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March 17, 2002 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
Travel agents have long supplied clients with airport parking coupons, some offering $1 off per day or a small percentage discount, others offering more extensive savings. Now, a new spin on parking discounts has emerged: Orbitz, the big online booking service, recently began offering up to two days of free parking at airports in 25 cities, including Philadelphia, to those who book through the site at www.orbitz.com. To take advantage, customers buying airline tickets are directed to an Orbitz Web page at which they pick a departure city and print a coupon that can be redeemed at a particular lot. (If no parking link is apparent on the opening page, go to www.orbitz.
NEWS
December 23, 2001 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
The big online reservation site Orbitz has begun charging customers a $5 fee for booking an airline ticket, or $10 for two to four tickets. The airline-owned company, which started service in June, has promoted itself since its controversial inception as saving customers money because it searches the fares of more airlines than its competitors for comparison. But now it will be saving its customers a bit less. For those seeking the lowest fare, the new charge underscores the value of checking other sources, including the airlines' own Web sites where, at least for now, such booking fees are not charged.
NEWS
January 5, 2003 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
Orbitz has won a favorable opinion from the Department of Transportation's inspector general, whose office has been among those examining the online booking service since before its launch in June 2001. The federal scrutiny came after competitors, including consumer groups, travel agent groups, and other online booking services, complained that Orbitz had an unfair advantage because it was owned by airlines and could offer fares not accessible to outside distributors. Chief among their fears was that an unfair advantage could help drive competitors out of business.
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott and Tribune Media Services
Jeff Emerson missed his flight from Minneapolis to Washington. He didn't make his connection to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and didn't arrive as scheduled in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, where he was supposed to start work as a summer volunteer. The story of Emerson's delay is fascinating — maybe a little infuriating, too — for anyone flying this summer, particularly internationally. It raises an important question about who takes responsibility for delays that are beyond a passenger's control.
NEWS
May 30, 2010 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I recently booked a flight through Orbitz, and a few weeks later was surprised to see a $24 charge on my credit card for travel insurance. I called the 800 number listed next to the charge on my statement and was told that the charge was through a company that works with Orbitz to provide travel insurance. I checked the Orbitz site and discovered that they sneakily default a checkbox on your online reservation to include travel insurance - in other words, you need to actively uncheck this or else you will buy the insurance.
TRAVEL
August 14, 2011
Need a room? Orbitz's hotel app makes booking a breeze. Name: Orbitz-Hotels. Available for: iPad. What it does: Allows you to search the worldwide Orbitz hotel database based on your current location via GPS or by typing in an address, city, or zip code. Same-day bookings are available. Cost: Free. What's hot: Usability is extremely fast and efficient. The search results are displayed with the essential info on the left (hotel name, price, star rating, reviewer score, and location)
NEWS
June 10, 2001 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
San Francisco International Airport has by far the best record for healthful food among the nation's 10 busiest airports, according to a survey by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The doctors' group found that 96 percent of the San Francisco airport's restaurants - 24 of 25 - had a "healthy choice" on their menus. The survey rated a restaurant "healthy" if it offered at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free entree. Overall, however, "less than 60 percent of the airport restaurants we surveyed offer healthy, vegetarian meals," dietitian Brie Turner-McGrievy said in a statement.
NEWS
July 11, 2010
Most Exclusive Celebrity Hotels Here is Orbitz's list of hotels where stars such as Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber escape for the ultimate in luxurious vacations: New York Katy Perry, Shia LaBeouf Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Zoe Saldana, Jessica Biel Miami Kate Hudson, Marissa Miller Bahamas Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber Chicago Angelina Jolie, ...
NEWS
October 8, 2000 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
The forces of tourism have overcome the forces of nature - at least for the moment - in Fukushima, Japan. Officials in the prefecture on north central Honshu island restricted leisure climbing on Mount Bandai in mid-August after tremors led scientists to warn that the 1.2-mile-high mountain could erupt for the first time since the Meteorological Agency began monitoring in 1965, according to the Kyodo news service. More than a month later, there had been no eruption, but the tourist towns of Inawashiro, Bandai and Kitashiobara were feeling the economic jolts of declining tourism and empty hotel rooms.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2012 | By Samantha Bomkamp, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Hoping to get a good deal on summer travel? Start planning now. Although spring has just begun, airfares for summer are rising fast. Many fare-watchers say summer prices will be significantly higher than last year. In past years, some savvy travelers who delayed buying tickets reaped the reward when prices fell. But fleet and route cutbacks have given airlines more of an upper hand than at any time since before the recession. Hotels and rental car companies are also raising prices.
