Two New Reasons to Join TSA PreCheck

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/03/2017, 12:00 AM

There are several good reasons for enrolling in the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program. If accepted, you get to take advantage of an expedited screening process at airports, during which you don't have to remove your shoes, belt, or jacket, and you can keep your laptop in its bag. Recently, two more incentives have been added: First, 11 airlines serving more than ...

Best Days in 2017 to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/02/2017, 12:00 AM

Spring will get here before you know it—and in Japan, that season means cherry blossoms decorating the country in shades of pink and white. Travelers who'd like to see those beautiful displays in person now have a handy resource for timing their visits to coincide with the days when trees are in peak bloom. The Japan Meteorological Corporation has put together an online forecast with pro...

Small Colorado Ski Resort Offers $700 Lift Ticket

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/01/2017, 12:00 AM

Long overshadowed by bigger, glitzier Colorado ski resorts like Aspen Snowmass and Vail, the small, usually understated Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs is making a bid for attention this season with a new lift ticket going for an astronomical $700. By comparison, peak-season, walk-up lift tickets cost $189 at Vail and $159 at Aspen Snowmass. In fact, the standard price for hitting th...

New Ideas from Marriott: Communal Rooms and Automatic Booze Dispensers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/31/2017, 12:00 AM

Last week Marriott International gave the public a preview of some of the ideas the hotel megachain is considering for rollout in the coming months. The sneak peek was given to attendees of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in downtown Los Angeles. One of the most talked-about concepts had to do with hotel layout; another had to do with booze. The layout idea, which is being consider...

American Airlines Begins Phasing Out Seat-Back Entertainment

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2017, 12:00 AM

Given that the vast majority of airline passengers now fly with one or more portable smart devices (phones, tablets, laptops), it has become clear that the days are numbered for those little screens embedded in the backs of airplane seats. And sure enough, a new batch of 100 Boeing 737s that will be entering service for American Airlines by the end of the year will not have seat-back entertai...

Free Admission at L.A. Museums on Sunday, January 29

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/27/2017, 12:00 AM

Here's some incentive for appreciating art, culture, history, nature, or science if you happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend: More than 30 museums in and around that city will be letting visitors enter at no charge on Sunday, January 29—otherwise known as SoCal Museums' Free-for-All Day. Participating institutions include some of L.A.'s best and most popular attractions: the Getty Center...

Time-Lapse Video of Northern Lights Shot from Airplane's Window Seat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2017, 12:00 AM

This is the best time of year to catch sight of the Northern Lights—when nights in the Arctic Circle are at their longest and darkest. Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg was treated to a particularly spectacular display on a New Year's Eve flight from New York City to Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik. And fortunately for all of us, he had a window seat. Check out Nirenberg's time-lapse video...

The New Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Is Overwhelmed with Interest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/25/2017, 7:00 PM

It's such a remarkable attraction that it has been packed with more visitors than it expected, so if you want to go, you'll need to plan ahead....

Senator Promises to Fight New Airline Fees

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/25/2017, 12:00 AM

Following an example set earlier by United Airlines, American Airlines announced last week that use of overhead bins on flights will no longer be free for every passenger. A condition of the carriers' new "basic economy" fares is that customers who opt for those low rates will be allowed only one carry-on bag—and it has to fit underneath the seats. Under United's basic economy system, which s...

No-Tourist Zone Around Newly Restored Colosseum Proposed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/24/2017, 12:00 AM

After almost three years, the Colosseum in Rome has finished undergoing a restoration financed by high-end leather-goods maker Tod's. Now some local officials want to make the historic site less accessible to visitors. The idea of a "no-go zone" around the Colosseum has been raised in response to recent incidents involving tourists behaving badly. The latest: On January 14, two Brazilian vi...

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