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Flying this holiday weekend? You can check current delays at U.S. airports by clicking here. Flying overseas? Allow extra time if you're visiting the following cities: London, Cancun, Rome, Italy, Paris, and Barcelona. The reason? Airports in those cities will be the busiest this holiday weekend, according to Orbitz.com.
Kudos to Hotels.com for ending its $25 fees to change or cancel bookings. Users of the Web agency can now add nights, swap hotels, or cancel their reservations without being hit with a fee. Be aware, though, that the hotels may still slap on their own fees, which you'll still have to pay.
Take a peek at the future of online mapping here. An ambitious student in Germany has put together a panoramic virtual drive through Berlin. You got to see it to believe it. If the map inspires you to travel to Berlin, then check out the city's unusual Melt Festival, which is a music event that takes place in mid-July in a former East German mine just outside the capital. Details here and here.
Consider taking a fuel-friendly vacation. The Boutique Hotel Collection, a chain of seven California hotels, is offering a three-day, two-night, "Tanks for the Memories" package. For weekend prices starting at $140 a night, it includes accommodations, a $40 gas card or voucher, a disposable camera, and a photo album. Scenic hotel locations include the Inn at Morro Bay, Morro Bay, and the Inn at Oyster Point, San Francisco. It's available through the summer, with dates and rates varying by location. See details here.