When you have to change a flight time or date, what happens depends a lot on the airline and the circumstances, as I discovered lately.
Passengers with elite status, first-class seats or full-fare tickets usually get more flexibility from the airlines, but coach class passengers may have to pay fees and navigate complicated rules.
Haven’t heard, read and seen enough about the heroic miracle “splash landing” of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River? Well, you’re in luck because there is definitely more:
Travel + Leisure came up with a pretty good primer on how to fly coach in relative comfort. It seems to hit all the basics. The text is available from Yahoo! Travel. The Travel + Leisure site also has it in a slideshow format.
TripAdvisor has released its 2009 Travelers’ Choice hotel awards, listing the Top 10 hotels everywhere, in every category.
Once again, The SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., took the top spot for best bargains in the United States. It slipped from first to third, however, in the international rankings for best bargains, which are as follows:
1. Hotel Vecchio Asilo, San Gimignano, Italy
2. Arcadia Residence, Prague, Czech Republic
3. SeaCoast Inn, Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.
4. Riad Zolah, Marrakech, Morocco
5. Derwent House Boutique Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
6. Can-y-Bae, Llandudno, Wales
7. Garni Hotel Berc, Bled, Slovenia
8. Pension Bellas Artes, San Sebastian-Donostia, Spain
9. Old Ranch Inn, Palm Springs, California, U.S.
10. Hotel Al Ponte, Mocenigo Venice, Italy
Looking through all the lists, I think I found one hotel I’ve stayed at and another where I snuck into the pool.
Maybe I’m being unfair to Hooters. At least they serve hot food …
Spirit Airlines has dusted off its MILF (if you don’t know what it means, try Google) promotion and introduced some other tacky double-entendres in its advertising, over the objections of its flight attendants and pilots.
The ads are sophomoric and tedious, and pretty much par for the course for Spirit. I guess they attract the drunken frat boy customers Spirit deserves.
The rest of us can stay away, not because we’re outraged at political incorrectness but because we’re not that stupid.
Besides, there are better airlines out there.