Win This: a 5-Night Trip for 2 to Maui

Enter the AFAR Media “Win a Trip to Maui” sweepstakes by September 7, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a five-night trip for two people to Maui, including hotel, one chef-curated private dinner, $900 to cover airfare, and a subscription to AFAR Magazine. Related: Win a 4-Night Trip for 4 to Oslo,…

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Do You Tip at Hotels? Should You?

Expedia’s recent Hotel Etiquette Study focused mainly on the effects of travelers’ behavior on their fellow hotel guests. But there was a section of the survey that shone a light on travelers’ hotel tipping behavior as well. 30% don’t tip at all. Of those who do, 46% tip the housekeeper; 40% tip the room service…

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‘A First Class Upgrade Every Time’ – Really?

“How to Get a First Class Upgrade Every Time” So trumpets the headline of a Bloomberg article published this morning. An upgrade every time. That’s a promise guaranteed to perk the interest of a wide range of travelers, from business flyers, who actually stand a chance of being upgraded, to armchair travelers, whose only experience…

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Aloft Hotels Go Hi-Tech with Voice-Activated Rooms

“Hey Siri, I’m going to bed. Turn up the air conditioning, close the blinds, and turn off the lights.” That’s the end-of-the-day routine for guests at two Aloft hotels, newly equipped with voice-activated iPads running a custom room-management app. According to the company, “The new Aloft Voice Activated Hotel Rooms are going to change the…

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The World’s Shortest Airline Flight Is How Long?

Airlines are forever jockeying for bragging rights as the operator of the world’s longest flight. But for most travelers, who must endure the hassle and discomfort of flying coach, shorter flights are always to be preferred over longer ones. As it happens, the world’s shortest commercial airline flight takes all of two minutes, although it…

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The Best Hotel Programs? Think Again

The best hotel loyalty programs? There are the usual suspects. InterContinental’s IHG Rewards. Starwood’s Preferred Guest. Marriott Rewards. Hilton HHonors. And then there are the winners of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs for 2016-17 study. The survey’s top programs, with their scores (on a scale from 1 to 5, with…

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IHG’s Latest Promo: ‘at Least 30,000 Bonus Points’

InterContinental Hotel Group’s next points promotion, dubbed Accelerate, begins next month. Offer Details Between September 6 and December 15, IHG Rewards members can earn “at least 30,000 bonus points upon completion of all offers presented.” This is another of IHG’s personalized promotions, with a multitude of different offers available to program members with different profiles…

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Win This: a 4-Night Trip for 4 to Oslo, Norway

Enter the Jarlsberg “Perfect Pairing” sweepstakes by September 12, 2016, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-night trip for two people to Oslo, Norway, including air and hotel. Related: Win a 5-Day Trip for 4 to St. Pete, Florida, with First-Class Air To enter, provide the requested information (name, email, etc.) on…

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