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October 4, 2009 | Jen Leo; Leslie Anne Wiggins; Susan Spano; Judi Dash
Orbitz changes fee policy Orbitz has dropped its $25 fees for changes and cancellations on hotel bookings. But if you are changing or canceling a hotel reservation, take note of nonrefundable rates or fees that the actual hotel still might charge. Since June, Orbitz has also dropped airline-booking fees and hotel-booking fees. The only fees Orbitz still charges are cruise bookings cancellations (up to $75) and flight cancellations ($30). It's worth noting that Expedia dropped nearly all its fees for changes and cancellations for hotels, cruises, cars and many vacation packages on May 27. -- Jen Leo Pumpkin patch Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ice cream and chicken-pumpkin sausages are all on the menu Oct. 17 and 18 for the 39th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.
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March 28, 2014 | By George Hobica
As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther. -- There's no magic time to buy an airfare. The latest myth is to buy exactly 54 days in advance. Others say buy on Tuesday or Wednesday at midnight or when the moon is full (just kidding). But airlines are unpredictable, and anyone who claims he or she knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months or days should trade in their crystal ball.
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June 26, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Wall Street Journal has been doing very good work in recent years on the issue of digital privacy, exposing how Web and wireless companies secretly amass profiles of their users to further their own interests. Tuesday's contribution was a story noting how the travel site Orbitz often displayed more expensive hotels in search results for Mac users than for PC users. This revelation sent chills down the spines of some privacy advocates. Here's how Wendy Davis of the Daily Online Examiner put it : "[J]
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March 31, 2013 | By George Hobica
Here are some tips to add to your storehouse of money-saving knowledge. For instance, you can get money back when a hotel room rate drops. Or you may be able to get free airline lounge passes or a hotel upgrade. Here's how. Getting money back if the price goes down: If your hotel lowers your room rate between the time you buy and check in, which happens about 20% of the time, you can usually rebook at the lower rate, or get a refund automatically. Tingo.com checks and rechecks your hotel rate almost until the hour of check-in and automatically refunds the price drop to your credit card.
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July 1, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Mac users who search for hotels on the Orbitz online booking service are initially directed to more expensive hotels than PC users, Orbitz acknowledged last week. Orbitz defended the practice, saying the travel search engine is simply showing users what it thinks they prefer. Orbitz Chief Executive Officer Barney Harford said data collected by Orbitz show that Mac users were 40% more likely than PC users to book four- or five-star hotels. “That is just one of many factors that determine which hotels to recommend a given customer as part of our effort to show customers the most relevant hotels possible,” he said in an email.
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June 10, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
In honor of its 10th year, the travel website Orbitz is handing out extras to those who make hotel reservations in the next week. Book two nights at selected hotels and score a $25 dining coupon and a $200 coupon good for future travel purchased through Orbitz. If the dates work for you, this offer could be a sweet way to save money on a summer trip. The deal: The coupons are part of Orbitz's 10th Anniversary Hotel Sale . You have to stay at least two nights at qualifying hotels (they are marked on the website with special anniversary logos)
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June 2, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Orbitz Worldwide Inc. and Travelocity.com, a unit of Sabre Holdings Corp., stopped charging a fee to book airline tickets at their websites. The online travel sites are following the lead of Expedia Inc., which lifted its fee for online plane tickets last week.
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November 14, 2011 | Hugo Martin
Los Angeles International Airport is about to claim a title that may spell trouble for holiday airline passengers this month. LAX is expected to be the nation's busiest airport for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to ticket sales on Orbitz, one of the nation's busiest travel websites. The website determines the annual ranking by calculating ticket sales for the nation's top 50 airports for the weekend, which this year is Nov. 23-27. Officials at LAX said they have yet to tally all ticket sales for the airport for the long weekend.
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November 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you hate crowds, stay clear of Chicago's O'Hare International or Los Angeles International airports for Thanksgiving. For the third straight year, O'Hare and LAX were the nation's two busiest airports, according to booking data by the travel website Orbitz.com. Last year, LAX was ranked the busiest, with O'Hare coming in second, according to Orbitz. The two airports switched places in the ranking this year, with San Francisco International Airport coming in third, the website said.
