Sick of cold weather? 5 cheap local flights to warm destinations

Published: Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 7:12 AM

Here's how to find cheap flights.

As bitter cold temperatures linger in the region, it’s the perfect time to escape to warmer destinations.

Cold, arctic air arrived across most of the United States Wednesday morning and clear skies caused the Miami Valley to have frigid temperatures, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. The Dayton International Airport reached minus 2 degrees for the first time since February 2015 and almost reached the record of minus 4 degrees.

» MUST-READ TRAVEL NEWS: 7 wild things that happened on filghts and in airports this year

Ditch the snow and freezing temps with some cheap flights to the beach and beyond from Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. This news organization researched some good deals you can land during these long, winter months:

1. Take a weekend trip down to Punta Gorda, Florida from Dayton. 

Call off work for a long weekend. Your nonstop Allegiant flight leaves the Dayton International Airport around 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12. You’ll arrive for a sun-soaked weekend around noon, just in time for an afternoon margarita on the beach. You’ll head home back to Dayton around 7 a.m. on Monday, and you’ll be back by 9:30 a.m. — just in time to make it to work.

What will your quick trip down to the beach cost you? The flight will cost you about $225 roundtrip — $128 for the departing flight and $97.50 for the returning flight.

2. It’s spring training in Arizona. 

Get your baseball fix a little early this year. Fly out to Phoenix, Arizona in March for the Cincinnati Reds spring training in Goodyear, Arizona. Daily flights from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport will operate March 8 to April 7. Southwest started service at the Cincinnati airport during the summer, after halting all flights at the Dayton International Airport.

What will it cost you? Leave Monday, March 12 for a week full of baseball. It’ll cost you $275 roundtrip, and you’ll arrive back in Cincinnati around 3:25 p.m.

» MUST-READ TRAVEL NEWS: 5 tips for booking cheap flights

3. Everything’s bigger in Texas … but the flights are cheaper.

Time to head to the Lone Star State. You’re flying to Austin, known for its eclectic mix of restaurants and live music. Explore the Texas capital, go for a hike or visit one of the city’s world-class museums. The flight leaves Monday, Feb. 19 and you’ll return to Columbus on Feb. 23.

What will your trip to Texas cost? It’s only $105 roundtrip.

4. Grab your passport. You’re off to Paris.

There’s nothing like Paris in the springtime. Book your tickets now for a week in France in mid-May. WOW air, Iceland’s low-cost carrier, is offering cheap flights from Cincinnati to Paris. You’ll leave in the wee hours on May 10 for a 10-hour flight to France’s capital. A week later, you’ll return to Cincinnati on May 18.

» RELATED: Small airports are dying out. What will 2018 hold for Dayton airport?

What will this international trip cost you? It’s hard to find any international plane ticket for under $1,000. This plane ticket will cost $689.98 roundtrip — $389.99 for the departing flight and $299.99 for the returning flight. Some flights are cheaper for WOW air depending on the dates, so shop around before booking.

5. Can’t wait? Leave for Florida now. 

You can head down to Tampa from Dayton for less than $100. Explore the Gulf Coast city for the week, visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the Florida Aquarium or relax on Clearwater Beach. You’ll leave Jan. 22 and return Jan. 26 for a quick four-day trip.

How much will it cost you? This Allegiant flight from Dayton to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will cost you $89 roundtrip.

FIVE FAST BUSINESS READS

• Woman convicted of teen slaying in Dayton released on Christmas Day

• No more waiting? Kroger looking to eliminate checkout lanes

• Currency of the future? Some argue it’s bitcoin

• Southwest Airlines adds new flight at local airport

Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

Moldy comforter among latest product recalls

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

 

The Hudson comforters by UGG under recall were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and may contain mold which could pose a risk of infection or respiratory issues in people with a mold allergy or compromised immune system. 

The comforters come in four colors: garnet, navy, grey and oatmeal. They were sold between August 2017 and October 2017. 

No injuries have been reported. 

