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Major Storm Threatens Thanksgiving Travel

Forecasters see a couple of scenarios

(Newser) - A major storm could throw a wrench into the plans of Thanksgiving travelers next week. It's too soon to know how the weather will break, meteorologists said, but several ways could affect millions of people planning holiday trips, USA Today reports. "We could be looking at a huge...

World Cruise With $73K Base Fare Sells Out in 3 Hours

Fares on the Regent Seven Seas cruise go as high as nearly $200K

(Newser) - A four month cruise went on sale last week and sold out within three hours despite the pandemic havoc (and continued uncertainty ) wreaked upon the industry as a whole. Don't feel left out, though—you probably couldn't have afforded a ticket, anyway. With a base fare of...

As Bookings Rebound, Airline to Hire 300 Pilots

Business still is down from 2019, but bookings are climbing

(Newser) - United Airlines said Thursday it plans to hire about 300 pilots, another sign that airlines feel more confident that a recent increase in travel will continue. The airline plans to start by hiring pilots who received conditional job offers or had a class for new hires canceled last year, the...

World's Oldest Travel Company Collapses

UK launches 'biggest peacetime repatriation'

(Newser) - The world's oldest travel company has collapsed after the failure of last-ditch talks, leaving around 600,000 travelers stranded around the globe. The UK Civil Aviation Authority said late Sunday that Thomas Cook has ceased trading "with immediate effect." Britain has now launched what officials call its...

One Industry That May Be Seeing a 'Trump Bump'

US tourism isn't seeing a slump

(Newser) - Last winter, the US tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. There might even be a "Trump...

US Lets Google Buy Online Fare Tracker, With Strings

Feds approve $700 million purchase of ITA

(Newser) - Government officials are letting Google proceed with its $700 million purchase of airline fare tracker ITA Software, a deal that will establish the search giant as a key player in the online travel market. The purchase gives Google control over the technology that powers the reservation systems of most major...

Racist Email About First Lady Stings Tenn. Exec

Hospitality official forwards comparison of Michelle Obama and chimp

(Newser) - A Tennessee tourism executive is backtracking after forwarding an email that compared Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee. Tennessee Hospitality Association CEO Walt Baker has apologized to "anyone who is offended by this action" and "the people of Tennessee, and to anybody that has either seen or been affected...

American Airlines Will Charge $8 for a Blanket

Passengers must pony up to bundle up on long domestic flights

(Newser) - Bundle up, air travelers: Blankets cost extra now, too. American Airlines will begin charging coach passengers $8 for a blanket on long domestic flights and some international routes. On flights of 2 hours or less, no blankets will be available, no matter how much money you throw around. On the...

Anonymous Posters Bedevil TripAdvisor
Anonymous Posters Bedevil TripAdvisor

Anonymous Posters Bedevil TripAdvisor

Hotel ranking site shows dangers of crowdsourcing

(Newser) - Some recent snafus have taught TripAdvisor the hard way that crowdsourcing may be powerful, but it isn’t always reliable. In one recent incident, a new boutique hotel shot to the top of the site’s Miami Beach hotel rankings on a flood of positive reviews—until one reviewer implied...

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