Travel

The Texas Public Radio travel program is designed to provide an opportunity for TPR listeners to visit the people and places they hear about everyday.  Since December 2007, more than 150 individuals have participated in 15 tours to diverse countries such as China, Peru, Russia, Italy, Germany, Egypt, Thailand, Costa Rica and Cuba. Texas Public Radio partners primarily with Collette Vacations on these tours.  A family owned and operated travel company, Collette Vacations has been leading tours since 1918.  They focus on the history, culture, architecture, environment, and people of each destination, and they are considered one of the best tour operators in the United States and Canada.

American Airlines recently unveiled its 787-8 Dreamliner. It carries 226 passengers, 198 of them in coach — and industry insiders have said if you’re not in first class, the airplane is uncomfortable for long trips. But the silver lining could be that when you get to the airport, you might almost mistake it for a shopping mall.

San Antonio On NYT’s Places To Visit In 2015

Jan 9, 2015

San Antonio has made it to a very exclusive list — NYT Travel’s “52 Places To Go In 2015.” In a list headlined by Milan (Italy), Cuba, Philadelphia, Yellowstone National Park, and the Elqui Valley in Chile, the Alamo City comes in at No. 36, one of 12 U.S. destinations to make the cut. The others are Orlando, Lower Manhattan, Steamboat Springs in Colorado, Cleveland, New Orleans, Bend (OR), The Catskills, Miami Beach, Tulsa, and the Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. The expanded River Walk and the area’s colonial missions, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, the Tobin Center For The Performing Arts, and the upcoming opening of the Hotel Emma, housed in a former 19th century brewery, all get a mention.

With gas and oil prices plunging, among those benefiting are airlines. With fuel prices down, profits are up, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to find cheap airfares, especially over the holidays.

The airline industry is predicting more people will take to the skies over Thanksgiving than any year since the start of the recession.

The weather in Chicago is not quite frightful yet, but the snow and cold is coming; so warm weather destinations for the holidays sound appealing.

FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

Jul 28, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.

Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a news release.

This week, the Department of Transportation hit Southwest Airlines with a $200,000 fine for touting a fare that did not exist. The carrier had said in a TV ad that customers in Atlanta could fly to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for just $59. But the bargain fare turned out to be too good to be true.

Southwest, which paid a fine for a similar problem last year, says the ad was a mistake. The airline pulled it as soon as the error was discovered.

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