A New Magazine And Discount Flights To Boston

What's The Deal

August 23, 2009|By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN

The lazy days of summer are soon giving way to the busy bees of fall. In that spirit, let's pause to catch up on some travel news that you may have missed in between days at the shore.

New magazine. The bimonthly magazine Afar launches this month with a focus on travelers who are looking for meaning and authenticity. More info at afar.com.

Boston or bust. Southwest last week began flights to Boston from BWI-Marshall Airport. It joins AirTran and next month, JetBlue comes aboard. In the face of increasing competition, Delta discontinued its nonstop flights from BWI to Boston last week. That leaves the three discount airlines to battle it out for supremacy. Flights are already as low as $39 each way.

All-you-can-jet. It's too late to get in on this particular airfare buffet, but it's still a talker. JetBlue has been offering a $599 All-You-Can-Jet pass that gives fliers unlimited travel for a month. "The reception this pass has received has been overwhelming and exceeded any expectations we had for the promotion," said JetBlue spokesman Sebastian White in an e-mail. He said the company may look at doing something similar in the future. Sign me up.

Obama's travels. President Obama and his family have certainly spent their summer on the go. The Obamas have visited Moscow, London, Paris, Rome and the coast of Ghana. Back home, the first lady took her daughters on a day trip to the Shenandoah Valley in July. Last weekend, the family headed to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. And today, they're expected to arrive in Martha's Vineyard. Malia and Sasha could probably write a book about how they spent their summer vacation.

Marriott mistake. Bethesda-based Marriott International Inc. made an apology last week related to a lawsuit against one of its hotels in Connecticut. The Stamford Marriott is being sued by a woman who was raped at gunpoint in front of her young children in the hotel's parking garage in 2006. In its defense, the hotel blamed the victim, saying that the woman had "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities." After the court filing became public, Marriott issued a statement saying it was "profoundly sorry." The hotel also said the situation has "created a mistaken impression that Marriott lacks respect" for victims of violent crimes. Really?

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