Northwest’s flight cancellations surge


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Northwest’s flight cancellations surge
Northwest Airlines has canceled more than 850 flights in the past week, mostly because of crew shortages that management blames on disrupted work schedules from past bad weather. But pilots blame it on bad planning. (USA Today)

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America West’s first pilot leaves US Airways
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Today’s Travel Blogs

Advice for the would-be expatriate
The writer advises people worried about the barriers to moving abroad to do some traveling first. Living outside your home country is harder than you think, and traveling better prepares you for the challenges of it. (Vagabonding)

A dozen money-saving tips for family travel
Traveling with the family is different from traveling on a business trip. It requires a different balancing of needs and preferences. And there’s no expense account, so planning will be required to maximize the value on your vacation dollars. (Fly Away Cafe)

Dickens World doesn’t meet great expectations
When we reported on the coming-soon Dickens World theme park a couple of months back, we were cautiously optimistic that a combination of fun and education might make for a good day out. But with opening day coming a month ago, we’ve heard that the Great Expectations were all a bit high. (Jaunted)

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