Scott McMurren

As 2010 gets started, it's clear there will be some winners and losers on the travel front. Let's take a look at some of the most popular topics and see what we can expect:...

Scott McMurren

If you haven't heard the news, a suspected terrorist attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet on final approach into Detroit on Christmas Day.

That's bad news for travelers. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued some new directives, most of which apply to international flights inbound to the U.S. Some of the highlights include:...

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Sure, Santa Claus is comin' to town this week. But what are you doing New Year's Eve? Inquiring minds want to know -- and here are some great ideas.

A. Head north. Sure, it's counter-intuitive. Just when you think it's impossible to get any colder, try imagining New Year's Eve in Fairbanks. Then, grab one of Era Aviation's web specials up to the Golden Heart City and join the crowd at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge ...

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Scott McMurren photos. Busy runway on Ruth Glacier, below Denali's peak, on May 20, 2008. The fly-in was in Talkeetna Air Taxi's Turbo Otter.

The second picture is of leaving the Don Sheldon Amphitheater on the same day.

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I spoke with lots of folks who were able to swoop in and get the great bargains to Chicago, Denver, L.A. and Portland last week. They were s-w-e-e-t. But just like the buzz from your grandmother's best Christmas cookies, they were short-lived. This should be a warning for those who stopped to ponder the great rates -- only to see them disappear before they made the "buy" decision.

There still are some good deals available to select destinations. They are not quite as hot -- and they've been in the system for a week or so. But don't dawdle when it comes to making a decision. Let's review:...

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Just on the phone with my friends at USTravel . Toni and I were reviewing these G-R-E-A-T fares. I even called Penny over in Kodiak to confirm.

Hawtness, folks. Don't miss these:

Anchorage-Chicago : $157 one-way ($355 round-trip all-in)

Anchorage-Denver : $157 one-way ($355 round-trip all-in)

Anchorage-Los Angeles : $157 one-way ($355 round-trip all-in)

These fares come and go like the wind. Right now, it's just Northwest and Delta offering the rates (although it's possible you'll end up flying on Alaska Airlines because of their code-share arrangements). Stay tuned for more cities...

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Alaska has more than its share of great destinations. Look around: mountains, valleys, wildlife, glaciers -- the works. But exploring the state also yields some incredible dining dividends.

Here in Anchorage, we enjoy great eateries on several levels. First, there is God's own pizza house and brewpub at Moose's Tooth. And down the street in a strip mall is Jens' Restaurant, which I love for the "Nearly World Famous Pepper Steak," as well as fresh Alaska seafood dishes.

It really gets interesting outside of Anchorage, though. Several communities have go-to restaurants that you're silly to pass up...

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After a quick trip to Indiana over Thanksgiving, I'm all about God as my co-pilot. But technology is squeezing into the front seat as my flight engineer and chief navigator, that's for sure.

No kidding. Sitting on the tarmac at the airport after two trips to the de-icing station, I uttered a fervent prayer that we would, indeed, be able to take off on schedule for our nonstop flight on Alaska Airlines from Anchorage to Chicago.

But it's worth noting that the technological improvements at every step of the travel experience really boost the odds for a successful trip--even if we can't control the weather. Yet...

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Since Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest travel weekend of the year, it makes sense to review some basic strategies. Since I'm traveling this weekend, I'm doing my best to make my trip uneventful, seamless and downright boring. To me -- that's a perfect travel day...

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Flying with Taquan Air into Misty Fjords National Monument.

Still waters DO run deep--about 1,000 feet here.

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