March 17, 2002 |
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.
December 23, 2001 |
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.
January 5, 2003 |
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.
July 15, 2012 |
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.
May 30, 2010 |
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.
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)
June 10, 2001 |
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.
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, ...
October 8, 2000 |
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.
March 25, 2012 |
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.