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Perhaps to apologize for opening a hotel in Chicago in the middle of winter, Virgin Hotels is nuzzling up with Virgin America to help surprise flyers on the airline's routes to/from Chicago.
Last night, VX's Chicago flyers enjoyed a Virgin Hotels Social Hour, with free in-flight WiFi and a complimentary cocktail. These things may cost at 35,000-feet, but Virgin Hotels plans to offer them free to guests. One passenger on each flight also won roundtrip tickets and a 2-night stay at the Virgin Hotel Chicago (which opens January 15, 2015).
The onboard fun was also a prime time for Virgin Hotels to announce what perks Virgin America's frequent flyers will enjoy when on the ground and in bed:
All Virgin America Elevate members will receive 1,000 points per stay at Virgin Hotels. They will also get a special introduction offer of double bonus points for stays from January 15 to March 31, 2015.
Elevate Gold members will get complimentary breakfast and a room upgrade, based on availability. Silver members will also receive an upgrade, if available.
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View from the Vue Restaurant at the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby
That was not a misprint; itís very true, and a lot of it has to do with the influx of foreign mining companies, including Exxon and Mobil, that have jacked up rates for everything from real estate to recreation. This means that most of the traditional, local culture has been pushed out and replaced with gated communities and oversized malls, leaving Port Moresby in a confusing state of transition.
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If you only do one thing today, let it be entering KLM's ingenious contest to travel to Amsterdam and have a sleepover inside their recently retired MD-11 airplane.
From now through November 20, KLM is asking all fans of the three-holer aircraft to book it for an overnight stay, as they've cleared out all the typical airplane seats in favor of cozy apartment-style furnishings.
The "Airplane Apartment" sports a master bedroom with king-size bed, a second bedroom with two beds, kitchen, living area, 8 bathrooms, WiFi, a cockpit, and 116 windows. There'll be one winner for each of the three nights, and each winner may bring up to three friends/family along for a total occupancy of 4 people in the Airplane Apartment. But wait, there's more! Winners will also receive international roundtrip flights on KLM to reach Amsterdam, and a 500 EUR Airbnb gift card.
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Brandenburg Gate. Alexanderplatz. Checkpoint Charlie.
The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall has done more than just shed a brighter light on some of Berlin's best-known tourist sites; it's wholly reignited interest in the brief history of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), aka East Germany. Although the DDR technically ceased to exist upon Berlin reunification in 1990 and East Germany feverishly adapted to Western fashion and culture, the particular details of DDR everyday life continue to fascinate.
A handful of Berlin sites continue to preserve DDR design, and anyone is welcome to visit. Here are five of our favorites:
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So there's this new thing called Hotelied. Underneath the lovely retro-chic logo and glossy images of designer hotels, the service purports to connect socially influential travelers with deals on some of the world's most stylish hotels (slogan: "It pays to be you").
Destinations for these deals are limited while the site is still in Beta, but there's New York and LA of course, and also Miami, Palm Springs, Portland, San Antonio, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Porto Feliz (Brazil), Punta del Este (Uruguay), and Tel Aviv.
The premise is simple. The site utilizes your social media and travel profiles to gauge your influencer worth and deliver a discount. Sync up your social mediaInstagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedInhotel loyalty accountsSPG, IHG, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Accorand your airline frequent flyer accountsBritish Airways Executive Club, Lufthansa Miles & More, Virgin America EleVAte, JetBlue TrueBlue. Hotelied then generates hotel discounts, typically at an average of 20% off.
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Have you ever seen a photo of a destination and thought, "I HAVE TO GO TO THERE?" Sure you have, because who hasn't? It's as base a desire as having a taste for a different cuisine for dinner.
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It's the stuff of headlines, when a pilot ventures away from familiar runways to embark on an epic aviation adventure in a single-engine aircraft, and it's exactly what Jaunted contributor Joe Corrigan is doing. Follow along over the next several days, as Joe shares trials, triumphs, and terrific images from flying to remote corners of the South Pacific.
Island Hopping in a Single-Engine, The Series:1. Flight Planning
2. The Point of No Return
3. On Island Time
4. Home Again, Jiggety-Jig
The islands and miles stacked up in our rearview as we left Vanuatu, with a flight plan that took us north to the Solomon Islands, initially to Guadalcanal and Honiara and then onto the New Georgia group.
The longest single flight of our trip so far would be five hours between Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu and Honiara, Solomon Islands, but the winds were on our side and, soon enough, emerald green mountains surrounded by white sandy beaches and coral reefs welcomed us to yet another island destination: Guadalcanal.
We descended through the foothills of the mountains to reach the northern shore and landed at Henderson Field, the second World War II-historic air field of our trip (the first being Santo).
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It feels like forever ago that the future existence of Virgin Hotels was teased. In reality it was only 2010, and finally there's a solid opening date. The first Virgin Hotel will open in Chicago in January 2015, and roomsexcuse us, "Chambers"just went on sale from $209 per night.
For everything we know about Virgin Hotels to this minute, you'll want to check out the HotelChatter story, because right now we're pretty distracted by the tasty news that hotel stays will work with flights towards your frequent flying totals. The NY Times tucked this tidbit into the very end of their story:
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The village of Steveston, BC is offering a special deal for Once Upon A Time fans who want to explore the the real-life town featured in their favorite show.
For the past three years the cast and crew of OUAT have regularly descended on the streets of Steveston which they transform into Storybrooke, ME for the ABC series. When the show is in town the Steveston Post Office becomes the Storybrooke Post Office, The Cannery Cafť changes into Granny's Diner, and the Steveston Coffee Company is known as The Storybrooke Coffee Co.
To recreate the setting of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl - North Carthage, Missouri - the movie's cast and crew spent more than six weeks in Cape Girardeau, Missouri last year.
Now, fans who want to retrace Nick and Amy's footsteps can pay a visit to the movie's Cape Girardeau filming locations while staying at one of three motels featured in Gone Girl.
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How do you top a wedding in Venice with a guest list that includes Bono, Bill Murray, and Matt Damon? You head to Marrakech for your honeymoon, and trade the company of all those famous faces for peace amidst romantic luxury.
That's the plan for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, who married in a private ceremony at Venice's Aman Canal Grande Hotel over the weekend.
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Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.
Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, itís relatively close to Seattle; about an hourís drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.
The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.