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. Perhaps more than any other...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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...


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...

How to book your vacation
In my last column, I wrote about my friend Maryam, whose trip to Hawaii was tarnished by several booking mistakes. Since that column generated a lot of interest, I thought I would tell a different...

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