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Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

Holiday Inn Pays Guests to Stay at its Properties..Sort Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/04/2013, 1:00 AM

Holiday Inn will be giving a minimum of $25 in gift cards for either gasoline, train discounts or air discounts to those who stay for two-nights between now and June 30th. Stay 3 nights, and the chain will reward you with a $50 gift card, 4 nights nets $75 and if you can bed down for 5 nights, you'll be eligible for a $100 card. Does that make this a great deal? Not necessarily. Before you...

Americans Were Recently Made Aware of How Much We Spend on Air Transportation As Compared With How Little We Spend on Rail Transportation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 5:30 PM

     During the recent week when the dreaded Sequester caused flights to be delayed all over the nation, resuting in grave inconvenience to millions, we learned that the purpose of the hold-up was to save some 5% of the money the federal government spends each year on air traffic controllers--the people in the airport towers. That 5%, we were told, amounted to 637 million dollars, which means-...

The Bad News About Flights That Arrive Early

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 1:30 AM

Did your latest flight arrive early? Mine did and that's not necessarily a good thing. As a recent analysis in USAToday showed, airlines are padding their flight times to improve on-time stats. That means on-time and early arrivals, yes, but also more time spent just sitting on the darn plane. In fact, USA Today found that 93% of flights are now longer than they were in 1995.  So we'r...

The Bad News About Flights That Arrive Early

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 1:30 AM

Did your latest flight arrive early? Mine did and that's not necessarily a good thing. As a recent analysis in USAToday showed, airlines are padding their flight times to improve on-time stats. That means on-time and early arrivals, yes, but also more time spent just sitting on the darn plane. In fact, USA Today found that 93% of flights are now longer than they were in 1995.  So we'r...

It's Going to Be A Bumpy Ride: The Effect of Global Climate Change on Airplane Turbulence

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

Here's an odd, and disturbing, bit of news. Scientists are predicting that as carbon dioxide levels rise, so will air turbulence for transatlantic flights. The bumpiness will be caused by the jet stream moving ever farther north, and disrupting flights. According to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change both the frequency of turbulence and its strength will increase ...

It's Going to Be A Bumpy Ride: The Effect of Global Climate Change on Airplane Turbulence

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

Here's an odd, and disturbing, bit of news. Scientists are predicting that as carbon dioxide levels rise, so will air turbulence for transatlantic flights. The bumpiness will be caused by the jet stream moving ever farther north, and disrupting flights. According to a study published by the journal Nature Climate Change both the frequency of turbulence and its strength will increase ...

Supporting Boston: Why We Should All Return to this Spectacular City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

London. Madrid. New York City. Mumbai. Bali. Washington, DC. Just a short list of the great world destinations that have been hit by devastating terrorist attacks in the last decade-and-a-half. All are thriving today, and all remain among the top places in the world for tourism. But that “happy ending” didn’t come all at once in some cases. Both Bali and New York City, in particular, s...

Supporting Boston: Why We Should All Return to this Spectacular City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/02/2013, 1:15 AM

London. Madrid. New York City. Mumbai. Bali. Washington, DC. Just a short list of the great world destinations that have been hit by devastating terrorist attacks in the last decade-and-a-half. All are thriving today, and all remain among the top places in the world for tourism. But that “happy ending” didn’t come all at once in some cases. Both Bali and New York City, in particular, s...

It's Florida Drive Out Season! One-Way Rentals for $10/Day, No Strings Attached

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/02/2013, 12:00 AM

It's one of the best-kept secrets in vacationing: the annual Florida Drive Out.   This is the time of year when the big rental car companies need to rebalance the distribution of their fleets. To convince customers to help them shift their inventory away from winter vacation destinations by the start of the summer travel season, they mark down their prices to nutty levels. And I mean c...

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