March 17, 2013 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
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.
November 4, 2012 |
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...
November 1, 2012 |
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.
October 16, 2012 |
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.
August 15, 2012 |
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.