Don’t forget to confirm your hotel reservation

A two-night stay at the Driftwood Inn in Chestertown, Md., was supposed to cost Bruce Romano $138 through a Web site called HotelPlus Destination Portal, as long as he prepaid for his accommodations. That seemed like a good deal. After all, it was Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel times of the year.

What we’re reading: Spirit comes to PHX, use GPS to SFO, United retires 757s

Spirit leaves AZA for PHX, foreign airlines urged to use GPS to SFO, United speeds up 757 retirement

Codeshares — good for the airlines, not so good for consumers?

Airlines love code-shares. They allow carriers to market and sell and advertise flights to destinations to which they don't actually fly. From a consumer point of view, there aren't many benefits. But airlines are more likely to help out with a delay or missed connection if all flights are on one ticket. On the other hand, a codeshare flight can lull passengers into a false sense of security and have real disadvantages.
By |July 30th, 2013|Today|8 Comments|

What we’re reading: Saving Yosemite, paralyzed man crawls for Delta, Republic to sell Frontier

A plan to save Yosemite by curbing its visitors

Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited national parks and it faces a common dilemma: how much human activity should be allowed?
The Park Service’s plan would restore more than 200 acres of meadows, reorganize transportation and reduce traffic congestion. To shrink the human presence along the Merced River, park officials are also proposing closing nearby rental facilities for bicycling, horseback riding and rafting, and removing swimming pools, an ice rink and a stone bridge.

Helicopter tours and great scenic photography

More and more often, travelers are taking helicopter tours at their destinations for spectacular views, amazing photographic opportunities, and a chance to visit venues unreachable by other means. Ned Levi has advice for taking helicopter tours, and photographing the panorama of scenery you'll see while inflight.
By |July 29th, 2013|Columns|2 Comments|

What we’re reading: JFK Worldport to be razed, US Airways leaves Star Alliance, Update on Southwest accident

JFK Worldport to be razed, US Airways leaves Star Alliance, Update on Southwest accident

Sunday musings: Do the arts promote growth? Venice in Street View, car sharing startup

Today we ponder the role of "the arts" in a nation's budget. Is it a money-maker or should it be? Google uses backpacks to shoot videos of Venice for Street View. And, car-sharing Web startups begin making waves in the rental car and airport worlds.
By |July 28th, 2013|Today|1 Comment|

Arizona Cowboy College: Channeling City Slickers’ Billy Crystal for a Day

Heels down. Toes out. Squeeze with calves, not knees. Lighten up on the reins. Sink your butt into the saddle. So began my first riding lesson at the Arizona Cowboy College in Scottsdale which was followed by instructions in grooming, shoeing, advanced riding techniques and roping.

Working on vacation — technology makes it possible — do you or don’t you?

I am a master at working on vacation. Some claim that my life is a vacation, but it really isn't. Those who know me, realize that though I get to travel, enjoy great food and stay for extended time in foreign countries, I put in plenty of hours working at my computer, making phone calls, participating on conference calls and meeting via video conferencing.

What we’re reading: Awkward flight, fashion dos and don’ts, Bombardier delays CSeries first flight

Awkward flight, fashion dos and don'ts, Bombardier delays CSeries first flight