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February 7, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
For Valentine's Day, it's Vegas, baby! For the second year in a row, Las Vegas ranked as the most popular destination for Valentine's Day among people who booked hotel rooms on Orbitz, one of the nation's most popular travel website. Vegas also ranked as the "sexiest" city in the country, bumping last year's winner of the sexy title, San Francisco, according to a separate Orbitz survey of more than 750 travelers. Despite Las Vegas' popularity for Valentine's Day, 46% of travelers who were surveyed said “a bungalow on a remote beach” was the most preferred type of romantic vacation, surpassing  a “cozy bed & breakfast in wine country” (24%)
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March 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A trade group for the world's airlines is pushing to modernize a decades-old booking system to help speed along the latest airline trend - the sale of customized fare packages. Behind the effort is the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for about 240 of the world's largest airlines. The group filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation last week to upgrade the computer system used by travel agents and online travel sites such as Orbitz and Travelocity.
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March 17, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
A trade group for the world's airlines is pushing to modernize a decades-old booking system to help speed along the latest airline trend: the sale of customized fare packages. Behind the effort is the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for about 240 of the world's largest airlines. The group filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation last week to upgrade the computer system used by travel agents and online travel sites such as Orbitz and Travelocity.
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November 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
If you hate crowds, stay clear of Chicago's O'Hare International or Los Angeles International airports for Thanksgiving. For the third straight year, O'Hare and LAX were the nation's two busiest airports, according to booking data by the travel website Orbitz.com. Last year, LAX was ranked the busiest, with O'Hare coming in second, according to Orbitz. The two airports switched places in the ranking this year, with San Francisco International Airport coming in third, the website said.
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November 4, 2012 | By Hugo Martin, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The amount airlines are pocketing on passenger fees continues to rise, prompting the question: What new fees can carriers think up? The world's biggest airlines are expected to collect $36.1 billion in passenger fees - including charges to check bags, buy food and drinks and log into on-board wireless Internet - according to a study released last week by Wisconsin-based IdeaWorksCompany, a consultant on airline revenues, and Amadeus, a travel technology...
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November 1, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Come early, leave late - and it won't cost you a dime extra. That's the word from the swank Peninsula Beverly Hills at 9882 Santa Monica Blvd., which launched a new service it calls "Peninsula Time. " You can check in to a room or suite as early as 8 a.m. and check out as late as 10 p.m. the next day, provided you request the times in advance of your visit. No extra fee required - how refreshing! Of course, the hotel that rates five diamonds from AAA thrives on being on top of its game.
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October 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel Santa Monica are the L.A. area hotels that made Orbitz's 2012 Best in Stay list of top places to stay worldwide. The online travel company culled 200,000 hotel reviews and polled some travel experts to create the list that ranks the best hotels in 75 destinations. Winners in the West include the Argonaut in San Francisco, the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage  and the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore. The Four Seasons in Vail, Colo., was dubbed the best ski hotel, and Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, most romantic.
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January 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Chicago and Los Angeles topped the list of most popular travel destinations in 2011, according to booking data and online searches reviewed by the travel website Orbitz. But what was surprising about the top 10 list was the absence of coastal vacation spots such as San Diego, Honolulu and Miami. All three beach destinations, as well as New Orleans, made the top 10 list in 2010 but were bumped off in 2011 by Boston, Los Angeles, Denver and Atlanta. Orbitz analyzed search inquiries and found that the most popular perks among travelers booking hotel rooms in 2011 were convenient transportation, pools and extras such as spa services, fitness centers and wireless Internet.
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August 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Priceline Negotiator is back! William Shatner is reprising his role as the campy, popular pitchman in a commercial for the travel discounts website. His absence was short-lived -- it was only January when the Negotiator sacrificed himself to save a group of tourists, plunging off a bridge in a bus and meeting his purported demise in a fiery explosion . At the time, 80-year-old Shatner told reporters he was in "grief mode. " But then, 94% of customers told Priceline.com in a survey that they wanted the actor back.
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August 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Priceline Negotiator is back! William Shatner is reprising his role as the campy, popular pitchman in a commercial for the travel discounts website. His absence was short-lived -- it was only January when the Negotiator sacrificed himself to save a group of tourists, plunging off a bridge in a bus and meeting his purported demise in a fiery explosion . At the time, 80-year-old Shatner told reporters he was in "grief mode. " But then, 94% of customers told Priceline.com in a survey that they wanted the actor back.
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August 9, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The economic troubles in Europe are beginning to take a toll on online travel companies in the U.S. Shares of some of the biggest online travel websites dropped Wednesday, led by Priceline.com Inc. and Orbitz Worldwide Inc. The two companies generate a big chunk of revenue from international travel sales. The declines were in part triggered by sliding revenue forecasts by Priceline and Orbitz for the rest of the year. The travel sites said this week that Europeans, whose economy has been sideswiped by a recession, aren't booking as many tickets.
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