If you have one don't use it and return it to the store for a full refund. Call Bed Bath & Beyond at 800-462-3966 for more information. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Multipro Baby Cradle N Swing bassinet sold on Amazon.com poses a fall and entrapment hazard for babies. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports the bassinets fail to meet mandatory federal safety standards. 

It is recommended that you take the bassinet apart and throw it away. No injuries have been reported. 

Amazon has contacted purchasers and issued full refund gift cards. 

If you have one of these products and did not yet receive a refund contact Amazon at 888-280-4331. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Two Coldwater Creek snow globe models pose a fire hazard. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports light refraction through the globes may melt or singe things placed near them. 

Once incident of damage has been reported. 

The Reindeer snow globe has the model number XC7484. 

The Vintage charm snow globe contains a silver snowman and has the model number 3WGL120. 

They were sold in Coldwater Creek stores and online. 

Stop using the snow globes and contact Coldwater Creek at 888-678 5576 to return the product for a full refund. 

 

The latest product recalls include a potentially moldy comforter, an unstable bassinette, and snow globes that could potentially cause a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Fujifilm is recalling some digital camera power adapters because they could shock you. 

The adapter plug can break or crack exposing live electrical contacts, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. 

The AC-5VF power adaptors were sold with six Fujifilm digital camera models in stores and online. 

Don't use the adapter and contact Fujifilm at 833-613-1200 for a free replacement. 

No injuries have been reported. 

Spectrum reports TV streaming app service issues

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

FILE
FILE

Spectrum customers are reporting service interruptions while attempting to use the Spectrum TV app, the company said on Friday afternoon.

“Spectrum customers are experiencing a service interruption while attempting to use the Spectrum TV App. This is causing errors including incorrect login information. Technicians are working diligently to restore the service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the company said on social media.

The issue was first reported by the company around 1 p.m. on Friday.

» MUST-READ BUSINESS NEWS: Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

Spectrum TV Stream customers can watch select TV content through the Spectrum TV app using Roku, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV or other compatible mobile device. Spectrum TV Stream customers can also view programming on SpectrumTV.com.

This news organization has reached out to Spectrum to see if any credits will be offered to impacted customers.

FIVE FAST BUSINESS READS

• Gander Mountain stores to reopen under new name

• Walmart reportedly cutting more than 1,000 jobs

• German grocery chain Lidl halts plans to open local store

• Bitcoin prices are plunging. What’s really going on with cryptocurrency?

Chamber welcomes new board members

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is welcoming new board of trustees members while thanking retiring members.

The new chamber board members are:

MORE: Manufacturing wins help push Ohio jobless rate down

Doug Anspach, Leadership Dayton chair and partner in Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Doug Barry, president of BarryStaff Inc.; Randy Domigan, director of Brady Ware; Cindy Gaboury, owner of Audio Etc.; Andy Horner, vice president, University of Dayton; Tami Kirby, of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Dan McCabe, chair, EPI Foundation; Mary Mierzejewski, chair, Generation Dayton; Anne Marie Singleton, consultant and shareholder, McGohan Brabender; and Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub

MOREVR leader Marxent expands Kettering location

The retiring board members are: Jerad Barnett, of Mills Morgan Development; Niki Chaudhry, Eric Joo, of Schueler Group; Brady Kress, president and CEO of Dayton History; John McCance, McCance Consulting Group, LLC.

The board consists of up to 50 local business leaders who carry out the business of the chamber according to its bylaws. The board meets quarterly in February, May, August and November. Members may serve up to three, two-year terms.

The chamber has about 2,700 members in nine counties around Dayton.

Amazon raises monthly Prime membership rate

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

Amazon Announces Cities Still In Consideration For Second Headquarters

The monthly membership fee for Amazon Prime rose Friday from $10.99 to $12.99.

Company officials said the annual membership will remain at $99 dollars.

>> Read more trending news

Monthly customers do not get access to Amazon Video, which costs $8.99 a month.

The last Prime subscription hike came in 2014, when Amazon increased its yearly membership from $79 to $99.

>> Related: Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

The e-commerce company did not give a reason for the price increase.