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February 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Take our poll: Should United honor ultra-cheap tickets sold during computer glitch?

A few thousand passengers snagged great deals on United Airlines tickets early Wednesday, thanks to a computer glitch. Some gleefully bought  London-Newark first-class tickets online  for as little as  $75. Now it’s reported that United is voiding those ultra-cheap tickets that were the consequence of an exchange-rate error.   Is that right, or should passengers be…

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February 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Free entrance to national parks this weekend. But where’s winter?

Got the urge to get outside this weekend — and save money? It’s a free-admission weekend at all 405 U.S. national parks Feb. 14-16 in honor of Presidents Day. In Washington state, that means there’s no entrance fee at the biggies such as Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.  Smaller National Park…

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February 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

Washington ski areas struggling, closing in the rain

Rain, rain go away is the fervent prayer of Washington’s Cascade ski areas, which have closed lifts (or shut down completely) and canceled lessons as the warm, wet weather washes out skiing and boarding. Crystal Mountain will run only a few lifts as of this weekend and has canceled all ski/boarding lessons until further notice…

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January 29, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Sold at Sea-Tac Airport: $24,000 bottle of cognac and 84,000 massages

Sea-Tac Airport had record passenger numbers in 2014.  And some of those  nearly 37.5 million passengers made some eye-popping purchases, including a $24,000 bottle of Remy Martin cognac, said the Port of Seattle. Among the other offbeat statistics from a year in the life of Sea-Tac: – Relax:  The airport’s Massage Bar performed 84,000 different massages…

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January 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014

Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. That’s a 7.7 percent increase from 2013, making Sea-Tac the fastest-growing large hub airport in the U.S., the port said. “The total 2014 passenger figure of 37,497,941 beat the previous record set in 2013 of 34,826,741 –…

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January 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

Free in-flight movies, TV shows extended for Alaska passengers

There’s no free lunch for most air travelers, but Alaska Airlines passengers will keep getting free  in-flight entertainment for their electronic devices for two more months, the carrier said Tuesday . “All content, including premium movies and TV shows, will be complimentary through March 31, 2015,”  Alaska said (its  free trial began in December). Beginning April…

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January 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Body of hiker found in Olympic National Park

The body of a  hiker missing since late December  has been found in Olympic National Park.  Here’s the word Monday morning from park authorities: “Searchers, aided by several dog teams, yesterday (Sunday)  located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.  Griffin, 60, of Port…

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January 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Shipping container to sprawling mansion: Where you could sleep for Super Bowl

For every Super Bowl, the hotel rates in the host city go sky-high as tens of thousands of fans flood the town. Here’s a look at what’s happening to lodging rates in Phoenix, which hosts the big game on Feb. 1 between the Seahawks and Patriots. (And yes, you could book all these places as…

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January 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Who’s spending what on Super Bowl tickets

Seahawk fans are flying high and spending big for Super Bowl tickets. Here’s a statistical look at ticket sales from the NFL Ticket Exchange (the official NFL ticket-resale agency) as of Tuesday afternoon: Currently on NFLTixExchange: • Average SALES Price = $3,512 • Median SALES Price = $3,213 • High SALES price = $10,725 (section 130of the stadium) • Get-In LIST…

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January 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Go south with the Hawks: Flights and lodging for Super Bowl

For Seahawks fans it’s a dream come true — the Super Bowl in balmy Phoenix. Then there’s the nightmare part: Airfares and hotels prices have soared for the Feb.  1 Super Bowl. And a game ticket cost $2,655 to $13,407 on the NFL ticket exchange on Monday. For those who want to splurge and go south…

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