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  • Accommodations, cars, and cruises: promises, but no guarantees

    Accommodations, cars, and cruises: promises, but no guarantees
    Let's say you arrive at a hotel, late at night after an exhausting flight, only to be told your supposedly "confirmed" reservation has disappeared. The hotel has already rented out "your" room to someone else and has no more vacancies. Obviously, the...
  • City sticker grace period to go away in 2016

    City sticker grace period to go away in 2016
    Chicago drivers could lose the traditional 15-day grace period during which the city doesn't issue tickets on vehicles displaying out-of-date city stickers as part of the move to year-round sticker sales. City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Wednesday that...
  • 9 tips to start your university years right

    Brazen Careerist You only get the amazing experience of college once in your life. Sometimes this experience is the best in your life, and at other times, even the strongest people want to give up and cry. You'll encounter a big learning curve as you...
  • We gave up our seat on Spirit but they gave us nothing

    We gave up our seat on Spirit but they gave us nothing
    Sarah Dragswiek and her family give up their airline seat in exchange for a promise of a refund and a voucher for a new ticket. But when the airline refuses to keep its word, what can they do? Q. My husband, 2-year-old son and I recently flew from...
  • Seniors on the Go: Upgrade bidding update

    Seniors on the Go: Upgrade bidding update
    Say you buy a cheap economy ticket. But also say you're a bit on the large size or old enough that getting in and out of a sardine-can seat isn't as easy as it once was. So you'd really like to escape the cattle-car seat squeeze and lousy cabin service...
  • If you want to buy World Cup 2014 tickets, get on the ball now

    If you want to buy World Cup 2014 tickets, get on the ball now
    If you're chasing tickets for the World Cup competition beginning June 12 in Brazil, your time is running short. FIFA, the World Cup's organizing body, started with about 3 million tickets to sell for 64 matches in 12 cities. But most of those seats are...
  • Transparent Airfares Act of 2014: A proposal based on lies

    Transparent Airfares Act of 2014: A proposal based on lies
    Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked up a proposed bill that would allow airlines once again to omit taxes and fees from advertised prices and instead add them in later, just before you buy. Make no mistake: This...
  • Airline change fees: 'Optional' fees that punish

    Airline change fees: 'Optional' fees that punish
    "Optional" airline fees remain a major source of irritation. But most are truly optional: You don't really need to select your seat in advance, check a bag, or buy an onboard drink when you fly. One supposedly "optional" fee, however -- the onerous ticket...
  • Chicago aldermen back 8 a.m. grocery store liquor sales

    Chicago aldermen back 8 a.m. grocery store liquor sales
    Large grocery stores in Chicago would be able to start ringing up beer, wine and liquor sales three hours earlier on Sundays under a plan aldermen advanced today, a plan billed as a way to help city grocers compete with suburban alcohol retailers. Ald....
  • Taking the Kids -- Mother's Day doesn't have to be just once a year

    Taking the Kids -- Mother's Day doesn't have to be just once a year
    For once, I got something I really wanted for Mother's Day -- and it didn't involve anyone shopping for a gift I could do without. I'm spending a May weekend with two of my three kids. Maybe that doesn't sound like much but when your kids live far from...
  • CSO's Muti looks ahead to 6 more years in Chicago

    CSO's Muti looks ahead to 6 more years in Chicago
    Microphone in hand, working the room with his usual seasoned authority and quip-filled charm, Riccardo Muti insisted he is "not a sentimental man." He then proceeded to wax sentimental about his ongoing relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra....