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Man says Delta lost dog as he boarded plane to Tampa

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A man who flew to Tampa from Los Angeles is searching for his dog after he said Delta Airlines lost his pet.

Frank Ramano said Delta lost his dog, Ty, as he boarded the plane.

He rescued Ty a year ago. Ramano said he was homeless at the time.

"He was like a big anxiety pill he would help me through the rough times," said Ramano.

So, when it came to flying to Tampa for several weeks, Ramano said he refused to leave his dog behind. He bought a $200 ticket for Ty and put him in a crate.

Airline officials said Ty chewed through the crate and escaped, but Ramano said he did not believe them.

"I don't trust Delta," he said.

Ramano said Ty has a microchip and he'll continue to search for his dog.

"I just want him home safe. I want him back. I just want to be reunited with Ty again," said Ramano. "They sound like they lost a piece of baggage that's it. He's family. He's like my best friend."

Earlier this week, Ramano said Delta told him that Ty had made it to Tampa, but according to a Tampa reporter, baggage services said the dog was never there.

Delta said they are still working with Ramano to find his dog.

Flying soon? TSA fee hike means you'll pay more

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Traveling this summer? Get ready to shell out some more cash at the airport.

On Monday, Transportation Security Administration fee hikes go into effect, and they will have the greatest impact on travelers who make nonstop flights or have long layovers between flights.

Critics say the agency should call the fees what they really are: a tax hike.

“Any way you look at it, this is an increase in taxes,” said Charlie Leocha, chairman of the consumer group Travelers United.

The old fee had been $2.50 for a nonstop and $5 for a connecting flight. The maximum fee for a round trip was $10. The new security fee for all flights is $5.60. Any layover exceeding four hours counts as a separate flight.

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For example, someone traveling from Atlanta to Denver, with a stop in Dallas on the way out and a stop in Chicago on the flight home, could be billed for four separate flights — $22.40 in TSA fees. The old fee: $10.

That may not sound like much if you’re a business traveler, said Chris McGinnis, a travel specialist. He blogs about business travel at TravelSkills.com.

“You just kind of grin and bear it,” he said.

Families, he said, are more likely to notice the fee changes when paying for multiple tickets.

Congress authorized the TSA hikes when it amended the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. In a June memo, the TSA explained the hike:

“The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the federal deficit.”

The fees, said Jean Medina, a spokesperson for Airlines for America, an airline advocacy group, “add insult to injury” for travelers and airlines.

Air passengers shouldn’t be saddled with fees that don’t enhance their travel experience, said Cathy Keefe, manager of media relations for the U.S. Travel Association, an industry group composed of travel-related businesses.

“The travel industry support fees that benefit passengers,” she said. “This is not benefiting passengers.”

Man loses fingertips on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean ride

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Officials say a tourist from the United Kingdom lost two fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

The incident happened Thursday morning.

Bo Jones of the Reedy Creek Fire Department told Orlando TV station WFTV the man lost the tips of his ring and pinky fingers and was taken to a hospital. His name was not released and his condition wasn't available.

Officials say it was unclear how the incident happened.

Disney officials stopped the ride and checked it out. The ride was confirmed safe and reopened later Thursday.

Crowds pack Universal Orlando for Diagon Alley grand opening

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Harry Potter fans lined up hours in advance to be amont the first to see Diagon Alley at Tuesday morning's grand opening at Universal Orlando.

Diagon Alley, the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, doubles the size of the attraction.

"We continue to grow our destination and we bring incredible new experiences to life at a pace that no one else in our industry can match," said Bill Davis, president of Universal Orlando.

A train called the Hogwart's Express connects Diagon Alley with the original Harry Potter attraction, located at Islands of Adventure.

Visitors will be able to board the Hogwarts Express and journey between London’s King’s Cross Station (located in Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade Station (located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure).

But visitors will need park-to-park admission to ride.

The expansion is expected to bring even more visitors to the already popular attraction. 

The number one rule of cheap travel

Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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I love to travel. Over the years, I've used a strategy that has allowed me to visit all around the globe without spending a lot of money. And I'm going to tell you my secret!

Intrigued by cheap travel? Follow this advice...

