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Travel Log: August 2003 Archives

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Have a Happy and Safe Labor Day

BizNetTravel would like to wish all of our customers and visitors to this site a happy and safe Labor Day. Please do be careful about drinking and driving, as the highways promise to be full of holiday-makers, and police around the country are stepping up enforcement of drunk-driving patrols. Sadly, the weather does not look great for this Labor Day weekend in the Midweast and East Coast, which is likely to cause delays at airports and for travel in general. USA Today reports on weather conditions and anticipated travel delays, while CNN reports on how the travel industry is showing signs of recovery that will include the busiest Labor Day travel weekend since 1995 this year.

Rick Bruner | August 29, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

WikiTravel: Do It Yourself Travel Guide

What's a "wiki?" you're probably wondering. (Or maybe not.) Well, it's from a Hawaiian word for "quick," but in the context of the Internet, it's a strange new type of web site that lets any reader edit the content. Sounds crazy, yes, but then this is the Internet, a wild and wacky place. One of the best examples of a wiki is the Wikipedia, a reader-created encyclopedia. Now, the travel industry has its own similar resource: WikiTraval.org, a user-created travel guide. From what we've browsed of it so far, it looks interesting, but it still needs a lot of cities to be filled in. Volunteer if you're so inspired (look for the "Edit this page" link on the bottom of content pages. Otherwise, check back again in a few months.

Rick Bruner | August 27, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Bound for Alaska

This may not seem like the perfect time to feature a profile on Alaska, with autumn approaching, but the New York Times has a nice spread anyway of three travel pieces on that great state this week. Check it out here.

Rick Bruner | August 25, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Best Western Promotion Lets You Earn Double Miles

Best Western hotels is having a special running from Sept. 1 through Jan. 14, 2004 whereby guests can earn double airline miles at any Best Western in the USA, Canada, the Caribbean, Asia or South America. Participating airlines include Air Canada, Alaska, America West, American, Asiana, Delta, Northwest, Thai Airways and United. You need to register in advance at BestWesternDoubleUp.com or 800-259-8741. Use promotion code BWDBL.

Rick Bruner | August 25, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

How to Rent Vacation Property in Europe

A piece in the NY Times today offers practical advice for anyone who would like to rent a vacation home for part of the summer in Europe or elsewhere. It covers topics from how to do research online to what kinds of questions you should be sure to ask (e.g., is there a microwave? a washer & dryer? is the water potable?) to advice on methods of payment and more. Here is the link.

Rick Bruner | August 25, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Web Hotel Booking Heats Up, Still Room for Improvement

A piece in the New York Times points out that more people are booking their hotel rooms online, pressuring hotel chains to put more emphasis on their web sites. The article quotes one analyst who says that bookings done through large travel portals, such as Orbitz or Expedia, often get mishandled by hotels and up to 10% of the time rooms are not registered when the guest shows up. Just another reason to have a great travel agent, like BizNetTravel!

Rick Bruner | August 22, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

EasyJet Offers Branded Air-Sick Bags From Klick Photopoint

Europe's largest discount airline, EasyJet, has entered an interesting coop-marketing deal with Klick Photopoint, the UK's largest film processor: branded air-sick bags that double as mail-in photo-processing envelops. Bloomberg reports as does the EasyJet website.

Rick Bruner | August 22, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Delta, Continental, American Ease Ticket Restrictions

Several major airlines announced this week to give travelers up to a year to rebook unused nonrefundable tickets. Reuters reports.

Rick Bruner | August 21, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Hooters Gives Rise to New Airline

Had trouble getting used to called "stewardesses" "flight attendants"? Maybe you're prefer to just call them "Hooters Girls," as the new in-flight staff of the new airline are officially called. Best of all, they come dressed in the standard attire of the waitresses in Hooters restaurants: tanktops and short-shorts. The New York Times reports on this most unorthodox new airline startup.

Rick Bruner | August 19, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)

Continental, Northwest Benefit From Cooperation

The New York Times' travel expert Joe Sharkey has an interesting piece about how, in an era of cut-throat competition in the travel business, the cordial cooperation between Continental and Northwest have made them two of the most stable airlines in the business. Here's the article.

Rick Bruner | August 19, 2003 | Permanent link | Comments (0)


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