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Vote in National Geographic’s Photography Contest

November 30, 2009 | Posted in: Deals,Destinations,Favorites | 0 comments

The annual National Geographic’s Photography Contest is the Oscars of the still photo, drawing entrants from around the world.

While the 2009 competition has already closed (winners will be announced in December) there’s still time to vote in the “Viewers’ Choice” part of the contest – and see so many incredible photos. Plus, you have plenty of time to get out there and begin shooting for next year’s competition.

May we suggest you get started by perusing location ideas with FareCompare’s “Where-to-Go” flight finder?

Want to Get Away, Tiger? Try “Where-to-Go” Deals

November 30, 2009 | Posted in: Deals,Destinations | 0 comments

The world’s iconic golfer is probably feeling besieged of late, and would no doubt like to get away. If one can assume he’d like to avoid the cameras, where can he go?

Uh…no place we can think of. It’s not clear yet if Tiger Woods will be playing this week at the Chevron World Challenge tournament in Thousand Oaks, California – but if he does, the media will surely be out in force. UPDATE: Woods say he won’t be going.

Perhaps he’d like to go to a course where he’s not expected; in that case, our Where-to-Go flight finder is all he or any one else who loves the links could want. This nifty tool can target premier golf destinations including Las Vegas or Phoenix or you name it – and all of them at the best possible prices.

Okay, so maybe the world’s iconic golfer owns a private jet. But there’s nothing stopping you from trying the Where-to-Go flight finder.

British Airways May Owe You Money for their Airfare Mistake

November 30, 2009 | Posted in: Airfare News | Comments Off

Were you one of the bargain shoppers that snapped up that $40 “too-good-to-be-true” flight from the U.S. to India on British Airways last month?

If you did, you learned it was too good to be true – it was a mistake made by the carrier which quickly removed the fare and canceled the bookings but not before more than 2,000 of you bought tickets.

British Airways has made a gesture – it is offering those folks a $300 discount on travel to India (which must be booked by this Thursday, Dec. 3!) – and now, in an agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, BA will also compensate customers for cancellation penalties and other expenses they might have racked up due to the airfare mistake.

This could include cancellation fees for hotels or rental cars – anything, really, that cost you money as a result of the original airline mistake.

See the British Airways website for details on how to claim your compensation.

Cyber Monday Hotel Deals

November 30, 2009 | Posted in: Deals,Destinations,Travel Tips | 0 comments

This caught my eye.

The Starwood Hotel Chain (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, etc.) has a Cyber Monday special – actually, it’s a Cyber Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday deal — you have 72 hours to book a hotel in some of their hot spots including much of the Caribbean at reduced rates.

Tahiti – Bahamas – St. Maarten – Bora Bora — how do those sound?

And how does saving even more money on airfare sound? I thought so – and it’s so easy – just head to Farecompare’s Where-to-Go tool and choose your destination, whether it’s deals to the Caribbean, or any where you please.

Cyber Monday Gifts for Air Travelers

November 30, 2009 | Posted in: Deals,Favorites,Passengers,Travel Tips | 0 comments

Let’s save some money, shall we?

It’s easy today, this being the fourth anniversary of Cyber Monday – a “holiday” beloved by the National Retail Federation, which invented it – and their official website lists all kinds of deals.

We found some fun ones for travelers from DiscoveryStore.com:

Planet Earth DVD Set for just $19.99 (75% off): this provides hours of onboard entertainment – gorgeous pictures and amazing facts about the world you’re soaring over

Metal Detector, just $39.95 (40% off): tons of fun, and when you get bored, you can let the TSA security line agents give it a whirl

Digital Money Jar, just $8.99 (40% off): “drop coins in the slot as an LCD on the lid displays your grand total” – perfect for FareCompare shoppers, who will need a place to put all the money they save

Start saving now – head to Farecompare’s Where-to-Go tool for cheap deals to anyplace you want to go, from your home airport.

Black Friday: Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers

November 27, 2009 | Posted in: Frequent Flyer,Holiday Travel,Passengers | 3 comments

You say you need a gift for the traveler in the family? Say no more.

After doing some serious surfing, I’ve come up with 12 gifts fit for a frequent flyer. And, since I didn’t want this to be boring, some gifts are terrific while others might be considered, uh, terrible.

I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.

The best part: most of these gifts can be ordered online, so you don’t have to brave those Black Friday lines! Ready? Here we go…

Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers

1. Bacon Curls: The perfect snack for hunger pangs on planes, and at just $2.95, it’s a lot cheaper than most airline food; brought to you by the Bacon of the Month Club (which also has gifts like “bacon soap” – 3 slices for $24.95).

2. Knee Defender: An old favorite; it prevents the person in front of you from reclining his/her seat (but careful – some flight attendants don’t approve of the Knee Defender and may confiscate it); just $14.95.

Keep reading – ten more gifts are coming your way… Black Friday: Top 12 Best/Worst Christmas Gifts for Travelers

Coyotes on the Runway – Seriously

November 27, 2009 | Posted in: Travel Safety | 0 comments

The folks at Raleigh-Durham International say they’re seeing an increase in coyotes on the runway. That’s right, coyotes.

In fact, earlier this fall, an American Eagle plane hit one on the runway – fortunately, no one was injured (except, presumably, the coyote).

They have been scaring them away with bottle rockets and cap guns – and the airport is working on a new wildlife management plan, but getting rid of coyotes isn’t easy.

Did you know? Coyotes are found in every state now, except Hawaii (a colleague tells me they are a regular feature in her busy suburban Los Angeles neighborhood).

Not surprising, really – coyotes go where the food is. Said a wildlife biologist, “Just like bears, [coyotes] are good at dispersing into new areas.” Don’t tell me we’re going to have to worry about bears now…

Woman Fears Boss will Miss Flight, So She Calls in Bomb Threat

November 27, 2009 | Posted in: Delays,Security | 2 comments

How not to be helpful:

According to news reports, a Florida woman has been charged with calling in a bomb threat in the hopes of delaying an American Airlines flight from Miami to Honduras.

Claudia De La Rosa allegedly told police that she caused her boss to be late heading out to his flight, and she apparently thought she could “fix” this by both calling and emailing in a bomb threat – in the hope of delaying the flight.

That part worked well – the flight was delayed as authorities searched the aircraft for a nonexistent bomb. The part that didn’t work so well – police traced the threat to the woman’s computer.

She’s in trouble now – and I have no idea if her boss made that flight.

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