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United-Continental, US Airways, Delta add Europe surcharge

Spokesmen for all three airlines would not discuss the reasons for the surcharges. But industry analysts call the surcharge a clear sign that consumers could bear the brunt of a European law that the U.S. airline industry has estimated would cost it $3.1 billion from now through 2020. The new surcharge also happens as consumers […]

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Where to Go to Understand the World in 2012

So fly to Beijing and Shanghai, Xian and Guangzhou. But don’t just visit the giant metropolises. Go also to the countryside that is China’s soul. Visit a town like Datong, west of Beijing, home to stunning carved Buddhas several stories high. They are 1,500 years old and one of the most amazing sights in China, […]

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Daily briefing: Thursday – Travel insurance under scrutiny again

5 January 2012 | By Sam Barker Yet more bad news for travel insurance as a Which? report condemns insurers using ‘get-out’ clauses to pull travel cover from policyholders This story, like more than 90% of the content on insurancetimes.co.uk, is only available to paying subscribers. Already a subscriber? All you need to do is […]

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I want to go somewhere my friends haven’t already been, any ideas?

The Question: I want to go somewhere all my friends haven’t already been for that feeling of discovery. What are the up and coming spots for 2012? So you want to spice up office chatter with talk of wiggling larvae snacks, harlequin tuskfish dive sites or the allure of the Empty Quarter? Here, then, are […]

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Water shortage on St. Thomas impacts cruisers

A water shortage on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas has begun impacting the thousands of cruisers who visit each week, a local news outlet says. The Virgin Island Daily News today reports that cruisers are being diverted away from St. Thomas’ downtown area because of inoperable bathrooms, inoperable dishwashing machines in restaurants and a […]

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Hilton launches first loyalty promo of 2012

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to maximize loyalty points in 2012? Then you should know that Hilton has kicked off its first loyalty promo of the year. MORE POINTS NEWS:  IHG to raise point prices in 25% of hotelsTWITTER:  Follow Hotel Check-In’s BarbDeLollis Through March 31, Hilton’s running a “More Points” promo that’s […]

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Cracks found on A380 wings are ‘non-critical’

Singapore Airlines and Qantas Airways said this morning that they have discovered cracks on the wing ribs of some of their A380s, Reuters reports. However, both airlines — along with Airbus — insist that the cracks pose no safety threat and that repairs have been made. The Wall Street Journal writes: European commercial aircraft builder […]

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What Does Unesco Recognition Mean, Exactly?

But World Heritage can also be an odd business, giving recognition to traditions (like premodern tribal dances and giant French family meals) that might have little aesthetic value to any group except the one that practices it. Whatever the merits, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has embraced the concept. In fact, […]

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Soon Traveling To Space Is Going To Be Exactly Like Booking A Trip To Disney World

Virgin Galactic See Also: Why You Should Never Trust The Photos Hotels Post Online China Reveals Accelerated Space Program, Plans To Put A Man On The Moon How To Get The Most Out Of Your Auto Insurance Claims While browsing through the pamphlets at the travel agent, trying to find the perfect vacation, the Bahamas, […]

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Short break ideas for 2012

Paris, France To enjoy the work of designer India Mahdavi, you’d normally need to check in somewhere swanky: the Connaught in London, where she designed the Coburg Bar; the Monte Carlo Beach; the Peacock at Rowsley in Derbyshire, for example. Late last year, however, saw the opening of the 15-room Hôtel Thoumieux (+33 1 4705 […]

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