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Single air trips involving two separate tickets have always been a problem, but starting next year, three airlines will make it worse. Delta, Hawaiian, and US Airways have announced that they will no longer transfer checked baggage to/from other lines on flight connections that use two separate tickets. Previously, big airlines, including Delta and US Airways, would generally accept checked baggage on many two-ticket trips without the need for you to claim and recheck at a connecting point. This service was always limited to airlines that have "interline" agreements—typically, the big "legacy" lines—but now several lines say that they will only provide this service if both flights are on their line. They even exclude transfers to partner airlines in the same alliance. ...read more»

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Many of us in the travel business were a bit surprised to see that Priceline was acquiring Kayak. So far, most of the press coverage has focused on the financial aspects of the deal—specifically, whether Priceline paid too much for the stock—with very little speculation about consumer impacts. Perhaps that's because consumer impacts are likely to be minimal.

The probable outcome, at least for several years, is that Priceline will continue to operate Kayak as a separate entity, reflecting the basic differences between the two operations: Priceline is an online travel agency. It actually sells tickets, hotel rooms, and rental cars. And Kayak is a metasearch engine that locates and compares prices, but doesn't actually sell anything....read more»

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Enter Fleming's Scotland Scotch Experience sweepstakes by December 30 for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to Scotland, including air, airport transfers, three nights' hotel accommodations, several meals, a visit to the Glenfiddich distillery in Speyside, and a $500 American Express gift card.

To enter, provide the requested information (name, address, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "submit." Done!

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Any little girl with an annoying brother could relate.

Theodore Roosevelt's sisters bemoaned his "finds" from nature—assorted smelly animal carcasses, skulls, bird eggs, and live animals, especially the mean snapping turtle.

"Within the family we joke that TR's father founded the American Museum of Natural History in order to maintain the family peace," Theodore Roosevelt IV said on the occasion of the reopening of the museum's Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the famous Hall of North American Mammals after a $40 million renovation. The Hall of North American Mammals, with its famous mammal dioramas, includes several that recreate scenes from national parks and monuments that Theodore Roosevelt helped preserve and protect. ...read more»

Ukraine: Kiev, St. Michael's Cathedral (Photo: Jo Ann Mayer)

Guest blogger Jo Ann Mayer recommends a visit to Old World Kiev for its UNESCO sites, catacombs, and even for an up-close look of Chernobyl--the abandoned city of catastrophic proportions....read more»

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Following is our regular summary of the best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

Who Stole My 200 Million Frequent Flyer Miles?

A new lawsuit alleges that two airline mileage malls bilked users out of 200 million frequent flyer miles. The companies say they're not responsible. Who's in the right?...read more»

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This week, we're putting an aesthetic spin on our regular roundup of travel stories. Below are three travel pictorials that are, to put it mildly, absolutely stunning. These inspiring shots could also provide an idea or two for a future vacation.  

Winter in the Lake District

Bald Hiker's series of photos from a snowy walk up the Old Man of Coniston in England's Lake District will get you excited for winter. See shots of the snow-dusted English countryside, shadows cast by mountains, and the winter sun setting behind lofty peaks. And remember: Winter is low season for travel to England, so if you feel inspired to go, you'll likely find some fantastic airfare and hotel deals this season....read more»

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Baggage fees are one thing. But now major airlines have given travelers a second reason to eschew the checked-luggage line.

US Airways and Delta will no longer transfer bags when passengers have connecting flights with other airlines. According to a report from Consumer Traveler, the two major airlines have quietly tweaked their baggage policies: US Airways made the change last summer. And beginning January 15, Delta will follow suit and only check bags as far as the next destination served by the airline....read more»

Airplane Being De-Iced (Photo: iStockphoto/Richard Goerg)

On the heels of Hurricane Sandy, a new storm is causing hundreds of canceled and delayed flights in the northeastern United States. Most domestic airlines are now offering change-fee wavers for travel out of select  airports. And as of this morning, USA Today reports that more than 1,000 flights have been canceled in the New York City area. More than half of the canceled flights were scheduled to depart from Newark Liberty International. ...read more»

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We asked readers to tell us about the worst thing that they've ever lost while traveling, and you responded! It was tough picking the winners with the best travel story, but we narrowed it down to two. The lucky winners will get a pair of pickpocket-proof Long Johns from Clever Travel Companion, to keep their possessions safe on their next trip. Read on for our favorite stories:...read more»

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