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How to get reservations in popular national park lodges

(USA Today) Room availability in national park lodges is frequently in short supply, especially during the busy summer season. Overall, the number of rooms in America’s national-park lodges has remained essentially unchanged for decades. An increasing number of travelers chasing the same number of rooms inevitably leads to reservation difficulties. Although it can be quite difficult to obtain a room …

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Eurostar suspended due to adverse weather

Eurostar has suspended operations for the rest of the today (March 12), due to adverse weather conditions in northern France and Belgium. The high-speed rail operator said that “Conditions are so poor, that many people in the region have been unable to travel to work following road closures and cancellation of commuter services”. As a result Eurostar said that “Passengers …

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Delta CEO criticizes move allowing small knives on airplanes

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson said Friday he objects to the federal Transportation Security Administration’s move this week to allow small pocketknives on airplanes. “These items have been banned for more than 11 years and will add little value to the customer security process flow in relation to the additional risk for our cabin staff and customers,” Anderson said in …

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Tote this gear, and you’ll be traveling with ease

USA Today recently reviewed the latest offerings in luggage and carry-ons at the Travel Goods Association’s annual expo in Las Vegas last week, where 260 exhibitors displayed 450 brands. Here’s a look at some new items to consider adding to your travel arsenal. Genius Packer 22″ Carry-On Ideal for travelers who unapologetically admit to obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to …

US Airways-American Airlines to merge

The new airline, which will use the American Airlines name, will beef up American’s network, particularly along the East Coast, where US Airways is a major player with its Washington-New York Shuttle and hubs in Philadelphia and Charlotte. The proposed merger of US Air and American parent AMR, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, is the latest in a …

Air Canada Announces Low Cost Carrier Rouge

Air Canada Rouge, the latest low cost carrier to appear on the horizon will fly from Toronto and Montreal to Edinburgh, Athens, Venice, Cuba, Costa Rica, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Flights, which begin in July,  will be on 767s and contain both business class and economy seats.

Delta to Start New Nonstop Service Between Los Angeles and Seattle

Delta Air Lines will add three daily flights between Los Angeles and Seattle, beginning April 8, 2013. Delta is rapidly growing Seattle as an Asian gateway and recently received approval for new service to Shanghai for summer 2013. Delta also has an extensive codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines in Seattle, providing customers access to more than 50 domestic markets. The new service …

Avis to buy Zipcar, enter car-sharing business

Avis is buying Zipcar, the largest car-sharing network in the world, a move that will allow the traditional car rental company to tap into the increasingly popular alternative of car sharing. For travelers visiting large metro areas, car sharing offers a less-expensive alternative to renting a car for a full day. The purchase also would allow Avis to better match up …

China to open world’s longest high-speed rail line

China will open the world’s longest high-speed rail line next week when a link between Beijing and the southern metropolis of Guangzhou is inaugurated, officials said on Saturday. The 2,298-km (1,428-mile) line, parts of which are already in operation, will begin full service on Wednesday, halving travel time to less than 10 hours on trains which will run at 300 kph …