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A discount electronics chain with seven stores in Ventura and Los Angeles counties settled a government lawsuit Wednesday accusing it of falsely promising free airline tickets to customers and advertising "private sales" that in fact were open to the public. The parent company for Adray's Discount Department Stores agreed to pay $20,000 in civil penalties and investigative costs, plus give more than 3,400 eligible customers their choice of one of 10 items of free merchandise.
October 25, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Americans seem to be traveling again ? at least if you go by the increasing demand for airline tickets and improved occupancy at hotels. But with higher demand come higher prices. Business travelers who hit the road next year can expect airfares and hotel rates to increase by an average of 10%, according to an annual forecast released last week by American Express Business Travel, the corporate travel division of American Express Co. The only bit of good news in the forecast is that rental-car rates should stay about the same because of heavy competition and a huge inventory of rental cars.
March 3, 2013 | By Millie Ball
KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic - We had been collecting frequent-flier points for years. My husband, Keith, and I thought that, yes, of course, we would use them. We would fly around the world. Business class. Maybe next year. Queen Latifah shoved us out of our fantasy and onto the planes. It happened after we watched "Last Holiday" one more time. In it, Queen Latifah portrays a shy New Orleans department store clerk with a crush on fellow employee LL Cool J. Her dreams are confined to a scrapbook of "Possibilities.
January 5, 1986 | TONI TAYLOR, Taylor, an authority on the travel industry, lives in Los Angeles
Heavily discounted seats on scheduled airlines are touted in ads and by other means, and there are legitimate bargains. But there are also some possible pitfalls in buying such tickets, some of which may be stolen or originate from questionable sources. Airline tickets are worth money, of course, and they are a means for persons seeking, legally or otherwise, to transfer large sums of money from currency-controlled countries into hard-currency areas.
November 27, 1997 | MAL FLORENCE
Considering that Washington State hasn't played in the Rose Bowl game since 1931, it isn't surprising that Cougar fans are scrambling to find game and airline tickets for the Jan. 1 encounter against Michigan. Most callers to a toll-free line for ticket information got a busy signal Monday or recording that said: "We're sorry. All circuits are busy now. Will you please try again later?"
Here's a waking nightmare for you: It was April 5, and Stan Hirsch, assistant principal of La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, was accompanying a student group on a tour of England and Ireland. The group was checking into its Dublin hotel, and Hirsch was handing out room keys when suddenly he realized that something was missing. His carry-on bag. With 27 sets of Dublin-London-Los Angeles airline tickets in it. Stolen from the lobby while he stood a few feet away.
May 17, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
All airline mileage reward programs are not created equal. In fact, finding the right one is more crucial than ever. With airlines eliminating routes because of declining demand and packing each plane as close to capacity as possible, it's getting increasingly difficult to redeem your reward-program points for a seat on a plane. In February, the average commercial plane in the U.S. flew 76.6% full, the highest percentage for that month since World War II, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
December 3, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline recently might assume that air carriers have run out of ideas for new passenger fees. After all, the world's biggest airlines are expected this year to rake in $36.1 billion from fees for such things as food, drinks, wireless Internet service, roomier seats and checked bags. But the airline industry is not resting on its money-making laurels. At a three-day Airline Information conference in San Diego last week, airline representatives met with technology firms, marketing companies and others to discuss ways to maximize airline passenger fees.
What could be worse than scoring an APEX ticket from a CRS, then languishing in the airport after being bumped from a code-shared flight? Not knowing what an APEX ticket is, or a CRS, or how bumping and code-sharing work might be worse, and I suspect it's a common affliction. Unless you fly frequently, you may not encounter these terms often enough to conquer them for vacation-planning purposes. Like every corner of the travel industry, the airline business resonates with a language all its own.
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