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Thursday, November 1, 2007
Our anonymous confessor has been in airline public relations, marketing, and customer relations for a decade now. He spills the secrets on reimbursement for lost luggage, who to complain to, and why "only a few people will get the cheapest fares." read more

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Clothing designed by fashion designer Takuya Angel
Hitting bookstores today, The Tokyo Look Book offers a colorful peek at what the kids are wearing these days on the sidewalks and catwalks of the capital city. It's the agony and ecstasy of high school, with a uniquely Japanese twist. Check out our slide show of images from the book. read more
Every weekday, our blog dishes up the latest info on money-saving websites, trip-planning tools, and the hottest destinations. Here's a sampling of recent posts.
The Haydenettes
Bryant Park, a popular lunch spot in midtown Manhattan, was briefly transformed earlier this week into a scene recalling Will Ferrell's hit comedy, Blades of Glory. Professional skaters in sparkly costumes performed for the grand opening of The Pond at Bryant Park, a rink surrounded by trees, gleaming skyscrapers, and, as of late November, a holiday market. Get details and view our slide show of the event! read more
Southwest Airlines has begun to offer one-night air/hotel vacations packages. These one-night stays may especially appeal to cruisers looking to fly into, or out of, a port town before or after a cruise. why it's a deal
Magdeburger Bridge, Hamburg, Germany Nonstop airfare and three nights in Hamburg—a major port city on the Elbe River where the Beatles made their mark in the early 60s—from $570. why it's a deal
Airfare, transfers, and five nights at an all-inclusive beach resort in Ocho Rios, from $699.
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Reader Tips
Check with your cruise line to see if passengers are allowed to bring wine on board. On our last cruise, my husband and I brought our favorite bottle of cabernet, which costs $110 at our local wine store. There was a $10 corkage fee to drink it in the ship's restaurant (but none to drink it in our stateroom). If we had ordered the same bottle off the wine list, we would've paid almost $200 more. —Cheri Flores, Fort Worth, Tex. read more
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