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Today’s Top Story
Northwest blames pilots for cancellations
Acrimony between Northwest Airlines pilots and management may be to blame for hundreds of canceled flights in recent days, but analysts say the airline needs to resolve the situation quickly to avoid further damage to its reputation. (AP)
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Too many pesos for my room
Bernard Horwath is quoted a room rate of $425 a night at a Mexican resort. But when he checks out, he’s in for an unpleasant surprise: $276 in additional charges because of currency conversions from dollars to pesos. His agency, American Express Platinum Travel, tells him the extras are his responsibility. But are they? (Christopher Elliott)
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More travel news
Southwest changes seating policy, schedule changes
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly promised Wall Street Wednesday an array of changes aimed at extending the Dallas-based discounter’s astounding run of 34 straight years of profitability. (USA Today)
Hawaii could see fewer conventions next year
Even paradise, it seems, can have a down year. Only 16 out-of-state conventions are booked in 2008 for the $350 million Hawaii Convention Center, which was built by the state on the edge of Waikiki nine years ago to attract more business conferences. (USA Today)
NYC power outage jams 6 subway lines
A power outage on Wednesday briefly brought some of New York’s busiest subway trains to a halt, forced the Metropolitan Museum of Art to close and left tens of thousands in the dark on a sweltering afternoon. (USA Today)
Cape Cod is a renter’s market this summer
If you’re about to do that last-minute scramble to find a house to rent this summer on Cape Cod, there’s no rush. (The Boston Globe) (Registration required.)
Affordable luxury in Phuket
Just over two years after the Asian tsunami wreaked havoc on Phuket, Thailand’s coastline, the resort island is back and better than ever. (Travel+Leisure)
World’s ultimate beach bars
There’s more to a great surf-side bar than high-octane punch and Coppertone-covered clientÅ le. Ambience, products and service matter most at these top beach bars. (Forbes)
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Today’s Travel Blogs
Are car rental companies double-dipping on damage claims?
One of the most common complaints I get from car rental customers is that they’re being charged for damages that they weren’t responsible for. They wonder if the companies are double-dipping — charging multiple customers for the same repair — as at least one franchisee has admitted to doing. But proving that kind of behavior is difficult. (Elliott.org)
Bird Year: 10,000 miles by bike, boot and boat for birds
In the world of bird enthusiasts, a “Big Year” is a celebration of birds, a quest to observe (and positively identify) as many bird species as possible during that year. For one family, that means traveling 10,000 miles by non-fossil-fuel dependent transportation. (Vagabonding)
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