January 19, 2014
Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. It's why Internet users logging on to http://www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses. 3 Palms Hotels (877)
January 19, 2014 |
There is no shortage of travel websites to make your life easier or your travels cheaper. But who has the time to keep track of all of them? Here's a short list of travel websites that are worth bookmarking and using for pre-trip research. All the Rooms : Would you rather stay in a four-star hotel or a private cottage with views and a hot tub? How about a B&B versus a budget-minded hostel? You might not think about all your options unless they were right in front of you. That's why the addition of All the Rooms to the accommodations booking game was so exciting last year.
January 19, 2014
AIDA Cruises Ships: Each name preceded by and blended with AIDA: aura, bella, blu, cara, diva, luna, mar, sol, stella, vita. Info: 011-49-381-20-270707, http://www.aida.de . Amawaterways Ships: La Marguerite, Zambezi Queen. Each of the following names preceded by and blended with Ama: Bella, Cello, Certo, Dagio, Dante, Dolce, Katarina, Legro, Lotus, Lyra, Prima, Pura (debuts Nov. 24), Reina (debuts Nov. 9), Sonata (debuts April 23), Serena (debuts April 2015)
January 18, 2014 |
Inside a small TV studio in Los Angeles, Ondi Timoner is absorbed again in the making of documentaries. She's on the phone discussing editing options for one project, then planning for the fundraising event of another. Standing nearby is director Patrick Creadon, her guest this afternoon on "B.Y.O.D. " (for "Bring Your Own Documentary"), Timoner's weekly online chat show for TheLip.tv. They have much to talk about. Timoner, 41, twice won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary feature at Sundance: for her explosive 2004 rock doc "Dig!"
January 16, 2014 |
Remember the iconic "1984" Super Bowl ad from Apple? Or the ad that had Mean Joe Greene giving his jersey to a kid? Or the Larry Bird vs. Michael Jordan ad where they are trying to one-up each other at shooting? Finally, there's a website where you can watch all your favorite Super Bowl ads in one place. Hulu AdZone , which launched Thursday, is a new website that features the greatest Super Bowl commercials of all time and will let you vote for the best ad at this year's Super Bowl.
January 12, 2014 |
A social travel site that rewards followers of popular itineraries with savings. Name: CarryOn.com What it does: Features deals with escalating savings, meaning that the more people who follow a trip, the more savings CarryOn delivers. Members (free to join) choose between following an existing deal or creating their own. As more people follow the same deal, the price starts to drop. The site claims members can save up to 40%. What's hot: The site is attractive, and the deals are inviting, with large photos.
January 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The House on Friday passed legislation that would require the Obama administration to notify individuals whose personal information may be compromised in the event of a data breach. After taking multiple votes in 2013 to curtail or repeal the Affordable Care Act, the latest proposal was a far more modest offering by the Republican majority. It drew 67 Democratic votes, one of the highest to date for a Republican-backed bill about Obamacare. Republicans said the legislation was necessary because of security concerns raised during the rocky rollout of the online exchanges in the fall, though there is no evidence of widespread problems with data security.
December 26, 2013 |
An error on Delta Air Lines' website produced super-low fares Thursday morning before the problem was corrected a couple of hours later. The fares were as much as 90% below regular ticket prices. Delta passengers who took advantage of the mistake said on social media sites that they had booked such deals as $51 for a one-way ticket from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge, La., and $35 from Raleigh, N.C., to Philadelphia, about one-tenth the normal price. "The situation has been resolved, and the correct prices are being displayed," said airline spokesman Trebor Banstetter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 |
When Newport Beach City Council candidate Michael Glenn thinks of freedom, that includes the freedom to choose how to donate, be it with dollars, pesos or bitcoins. Glenn claims to be the first local politician to accept campaign donations in the esoteric digital currency. He is seeking the Balboa Peninsula's 1st District council seat being vacated by Mike Henn. Also in the race are businesswoman Diane Dixon and Harbor Commissioner Joe Stapleton. Glenn's announcement comes weeks after individuals used bitcoins to pay for a Tesla car, and then a Lamborghini , from a Costa Mesa dealership.