merchants say "Dollars okay," even in relatively small towns. And, it seems, I can always find someone who speak at least broken English.
By |August 26th, 2010|Today|6 Comments|

What we’re reading: Boeing 747-8 gets off the ground, FAA tightens 737 inspections, Lindu airport is unsafe

Boeing 747-8 gets off the ground with a million pounds, FAA tightens 737 inspections, Lindu airport in China deemed unsafe