New York City Copter Tours Chopped

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/02/2016, 2:00 PM

New York authorities just took a blade to the city's tourist helicopter industry: In an agreement that was jointly announced by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council, helicopter operating companies agreed to reduce flights by about 50% annually within a year. All tourist flights would end on Sundays beginning April 1. Overall fli...

A Novel Device for Sharing Wi-Fi in the Sky

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/02/2016, 1:45 PM

You're at 1,600 feet and suddenly you feel the bile rising in your throat. It's not turbulence. It's the outrageously high cost of Wi-Fi in the sky. I wish I could tell you've we found a way to get around the exorbitant fees being charged by GoGo Worldwide, the internet provider that serves most of the major airlines. We haven't. But USA Today has found a nifty gadget that allows users to...

Last Chance to Take a Sleeper in Germany

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/02/2016, 1:30 PM

Rail Journal, a train industry publication, reports that German Rail (DB), the German rail company, is doing away with its overnight sleeper carriages. That romantic travel tradition of renting a berth or couchette for an overnight journey will soon be over in Germany—everyone will have to sleep in upright chairs from now on. The company said that just 1% of all long-distance travelers hav...

Reunion of the Fabled Pan Am Stewardesses

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2016, 2:45 PM

We don't need to be reminded of how miserable the flying experience is today, but it does help us as educated consumers to know what it used to be. In the first decades of air travel, perhaps no job held more mystique than that of the Pan Am stewardess. CBS News Sunday Morning attended a reunion of the sophisticated women who made Pan Am such a glamorous name in midcentury travel—and for whom...

Guy Builds NYC Igloo, Charges $200 on Airbnb

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2016, 2:00 PM

It's chilling proof that not every listing on Airbnb is high-quality: After last weekend's snowstorm, which laid more than two feet of snow on New York City, a Brooklyn man built an "igloo" in his front yard—and listed it for rent for $200 a night, reports Metro. No bathroom, no electricity, plastic-covered pillows, and a roof that may not last until the end of the day—oh, Brooklyn. Your comm...

Meet Hilton's New Affordable Hotel Brand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2016, 1:45 PM

Hilton has launched yet another hotel brand—the 12th in its current portfolio— by announcing that it intends to push this one to being its largest in terms of nationwide room count. Tru by Hilton is targeted to open hundreds of properties in the coming years, and with that trajectory will soon overtake Hilton's Hampton brand. In fact, although you haven't stayed in a single Tru yet, there are...

The True Numbers on Cruise Ship Outbreaks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/18/2016, 2:45 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has put out some sobering new numbers on cruise ship norovirus outbreaks. It looked at all data between 2008 and 2014. And contrary to what the panic drummed up by your local news station, outbreaks are down. "During the study period, the rates of acute gastroenteritis per 100,000 travel days decreased among passengers fr...

Las Vegas Drives Away From Free Parking

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/16/2016, 12:30 PM

Time was when the casinos of Las Vegas were so eager to get customers in front of their one-armed bandits, they comped most everything, from drinks to parking. But as the city moves from "sin" to "singing" (it has become a huge concert and dance club destination, with revenues from those and the city's restaurants far out"stripping" the revenue from gambling), the powers-that-be have decided th...

Apple Vacations Expands Westward

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2016, 11:45 AM

Apple Vacations, a giant vacation outfit beloved by deal-seekers but unknown to many, is making a big move into California by adding charter-flight vacations to three major airports in the Bay Area and Orange County: San Francisco (SFO), Mineta San José International Airport (SJC), and Orange County's John Wayne Airport (SNA). All the new gateways will sells vacations to Los Cabos, and SFO and ...

$99 Fares from California to Europe? Wow!

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/13/2016, 9:30 AM

To promote the inauguration of new service from San Francisco and Los Angeles and Europe (via Iceland), WOW Airlines is throwing a quick but impressive sale. The planes won't depart until the summer but if you book now, and are able to game the system (more on that below), you may be able to snag $99 dollar flights, each way, to Reykjavik, Iceland and $199 flights to London and other cities the...

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