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If you do your travel planning entirely on Web sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline, you're losing out. Many of the world's least expensive, most convenient airlines don't show up on those travel agency Web sites at all.
Regal Cruises, which for years has operated its single ship, Regal Empress, out of seasonal homeports New York and Port Manatee, Florida, announced on April 28 that it is ceasing operations immediately following legal difficulties with creditors.
Travel packager Gate 1 Travel has assembled a series of 11 far-flung getaways over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The prices are affordable, but more importantly, part of the cost is being donated to the P.O.W. Network.
Tahiti Vacations has extended its splendiferous May-only deals through June 23, 2003, giving everyone a chance to consider visiting the one of the most sought after island destinatoins in the world. Prices for seven-night packages start as low as $999, including air from Los Angeles.
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Betsy Alles: "My husband and I are hoping to fly to Seattle to do some biking this summer. Airline tickets are $156 round trip (a steal), but the cost to bring our bicycles is $160 each round trip!! How can the airlines justify this when they allow for golf clubs and other sports items at no additional charge!"
From Robert Bump: "Downloadable coupons give students and their parents a chance to visit college campuses @ 50% off the lowest available fare. Coupons must be signed by a high school counselor and submitted to the Amtrak agent @ time of purchase."
From Cliff Ginsberg: "Did a quick overnighter in Amarillo last week and rented a Hertz deal off of SWA site for $18.99 plus, plus, total about $28 for a one day. Received my invoice confirmation from them yesterday for $51. They had the nerve to charge me $9.50 for being 1 hour late, or virtually 1/2 the daily rate, and also tried to rip me off for gas at $4.99/USG when I had topped off the tank on the way to airport!"
From elinor l hood: "Last year American offered 10,000 miles if I got their $50 credit card. Since that put me just over the 25,000 mile bench mark, I bought into it as did my husband on a second credit card. I tried to use my free ticket recently when my mother across the country got out of a nursing home after a hospital stay. I was flexible so they had a flight. However, they wanted $60 since I was flying in less than 3 weeks and it would be $100 if I needed to change the return."
From Erwin Benz: "If you are going on a cruise in the near future that includes a stop at Belize City. I offer some important info. I recently was aboard the Celebrity Galaxy that made a one day stop. We took the "City and Sanctuary Tour" aboard a motorcoach. The tour takes you through the extreme poverty sections of Belize City. It is not pretty and if you are not up to seeing real third world poverty do not venture from the port."
 
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