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BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
July 15, 2012 | By Christopher Elliott and Tribune Media Services
Jeff Emerson missed his flight from Minneapolis to Washington. He didn't make his connection to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and didn't arrive as scheduled in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, where he was supposed to start work as a summer volunteer. The story of Emerson's delay is fascinating — maybe a little infuriating, too — for anyone flying this summer, particularly internationally. It raises an important question about who takes responsibility for delays that are beyond a passenger's control.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2012 | By Samantha Bomkamp, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Hoping to get a good deal on summer travel? Start planning now. Although spring has just begun, airfares for summer are rising fast. Many fare-watchers say summer prices will be significantly higher than last year. In past years, some savvy travelers who delayed buying tickets reaped the reward when prices fell. But fleet and route cutbacks have given airlines more of an upper hand than at any time since before the recession. Hotels and rental car companies are also raising prices.
TRAVEL
August 14, 2011
Need a room? Orbitz's hotel app makes booking a breeze. Name: Orbitz-Hotels. Available for: iPad. What it does: Allows you to search the worldwide Orbitz hotel database based on your current location via GPS or by typing in an address, city, or zip code. Same-day bookings are available. Cost: Free. What's hot: Usability is extremely fast and efficient. The search results are displayed with the essential info on the left (hotel name, price, star rating, reviewer score, and location)
TRAVEL
July 31, 2011 | By George Hobica, McClatchy Newspapers
Question: What type of documentation does a grandparent need to take her grandchild on a plane trip? Also, what type of documentation would be needed if only one parent is flying with a child when the parents aren't married? Is this regulated by the airline or does it matter? I always insist on a letter from the other parent and I make sure that it is notarized. I also make them fill out a medical form in case of emergencies. Answer: You should always travel with a notarized letter of parental consent, when traveling with children who are not accompanied by both their birth parents, especially when traveling to a foreign destination.
NEWS
July 11, 2010
Most Exclusive Celebrity Hotels Here is Orbitz's list of hotels where stars such as Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber escape for the ultimate in luxurious vacations: New York Katy Perry, Shia LaBeouf Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Zoe Saldana, Jessica Biel Miami Kate Hudson, Marissa Miller Bahamas Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber Chicago Angelina Jolie, ...
NEWS
May 30, 2010 | By Christopher Elliott, TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES
Question: I recently booked a flight through Orbitz, and a few weeks later was surprised to see a $24 charge on my credit card for travel insurance. I called the 800 number listed next to the charge on my statement and was told that the charge was through a company that works with Orbitz to provide travel insurance. I checked the Orbitz site and discovered that they sneakily default a checkbox on your online reservation to include travel insurance - in other words, you need to actively uncheck this or else you will buy the insurance.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2005 | By Tom Belden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The City of Philadelphia sued 17 online travel services - including major players Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Travelocity - yesterday, saying they aren't fully paying hotel-occupancy tax. The complaint, filed in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia, says the online travel agencies contract with hotels for rooms at discounted rates and then sell the rooms to the public at marked-up rates. The suit alleges that the agencies collected and paid the city's 7 percent hotel tax based on the discounted room rates rather than the higher rates charged to consumers.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Orbitz Inc., an online travel agency backed by the five biggest U.S. airlines, said it may raise as much as $303.6 million in an initial public offering valuing the company at about $1 billion. Orbitz, which is based in Chicago, plans to sell as many as 12.65 million shares at between $22 and $24 each, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The airlines would sell up to 8.65 million shares, while Orbitz would sell up to 4 million. Orbitz predicted that it would net about $82.2 million, which it planned to use for working capital and general corporate purposes.
NEWS
January 5, 2003 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
Orbitz has won a favorable opinion from the Department of Transportation's inspector general, whose office has been among those examining the online booking service since before its launch in June 2001. The federal scrutiny came after competitors, including consumer groups, travel agent groups, and other online booking services, complained that Orbitz had an unfair advantage because it was owned by airlines and could offer fares not accessible to outside distributors. Chief among their fears was that an unfair advantage could help drive competitors out of business.
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