Lower oil prices are pushing airfares down, and are helping to strengthen the U.S. dollar. Meanwhile, falling demand is creating travel bargains across the spectrum, from hotels to package tours to cruises.
All this is making Europe mighty attractive. Combine the advantages of a weaker euro with weak demand for plane seats and hotel rooms, and you get a wide range of bargains. Add the usual off-season discounts, particularly between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it gets even cheaper.
If Europe is too far and still too expensive for you, Canada provides an alternative. The Canadian dollar has dropped from parity to about 80 cents to the U.S. dollar, creating a currency exchange bonanza within driving distance for many of us.
Travelers wondering about the situation on the ground in Mumbai would do well to read the International Herald Tribune’s Globespotter’s blog. Kavitha Rao describes the situation after the terror attacks, with details about security, hotels, restaurants and transportation.
Passengers who need more than one airline seat because of obesity or a disability won’t have to pay for the additional seat in Canada.
The Canadian Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of the rule by the airlines, so Air Canada and WestJet will have to change their policies.
The obesity provision is certainly the most contentious aspect of the case.
New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs went out to LaGuardia and JFK airports and found more than 100 airline scales that overreported the weight of luggage, the New York Daily News reports. I wish they’d head over to my doctor’s office …
The city of Chicago is working feverishly to pull in tourist dollars after Illinois’ junior senator, Barack Obama, was elected president of the United States.
Experience Presidential Chicago, urges the Web site of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. Tours and guides are popping up all over the Windy City.
But wait. Didn’t Obama grow up in Hawaii? What’s up there?