Monthly Archives: January 2009

Switching Flights Can Cost You. Or Not.

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.

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TripAdvisor Releases Travelers’ Choice Lists

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.

Spirit: The Hooters Of Airlines

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.