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September 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Getting updates on Los Cabos hotel, airport reopenings after the hurricane

After being devastated by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14,  electrical power and other infrastructure is being restored in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos and the dozens of the hotels damaged by the hurricane are being repaired. Two local websites with useful updates on hotel reconstruction, restaurant reopenings and more are Cabo San Lucas…

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September 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Los Cabos airport closed until Oct. 8 after hurricane; most hotels still shut

The airport in hurricane-slammed Los Cabos, Mexico, won’t reopen for commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8. Authorities are repairing the terminals and using the airport for only relief and military flights until then, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and a local newspaper,  Tribuna de Los Cabos,  which has regular updates on…

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September 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Travelers airlifted from Los Cabos by U.S. gov’t must pay, but commercial airlines ran free flights

Like thousands of other American tourists in Mexico’s hurricane-devastated Los Cabos, Joe Glass of Dallas lined up for hours Thursday outside the heavily damaged airport to get an emergency flight back to the United States. But what made Glass really angry wasn’t the chaos or the all-day sweltering wait. It was hearing that U.S. consular officials…

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September 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Alaska extends no-penalty changes for Cabos flights; long closures for hurricane-hit hotels

Some major resorts in Los Cabos, slammed by Hurricane Odile, won’t reopen until at least the end of October.  That’s prompting airlines, including Alaska Airlines which is a major carrier from Seattle and California to the Mexican resort, to extend no-penalty change fees. Alaska passengers who had flights booked from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20…

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September 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Desperate tourists airlifted out of Los Cabos, including on Alaska planes

Tourists are being evacuated from the  hurricane-devastated Mexican resort of  Los Cabos on military and commercial planes, including some Alaska Airlines planes. It’s estimated 8,000 people will be airlifted out Thursday from the airport which is open only for emergency flights. The flights are first come, first served, for the thousands of people waiting and sweltering…

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September 16, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Seattle Times wins travel awards

The Seattle Times’ NWTraveler section and travel writer Brian J. Cantwell have won awards in the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation’s annual travel-journalism contest. NWTraveler, which is edited by Kristin Jackson, was named as the top newspaper travel section (in its circulation category).  It runs each Sunday in print. Cantwell won third place as the…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Alaska allows flight changes to more Mexico resorts due to hurricane

Alaska Airlines, one of the major carriers to the Mexican resort of Los Cabos from Seattle and California cities,  has extended the no-penalty period for canceling or changing flights through Sept. 19 because of the hurricane that has devastated the area. It’s also dropped the change/cancellation fess for other western Mexico resort cities that will…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

‘Passport Day’ coming up in Seattle for in-person applications

Need to get a passport? The Seattle Passport Agency is holding a “Passport Day” on Sept. 20, which lets people apply in person for passports rather than doing it online and by mail. You can submit a routine or expedited (faster processing for an extra fee) passport application from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown…

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September 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Send your best vacation shots for reader-photo contest

Dig through your summer photos and submit your favorite for The Seattle Times’ vacation-photo contest. It can be a scenic shot or family fun, close to home or in far-off places. Submissions are being published online, and some of the best will be published in print in the NWTraveler section on Sept. 28. Prize for the best…

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September 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Happy ending for lost, but well-prepared, Olympic park hiker

To the relief of family, friends and searchers, solo hiker Kelly Hall emerged Monday at a trailhead in Olympic National Park, four days later than planned from his wilderness backpacking trip. He had been reported missing and a search was launched for him. Luckily, Hall was  well-prepared to endure extra days in the wilderness and is…

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