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US Airways mishandles bags nearly twice as often as JetBlue. Sounds terrible, except it means that US Airways is doing just fine with 994.67 of every 1,000 bags.

Overbooking differences are statistically large, but for practical purposes, no big deal in terms of betting odds. For example, even on US Airways, only one passenger out of 15,385 was denied boarding in 2004.

When it comes to choosing among U.S. carriers, CoGo will still go with convenience and price. If other nitty gritty means more to you, see the full study, based on U.S. Department of Transportation stats, at www.wichita.edu/aqr2004.


Average gas prices topped $2 a gallon in all 50 states for the first time ever, AAA reports . . . US Airways is outsourcing reservations calls to El Salvador, Mexico and the Philippines. Training has begun, and agents overseas will be answering calls in coming weeks . . . Thinking of getting married in the Caribbean? The Caribbean Tourism Organization has compiled a handy list of requirements by country. Call 212-635-9530 . . . Diabetes Adventure Tours, part of the Diabetes and Wellness Foundation, has announced its first trip, a cycling tour in Spain. Details: www.diabetesandwellness.org/dat/index.html.


Wild About South Africa

Fly to South Africa for $898 including taxes. Details: What's the Deal?, Page P3.

Reporting: Cindy Loose

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