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Do we really need smartphone apps for individual hotels?

Perhaps it was inevitable: Smartphones now control about 35% of the US market, and in response to that growth, hotels are creating dedicated apps for their guests. But I’m not referring to apps by broad-based chains, like a Starwood or a Hilton app. No, individual hotels are contracting with programmers to create single-property apps. I […]

Another thing to worry about?: Rental car recalls

Is your car rental company taking care of manufacturer recalls in a timely manner? Odds are, they’re not. For many recalls, it’s not a huge deal. But every now and then, something horrible happens — such as a PT Cruiser which caught fire, leading its occupants to lose control and crash. After five years of […]

Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don’t?

30% of Americans have passports. But where do those Americans live? New Jersey takes the prize for the highest percentage of passports issued: 68.36%. At the low end: Mississippi, with just 19.86%. Via C.G.P. Grey, see the graphic below: For the “yes, but…” file: This dataset actually reflects addresses for issuance, not ownership of US […]

Liquid scanner update: Maybe next year?

Some optimism for you on a Friday afternoon: Researchers at the University of California at Davis seem to have come up with a liquid scanner that can tell explosives from hand creams or beverages. Good news, but it’s not ready for implementation yet, as the video below details. I particularly enjoy the two beverages that […]

Classed-up air service to Vegas, but can it succeed?

Every few years, an airline comes up with the bright idea to ship high rollers to Vegas on classed-up scheduled service. “They’re big spenders! They’ll want to fly on limited-service commercial airlines, rather than on private jets!” Every time it’s offered up, it fails. (MGM Grand Air, anyone?) And yet, like a zombie, this idea […]

Economy Plus seating: United to keep it, Continental to adopt it

Exhale, United frequent fliers. Your Economy Plus isn’t going anywhere. Rejoice, Continental frequent fliers. You’re getting Economy Plus! After United merged with Continental a few months ago, and Continental’s management effectively took the helm, travelers had every right to fear that the extra legroom in the Economy Plus section might go the way of Continental […]

Great news for infrequent travelers: Delta SkyMiles no longer expire

This is big news: In an era of increasing fees, nickel-and-diming, and shifting frequent flier mile award charts, Delta is going the opposite direction. Retroactive to January 1, 2011, Delta SkyMiles no longer expire. Until now, you needed to engage in some sort of activity every 24 months — either by earning or redeeming miles […] Coupon Codes for October 2014 is a popular online accommodation booking website founded in 1996 Latest Coupon Codes for October 2014 How to redeem a coupon code on is designed in a way that helps customers browse their favorite offers and find rooms that will meet their needs. You will find it easy to browse through […] Discount Codes for October 2014 is a leading website for booking hotel accommodation Originally launched in 1991 and has developed, since then, a number of 85 sites in 34 different languages. It currently lists around 325,000 hotels from all over the world. The website is a leader as it allows you to book a hotel in over 19,000 locations […]

Best Hotels In Las Vegas

Going to Vegas? Pick the Best Hotel For You Ask any Sin City enthusiast, and they’ll tell you straight up: to have the best time in Las Vegas, you gotta stay on the strip. But, if you’re willing to venture away from the action, you’re bound to run into a treasure or two. And for […]

Double up? Citibank’s American AAdvantage Visa comes with a connected Amex

The Citibank envelope that was in the mailbox when I returned home today contained two new American Airlines AAdvantage linked cards. But, in a first for me, I received both a replacement Visa and a new American Express. Huh? When I signed up for the card, it was just a Visa. How did I now [...]

Upgraded: Stopovers in Istanbul, with free tours courtesy of Turkish Airlines

Sure, some airlines let you work in a free stopover. But Turkish Airlines goes one step further and offers up a free city tour on a stopover as short as six hours. Maybe getting into a shuttle bus and tooling around Istanbul after seven hours on an Airbus isn’t your cup of tea, but if [...]

Now THIS is a boarding pass

Do-it-yourself boarding passes — either printed on your own computer or on your phone — are par for the course these days. I can’t remember the last time I used a kiosk, much less a check-in staff member…) But there are self-printed boarding passes, and then there are BOARDING PASSES. A traveler by the name [...]

Upgrades and Downgrades: iPads inflight, contraband, biofuels, and security cartoons

Upgraded: iPads as inflight entertainment Discount airline Iceland Express, which flies primarily within Europe, but also offers limited trans-Atlantic service from Reykjavik to New York and Winnipeg (Winnipeg!), is launching iPads as inflight entertainment. Show More Summary

Delta starts refunding tickets for passenger who refuse to fly because of TSA searches

The national anger at the TSA is not just taking a toll on passengers’ patience — and rights. It’s now also taking a toll on airlines’ bottom lines: In the abstract, of course, some people will be dissuaded from traveling because of the bad press the airline experience is getting. But now Delta is, in [...]

United introduces last-minute “Weekend Saver” Mileage Plus tickets

United has offered up an innovative new spin on cashing in frequent flier miles: “Weekend Saver” discounts. But is it worth spending your miles on this? The concept is essentially the same as their e-fares: For last-minute reservations on flights from their hub cities, you pay less than the normal walkup rate. Your travel dates [...]

American AAdvantage Citibank mega-bonuses: Only one week left

Back in September, I posted about the amazingly huge mileage bonuses which Citibank was offering new American Airlines AAdvantage Visa and Amex cardholders. For no annual fee in the first year, you could get 75,000 or 100,000 miles for reaching spending thresholds. I opted for a personal Visa card that offered up 75,000 bonus miles [...]

Vegas hotels want you to pimp their deals on Twitter to get rewards

The Venetian and the Palazzo in Vegas want you to take your Twitter feed and leverage it for some hotel comps, by giving you points toward hotel credits for your tweets about their properties. Delightful. I’m sure your online friends and followers will love being marketed to for your personal benefit. The way it works: [...]

Enormous sums of American Airlines AAdvantage miles still available via credit card offers

This week, our household received three credit card offers from Citibank, all for American Airlines AAdvantage credit cards. Each came with a different sum of bonus miles: 30,000, 50,000, and 75,000 miles. (Two of the envelopes were addressed to my wife, one to me.) Talk about mixed messages! The 75K bonus (with $1,500 in purchases [...]

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