This weekend we discuss new overnight travel on buses. We discuss issues to discuss with travel agents to make travel smoother. And, we muse about whether the hyperloop will change our lives that much.
Most of the public know that the system is rigged for the rich and very rich. Not only do they fly in luxury on their own schedules, but they only pay a fraction of their air traffic control costs. And, as the new air traffic organization is being debated these corporate bigwigs have come out in force against any change. They like their cozy inexpensive system and don’t want any changes for which they have to pay.
This Sunday, we muse about shipping bicycles and what airlines charge — Alaska is now the least expensive for bike charges. We ask about when we should complain about service. And finally, we hear from a travel expert about extreme weather and how it plays havoc with travel schedules.
Some of Europe’s most luxurious and spectacular hotels have been created within the ruins of ancient castles, palaces, monasteries and convents in Spain. Known as paradors, these majestic hotels offer visitors romantic, atmospheric and luxurious lodging in Spain.
The report from Department of Transportation (DOT) sounds dramatic — DOT statistics airlines are bumping fewer passengers than any time since 1995. Travelers United congratulates the airlines, but there are too many passengers being paid off by the airlines when they sell seats they don’t have on a plande. Plus, plenty of other problems need fixing like overcrowding, delays, outrageous change and cancellation fees, and more.
Today we ponder an ageless mode of transportation, well so far ageless. It provides a beautiful panarama of our country that cannot be captured in flight. We take a look at the “unfirendly skies” from the point of view of one of America’s top consumer advocates. And finally, we look at a generational change where going online via an iPhone is taking the place of excaping from the discipline we used to know.
Hidden hotel “resort fees” are a comparison shopper’s nightmare. These extra charges can cover everything from gym access and “free” internet to local phone calls and even towels. Often such fees are mandatory, meaning they are added to the bill regardless of whether the traveler uses the service or facility in question. The result is to mislead customers about the true cost of a night’s stay. In large cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, resort fees have jumped by 70% in six months.
Delta Air Lines and Air France/KLM are already in an unholy alliance called SkyTeam. That alliance, while approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT), is part of DOT’s alliance and joint venture efforts that have been fought against by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for years. Now, the airlines are making their financial entanglements stronger than ever. Travelers United thinks they are too strong and that they have become defacto merged airlines and need to be assessed as such.
This weekend we ponder why Mongolia has no interest in finding Genghis Khan’s tomb. We examine the rise of a small airport to become DC’s busiest. And, then we take a tour of one of Spain’s top wine regions.
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