March 30, 2014 |
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
March 30, 2014 |
Order a club sandwich from hotel room service in Denver and you will spend an average of nearly $12. Order that same sandwich in Los Angeles and you will be out about $17. That was one of the findings in a study by the travel website TripAdvisor, in an attempt to find out which cities have the highest costs for in-room hotel extras. To conduct the study, the website collected prices for a club sandwich, the dry cleaning of one shirt and several mini-bar accessories from hotels in 62 cities, including 15 in the U.S. Las Vegas was found to have the priciest in-room amenities, at an average of $68. Denver was the least expensive at $41. Los Angeles ranked the fourth most expensive city at nearly $61. The most expensive international city was Helsinki, Finland, where the average hotel amenities bill came to nearly $89 - that includes $20 to dry clean a shirt and a whopping $38 for a club sandwich.
March 20, 2014 |
Has the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 nearly two weeks ago had an effect on travel to the Asian country? It depends on who you talk to. A German-based travel website says it has seen a 22% drop in searches among U.S. users for hotels in Malaysia since the flight disappeared. But Malaysian tourism officials say they have seen no significant drop in travel to the country. The Boeing 777, carrying 239 people, disappeared March 8, sparking a massive search across miles of open sea and theories that range from terrorism to alien abduction.
March 7, 2014 |
To the airport in Portland, Ore., we say: How do we love thy carpet? Let us count the many, many ways. To all fliers hanging out at airports, we say "Quick, look down!" I must have missed the memo that addresses what travel website Jaunted is calling the "shockingly popular" trend of people taking pictures of #airportcarpet -- often with their feet included -- and posting on Instagram. More than 880 carpet photos (and counting) have been shared on Instagram, ranging from Seattle Tacoma International Airport 's (SEA)
February 27, 2014 |
American Airlines has eliminated its so-called bereavement fares for people who need to book a last-minute flight because of the death of a loved one. The airline, which is merging with US Airways, said it discontinued the fare as of Feb. 18 to be consistent with the policies of US Airways. In the past, American Airlines offered a bereavement fare that was lower than typical last-minute fares but varied based on route, departure time, availability and other factors. Instead, American Airlines now offers only to waive change fees for travelers who have a pre-purchased ticket and want to use it to attend the funeral of an immediate family member.
February 8, 2014 |
Name: Trekkel.com This website service is a city primer and itinerary planning tool that considers the way you like to travel. What it does: Pick a city, and then adjust the slider bar to measure your interest in 12 travel topics such as Iconic Landmarks, Killer Views, Nature's Wonders and Shopping's My Game. Trekkel returns its top picks. Then toggle between pics for what to do, where to sleep, eat, shop - or all of the above. You can filter by dates, budget, ratings and more.