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Delayed, Cancelled Flights on Upswing
Flight delays and cancellations are mounting for U.S. travelers as the financially ailing airline industry juggles rising fuel prices, weather, labor troubles and more passengers. One of every four domestic flights was late in August, worse than a year ago, when nearly 80 percent arrived on time, according to monthly data released Monday by the Transportation Department.
SOURCE: USA Today
Increasing Hotel Rates, Fewer Corporate Deals
Hotel chains are pushing for substantial rate increases and are reducing the number of corporate deals they are offering as they negotiate with buyers for 2006 contracts. A PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst said last week that while average daily rates overall are expected to increase on average by 4.7 percent next year, corporate customers, particularly those favoring higher-tier hotels, will see even greater increases, in the 5 percent to 5.5 percent range.
Attendants, Airlines Watching Ps & Qs
Union officials say that in the post-9/11 atmosphere, flight attendants are more inclined to weed out a noncompliant passenger before a flight takes off. Passengers who don't follow the requests of a flight attendant should be prepared to suffer the consequences. And there are no warnings. Airlines side with their flight attendants in any dispute. Some airlines even keep their own lists of ejected passengers, who are in some cases barred from future flights.
SOURCE: The Washington Post