One passenger cancels a cruise – four different answers from Princess

While travelers complain frequently about airline cancellation penalties, the truth is that most airline tickets are a lot easier to change at the last minute than a cruise.

In fact, many cruise fares become more than 50 percent nonrefundable within a month of sailing and more are nonrefundable in the last couple weeks. (Which is a good reason to at least consider insurance.)

By |July 28th, 2011|Today|12 Comments|

What we’re reading: Hertz to offer Evora in Europe, first commercial flight of 787 set for October, AA close to deal with Travelport

Hertz to offer Evora in Europe, first commercial flight of 787 set for October by ANA, AA close to landmark deal with Travelport GDS

Top 50 most scenic restaurant views

Here is a fun list of restaurants with great views. By no means is this list comprehensive, nor would I rank these the "best." But, these restaurants do have great views. I have dined at two of them over the years — the Edgewood Restaurant on Lake Tahoe and Seven Glaciers in Alyeska, Alaska. They both certainly have great views.

What do you mean you’re not married? Not even a blood relative?

Hello 2011 — Do insurance companies understand this is a whole new world and not everyone chooses to get married or legally can? Apparently not; at least in the case of Geico.

This is really not a complaint about customer service. The company has tried its hardest and has been more than responsive in communicating about my car that is somewhere in Maryland, three hours from Washington, DC.

What we’re reading: Top airlines for pet travel, Vegas wedding chapels hurting, 747-8 may face problems landing

Top airlines for pet travel, Vegas wedding chapel blues, 747-8 may face problems landing because of lack of FAA funding.

Airlines squander Capitol Hill lobbying capital by pocketing FAA taxes

Congress is aghast at the display of airline greed. I have just spent two whirlwind days on Capitol Hill and the Congress, both sides of the Hill and from both parties, is surprised at the airlines' avaricious and rapacious response to the ending of the FAA taxation authority.

International flight connection? Beware starting with a short hop

International nonstops flights are great, but they aren't available to most destinations. When planning travel, many travelers go for the shortest total time, however, the connection point can often be a more important factor.
By |July 26th, 2011|Today|15 Comments|

TSA Watch: Should we avoid screening — or embrace it?

Full-body scan or pat-down?

It’s a choice that hundreds of thousands of air travelers will make for the first time this summer.

Not willingly, mind you. Some passengers are even going so far as to change the way they dress in an effort to avoid the whole thing. Susan Jones, an executive from Bellevue, Wash., wears clothes that won’t set off the airport magnetometer, hoping to pass through the checkpoint quickly.

“I have a favorite underwire garment that gets caught going through the machine,” she says. “So I try to remember not to wear it when I’m traveling.”

What we’re reading: Rescheduled passport day, TSA worker indicted, SIA’s LCC chooses 777

Rescheduled passport day now Sept. 17, TSA worker indicted for theft, SIA's low cost carrier chooses Boeing 777

The Travel Troubleshooter: A dropped car rental claim that returned

I rented a car from National for a family trip to Houston. The rental was uneventful. But a month later, I received a letter saying that the car had been returned with about $2,000 worth of damage, which included needing to replace a front bumper and a headlight. What the heck?!