Vacation rental phishing scams catch more travelers

Shauna Kattler thought she’d found the ideal rental home in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for her Christmas vacation: a two-bedroom penthouse condominium with a hot tub and an impossibly perfect view of the Caribbean. And she was getting it for the impossibly low peak-season rate of $450 a night through, a popular vacation rental Web site. “Impossibly” being the operative word.

Tips to be prepared in case of a cruise ship emergency

Last week Ned Levi looked at the maritime regulations which are in force for cruise ships and recommended changes, in light of the Costa Concordia tragedy. This week Ned offers safety tips for cruisers, so they are prepared in case an emergency occurs to help them ensure their safety, along with family, and friends traveling with them.

Weekend what we’re reading: Breaking into Alcatraz, Passenger lights up and plane forced to land, Alaska ends prayer cards,

This weekend we take a look at the phenomenon of people breaking into Alcatraz, rather than breaking out; all to search for fictional rooms. A smoker on a flight forces the plane to divert when he fights with the flight attendant insisting that he put it out. Alaska Air stops handing out prayer cards with meals.

As the United-Continental merger continues, it’s flyer beware

No one said that merging two of the biggest U.S. carriers was going to be easy; it isn’t. Frequent travelers who live near Northwest and Delta hubs might be excused for smiling as United and Continental travelers deal with some of the issues they dealt with a couple years ago.