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New App Finds Last-Minute Airfare Price Drops

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/30/2014, 3:30 PM

Inspired by (actually very inspired by) the last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight, a newcomer called Flight Tonight hopes to help travelers find those instances in which airlines suddenly slash fares at the very last minute. Humane last-minute fares are not easy to find, as anyone who has ever had to attend a faraway funeral or an unexpected meeting has discovered. But the app makers...

Finally! This Site Shames Hotels with Lousy Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2014, 5:30 PM

One of the great annoyances of hotel stays today is that although nearly all properties boldly advertise they have Wi-Fi, not all of them prove to be truly high-speed once you check in. The signal may be too weak in parts of the building, the bandwidth may be clogged at night with other guests binge-watching Hulu, or the standard speed may only be good enough for the most basic e-mail function...

Southwest Airlines Boots Family Over a Complaint Tweet About Gate Agent: Businesses Strike Back Over Online Reviews

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/23/2014, 9:30 PM

  Last Sunday, a man was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight because, he claims, he left a bad review of a gate agent on Twitter. The man, Duff Watson, was upset because he felt his elite status with the airline entitled him to treatment he wasn't receiving. In anger, he sent a tweet naming a gate agent who had refused him early boarding access with his children, aged 6 and 9. ...

Book a Resort Room, Get a Sofabed? How Third-Party Bookings Can Go Wrong And How to Fix Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/07/2014, 10:15 PM

      Last week, I used a discount hotel app to book a room in Orlando. The property I chose, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, is a major resort on Walt Disney World property, a few years old, with 400 high-quality rooms to fill each and every night. Which is why it turns to the discount hotel apps, which shore up occupancy rates and reduce the load of unsold ro...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 3:15 PM

The New York Wheel, now in planning   Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area.     If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake.   Actually, it's about 15 years l...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 3:15 PM

The New York Wheel, now in planning   Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area.     If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake.   Actually, it's about 15 years l...

New York City's New 9/11 Memorial Museum: A Review

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2014, 3:45 PM

For well over two millennia, humans have been telling one another stories of the dangers of looking back at evil or death. Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt because she dared glance over her shoulder into the maw of destruction. Orpheus lost his beloved forever for the same reason: he turned around before he’d reached the realm of light. And in a case of real life imitating, well, ico...

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