December 20, 2013 |
WHITEMARSH The former head of a banking company whose failure cost customers and investors tens of millions of dollars has accused his former executive assistant of withdrawing cash and buying herself airline tickets, hotel stays, and other items totaling $6,843 with his credit card. Peggy Castaneda of Philadelphia was arraigned Wednesday in front of District Judge Deborah Lukens on one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and one count of receiving stolen property. Castaneda, 41, waived her preliminary hearing, and the case was transferred to Montgomery County Court.
May 23, 2013 |
It's going to be another busy Memorial Day weekend on the nation's highways. From Thursday through Monday, 31.2 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more to a beach, campground, or other getaway, according to the car lobbying group AAA. That's a small increase from last year but still well short of the record 37.3 million who drove during the holiday in 2005. Gas will cost slightly more this year. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has risen seven cents in the last week to $3.66 and could increase over the weekend.
December 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare. But as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services, from early boarding to premium seating and baggage fees, the ability to comparison-shop for the lowest total fare is eroding. Global distribution systems that supply flight and fare data to travel agents and online ticketing services like Orbitz and Expedia, accounting for half of all U.S. airline tickets, complain that airlines won't provide fee information in a way that lets them make it handy for consumers trying to find the best deal.
May 23, 2012 |
A 22-year-old Bensalem Township man who found an extra $69,300 mistakenly deposited into his bank account surrendered today on charges he spent most of the money. Police said Joseph Bucci, of the 3300 block West End Avenue in Trevose, used the money to buy food, clothing, furniture, a vehicle, airline tickets and a pet dog. Bucci was charged with theft and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies. Police said Wells Fargo accidentally deposited the money in his account but by the time the bank discovered the error, he only had $2,000 remaining.
February 19, 2012 |
Question: I planned a once-in-a-lifetime trip for my two children and me to South Africa. I used a travel agency to book the airline tickets. My travel agent told me the flight was on American Airlines. As the date got closer, I called American and was told the booking was there but hadn't been paid for. I immediately confirmed and paid for the reservation. When I called my travel agent, I found out they had changed the flight arrangements to British Airways. I called American Airlines less than 24 hours later to cancel the reservation I had made.
January 21, 2011
DREXEL JUNIOR DAN PYNE leaves Monday for Erzurum, Turkey, where he'll take part in the Winter World University Games as a member of the U.S. men's national ice hockey team. Turkey? Might he bump into another athlete with Philadelphia ties? A guy who plays basketball named Allen Iverson? "I thought about that, but I had enough of him when he was in Philly," Pyne said with a laugh last night. The 21-year-old goalie is a dual marketing/entrepreneur major. Three years ago he helped lead La Salle High to the state title.
August 15, 2010 |
Question: I need your help with a vacation to St. Kitts that was missing a key component: our airline tickets. I had paid Expedia $2,521 for the package, which was supposed to include airfare from Cleveland. But when I arrived at the airport, I discovered that our tickets hadn't been issued. I had received an e-mail from Expedia the day before, confirming our reservations. I called Expedia's customer service department, which asked me to buy new tickets. Expedia agreed to reimburse me the difference between the package price and the tickets, which came to $871.
July 11, 2010 |
Question: I'm hoping you can help me. I read your column, and I really believe you are my last option. My family and I were scheduled to visit Walt Disney World for six nights this spring. However, life got complicated when our daughter ran away. We called police and reported her a runaway, and then canceled our vacation. She had not come home, and the police suggested we not leave the state while our minor child was missing. While I realize the running away of minor children is not a listed excuse for travel cancellation, how can it not be a bona fide reason?
October 15, 2008 |
The lure of lush tropical vistas and free airfare might have scammed more than $100 million from Pennsylvania residents, the state Attorney General's Office said yesterday. Attorney General Tom Corbett filed consumer-protection lawsuits against four subsidiaries of the Florida-based Bluegreen Corp., an $8 billion business that launched an aggressive and deceptive statewide campaign to market time-shares, said Nils Frederiksen, Corbett's deputy press secretary. "It's the largest and most wide-reaching, vacation-related scheme that anyone here can recall," said Frederiksen, who cited the $100 million plus as the likely loss to Pennsylvanians.
August 1, 2008 |
The head of US Airways dropped by The Inquirer while he was in town a couple of weeks back. If only he had come this week, after I had spent 14 hours trying to fly from Chicago to Philadelphia. He would have gotten an earful from me. Violent storms caused much of my flight delays; nothing the airlines can do about the weather. But three of my flights - two on American Airlines, one on US Airways - were either delayed or canceled because of announced equipment malfunctions.