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Airlines

AirTran eliminating bag fees when booked with Southwest flights

AirTran's flights will be eliminating bag fees even faster than Southwest can repaint the planes.

AirTran eliminating bag fees when booked with Southwest flights

Airlines

Alaska Airlines successfully fills voids in Hawaii left by failed airlines

Alaska CEO says it’s looking to succeed as an independent entity, a goal that’s become more difficult with ongoing consolidation and perhaps even foolish given Hawaiian’s aggressive growth to the east.

Alaska Airlines successfully fills voids in Hawaii left by failed airlines

Cruises

Six worst cruises of the decade: Pirates, storms, and stomach bugs

If the cruise industry can rebound from these six horrific trips, it’s only be a matter of time before bookings bounce back as die-hard cruisers move on from the shock and first-timers choose to take a risk.

Airlines

Miami’s new futuristic airport to turn it into a destination in itself

Airports as destinations, a trend we outlined in our 2013 trends report, is becoming a reality with Miami's new airport.

Miami’s new futuristic airport to turn it into a destination in itself

Tourism

U.S. territory in the Pacific successfully targets gun-loving Japanese tourists

Even though the Japanese have fun with guns, they don't see the benefit of owning them. Perhaps that's because they compare murder statistics with the U.S.: Guns were used in only 7 murders in Japan in 2011. In the U.S. there were over 11,000.

U.S. territory in the Pacific successfully targets gun-loving Japanese tourists

Airlines

More flights are on time because airlines are padding schedules

This isn't the bad news USA Today makes it out to be. Schedules aren't about time, they're about setting expectations. If a passenger makes it to his destination on time or before they think they will, they're totally satisfied.

Tourism

Scotland takes on Shakespeare to turn Macbeth into tourist draw

With the exception of the silly use of QR codes, the campaign is a very creative way to lure visitors to a place they may not otherwise consider by piquing their interest with a bit of controversy.

Scotland takes on Shakespeare to turn Macbeth into tourist draw

Airlines

Long lines and flight delays in order if U.S. government cuts go through

Not that we would complain with less TSA, but it would only end up delaying more of our travel plans and airport wait times, which will cause real pain. And then the more serious matter of less security.

Cruises

Carnival announces that the last passenger has left the Triumph

The passenger's nightmare trip has finally come to an end, but Carnival will need to figure out how it can do much, much better communicating to past and future guests in order to prevent this year from turning into a bad dream.

Tourism

Thais don’t like to travel in their own country because it is too crowded

The survey seems a bit ad hoc and with a small sample size, but overall sentiment of main tourism sites being too crowded for locals is likely a valid deterring sentiment.

Thais don’t like to travel in their own country because it is too crowded