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Archive for June, 2008

Stretching the Dollar in the City of Light

By Linda Tancs

Few expenses irk travelers more than transport costs from airport to inner city, and the pain is more keenly felt when the traveler’s currency is trading downward (like the U.S. dollar).  Thanks to Paris’s still relatively new light rail at Charles de Gaulle Airport, you can transfer free among the terminals, and catch the Roissybus to L’Opera Garnier for less than $15.  Transfer there via cab to the inner city for less than $10.  That’s a savings of $50 or so from the price of an airport cab.  What to do with that extra cash?  Why not order the plat du jour at that sidewalk cafe you’ve been meaning to visit.  You’ve earned it.

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A Cool Trip

By Linda Tancs

As record breaking heat grips the northeastern U.S. this late spring (spring!), it’s time for our collective mindset to turn to cooler climes.  How about Iceland?  Coming in this time of year at a delightfully cool 56 degrees fahrenheit in Reykjavik, you can run, hike, swim, bike, kayak or glacier hop without breaking a sweat.  And it shouldn’t hurt that Budget Travel cites Iceland as one of few places where the U.S. dollar goes further.  Of course, budget is a relative term.  If fuel costs, airline downsizings and surcharges have you staying closer to home, then you can always enjoy Icelandic culture vicariously through the Puffin cam on the tourist board’s website.

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Ted, You’re Grounded

By Linda Tancs

In a move surely not surprising, United Airlines is abandoning its low-cost carrier, Ted.  Founded in 2003, Ted’s expanding route map and low fare guarantee will meet the executioner’s axe as fuel costs continue to spiral and forecasters predict airline losses in the $2B range.  Ted, meet Maxjet, Eos, and Silverjet.  Just goes to show that economic tides don’t play favorites.

Tourism Survey Measures P’s and Q’s

By Linda Tancs

How well tourists mind their p’s and q’s was the subject of a recent survey of hoteliers commissioned by Expedia.  The results for American tourists (ranking eleventh overall) are mixed, scoring high points for generosity and low points for tidiness and civility.  German tourists scored highest for neatness while the Italians and French topped the best-dressed list.  Americans, whose fanny packs and white tennis shoes apparently do little to impress the front desk, are number one on the traveler’s equivalent of Blackwell’s worst-dressed list.  So how does one become a model tourist?  You’ll need to ask the Japanese, who ranked first overall.

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The Pretzel’s Demise

By Linda Tancs

After hearing that US Airways is abandoning the pretzel snack on domestic flights, I decided to check out their food offerings online.  On “select” flights (suggestion:  call ahead for confirmation), here’s a sampling of their mouth-watering options (sans pretzels):  fruit and cheese plate, turkey ham on sweet Hawaiian luau bread (aloha!), and a classic chicken Caesar salad.

Readers, I’d like you to rate the meals you’ve had on a domestic flight–from 1(lousy) to 5 (great, or at least pretty darn good).  The results, best to worst, will be tallied and posted. 

E-Ticketing Touted as Cost-Saving Measure

By Linda Tancs

You may have noticed that, effective 1 June, paper airline tickets have gone the way of the dinosaur.  In a move initiated by IATA about 3 years ago, e-ticketing is now the standard for processing passengers.  According to IATA, this move will save the industry over $3 billion per year in expenses.  Now the question is:  as carriers realize the savings to come through effecting electronic transactions, will we see an elimination of the checked bag charges now being widely introduced by carriers, a reduction in surcharges, and–better snack foods?  Stay tuned.

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