Frequent fliers turn skeptical


Frequent fliers turn a skeptical eye toward the skies — The airline industry’s frequent-flier programs, introduced 25 years ago this month, seem to be under attack as never before. Reiss and a fast-growing number of other critics — consumers and experts alike — say the programs are becoming more trouble than they’re worth to travelers and have outlived their appeal. (USA Today)

Search suspended for cruise ship jumper — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a Carnival Cruise Lines passenger who jumped overboard while returning from the British Virgin Islands with his family. Ramesh Krishnamurthy, 35, of Doylestown, Pa., had been arguing with his wife over the bar tab early Saturday when he jumped from the ship in front of his two children. (AP)

Pre-vacation research can reduce currency-conversion fees — Planning to travel outside the USA this summer? Take a dollar out of your wallet and tear it in half. That will prepare you for the wretched exchange rate you’ll encounter on the other side of the pond. (USA Today)

As hurricane season looms, states aim to scare — Convinced that tough tactics are needed, officials in hurricane-prone states are trumpeting dire warnings about the storm season that starts on Thursday, preaching self-reliance and prodding the public to prepare early and well. (The New York Times)

In Venice, thanks to a cheap flight — In the author’s cheap trip around the world, he winds up in Venice because it offered the cheapest way for him to get out of Barcelona. To get from Barcelona to the Adriatic Coast, where the author wanted to go next, the discount airlines required him to zig-zag across the Continent. (The New York Times)

Jolie-Pitt newborn puts Namibia on the map — While Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt celebrate the weekend birth of their daughter Shiloh in Namibia, tourism officials in the southwest African nation are rejoicing, too, given the global publicity generated by the blessed event. (USA Today)

Southwest’s artful approach — hrough a code-share agreement, Southwest can put its passengers on ATA flights to congested airports like New York’s LaGuardia, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Washington’s Reagan National, on over-water flights to Hawaii and, potentially, on international flights, as well. (

Aer Lingus to leave oneworld Alliance — Irish state airline Aer Lingus, on course for privatization, announced on Tuesday its departure from the oneworld Alliance grouping, as it concentrates on becoming a no-frills operation. (AFP)

Delta pilots OK concessions deal — Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation’s third-largest carrier, cleared a hurdle Wednesday when its pilots approved an agreement with the company that calls for $280 million in annual concessions. A bankruptcy court judge will have the final say. (AP)

Gas costs siphon tourism dollars — From helicopter rides to traveling fairs, businesses that cater to vacationers and that depend on fuel to power their operations are being stung by rising costs that they either are absorbing or passing along. (USA Today)

Waikiki to be home for new Trump tower — Donald Trump has announced plans for a luxury hotel-condominium tower as part of an $800 million Waikiki Beach Walk redevelopment project. (AP)

United flight makes emergency landing — Three passengers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries Tuesday night after a United Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport, the airline said. (AP)

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