The airline industry’s frequent-flier programs, introduced 25 years ago this month, seem to be under attack as never before. Reiss and a fast-growing number of other critics â€” consumers and experts alike â€” say the programs are becoming more trouble than they’re worth to travelers and have outlived their appeal.
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Cayo Costa, a tiny Gulf Coast barrier island, is one of the least visited of Florida’s state parks. Which is exactly why people are drawn to this sanctuary of white-sand beaches and oak-palm hammocks, a place so remote that it can be reached only by boat. Come to think of it, that’s why I was there, too. To get away from it all.
As the summer travel season began in earnest this past weekend, Americans were indulging their wanderlust, jamming highways, and filling airports, motels and eateries. But in some small ways, travelers interviewed across the country over the weekend said they were cutting their spending and downsizing their plans for summer trips.
You think your commute to work is bad? Imagine that your office is 3,000 miles from your home. Or 5,000. Ridiculous, you say? But that’s the reality for thousands of airline employees who’ve got friends, family and a nice house in a town far from their airline hub. Is the commute worth it?
A passenger was spotted jumping overboard from a cruise ship returning from the British Virgin Islands, but no sign of the person was found after searching half a day, officials said Sunday.