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Alaska Airlines Is Doing Away with Virgin America

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/24/2017, 12:00 AM

The highly regarded, much-beloved Virgin America is getting the ax. Alaska Airlines, which acquired the carrier in a $2.6-billion merger in December, has announced plans to fully absorb the Virgin America brand by the end of 2019. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines made the purchase in a bid to become the dominant carrier on the West Coast. Though Alaska has been known primarily for its afford...

Underwater Tours of Titanic Shipwreck Coming in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2017, 12:00 AM

Underwater tours of the Titanic shipwreck site will begin heading beneath the waves in May 2018. And just like a first-class ticket aboard the doomed ship's first and only sailing in 1912, the price is obscenely high. Operated by UK tour company Blue Marble Private, the eight-day voyage—which takes passengers from Newfoundland to 2 miles below the Atlantic Ocean and back—costs an incredible $...

Alabama Offering Free Statewide Walking Tours in April

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2017, 12:00 AM

For 14 years, Alabama has been offering a unique way to get to know that state and enjoy the spring weather at the same time: Saturday morning walking tours held throughout the month of April at numerous locations statewide. This year's batch of weekly hourlong tours begins at 10am on April 1 in 28 participating towns, and will continue each Saturday morning in the month, ending on April 29. ...

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Surely Merits a Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/21/2017, 8:00 PM

Opening soon in Philadelphia: a museum filled with art and artifacts chronicling America's battle for independence in the 18th century....

Teenager Finds Big Diamond at Arkansas State Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/21/2017, 12:00 AM

A 14-year-old found a 7.44-carat diamond last week at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, where visitors can look around for gems and keep whatever they find. The shiny, dark brown rock discovered by Kalel Langford turned out to be the seventh-largest diamond found at the park since it opened in 1972. Langford, who was visiting the site with his parents, had only been there for about...

A Virtual Avalanche of Websites Renting Short-Term Apartments Has Followed the Much-Publicized Success of Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/20/2017, 8:00 PM

A host of home-sharing sites, from those offering upscale accommodations to those promising inclusive attitudes, prove that Airbnb isn't the only rental game in town—any town....

Dates for Summer's Cheapest Airfares

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/20/2017, 12:00 AM

As you plan your summer travels, here's a day to circle on your calendar: June 6. That's when airfares should be at their lowest during the period from June through September, according to an analysis of thousands of flights, conducted by CheapAir.com. The company's CEO, Jeff Klee, told Condé Nast Traveler that flights throughout the summer are expected to be less expensive than last year...

Trump's Budget Calls for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/17/2017, 12:00 AM

One of the travel-related items in President Donald Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a provision to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system. Right now, air traffic control is one of the functions of the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump would like to turn that duty over to an "independent, non-governmental organization." Privatization has the approval of the majo...

Historic Philadelphia Sites Close Due to Trump's Federal Hiring Freeze

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/16/2017, 12:00 AM

Seven historical attractions in Philadelphia have been closed as a result of President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal jobs. The sites affected include two notable landmarks, both in the Old City, relating to U.S. Founders: the house where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and the home and print shop of Benjamin Franklin. Presumably caused by understaffing, the...

Two U.S. Airlines Halting Flights to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2017, 12:00 AM

Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are both stopping their flights to Cuba, the carriers announced this week. Frontier, which has been operating one daily flight between Miami and Havana since December 1, 2016, will halt service to the island on June 4. The company cites lack of customer demand as the reason. Silver currently flies to nine Cuban cities from Fort Lauderdale, and the airli...

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