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Some delays as United absorbs Continental

The company combined passenger reservations data including frequent flier accounts from the two airlines early Saturday. United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says a quarter of the company’s flights on Saturday were delayed 30 minutes or more, but 99% of flights were completed. She says the company is also telling customers online that if they’re trying to […]

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Letters: Hut-to-Hut Skiing

Opinion » Anxiety: Things to Fear and Loathe Some phobias are explainable. But how can teddy bears, honeycombs or peas possess the power to terrify?

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Pensioners face steep rises in travel insurance

The reason for the price rise is soaring “medical inflation” in parts of Europe and the US. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the average bill for medical treatment in the US is almost £5,000. As well as hospitals charging more, the cost has been pushed up by unfavourable currency exchange rates and […]

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Grounded by Rick Scott, Cabinet members learn how to travel Florida without a …

STRANDED-IN-TALLAHASSEE — After logging 220,000 miles, Florida’s chief financial officer said it was finally time to say goodbye to his Honda minivan “Blue Steele.” “Need some ideas on what to get next,” Jeff Atwater tweeted recently to his followers. “Any suggestions?” In Gov. Rick Scott’s Florida, Cabinet members are a long way from the days […]

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Grandparents paying for family visits

More than ever, the Best Western Plus North Shore Inn in Portland, Texas, says it’s seeing three generations of a family check in, with the grandparents usually footing the bill. The Best Western Plus Longbranch hotel in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has also seen an increasing number of weekend visits by people with grandchildren in tow. […]

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Letters: Fliers’ Reading List

Sunday Review » Opinion: When Innocence Isn’t Enough Once a person has been convicted, even on unimaginably shaky grounds, an almost inexorable process is set in motion.

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Insurance gets a second look as travel world evolves

Travel insurance was once something that only the most careful of travelers bought – an option that was easy to pass up and rarely used. But talk of airline bankruptcy, problems on a normally safe cruise vacation, and political unrest around the world have travelers taking a second look. Even impossible-to-predict natural disasters affecting travel […]

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Cheers to a sustainable spring break

While some of you have been planning spring break since October, when the winter weather set in, others of you I’m sure are scrambling to throw something together in the next four days. Well, luckily for you, I have two fantastic ideas: ecotourism and voluntourism. Ecotourism focuses on low-impact travel and activity in a natural […]

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Q&A: Dinner? Paris? Invite Everyone!

BEFORE Facebook, Couchsurfing.org, and even before the Internet, Jim Haynes was helping the world connect. In the late 1980s, he wrote five travel books, each containing short biographies of people from Russia and Eastern Europe who were willing to accept travelers into their homes. The introductions read: “This series of travel books will contain none […]

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Road to joy: Spring heralds new possibilities for road trips

During a stint of downtime last weekend, I caught myself doing something dangerous: I started looking at maps. That’s how it starts. I get a craving to plot out a road trip, to consider the idea of three or four days of striking out down a lone highway into some iconic Western landscape. And it […]

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