The Sky Isn't Falling

Mark Twain, renowned for his "rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated" remark, had he lived a century later, might have been referring to the airline industry.

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Forget A Travelers' Bill Of Rights

Airline travelers have been tempted recently by the lofty idea of a so-called "Passenger Bill of Rights." The premise of this new proposed legislation is that if Congress gets involved in the airline industry again, air travel will return to a much-desired level of normalcy.

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Travelers' hotel reviews: Are they helpful?

The Internet has certainly been a boon to travelers, especially those looking for a place to stay. Countless Web sites offer hotel searches and price comparisons, and many also offer pictures of hotels, online reservations, package deals and even travelers' reviews.

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No more worry about wine

Let's be honest: I have wine anxiety. Whenever I'm invited to a dinner party and decorum dictates that I bring a bottle of wine, I go into a little panic. Will I bring a suitable vintage? Will it complement the food? Is this bottle too cheap? Too pretentious? Frankly, my wine-tasting experience is limited,

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Backroom news on FFPs

I recently attended FFP 2007, the third-annual conference of frequent-flier program (FFP) executives, which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the end of February. I was one of two journalists invited to attend, and I was curious to see how the airlines are dealing with the growing perception that FFPs are dead.

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A contrarian's choice: South Africa

Also Available at MSNBC.com Finding the best contrarian travel opportunities requires a lot of footwork -- or in my case, seat time. This is because contrarian destinations are constantly changing,

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What a difference a hotel makes

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London is a favorite destination for many Americans, especially those venturing off to Europe for the first time, but it has never much appealed to me. I had been there just once -- 14 years ago, on my own first trip abroad -- and I found it boring and bland. But recently I made a return trip to London, enticed by a highly discounted business class fare on Delta Air Lines, and now my opinion of the city has changed completely.

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Maxed out and still loyal. Am I crazy?

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It's a mere six weeks into the new travel year and I've already reached the top tier of the loyalty program with my preferred airline. That means that I'll retain the highest level of membership through February 2009. At this point, most travel theorists would say: "Spread the wealth and move on to another airline."

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ExpertFlyer: It can serve you well

Deciphering airfares is almost as difficult as understanding Peyton Manning's offense. You have fare bases, fare codes and buckets; refundable tickets, nonrefundable tickets, upgradeable tickets and not. And, oh yeah: A fares, B fares, Y fares and blackouts. Well, you get the point.
ExpertFlyer.com is changing all that.

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How not to book your vacation

A new year inevitably brings about a list of resolutions, such as losing weight, saving money, living a less stressful life or taking that dream trip.

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