It's really pretty simple: I don't pick a destination that I have to go to. I wait for a deal somewhere, buy the deal, and then figure out why I want to go there!By following that simple rule, I've been able to visit every continent except Antarctica and every state except North Dakota. And I've done it all on a dime.While I would recommend this strategy to anyone, it's particularly great for honeymooners. When you're getting married, you already probably have a date in mind. There's not much flexibility there. But if you can be flexible on destination, you can save big bucks.So how do you figure out where the deals are? There's a service called Kayak Explore that lets you find great airfare deals on your budget.You simply select how much you're willing to pay, and then available destinations in your price range pop up on a world map. You can drill down further by season and month of travel. Or simply use the "any time" option that I love.Remember, my #1 rule of travel is buy the deal first and then figure out why you want to go there!If, on the other hand, you do have a specific destination you have to go to, there are number of tools to use to find the best deal.Among them are Hipmunk and Mobissimo for international travel.Here are some other pointers to initiate you into the budget travel lifestyle:

Avoid baggage fees by not checking a bag

Only two discount airlines — JetBlue and Southwest — allow you to check a bag without paying a fee. Your first bag is free on JetBlue. Southwest, meanwhile, allows up to two checked bags absolutely free. Of course, not everyone lives in a market served by JetBlue or Southwest. So there's still one other way to avoid baggage fees no matter which carrier you're flying: Don't check a bag! I travel only with what an airline permits free as a single carry-on — usually a 22x14x8 piece of luggage. Another plus is I never worry about the airline losing my baggage.

Track fares online and get a refund if the price drops

Have you heard of airfare envy? That's when you buy a ticket and find the same itinerary for less money afterward. The good news is that there are a handful of airlines that will give you a voucher for the difference if you ask. These include Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways and others.But unless you religiously follow airfares after you've made your purchase, you may not even know that you overpaid. That's where Yapta.com comes in handy. After completing the free registration, Yapta will e-mail you when your flight goes down in price and help you get a refund for the difference.One caveat here. Some airlines will charge big fees if you want to do this kind of thing. United and US Air both charge a whopping $150. So make sure it's worth your while before you get involved.If you're traveling abroad, be sure to check out my International Travel Tips page with advice on money exchange, mobile & wifi use, and affordable accommodations while overseas.

A look at the best sunscreen for your money

Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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A May 2014 study from Consumer Reports has ranked sunscreens and found that you don't have to pay big bucks to protect your skin from harsh UV rays.Here's what so funny: The highest rated sunscreen that got a Best Buy recommendation turned out to be the cheapest one per ounce they tested!

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Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50, which is a Walmart storebrand lotion, clinched the Best Buy trophy with a score of 80 from Consumer Reports. It costs only 56 cents an ounce, which represents a 9-cent increase in price since last year. Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (13%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%), and Oxybenzone (4%). The only sunblock to score higher in the lotion category was Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50. This lotion got a score of 81 and costs $1.38. The active ingredient list mirrors that of Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50, with the exact same concentration of active ingredients.When it comes to sprays, longtime Consumer Reports favorite UP & UP Sport SPF 50 got a 90 -- a full 10 points higher than last year's showing for this Target housebrand. Amazingly, the cost per ounces has dropped to 80 cents, down from $1.16 last year! Active ingredients include Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (10%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (4%), and Oxybenzone (5%).

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>> Special Section: Your Guide to Summer FunThe historical favorite in this annual tally has been NO-AD Sport SPF 50 with Avobenzone, Aloe, and Vitamin E SPF 45. The NO-AD lotion scored a 69 this time out -- up 20 points from last year. The cost per ounce is 63 cents. Active ingredients include Avobenzone (2.0%), Homosalate (15.0%), Octisalate (5.0%), and Oxybenzone (5.0%).I was talking with a dermatologist last week and she said the real problem is too many people apply sunscreen too sparsely. You need to put gobs of it on your kids. My kids are conditioned to know that it's a five-minute ordeal while we slather them up before they can go out into the sun. It's a necessary precaution. But don't forget yourself either.If you're like me and grew up in the generation when nobody wore sunscreen, we're a ticking time bomb for skin cancer and melanoma. In many cases, early skin cancer detected is just a little aggravation that's easily treated. But undetected, it can grow into melanoma and cost you your life.Whatever sunscreen you get, be sure it says "broad spectrum" on the label for maximum protection.

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