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What's Worse Than Traveling on the Day After Christmas?

December 26, 2014 at 10:02 AM | by | ()

Scrolling through Twitter on the morning after Christmas isn't all gift-bragging and pretty pictures of families by the fire; one of today's top topics is actually somewhat sad. We searched through the latest tweets from travelers at US airports, and found one theme uniting them all: a grumpiness caused by airports playing Christmas music after the holidays.

At least we know of one airport where the travelers themselves can take control of the playlist; JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK uses the Rockbot app which allows public input to create a kind of "social jukebox." It seems travelers on the day after Christmas would prefer a much more muted soundtrack, perhaps because many may be cracking open the covers of novels gifted them over the holiday.

See what travelers are saying this morning:

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Joy to the World Travelers

December 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM | by | ()

Happy Holidays to you, our awesome readers. We've already got everything we wanted for Christmas—you guys.

We'll be back bright and early on Friday morning.

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These 7 Airline Gift Cards Offer Instant Delivery

December 23, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | ()

It's 5 o'clock on the day before Christmas Eve. Do you know what you're getting everyone on your list?

If not, we've got the answer: airline gift cards. Whether your gift is $50 or $500, you'll have helped make a trip possible for someone in your life, and giving experiences always trumps giving...things.

7 of the gift cards we've listed below are available for instant delivery via email, while 1 is not (Virgin Atlantic). Instant delivery may mean there's no physical card to exchange, but that leaves you free to be creative with how you tell the recipient to look extra close at their inbox this week.

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Video Interlude: How 23 Airlines are Wishing You 'Happy Holidays' for 2014

December 23, 2014 at 11:18 AM | by | ()

Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

...but the airline-produced holiday greetings are soooo delightful.

'Tis the season for a little heartstring tugging as travel brands send out their holiday wishes, and the airlines are always good for a little creativity when it comes to their greetings. Whether it's a simple "ho ho ho" from high in the sky or a grand gesture captured on camera, holiday videos from the airlines are usually worth the watch.

Below we've gathered up all the videos we could find for 2014. Which is your favorite?

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'Four Christmases' is a Nightmare Turned Comedy

December 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

The idea of re-doing Christmas over and over until all relatives are satisfied is not a nightmare, but having our dream vacation plans changed at the very last minute due to an "act of Mother Nature" sure is. Just imagine escaping the cold and snow of the the northern hemisphere to spend Christmas Day in tropical Fiji but, at the very last minute all flights are grounded and you're not going anywhere.

Such is the very start of 'Four Christmases' and the hilarity that ensues might just make for a new holiday tradition of watching this travel-themed movie with your own family.

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Denver is Home to the Original Candy Cane Factory Tour

December 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

It takes some serious time and effort to produce all those Christmas candies, and if you need a timeout from the holiday shopping and stress there’s a place where you can go right to the source. Over in Denver is Hammond’s Candies, and the folks there are still making plenty of stuff the old-fashioned way—including candy canes—and would love to show you around their place.

They have been making goodies and confections since like 1920, so we can only assume they know what they are doing at this point. There’s all kind of stuff to check out, and best of all the factory tours are totally free and open to the public.

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5 Holiday Fun Runs Featuring Santas, Sweaters, and Hot Chocolate

December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

Screw the shopping and holiday responsibilities this weekend, and do something for yourself. Hit the course with these holiday runs, marathons, and 5Ks. Sure there’s a little bit of exercise involved, but since it’s Christmas time they are complete with music, candy canes, and plenty of Santa outfits:

Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk — Carmel, Indiana

Hot chocolate and donuts at the finish line?—sign us up! Take a break from shopping this weekend, and hit the course at the Donut 5K Holiday Run/Walk in Carmel, Indiana. Things start at 9am on December 20 at the Monon Community Center, and if you register early enough in advance—score a Santa hat and beard.

Santa and Suds 5K Run/Walk – Clearwater, Florida

Burn off some of those holiday calories, and then put them right back on this weekend. The race begins at 3pm on December 21, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or just stroll along. All finishers will score a free beer at the finish line from Capitol Beer House, so that’s pretty darn wonderful.

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Why the Best Buy 'Geek Squad' is on the Scene at Chicago-O'Hare

December 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

If your electronics and mobile doodads aren’t behaving this holiday season there’s a new way to get things repaired and fix while on the go. Best Buy is sending their Geek Squad unit into the airport, as the brave women and men will be stationed at Chicago-O’Hare for the next few weeks.

When your phone just isn’t keeping up its end of the bargain make your way over to Terminal 3 near the Concourse H food court. There you’ll find the Geek Squad, and that’s where they will be providing tech support for free through December 23.

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Skip 'Chicken or Beef' for These 3 Holiday In-Flight Meals

December 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | ()

Just because holiday travel has a reputation for frustration doesn't mean that the spirit of the holidays can't be part of the journey once you're in the sky. Airlines know that a little bit of merry can go a long way this time of year, and a few are introducing holiday-themed menus or little festive touches to make long lines and cramped planes a little more bearable.

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The 5 Most Festive Drive-Through Christmas Attractions in the US

December 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | ()

There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:

Symphony of Lights Drive Through – Columbia, Maryland

Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.

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How to Get Tickets to Three of 2014's Best Christmas Fests

December 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM | by | ()


Above: the huge Christmas tree at Navy Pier

'Tis the season for Christmas Festivals filled with lights, music, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts.

Here are three of this year's best holiday festivals and how you can get tickets to each:

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WestJet is Now Boarding the Nonstop to Warm Fuzzies

December 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | ()

We don’t easily get choked up watching airline videos on YouTube, but once again WestJet has us reaching for a tissue to wipe away the tears this holiday season. The carrier from Canada is at it again, as this year they brought their own version of a Christmas miracle down to one community in the Dominican Republic.

The airline setup a little kiosk within the Puerto Plata community of Nuevo Renacer, and residents lined up one by one to share their wishes with a Santa on the screen. Well, sure enough Santa was able to grant each and every wish—from a washing machine to a horse.

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