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Best Western is Discounting until February 2, and That Includes the Holidays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2013, 6:45 PM

Best Western has announced a sale that lasts until February 2, 2014, and surprisingly it includes rooms over the busy holiday period.  A 20 percent sale in the middle of Christmas and New Year's would be a very useful promotion, but like so many publicized sales, it's a bit squirmy about the specifics. "Guests can save up to 20 percent off at participating hotels," it claims. Wording l...

Every Passenger To Get Fast, Free Wi-Fi on JetBlue

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/11/2013, 8:30 PM

Although JetBlue put its free Wi-Fi in place a few weeks ago, giving it time to work out the kinks, today it launched it officially in a big way by loading a group of persnickety tech and travel reporters onto one of its planes for a round-trip flight to nowhere. Once altitude was reached, the Wi-Fi service was switched on, and JetBlue let the critics have at it. The verdict: It works. Jet...

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Now Generating Power From Rooftop Wind Turbines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/06/2013, 9:30 PM

On top of the 26th floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, barely visible from A1A and the beach on its doorstep, six wind turbines have just been installed.  I checked them out on a recent visit to the city. For now, they bow down like modernist sculpture, held horizontal by their hydraulic lifts, but this month, they will be unfurled to a height of 35 feet above the roof l...

New York City's Newest Tourist Attraction: Monthly Concerts By Billy Joel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/04/2013, 5:30 PM

Las Vegas casino-hotels long ago carved out a healthy tourist industry from installing popular artists in long runs. Elvis will always be the King, of course, but in recent years, residencies by artists such as Celine Dion, Motley Crue, Britney Spears, and Carrot Top have been an incentive for tourists to pack up and fly to town. (Okay, maybe not Carrot Top.) Now New York City's esteemed M...

Handy Discount App HotelTonight Now Offers Discounts from 9am Daily Instead of Noon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/26/2013, 5:45 PM

The same-day hotel discount app HotelTonight has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut in 2011, going from a coverage of just a few cities to now around 200 locations around the globe. If you're not familiar with it, the app works like this: On the same day that you need a hotel reservation, you check the app to see which handful of hotels need to unload last-minute rooms for cheap. So...

AppleCare+ Now Lets You Repair Your Apple Products Where You Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 5:00 PM

AppleCare+, and its similar product AppleCare Protection Plan, are like insurance policies for your Apple product—iPhone, iPad, iPod, laptop, and the like. If you crack your screen on your iPhone, for example, having purchased its $79 AppleCare policy, the company will fix it for a nominal fee, saving you from having to purchase a whole new phone. Until recently, you could only get yo...

Virgin America Releases the Grooviest In-Flight Safety Video of All Time

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2013, 9:15 PM

A few weeks ago, Air New Zealand bent the rules of due diligence by bringing out an uproarious in-flight safety video featuring Betty White and Gavin McLeod and set at a retirement village. (Click here to see that hilariously daring segment.) Now Virgin America has upped the game with its own entrant that'll appeal to the other end of the age scale. It may be the grooviest, sassiest, pop-a...

The Trailer for 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harrington Mistakes Tourist Attraction for History

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/14/2013, 2:45 PM

The cheesy, pectoral-flexing Hollywood treatment of the destruction of Pompeii will arrive in cinemas in February, but the quick teaser trailer is already here. It starts as the camera trails along those famous ossified corpses supposedly left by the volcanic eruption in the year 79. "Many wished for death," intones a gravelly voice as the camera pulls back to reveal a field of such bodies...

Watch Betty White's New In-Flight Safety Video for Air New Zealand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2013, 1:45 AM

Air New Zealand, an airline known for its celeb-studded safety videos (which have featured Richard Simmons and, erm, some hobbits, managed to convince TV legend Betty White to do its brand new in-flight safety for the A320. The four-minute segment is set at a sunny retirement village and titled "Safety Old School Style. Now Miss White—born in 1922, 35 years before the first jet was even in...

5-Day Sailings on the Disney Magic Marked Down to $125/night in November

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2013, 5:15 PM

Thanks go to our friends at MouseSavers.com, who published this hot deal for Disney Cruise Line. Normally, excursions on the line are premium-priced, well over $200 a day, and rarely discounted—but a deal has surfaced that's good for staterooms that are more like $125 a night. That level of pricing is rare enough to mention. The deal is good for all November dates on the Disney Magic exclu...

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