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What hotels will do for a good review

What hotels will do for a good review

March 15, 2010 ·

Oh, the things hotels will do for a good review. It’s not enough to ask guests for a write-up on a popular site such as TripAdvisor or Yelp after they’ve checked out. Lately, some innkeepers have been pressuring their customers to say positive things online — in extreme cases, even before they’ve checked in. Take [...]

Spring break travel: Airfares up, hotel rates down

Spring break travel: Airfares up, hotel rates down

March 3, 2010 · , , ,

Average airfares for spring break are up from last year but hotel rates are down, according to data from Bing Travel and Travelocity. Travelocity found average airfares are up 9 percent compared to last year, with the average domestic roundtrip flight at about $351, while hotel prices are down to an average nightly rate of [...]

4 secrets for upgrading your next vacation travel

4 secrets for upgrading your next vacation travel

Think this is bad? It could get worse. Much worse. Travel is still at the beginning of its long descent into mediocrity. Airlines seem to invent new surcharges and passenger-hostile rules every week. Hotels aren’t far behind. Just the mention of the word “customer service” in the back office can be enough to evoke cackles [...]

Bargain your way to better hotel rates

Bargain your way to better hotel rates

February 23, 2010 · ,

As an airline employee in Omaha, Ron Wolfe loves to travel and hates to overpay for hotels. Consider his recent experience at the Comfort Suites in Grand Cayman. After checking rates and confirming availability online the night before, he flew in, hopped a cab and walked in without a reservation. “I talked to the front [...]

How to negotiate hotel upgrades

How to negotiate hotel upgrades

February 23, 2010 · ,

Joel Rudy, chief operating officer of camera products supplier Photographic Solutions, is a frequent business traveler who delights in receiving travel upgrades. Last spring Rudy was living in New Jersey and traveling often to his company headquarters in Boston, Mass. His hotel of choice, The Westin, became his home away from home while on the [...]

Lufthansa pilots strike, upend airline travel

Lufthansa pilots strike, upend airline travel

February 22, 2010 · , , ,

Thousands of travelers scrambled to find flights, trains, hotel rooms or rental cars on Monday after Lufthansa pilots began a four-day walkout over job security that grounded at least 800 flights and upended travel across the continent. Deutsche Lufthansa AG quickly rushed to get a court injunction to halt the strike and send 4,000 pilots [...]

9 spring travel tips: How to save money and sanity

9 spring travel tips: How to save money and sanity

As I write this here in the Northeast, the rodent saw his shadow, a snowfall fell the next day and we’re headed for a single-digit deep freeze this weekend — all of which are indicators that it is time to distract ourselves with dreams of spring travel. Of course, planning a trip these days can [...]

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