Looking ahead to fall

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Looking ahead to fall

Have you any experience with Southwest fares around Thanksgiving? They’ve opened their booking through the holidays, but all their “wanna get away” fares to return from Thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 30, are unavailable. Is there any hope that these fares will become available when the more expensive “anytime” fares don’t sell?

I wouldn’t count on any sales. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel weekend of the year, and flights go out full, especially on popular routes. All airlines typically have sale blackout dates around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once in a while, they’ll launch last-minute sales, but typically the times/dates for flying are limited. Around Thanksgiving, for example, you might see a sale that applies to flights that depart Thanksgiving Day and return Tuesday.

— Carol Sottili, The Washington Post

Deals: A quick getaway

The Warwick Melrose Hotel, a luxury hotel in Dallas, is offering a special rate to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The discounted rate is $90 a night, plus about 15 percent tax; a traditional king room usually costs $499. The deal applies to select dates through December, including weekends and holidays. Info: 214-521-5151, warwickhotels.com/dallas.

— The Washington Post

JFK on Cape Cod

Never-before-displayed artifacts from the Kennedy family’s summers on Cape Cod are now on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The library, located next to the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, opened a special exhibit recently featuring the golf cart Kennedy used to get around the family’s Hyannis Port compound, among other items the museum has not previously showcased. The white cart was featured on a cover shoot Kennedy did for Look magazine in 1962. Outside the museum, in the grass overlooking Boston Harbor, is Kennedy’s favorite sailboat, Victura. The exhibit, “Presidential Getaway: JFK on Cape Cod,” runs through Oct. 31. www.jfklibrary.org.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Visiting the 9-11 museum

More than 300,000 people have visited the Sept. 11 museum in New York City since it opened little more than a month ago, exceeding expectations, officials said. Organizers see it as a strong start for the ground zero museum, which had faced questions about its $24 ticket price. The attendance total has topped projections by about 5 percent since it opened to the public May 21 and to 9-11 survivors and victims’ relatives six days earlier, President Joe Daniels said. Built amid the former World Trade Center’s footprints, the underground museum was designed as a more historical, immersive complement to the memorial plaza and waterfall pools above. Organizers have said they hope to draw 2.5 million visitors a year. www.911memorial.org

— The Associated Press

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