Summer in Croatia
Croatia is a popular vacation destination this year, and data from Expedia indicate that airfare to both Dubrovnik and Split this summer is 30 percent lower than it was last summer. Options for trips in August and September include a seven-night getaway on the island of Vis, offered by WearActive. Guests stay in a seaside stone cottage, and activities include yoga, snorkeling, biking, hiking and kayaking (from $1,130, including accommodations, most activities and meals). Intrepid Travel also has several itineraries including the eight-day Croatia Sailing Adventure-Split to Dubrovnik, where guests travel on a yacht along the Dalmatian Coast and stop at several islands, including Hvar and Korcula (from $1,600, inclusive of accommodations on a yacht).
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United offers ‘flex’ scheduling
United Airlines is quietly unveiling a new platform to manage the problem of oversold flights. With its new Flex-Schedule Program, the airline is piloting a way to buck the trend of involuntary bumping, without necessarily curbing their practice of overselling inventory. (United suffered a publicity black eye this year when police dragged a man off an overbooked plane.) Instead, it’ll simply offer buyouts earlier — up to five days in advance. If it’s looking like your seat has turned into a hot commodity, you’ll be offered the chance to tweak your itinerary in exchange for a travel voucher up to $250. Accept the bid if you wish, and you’ll be rebooked within 24 hours. Only those who book on United.com and opt in to receive marketing messages will be eligible.
Book five nights and receive two free nights at Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. A seven-night stay in a garden-view deluxe room starts at $2,712, including taxes and service charges — a savings of $1,050. Rate also includes rentals for snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, plus daily continental breakfast. Valid through Nov. 5. (Info: 1-877-733-3611, malliouhana.aubergeresorts.com)