April 25, 2016
Q: I booked a one-way ticket from Osaka, Japan, to San Francisco on eDreams recently. My middle name was incorrect, so I called eDreams to make a correction. That resulted in hours of phone calls. While I was trying to fix my name, I learned that eDreams had reserved a round-trip flight. EDreams denies this, but I have a copy of the Japan Airlines reservation and can verify the ticket number and other information. EDreams says the ticket can't be reissued with a correct name and is nonrefundable.
April 25, 2016 |
This story of entrepreneurial intrepidity can, in part, be traced to a hemorrhoid-treatment procedure. Melissa Lee witnessed one as a high school student who had convinced a family physician to let her tag along to see what being a doctor would be like. She promptly decided it was not for her. Neither, she decided, was "cubicle life," after she spent the end of her senior year interning in the finance department at Bank of New York/Mellon, where her father works. Her calling to start a business instead came while Lee was a sophomore at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where she helped form the Rutgers Entrepreneurial Society.
April 23, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
April 18, 2016
It's hard to break the ice when you arrive in a new city, so here's an app to help you get the conversation started. Find a great bar, restaurant, your next destination, or even a friend before, during, or after your trip. Name: Plane: The Social Icebreaker What it does: Gets people talking about travel (and life), whether they're daydreaming at their desk about traveling or are already on the road. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
April 18, 2016
Q: I am deeply disturbed by my experience with Expedia. I'm paying for 15 members of my family - my wife and myself, four children and their spouses, and five grandchildren - to take a family vacation to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The kids wanted to have a party for us, but we asked them to save their money and said we would pay for a family vacation. We have never been able to get everyone together to accomplish this. The only time we could was June 4 to 11. We booked our flights through Expedia, but JetBlue canceled our Saturday flight, moving it to Monday and leaving us with a four-day vacation.
April 12, 2016 |
ALL JOURNEYS begin at the beginning. So it was that four Philadelphia artists gathered to launch an epic trek - epic thanks to its arduous length, difficult terrain, and mystical purpose - at 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue. Undertaken at the end of winter, this quest, like most others, became a study of itself and of the travelers themselves. And when the travelers arrived back where they started, they knew the place for the first time. "I feel like I've been shaken up in this interesting way," writer Ann de Forest said when the trek was over and she was standing in front of Caribbean Cuisine, about to hop on the 34 trolley.
April 11, 2016
Name: UberFareFinder.com. What it does: Allows budget-minded travelers to get Uber fare estimates while planning trips. Ready to book? Go ahead and click "Request" to move through Uber's system. What's hot: The site (also readable on your smartphone browser) gives you the information you need - no muss, no fuss. Plug in your address or even just a landmark, and you'll get your fare and car options all on one page. It also gives you trip mileage and how long it will take.
April 11, 2016
Protective apparel had better be more functional than fashionable if it's to travel with me. In the case of the ever-useful windbreaker, that means lightweight, efficiently insulated for serious chill resistance, but also breathable, and equipped with at least one sturdy zippered pocket for my cellphone and other small essentials. I want a bright color, too, for maximum visibility outdoors and in my luggage. The designers at Ultimate Direction, an athletic-gear manufacturer, happily take the same view.
April 4, 2016
Question: I booked a round-trip frequent-flier ticket (25,000 miles) on American Airlines last year for a trip from Chicago to San Antonio when I learned that my Army son was going to be promoted to major in San Antonio on Labor Day weekend. As is common in the Army, he was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a few months later, so he had his promotion ceremony in Illinois, not Texas. I called American to see whether I could get my miles back and was told that it would cost me $150 to do so. I was wondering whether you thought there was any chance for me to get the miles back at no cost, or for a reduced cost, since it was only because of the military's change to my son's orders that I did not complete the trip as planned.