07/19/13

Sales and Specials

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USA TODAY Flights keeps you in the air with the latest airline news, flight trackers and airport guides. For sale: Up to 1 million frequent-flier miles 

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07/19/13

Travel Photo Gallery and Importing Photos

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See the world’s greatest travel photography in Condé Nast Traveller’s travel photo galleries. Travel photography from Condé Nast Traveller magazine and 

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07/18/13

Travel Photos

 

Great Travel Photo Tips from National Geographic

Great Travel Photo Tips from National Geographic

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Travel photography tips and pictures, photos, photo gallery, picture gallery, desktop wallpaper, from National Geographic.

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07/17/13

Travel Tips, Travel Warnings, Travel News

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The world is an ever-changing place and the amount of information available is astounding.  This site is dedicated to offering you the best information from around the world.

Whether you are an occasional tourist, or a seasoned Traveler, the internet can provide some great information and news about the locations you are headed to.  Check out the various topics and see if something catches your eye.

Need Travel Tips?  Looking for Airline Specials?  Or, are you just interested in reading about people who have followed their dreams and made them a reality by Traveling Around The World? You can find all that and more here, at TravelNewsYouCanUse.com.

09/26/12

AA Pilots and Management Cause cancellations

AA Flight Delays and Cancellation

 

Airline and Pilot dispute set up disaster and delays

If you’ve had to travel lately, then you may have noticed American Airlines cancelling flights through Dallas, and it doesn’t look like the cancellations are going to stop any time before November.  So far we’ve seen more than 300 cancellations and a larger number of flight delays due to maintenance write ups.

Here’s a great article from DeAnn Smith with a video reference on that page that talks about how this affecting travelers – just click for more information.  The bickering back and forth between pilots and management has come to a head with passengers stuck in the middle and until this is resolved it looks as if passengers will be on the receiving end of the short stick.

American Airlines has been battling bankruptcy and an economy of increased fuel charges.  The combination has proved too much for this new wave of maintenance delays but the issues aren’t all black and white.  There is no wrong or right when it comes to making sure safety is thought of first.  The New York Times shares it’s information on the internal strife at American Airlines and what is happening behind the scenes.

In the last few years  American Airlines has paid the FAA for penalties and fines in the area of maintenance.  With this in mind, the intentional write-ups just prior to take off may be considered a Union tactic, but the conditions written up are no laughing matter.

The stoppage is expected to take place through the month of October and travelers can continue to see flights cancelled and delayed.  As a traveler, it might be best to avoid connections via DFW and make sure you purchase travel insurance.

03/20/12

Cincinnati Number 1 on Bed Bug

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When the bed bug problem gained notoriety it was with reports coming out of New York, but a new ranking by ABC News shows a report by the Rollins Corporation and new cities have ranked higher for bed bug treatments this last year.

The Rollins Corporation is in the business of pest control and tracks the number of bed bug infestations around the US.  Cincinnati is now ranked number 1 for the highest number of bed bug treatments for the year of 2012.  New York is still in the top 10 but other major cities have seen an explosion of bed bugs and it looks as if the problem is getting worse instead of better.

New City Infestation List

Although Cincinnati is number 1, there are some significant changes to a list that seems to gain in strength; the most notable is that the Dallas/Ft. Worth area has gone from the bottom of the list to a ranking in the top 10 to settle in at number 7.  Also, Los Angeles added to their bed bug problem and topped the charts rising 20 spots to come in at number 5.

The nature of the bed bug is devious in that it is difficult to see, hard to kill, and can lay dormant for weeks and even months.  They can be spread from person to person with casual contact, can hitch a ride on a lobby room chair, live in your car, or even cling to a dress tried on in a dressing room, and it doesn’t matter how clean you are; everyone is at risk.

The difficulty in finding bed bugs in hotels and tourist locations is compounded by the fact that people tend to stay for only a night or two and evidence of bed bugs can be hidden for weeks.  If a traveler encounters bed bugs and then continues traveling; each of those locations can become infected.  It’s a vicious cycle that takes time, effort, and money to clear up.

Hard to Kill Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are hard to kill and traditional pesticides and cleaning methods don’t work.  Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult at best, but if you travel frequently there are measures you can take to keep the possibility of contamination down to a minimum.  Before you travel consider checking the bed bug registry website.  This site is community driven and can provide information on current infestations and locations to avoid.  Taking simple precautions can help you avoid bringing the bed bugs back to your home where they can breed and become a nightmare.

The following suggestions were taken from the book “How to Avoid Bed Bugs When Traveling” by B Wellman available from Amazon.com as a kindle download.

-Before making a reservation check the bedbugregistry.com

-Consider calling the hotel and ask to speak to Housekeeping – they will be the ones to know if a recent infestation has occurred.

-Pack only what you need, the less you have with you, the less chance you will have to bring in clothing that has been infected.

-Use hard-sided luggage – this makes it difficult for the bed bug to hide in the crevices of your cloth luggage or garment bag.

-Pack all your clothes into plastic zip bags within your suitcase.

-When entering a hotel room, do not open your luggage until you have inspected the bed sheets and keep your luggage on a smooth surface such as a coffee table, desk, or in the bathroom.

-If you must have your clothes out – hang them up and never lay out the clothes on the bed spread.

-When returning be sure to repack your clothes in zip bags and wash them as soon as you arrive home, even if you did not actually wear the item.

There are many precautions you can take to keep you and your household safe from bed bugs, it takes a bit of adjustment but can greatly reduce your chance of infection.

03/19/12

American Fires Video Star Flight Attendant

David Gailand Fired for Sense of Humor

American has fired the YouTube Video Star Flight Attendant, Gailen David.  Gailen shot to YouTube fame with snarky videos depicting characters in charge of American Airlines hiring and firing.  His videos went viral and landed him on several shows and news broadcasts adding to the massive views.

American fired the long time attendant this weekend after spending 25 years with the company.  The AFPA (Asssociation of Professional Flight Attendants) has confirmed they will file a greivence for wrongful termination against American Airlines on his behalf.

His videos have won the respect of many and have been featured on several shows, this is obviously not what American Airlines needs as it continues through their bankruptcy dealings.

Check out these videos from a previous post.