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Planning a trip that’s socially acceptable

April 16 at 8:21 p.m.

Two new travel apps are harnessing the power of Facebook to help friends spend some time together.

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Travel developments that may affect your next vacation

April 15 at 9:23 p.m.

You’re stuck at an airport because of a delayed or canceled flight, and you urgently need assistance from the airline in question. But there’s a line of 80 other passengers at the podium, and the wait to reach a telephone reservationist is 25 minutes. So what do you do? You go to the Twitter page of the airline suffering the delay or cancellation, and you communicate your needs (another flight, a hotel room, a meal) to the people who service that airline’s Twitter feed. More and more, the airlines are operating their own Twitter accounts and assigning dedicated personnel to them; these knowledgeable folks achieve miracles of assistance for stranded passengers. The only hitch? To communicate with these Good Samaritans, you need to have a Twitter account of your own. Those few Americans who haven’t joined Twitter can read the Tweets on an airline feed, but they can’t send a question to that feed.

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Christopher Elliott RSS

My wife is in intensive care – what about her airline ticket?

April 15 at 8:38 p.m.

Q: Earlier this year, I booked flights with Expedia on Icelandair for a trip to Paris and London for my wife and me. It was to be in celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. Since the day I bought the tickets, our lives have changed in a dramatic way. My wife was stricken with a very serious bacterial infection and has been struggling for her life in the intensive care unit at the hospital. If she can recover, she will be in rehabilitation for several months and will not be able to go on the trip.

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Enjoying Europe’s artistic treasures

April 19 at 8:53 p.m.

My TV crew and I often enjoy the rare privilege of filming inside Europe’s great museums and palaces on days when they are closed to the public. For this honor, we sign up months in advance, often pay dearly and never regret it.

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