Travel talk_ cheap airfare to europe, flight delays, hong kong _ pittsburgh post-gazette

Q: It seems like cheap airfare abounds in Europe, with budget airlines making it more affordable now to fly then to take the train from places like Rome to Madrid, London to Berlin, etc. Hotel stadtmitte berlin Will the U.S. Berlin hotel savoy ever see cheap intercontinental airfares like Europe is seeing? Flying is becoming more and more difficult for the middle class.

A: Foreign low-fare carriers are slowly infiltrating our market. Hotel sylter hof berlin Icelandair, Wow Air and Turkish Airlines all offer low fares to Europe. If you need a warm weather getaway, several U.S. Berlin hotel intercontinental airlines (JetBlue, Spirit) offer low fares to southern destinations, such the Caribbean, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and El Salvador. The major carriers also have frequent sales on European destinations. Berlin hotel cheap Check their websites for sales. Hotel berlin mit schwimmbad — Andrea Sachs

Q: My recent trip on an international American Airlines flight was delayed by 24 hours by the airline.

N hotel berlin I was never informed of the delay (I found out from Google), I had to pay for a night in a hotel and meals, and had to rebook my connecting flight as the airline didn’t bother to do this. Berlin hotel istanbul None of the crew on the aircraft acknowledged this delay. Hotel california berlin When I sought verification of this incident, one representative of the airline insisted to me that the flight was delayed by six minutes, but another representative emailed me verification of the delay, citing the cause as “maintenance.” Should the airline compensate me for the costs I incurred or the inconvenience? (I have travel insurance and will seek reimbursement. Berlin hotel tiergarten ) If so, how might I pursue this? Thanks for your advice!

A: American should have notified you of the delay and possibly covered your expenses. Hoteli v berlin I say “possibly” because under the airline’s conditions of carriage — the legal agreement between you and the airline — the company helps you only with certain kinds of delays. Hotel zentral berlin For example, in the event of a mechanical delay, the airline would cover your meals and accommodations; for a weather delay, it wouldn’t. Hotel adlon berlin Another factor is your destination. Hotel adlon berlin storia If you’re flying within the European Union, or from the EU back to the States, then you’d be covered under EU 261, the European consumer protection law. One hotel berlin Send a brief, polite email to one of the American Airlines executive contacts I list on my consumer advocacy site, In hotel berlin If you don’t hear back, please let me know. Budget hotel berlin I’ll do my best to help. Sterne hotel berlin — Christopher Elliott

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Q: Is Hong Kong worth spending a few days in during a quick two-week trip to Asia? How much time should be spent there — three days? What are the must-sees? I like food, culture, hiking, shopping for inexpensive trinkets.

A: Hong Kong was the last stop on our around-the-world trip, and it was one of my favorite destinations. 2 sterne hotel berlin (My other fave was Madagascar.) We only had two days, which we easily filled with activities from morning to night (HK rarely sleeps). Hotel am zoo berlin Our one big outing was to Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, which is accessible by metro and cable car. Berlin alexanderplatz hotel You can hike around the mountain and eat a veg meal at the monastery. Berlin hotel reviews We also visited Victoria Peak at sunset; the line for the tram was long and the site was crowded. Berlin plaza hotel I was a bit grumpy being up there. Berlin mark hotel I’m glad I saw it, but I wouldn’t do it again. Hotel hotel berlin For food, eat dim sum. Hotel berlin centrum For shopping, try Temple Street or the Ladies Market. Berlin hotel near train station For items made in HK, check out Goods of Desire (the store reminded me of a more durable and fashionable Urban Outfitters). Winters hotel berlin — Andrea Sachs

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