July 14, 2011 |
If you're trying to get information from the website of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) about how to cope with the " Carmageddon " 405 Freeway closure this weekend, be patient. [ Updated at 3:30 p.m. July 14: LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says via email that the website was down because the database connection to the server was temporarily lost.] [ Updated at 2:20 p.m. July 14: The LAX website is back up. Here's a link to the 405 Freeway Alert page.]
August 1, 2010 |
Connecting … Solo Travel Network, http://www.cstn.org , can connect travelers with possible partners. CouchSurfing, http://www.couchsurfing.org , connects travelers with hosts who lend their couches or beds. Hosts list profiles, dates available and the condition of their home. Travelers also have online profiles with their backgrounds, interests, hobbies and professions. Both hosts and travelers undergo a verification process. Nonprofit Earthwatch, http://www.
May 26, 2013
EUROPE Workshop Veteran travelers will offer tips on planning, budgeting, lodging, transportation, packing and other topics for first-time visitors to Europe. When, where: 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hostelling International Travel Store, 1434 2nd St., Santa Monica. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (310) 393-6263. Please email announcements at least three weeks before the event to firstname.lastname@example.org .
November 1, 2013 |
As thousands of travelers dealt with delayed and canceled flights in the wake of Friday morning's LAX shootings, several airlines loosened their rules for rebooking. But their offers varied. Here's a round-up of what Alaska, American, Delta, United, US Airways and Virgin America -- some of the largest among the many carriers using LAX -- are doing. Bear in mind that change fees have been climbing in recent years. Since May, American, Delta, United and US Airways have all been charging a $200 ticket-change fee on non-refundable fares for domestic flights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1988
While the results of the recent traffic poll were interesting and predictable, I would like the pollsters to ascertain where all those people are going on the weekends. Have you tried going south on the San Diego Freeway on a Saturday afternoon? After living in Mission Viejo for 10 years, the continually heavier weekend traffic has always baffled me. Where is everyone going? VENA GARRETT Mission Viejo
January 28, 2013 |
If you are a member of a hotel loyalty program, you are probably not very loyal to your hotel. That is one finding of a survey of about 4,000 travelers by Deloitte & Touche about how they book hotels and what guides their decisions. Only 1 in 4 travelers spent more than 75% of their nights at their preferred brand, and 65% of frequent travelers reported staying in two or more hotel brands in the last six months, according to the survey, released last week. Only 19% of those who responded to the survey said that a loyalty program was very important when choosing a hotel.
December 23, 2012 |
If you check into a hotel in Charlotte, N.C., consider visiting the NASCAR Hall of Fame. After all, 2% of the taxes you pay for your hotel room support the facility. Across the country, taxes charged on hotel, car rental and restaurant bills go to a variety of causes besides filling the local government coffers, according to a review of travel-related taxes by the travel planning website Away.com . In Tampa, 0.5% of hotel taxes and 0.5% of car rental taxes are used to help the homeless.
December 12, 2011 |
After elderly passengers at JFK Airport complained about how they were treated by the Transportation Security Administration , the agency said Sunday it would establish an information line that travelers who are disabled or need assistance can call before flying. The TSA blog post written by blogger Bob Burns said in part: "[W]e're in the process of establishing an 800 number dedicated to travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, or those who may require assistance during screening.
February 8, 2012 |
A test program that allows air travelers who voluntarily offer background information to zip through faster airport security lines without removing shoes, belts and coats will be expanded to 28 new airports, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday. The PreCheck program has been tested for several months at nine airports, including Los Angeles International Airport, and has already been used to screen 336,000 passengers. “We are pleased to expand this important effort, in collaboration with our airline and airport partners, as we move away from a one-size-fits-all approach to a more intelligence-driven, risk-based transportation security system," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.
December 23, 2012 |
A bit like Santa crashing through the roof, snow is expected to make a not-entirely-welcome appearance across the U.S. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. More than 93 million people will travel an average of 760 miles during the holidays, according to AAA , the motorists' organization, and will encounter challenging weather across the country. Some parts of Oklahoma, northern Arkansas and southern Missouri could see up to 6 inches of snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to AccuWeather.