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It pays to get pregnant at the Westin Aruba

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The idea of a procreation vacation isn't new. A few years ago, several Caribbean hotels offered packages that featured foods promising and promoting fertility.

One concoction of sea moss, evaporated milk, sugar and spices was touted as the elixir known as the "Caribbean Viagra."

Now a cash incentive has been tossed into the mix by one resort. Get pregnant at the Westin in Aruba and get a $300 "conception credit" toward a future stay.

Book the all-inclusive package for two at $399 per night by Sept. 30, and get a $100 resort credit toward spa treatments (we assume a couples' massage is one of the treatments) and the rest is up to the parties involved.

To qualify for the $300 conception credit, a doctor's note is needed to prove that pregnancy occurred on the trip.

-- Gay Nagle Myers

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Tweeting not music to airlines’ ears

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Enraged flyers have found Twitter to be a preferred medium to vent their frustrations in less than 140 characters, according to this Reuters story.

Noted airline expert Terry Trippler described the nasty tweeting as "almost an underground rage factory."

Continental spokeswoman Kelly Cripe said, "We are monitoring tweets and are responding directly or publicly where appropriate." Good luck with that chore.

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Updated: Frontier deal saves the animals

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Many Coloradans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Friday, on hearing that that a bankruptcy court’s ruling in the Frontier case would save the animals.

What’s that, you say?

The “animals” in this case include Grizwald the bear, Larry the lynx and Flip the dolphin, in addition to Jack the rabbit and several other furry friends. The animals’ images adorn the tails of Frontier’s fleet, and they’ve won their way into the hearts of flyers by bantering with each other in the Denver-based company’s clever television ads (and of course by just being plain old cute).


Indeed, there is likely not a child in Denver who will get on a plane without first seeing which of their favorite wildlife stars is, literally, on their plane. (Travel Jonze, by the way, personally prefers Wally, the gray wolf.)


Southwest’s bid for Frontier had included phasing out Frontier’s Airbus planes over time in favor of Boeing 737s, although it wasn't clear whether Southwest also planned to phase in its own livery. Republic Airways, the winning bidder, has said it plans to keep the Frontier name. And, the Denver Post said, its "spokesanimals."

Before the bankruptcy court shot down Southwest Airlines attempt to purchase the airlines, employees held a "save the animals" rally in downtown Denver.

"All employees, friends, families and dogs are invited to come downtown and support Frontier Airlines," an employee said in recruiting supporters on Facebook.

"We love you, Griz, and all the rest of the Frontier tail animals," one fan declared on Facebook. "You’re here to stay!!!!!!"

-- Jeri Clausing

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Pack your clothes or rent them?

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Hire clothes, either new or pre-worn, instead of lugging (and possibly losing) heavy luggage while traveling.

That's the Zero Baggage concept, the brainchild of Toronto entrepreneur Catharine MacIntosh, who hopes to launch the program simultaneously on Australia’s Gold Coast and in her hometown next year. She views her primary market as Australia backpackers who would be happy to wear pre-worn clothes.

Travelers would book the clothes online before departing and have them waiting in the hotel room upon arrival. She vowed to keep the costs reasonable.

The move will appeal to travelers because it is energy-efficient, will save time wasted in airport lines to check bags and will ease worries over lost or stolen bags, according to MacIntosh.

It might not fly with the corporate market, however, where power suits define success.

-- Gay Nagle Myers

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Stranded for nine hours in a 'sardine can'

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Being stranded for nine hours on any plane is an ordeal, but when the aircraft is a full 50-seat regional jet, you’ve got quite a testy situation.

Forty-seven passengers spent the night inside a Continental Express jet at the airport in Rochester, Minn., on Friday, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The flight from Houston, operated by ExpressJet, was supposed to land at Minneapolis/St. Paul but was diverted to Rochester because of thunderstorms.

One of the passengers called being trapped in a "sardine can" with crying babies a "nightmare."

According to the Star-Tribune, an ExpressJet spokeswoman said sleeping in the airport terminal "was not provided as an option by ground services personnel at the airport."

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