Denver, JFK lack accessibility
The dubious distinction of least accessible airport in the world falls on Denver International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to a ranking of the world's 30 busiest airports by the Global Gateway Alliance, a New York advocacy group promoting improved public access.
United errs on cheap tickets
United Airlines is blaming an error in converting currency for its accidental sale of steeply discounted tickets through a Danish version of its website. Because of the error, United began selling thousands of ultra-cheap tickets the morning of Feb. 11, including first-class transatlantic flights departing from England for as little as $51. Within a few hours the airline stopped those sales and issued a statement saying it would not honor those prices.
Los Angeles Times
Britain, France mark Churchill anniversary
Fifty years after his death and 75 since being appointed prime minister and delivering his "Finest Hour" speech to the House of Commons, Sir Winston Churchill is being memorialized in England and France. At Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, where Churchill was born and spent most of his childhood, a refurbished Churchill exhibition, along with the palace and its gardens, opened Feb. 14. The palace will host a variety of Churchill-related events this year, including the June opening of the Kim Wilkie-designed Memorial Garden, which is near the restored Temple of Diana, where Churchill proposed to his future wife, Clementine. From April 10 to July 26, a special exhibition on Churchill and Charles de Gaulle will be featured at the Musée de l'Armée in Paris. Tour operator Tauck is partnering with Churchill's granddaughter and biographer, Celia Sandys, for three itineraries beginning in April, one a land journey and the others river trips.
New York Times
Deal of the week
Golf, brews, suite part of Oregon package
Pronghorn, an Auberge Resort in Bend, Ore., is offering a sporty package from April 1 through June 30. The Links, Lines and Lagers package costs $1,210 per couple (plus 14 percent tax) and includes two nights in a junior suite; a six-pack of local craft brew and a charcuterie plate; a half-day guided fishing trip for two on the Crooked River, including equipment, drinks and snacks; a bus tour of local breweries; a round of golf on Pronghorn's Jack Nicklaus course, including cart and forecaddie; airport transfers, and transportation to excursions. Priced separately, the package would cost 20 percent more. Info: 1-866-320-5024; pronghorn.aubergeresorts.com/special-offers.
on the web
Site specializes in multi-city itineraries
Vamo.com combines itinerary inspiration with multi-stop flight and hotel booking for global destinations. Use one of its itineraries or create your own. If you're surfing for a package deal on Vamo, the website will offer you cash back when you book one of its hotel options. It's easy to filter for budget, midrange and high-end options so you can customize your style of travel. The flight itinerary was broken into individual segments so that if you didn't like a segment when booking, you could opt out but keep the others. In testing actual flights, the site was easy to use, but the price was about the same as BootsnAll and AirTreks, two other round-the-world fare finders.
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