Government sets record for airline fines in 2012

A more activist Transportation Department, which set a record in 2011 for the number of fines it issued against airlines for violating aviation consumer-protection rules, appears to have maintained...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

‘The Unspoiled Queen’

THE BOTTOM, SabaThe small propeller airplane lands quickly and softly, like a butterfly, on one of the world’s shortest commercial runways on the rainforest-capped island of Saba, which rises...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Treasure trove

SANIBEL, Fla.Visit the beaches on this Gulf Coast barrier island and you’re likely to see people doing the Sanibel Stoop. That’s the term for the bent-at-the-waist posture used to collect seashells...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Florida is a vacation paradise for dogs

FORT DE SOTO PARK, Fla. – Picture this: You’re sitting on a white-sand beach, warm sun on your skin. Coconut-scented sunscreen wafts through the air. A splashing noise comes from the blue Gulf of...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: Travel

Your 2013 travel resolution? Don’t be a jerk

Here’s a New Year’s resolution we all probably can agree on: Don’t be a jerk when you’re on the road.There’s something about travel – whether you’re flying, driving or sailing – that brings out the...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2013 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

2013 travel hot spots

NEW YORK Myanmar, Marseille, New Zealand and Gettysburg are all on the travel radar for 2013 thanks to new tours, events and anniversaries. But the best pitch for travel in the new year might just...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Smartphone can link to better airline service

Liz Owen needed help, and she needed it fast.She had rescheduled a flight from Washington to Los Angeles on Virgin America to avoid Superstorm Sandy, which was about to slam into the East Coast....

DATE: Dec. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

From mall to Rockies, free things in Denver

DENVER – Free festivals, movies, music, hiking and biking abound in Denver in the summer, but those passing through the Mile High City during the winter months also can find plenty of free things...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

Is your credit card safe in a jet at cruising altitude?

Maybe it was the Bloody Mary that got Jean Shanley into trouble on a recent flight from Louisville to Las Vegas.She paid for the $5 beverage with her American Express card and then slipped the card...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Holiday events: Trees, lights, displays and more

NEW YORK – From elaborately decorated trees to drive-through lighting displays to boat parades and train shows, a variety of holiday spectacles are being staged through the end of December and into...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

That personal touch

VAIL Rosana Faessler stops by the hostess stand to check on reservations, then makes her way into the dining room to chat with a couple of the regular guests. After a few minutes, she wanders to...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2012 | CATEGORY: Travel

The great airlines fee grab offers no easy solution

Air travel is full of surprises, some good, many not.Steven Allen says he got a bad one recently when he called to change a United Airlines ticket from San Francisco to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. To...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

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