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The Secret City

Once I had my tessera, or reader’s card, for the library, the Swiss Guards would wave me through the main gate whenever I arrived at Vatican City and even give me a knowing little salute. I could come and go as I pleased during business hours—and once inside the gates, nobody seemed to care where I wandered. Show More Summary

Club Carlson Offering Targeted Triple Points Promotion

I usually don't write about targeted promotions, but I think the context on this one is sufficiently interesting to warrant a post. Back in the day Hyatt offered a "Faster Free Nights" promotion year after year, which is arguably the most lucrative promotion the hotel industry has ever seen. Show More Summary

Weekly Top 10: The World's Best Motion Base Rides and Shows

By Robert Niles: For generations, theme park fans faced a choice between narrative and thrills. You could go on a dark ride to enjoy characters and story, or go on something like a roller coaster to twist, turn and scream. But in the...Show More Summary

Goodie Bags Filled With Memories

A welcome gift like a bottle of Champagne is standard at many high-end hotels, but some properties are also giving their guests goodies at checkout.

Wait, What? Tickets for Disney World and Disneyland Now Cost How Much?

1 hour agoLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

Your kiddos better start picking up extra chores, tasks, and assignments around the house, as they?re going to need some additional funds if they?re looking to visit one of the Disney parks here in the nifty fifty. The folks responsible...Show More Summary

My Favorite Place in Ireland: The Wild West

For more than a quarter of a century I’ve traveled Ireland's western coast, up from the filigreed fringe of west Cork, along the lakes of Killarney, to the world-class golf links of Ballybunion and Lahinch, to Yeats country in Sligo, meeting people that give me yet another reason to come back.

Manufacture 14.3 Billion Miles With Credit Cards, How Many Cards Can You Get from Each Bank, and the Real Reason the A380 Fails?

News and notes from around the interweb: How many credit cards will each bank let you have? Air Tahiti Nui buying 2 Boeing 787s. The Papeete-based carrier which flies to Tokyo, Auckland, Los Angeles and Paris (via Los Angeles) will use them to replace A340s. Show More Summary

Costco Replaces American Express With Citi For Exclusive Agreement

A few weeks ago it was announced that American Express and Costco will be terminating their relationship as of March 31, 2016: “We are proud of the value created over many years for Costco, for our Card Members and for our shareholders,” said Kenneth I. Show More Summary

Review: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen

After a couple of nights at the perfectly functional Radisson Blu Scandinavia Copenhagen, it was time to head over to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen, which is generally more highly rated. For our two night stay the rate wasShow More Summary

Hilton Free Wi-Fi for all HHonors members begins August 2015

HHonors Representative on FlyerTalk announced today Hilton free Wi-Fi for all HHonors members begins August 2015. HHonors Diamond members will receive premium Wi-Fi access beginning sometime in 2015 second quarter. Hilton Wi-Fi Update...Show More Summary

The Last Hotel Internet Domino Falls. Hilton Will Offer Free WiFi, But There Are Catches…

IHG Rewards came out with internet for everyone a year ago (though of course most of their hotels already gave it to everyone as a brand standard, only the upper-tier ones did not and in certain regions). And Marriott announced this two months ago, with a restriction of having to book through Marriott channels. Show More Summary

Checking out 52 Marriott brand hotels going down March 19, 2015 in reward night category

When I look at the 35-page Marriott PDF listing over 1,400 hotels in a list with no geographic descriptors, my thought bluntly is “What a bunch of assholes at Marriott to post a list of 1,400+ hotels, in no geographic or other kind of...Show More Summary

The Secret City

What possessed the Vatican to call its most contentious reservoir of documents the “Secret Archives”? Don’t they realize that, to inquisitive outsiders, the name is like a red flag to a bull? Dr. Marco Grilli, the secretary to the prefecture of the archives, tried in vain to clarify: “The word secret is misleading,” he said. Show More Summary

JetBlue opens Orlando boutique hotel

But you won't be able to book a room at "The Lodge at OSC."        

Has Cathay Pacific Been Removed As an Amex Transfer Partner?

Of the three major bank-issued transferable points currencies, American Express Membership Rewards has the most airline transfer partners. By last count, they had 17 airline transfer partners: However, I've received several commentsShow More Summary

3 California rock events not to miss: Tacheva, BottleRock and Kaaboo

Tickets to the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sold out within an hour the day they went on sale in January. Here are three musical gatherings, including a Coachella-lite event in Palm Springs, worth considering if you crave a great outdoor rock experience.

JetBlue to add a second route from Baltimore/Washington

Airline will go head-to-head with Southwest, Spirit to Fort Lauderdale.        

Monday flight woes: 715 cancellations, 1,800 delays

More than 10,000 flights have been canceled since last Saturday (Feb. 21).        

Hilton Offering Free Wifi Globally Starting In August 2015

The past year or so we've really seen the major hotel chains "evolve" when it comes to their complimentary wifi offerings. IHG Rewards Club was the first to offer all members of their loyalty program free wifi. Then Marriott, Starwood,...Show More Summary

Canada: Take a 'floating book club' cruise to Newfoundland and Labrador

Small-ship travel company Adventure Canada has rounded up three Canadian authors for its first "floating book club," which is set to sail around remote parts of Newfoundland and Labrador in July.

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