Airlines are at it again, changing frequent-flier programs

Airlines continue to tinker with their frequent-flier programs, sometimes in ways that help business travelers but make it harder for occasional fliers to earn a free trip. Frequent-flier programs started out simple: After flying enough trips or miles you earned a free flight, maybe to some exotic place. They built loyalty. But in the last...

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Passengers use emergency slides after landing in Denver

DENVER (AP) — Passengers on an American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, were forced to slide off the plane on emergency chutes soon after landing in Denver on Wednesday. The plane, operated by U.S. Airways, was taxiing to the gate at Denver International Airport when smoke was reported in the aircraft just before noon,...

Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite airline tragedies

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years. For the past decade, Malaysia has run an elaborate campaign to market itself...

Try James Beard semifinalists for great food in Portland

Looking for great food at the latest happening place for your next visit to Portland? If James Beard nominations are a good measure, here's a list of 13 Portland chefs and restaurants who are semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards. This from the folks at Travel Portland: "Hot spots Kachka and Langbaan are vying...

Nepal official says human waste on Everest a major problem

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Human waste left by climbers on Mount Everest has become a problem that is causing pollution and threatening to spread disease on the world's highest peak, the chief of Nepal's mountaineering association said Tuesday. The more than 700 climbers and guides who spend nearly two months on Everest's slopes each climbing...