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Consumer Confidential: JetBlue deal, ground-zero hotel, online daters

March 8, 2010 | 10:30 am

Here's your morbidly Monday roundup of consumer news from around the Web:

-- Going somewhere in a hurry? JetBlue is offering one-day-only flights from its base in New York for just $10. If you're in the Big Apple today, you have until midnight to act on the offer. For the rest of us, the airline says it will roll out monthly deals throughout the year to celebrate the start of its second decade in business. A few more of those $10 fares will do just fine by me.

-- In crisis, they say, there's opportunity. The World Center Hotel in New York is using its proximity to ground zero of the Sept. 11 attacks as a selling point. The hotel figures there are probably lots of tourists who'd like to stay right across the street from where thousands of people lost their lives, and to watch the rebuilding efforts. The hotel is offering introductory rates as low as $99 a night for some rooms. A little creepy for my tastes, but probably an attraction for some folk.

-- Do online daters lie? Well, let's just say the truth isn't always on full display. Researchers at the University of Kansas find that guys are more prone to telling fibs online, while women will typically warp reality when it comes to their weight. However, the researchers also found that online daters who lie are likely the same people who lie to others in real-world settings. So it's not like there's a truth deficit on the Net, not exactly. Rather, you just won't know what you're getting until you open the package.

-- David Lazarus

  

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