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.
May 20, 2013 |
Question: I have a concern that I tried addressing with a specific Days Inn and with Wyndham, which owns Days Inn, but have not received a response. I recently stayed at the Days Inn in Fernandina Beach, Fla. I made a reservation for a nonsmoking room and was given a smoking room when I checked in. I spoke with a manager, who told me he was sorry he couldn't offer me a nonsmoking room. The only rooms the hotel had left to sell were smoking rooms. So, my question to Wyndham is: Is it their policy to accept a reservation for a nonsmoking room when no such room exists?
May 19, 2013 |
LOWELL, Mass. - Boston's police department and mayor's office will conduct twin reviews of the response to last month's bombing of the Boston Marathon, Police Commissioner Ed Davis said Saturday. Davis said the aim of the reviews is to learn from the experience and prepare for the future. "We are very anxious to get those reviews underway and learn lessons from anything that might pop up as an issue of concern," Davis said. "I expect that this whole year will be a time of review and reflection on what happened.
May 17, 2013 |
Travel and entertainment become priorities as summer approaches. So here are smartphone applications that smooth the way through an unfamiliar airport, or that find your favorite band performing at a nearby venue. Get around unfamiliar airports with Gate Guru by Mobility Apps L.L.C. The free app for Android and Apple devices has terminal maps and a list of eateries, shops, ATMs, and other amenities, including reviews of the food, that you can filter by terminal within an airport.
May 9, 2013 |
US Airways Group and American Airlines say their pending merger should win regulatory approval because their networks are complementary and out of more than 900 domestic nonstop routes, only 12 have overlapping nonstop flights. But a study released Tuesday by the Consumer Travel Alliance says that the merger would eliminate connecting-flight competition between the airlines on 761 common connecting routes, and that the new American would be able to raise ticket prices on those flights.
April 29, 2013 |
Clyde Harley Vadner, 84, formerly of Strafford, Chester County, who spent three decades at Coca-Cola and achieved the goal of visiting each of the more than 3,000 counties in the United States, died Saturday, April 27, of natural causes at his home in Jefferson City, Mo. Born in Webster Groves, Mo., on Oct. 13, 1928, Mr. Vadner met his wife of 53 years, Marilynn Whickar, as a student at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. They married June 18,...
April 29, 2013 |
Question: I recently booked two tickets through an online travel agency for my husband and me to fly to the Philippines. When I got his ticket, I noticed that "Jr. " was missing from his name. I went back to the site and discovered that there was no space provided where I can put a "Jr. " I called the agency, and a representative told me it was "not a big deal" and that I should not worry about it. They suggested I call Delta Air Lines to give them a "heads-up. " This weekend, I called Delta and asked them about the name issue.
April 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers. A House vote on the measure was expected as early as Friday, with lawmakers eager to embark on a weeklong vacation. Under the legislation, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the Sept.
April 25, 2013 |
A Burlington County couple allegedly fleeced hundreds of would-be travelers of more than $700,000 between 2007 and 2011 by promising phony vacation deals and used some of the money to buy a luxury house in Marlton, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said Tuesday. Daryl Turner, 41, and his wife, Robyn Bernstein, 43, recruited customers with mass postcard mailings offering complimentary cruises and airfares, but pocketed the hundreds in "fees and surcharges" each customer doled out to qualify, authorities said, announcing charges in a state grand jury indictment.