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What would make summer travel even better?

Is it too soon to start thinking about summer travel? Maybe just a little. But it’s not too soon to think about making summer travel better.

Early numbers suggest more Americans will vacation during the warm months than last year. They plan to spend 8% more on leisure travel than in 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels. That’ll translate into an average of four to five trips this year, and most of them will happen during the summer season, an AARP survey says.
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Travelers find new opportunities to do good

After hundreds of business trips and a vacation or two, Clement Quintyne’s Briggs & Riley Rollaboard was ready for the recycler. The wheels were worn and the outside was frayed.

His wife, Debra, figured it was time for new luggage. But what to do with the old bag?
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New group fights for family travelers

As an event planner with offices in New York and Los Angeles and the mother of two, Jenifour Jones knows what it’s like to travel with kids — and to not travel with them.

“My biggest challenge is flight attendants,” says Jones, who flies frequently with her sons Wesley, 2, and Grant, 1. Some crewmembers don’t know which restrooms have changing tables. Others aren’t familiar with the rules on child seats. Many “lack empathy” for a mom traveling with two young children, she says.
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After Germanwings, is budget air travel an endangered species?

Budget airlines have a reputation for pushing for the lowest pilot pay and the most arduous working conditions to keep a cap on costs.

Of course consumers want cheap airfare, and sometimes they do get what they pay for. For example, flights that used to have three qualified pilots — a captain, first officer, and flight engineer — went down to two.
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“Free” airline seat assignments for families? It’s about time

Family travel, as rewarding as it can be, is seldom easy. And with increasing airline fees for anything they can charge for, it’s also become much more expensive, especially for cost-conscious travelers who don’t fly enough to have airline status.

It’s not just needing to bring your own food, and pay for your bags. Now families have to pay just to be guaranteed to be seated together.
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