This Week in Travel: Death of Seatback TV + Feds Call Out United + Trump Hotel Expansion + Nut Allergy Alert


Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

The Days of Seatback TV May Be Numbered

The world’s largest airline has announced its next wave of planes will have no seatback TVs, leaving flyers to their own devices for inflight diversion.

Feds Call Out United on Latest IT Meltdown

Airline computer meltdowns have become a recurring problem, inconveniencing thousands of flyers. Two congressmen want to know why, and what’s the fix.

Trump Hotels to Expand U.S. Presence – Conflict of Interest?

Raising questions of both ethics and law, Trump Hotels has announced plans to significantly expand the company’s presence in the U.S.

Allergic to Nuts? It Could Get You Kicked Off the Plane

American recently kicked a family off a flight after the airline was informed that the two children suffered from severe nut allergies. Right or wrong?

Save 15% on InterContinental Points & Cash Hotel Stays

Through February 12, IHG Rewards Club members can save 15 percent on the cash portion of their Points & Cash bookings, for stays through March 31.

Earn Up to 50,000 Bonus American Miles for S. Pacific Flights

American AAdvantage members can earn up to 50,000 bonus miles for flights to Australia or New Zealand, booked by January 31 and completed by May 31.

These Are the Airports with the Best and Worst Wi-Fi

A new study reveals the enormous difference in Wi-Fi speeds available at the nation’s largest airports. Here’s where to find the fastest, and the slowest.

Book Award Stays at 131 InterCon Hotels for 5,000 Points a Night

Beginning on January 30, IHG Rewards members can book award nights for 5,000 points at 131 participating hotels, for stays through April 30, 2017.

Win a Culinary Trip for 2 to Tokyo and Kyoto

Enter this sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Japan, including airfare, hotel, sushi-making class, tea ceremony, and foodie tours.

Somebody has to win, right? Might as well be you.

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

This article first appeared on, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.

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