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American Airlines Holiday Flight Cancelled? Megabus Will Get You Where You Need to Go (For Free)

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Thousands of travelers’ holiday plans are up in the air following a glitch in American Airlines’s scheduling system. According to CNBC, a computer error allowed pilots to take vacation days around Christmas, one of the busiest times of year for flying. As the airline clambers to fill the empty pilot seats on scheduled flights, Megabus is stepping in with its own solution. The bus company is promising free tickets to would-be flyers whose plans were affected by the oversight.

The bus tickets come with no conditions and at no cost to riders. The only requirement to redeem them is email proof that your flight, scheduled between December 14 and December 31, 2017, was cancelled because of the airline glitch. After forwarding the cancellation email to inquiries@megabus.com, along with your request for tickets, the company will help you get where you need to be. "The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially traveling," Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs at Megabus's parent company Coach USA told Mental Floss. "For those who found themselves with a cancelled flight, Megabus will provide a free trip to get you to your destination within our extensive national network."

Megabus makes stops in major cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Dallas. Passengers traveling in the northeast can even go as far north as Toronto. Megabus routes are limited by region, so anyone going a good deal out of their way for the holidays will have trouble getting there by bus alone. If you have no choice but to book a replacement flight this season, you better act fast: The price of average round-trip holiday airfare only gets more expensive between now and December 25.

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The Best (and Worst) States for Summer Road Trips
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As we shared recently, the great American road trip is making a comeback, but some parts of the country are more suitable for hitting the open road than others. If you're interested in taking a road trip this summer but are stuck on figuring out the destination, WalletHub has got you covered: The financial advisory website analyzed factors like road conditions, gas prices, and concentration of activities to give you this map of the best states to explore by car.

Wyoming—home to the iconic road trip destination Yellowstone National Park—ranked No. 1 overall with a total score of 58.75 out of 100. It's followed by North Carolina in the No. 2 slot, Minnesota at No. 3, and Texas at No. 4. Coming in the last four slots are the three smallest states in America—Rhode Island, Delaware, and Connecticut—and Hawaii, a state that's obviously difficult to reach by car.

But you shouldn't only look at the overall score if you're planning a road trip route: Some states that did poorly in one category excelled in others. California for example, came in 12th place overall, and ranked first when it came to activities and 41st in cost. So if you have an unlimited budget and want to fit as many fun stops into your vacation as possible, taking a trip up the West Coast may be the way to go. On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi is a good place to travel if you're conscious of spending, ranking second in costs, but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of the quality of your trip, coming in 38th place for safety and 44th for activities.

Choosing the stops for your summer road trip is just the first step of the planning process. Once you have that covered, don't forget to pack these essentials.

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Netherlands Officials Want to Pay Residents to Bike to Work
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Thinking about relocating to the Netherlands? You might also want to bring a bike. Government officials are looking to compensate residents for helping solve their traffic congestion problem and they want businesses to pay residents to bike to work, as The Independent reports.

Owing to automobile logjams on roadways that keep drivers stuck in their cars and cost the economy billions of euros annually, Dutch deputy infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven recently told media that she's endorsing a program that would pay employees 19 cents for every kilometer (0.6 miles) they bike to work.

That doesn't sound like very much, but perhaps citizens who need to trek several miles each way would appreciate the cumulative boost in their weekly paychecks. For employers, the benefit would be a healthier workforce that might take fewer sick days and reduce parking needs.

Veldhoven says she also plans on designing a program that would assist employers in supplying workers with bicycles. The goal is to have 200,000 people opting for manual transportation over cars. If the program proceeds, it might find a receptive population. The Netherlands is already home to 22.5 million bikes, more than the 17.1 million people living there. In Amsterdam, a quarter of residents bike to work.

There's no timeline for implementing the pay-to-bike plan, but early trial studies indicate that the expense might not have to be a long-term prospect. Study subjects continued to bike to work even after the financial rewards stopped.

[h/t The Independent]

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