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How Apple Pay Makes Life Easier for Travelers

October 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Apple Pay is the hot topic of conversations this week, as Apple releases their "credit card killer" for easier, and more secure payments. So far it's only available to Americans, for use in the United States, but as this is only the beginning of Apple Pay we can see an expanded future ahead. So, how to get started?

First off, you must be in possession of an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 3 or iPad Air 3 running iOS 8.1, and you must enable passcode lock and, for the iPhone, Touch ID (fingerprint recognition). It's extra layers of security.

For help with setting it up, check out AppleInsider, which we did and then immediately headed out to Walgreens to purchase a few mini travel toiletries.

Apple Pay performed beautifully. When the cashier totaled up our purchases, our Passbook Apple Pay screen switched itself to prompt us to place our finger for Touch ID. When our print cleared, the phone vibrated and chimed, and displayed a small record of the transaction including store name and location.

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KLM's 130 Social Media Agents Will Now Happily Book That Flight for You

February 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again now: KLM consistently kills it on Facebook. Even beyond Facebook, the airline does stupendously across the board with social media, and it's no wonder considering they employ 130 social media "agents" to answer the approximately 35,000 interactions on Facebook and Twitter every week.

With so much online action, KLM is now set to up their game by accepting payments via Facebook and Twitter, for everything from flight bookings and seat reservations to flight changes and extra baggage.

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Excess Foreign Currency? Take It to the Bank.

February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's rare but, hey, sometimes it happens that a traveler returns from overseas with a little too much leftover foreign currency. Perhaps you overestimated prices, or didn't do as much market shopping as you wanted, or simply handed over a credit card and forgot about the cash burning a hole in your wallet. Whatever the reason, you're stuck with excess money and you've already left the airport and its currency exchanges.

Simple solution: deposit it into your bank account.

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Stuff Your Wallet with Crisp Euros for a Trip to Latvia

Where: Latvia
January 22, 2014 at 8:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve got an extra twenty euro note hanging out with our passport, and it’s ready to be used on our next trip across the pond. Well there’s a new country where we can exchange it for some souvenirs, as Latvia is now part of the big family utilizing the euro.

January 1 was the big day, so things have been going on for a few weeks now. Citizens tossed their old former currency aside—known as Latvian lats—in favor of what is used in plenty of countries across the continent. With Latvia joining the party there are now 18 countries doing the euro thing. For those that are still finding lats in their pockets when doing laundry the exchange rate is set at one euro for 0.7 lats, so go ahead and exchange those suckers.

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Tip a Flight Attendant? Over Our Dead Body!

October 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Should FAs get a tip just for securing the overhead compartments?

Airfare Watchdog recently conducted a survey of 900 fliers and found that 27% of them have tipped flight attendants for their service. Obviously this is a small sample size, but the site followed up the survey by saying that tipping in the skies was something to get on board with, since we tend to tip so many other people in the travel industry (think hotel staff, sky caps, drivers, etc.)

This contributor has a pretty firm and direct response to their call for action: Over my dead body. And, luckily, 73% of the people surveyed felt the same, citing "no, they get paid for their job" as the number one reason for not handing out singles.

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What Can You Buy with $100k? An Around-the-World Tour on a 757, for One

September 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tonight’s Powerball lottery jackpot is expected to climb to roughly $400 million, and you know we’re already dreaming of where we can go and where we can visit. Obviously things like the world’s longest flight—in business class of course—would become a regular option for us, but with that kind of coin we’re thinking we can take the spending to another level.

There’s a new travel company on the block, as Intrav is looking to woo those travelers who measure their wealth in millions rather than in twenties. Things are very much still in the planning stage, but eventually Intrav hopes to start offering up ridiculous itineraries in 2014 and 2015.

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If You've Got the Cash, There's an Airport with Your Name on It

Where: Spain
August 14, 2013 at 7:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

We know the recent lottery craze has come and gone, but the next time you are busy wasting away an afternoon spending your imaginary millions—we’ve got an idea for you. There’s an airport up for sale over in Spain, and if you’ve got the cash then it’s yours for the taking.

Of course we would love to score our own airplane, but why not take it to the next level with the whole darn airport? Ciudad Real Central Airport—about a couple hours south of Madrid by car—was built a few years ago for around a billion bucks, but now it can be yours for just around $133 million. The airport was previously known as Don Quijote Airport and South Madrid Airport, but of course with the right amount of cash you can name it anything you want.

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Has Jalopnik Discovered the World's Most Expensive Rental Car?

August 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen our share of expensive rental cars, yet unfortunately we’re never the ones behind the wheel of anything zippier than a Sentra. Recent offerings from Hertz have been pretty intriguing, but deep down we know we’re limited to the compact—or maybe an intermediate—level of rental car for the time being.

That’s not the case over at Jalopnik where the car-focused site is doing their best to try and determine the world’s most expensive rental car. Over there a quick search yielded a solid option from Gotham Dream Cars, as they have a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe for just shy of $5,000 per day. We’ll assume that’s before you prepay for the gas, and add a bunch of those extra insurance charges and damage waivers—ha.

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Flip a Coin and Find an Airport

Where: Singapore
July 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week we detailed 21 countries that use the "dollar" other than the United States. Although they share the name of the US' money, almost all were far more colorful and richly illustrated. Indeed, travelers will be delighted to find that airports take pride of place on two currencies.

First, there's the $500 Hong Kong Dollar bill from the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. You may know them better as HSBC. This note depicts a view of HK's Chek Lap Kok Airport (plus the control tower and tail of a 747) with such detail that terminal and maintenance buildings, and even aircraft taxiing to the runways, are clearly visible. Too bad they didn't throw in an easter egg, like a "Where's Waldo?"

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21 Other Countries That Use Dollars as Currency

July 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

24 hours of travel time can make your head spin or, in our case, cause you to explore the deepest, darkest reaches of smartphone memory. Last week, while onboard the infamously lengthy Singapore Airlines flight 25 (New York to Frankfurt to Singapore), we rediscovered a basic currency translator app and sought to see exactly how many countries call their cash by the name of "Dollars."

As it turns out, it's a lot.

Dollars and the use of the $ sign are hardly limited to the United States. Perhaps you're already even familiar with Canadian Dollars, Australian Dollars (pictured above) and New Zealand Dollars, but let's venture down that rabbit hole to see where else the $ leads us...

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Who'll Be Flying from Google's Private Airport Terminal?

April 17, 2013 at 12:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's happening. A Google airline terminal is happening.

Two months ago we hinted that Google was looking to drop some dough on some tarmac to call their very own. And, according to Airport World, that plan for a Google Terminal at San Jose International is moving full speed ahead after the San José City Council gave the green light for Signature Flight Support to sign a 50-year lease for land at the airport.

It's on that 29-acre piece of land that Signature (a fixed-base operator, or FBO) plans to put $82 million into the construction of 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold facilities (inclusive of the 17,000 square foot terminal) exclusively for "private jets belonging to Google chiefs and other Silicon Valley businesses." So, in other words, not your average travelers or even the highest tier frequent flyers will be welcome.

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How UNICEF Plans to Get Your Spare Change Before You Step on a Plane

April 15, 2013 at 12:20 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's the end of the flight. The movie you're watching is interrupted by a video depicting children living in slums and fetching pails of dirty water. This is the UNICEF "Change for Good" charity campaign, and it means that in a moment, a flight attendant will walk down the airplane aisle asking for any spare change donations.

We make a point of always handing over our leftover foreign coins at the end of a trip, but the latest move by UNICEF aims to get your donations before you ever step onboard a flight.

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