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If you thought only Silicon Valley investors and your techie friends who miraculously debug your slow computer—hint: Did you know you’re accidentally downloading every episode of Gilmore Girls?—use the digital currency Bitcoin, then you’re missing out on the luxuries of this worldly coinage. Sure, the currency is great for buying software online or exchanging money with BeatDaChamp5000 during an online poker game, but Bitcoin, surprisingly, is growing to help your travels.
In addition to an assortment of gift cards—for restaurants, shops, gas stations, and even lingerie—available to purchase via Bitcoins to put towards your vacation, what airlines and hotels can you reserve via the crypto currency?
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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.
Yesterday, a friend tipped us off to a little trick that we hadn't come across before, one that can save you money on flights when booking online. How does it work? Well, quite frankly, you lie!
When you search for flights online, whether it's an airline's official site or a third-party booking site, the price you are quoted is determined, in part, by where you are located. Practically speaking, this recognition is important so it knows what currency to quote the fare in. Dollars for the United States, pesos for Mexico, and so on.
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Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.
This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Booking a Flight
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"I'm thinking of flying First Class for my big vacation trip!" - Friend
"Not on [redacted airline] you shouldn't! It just won't be the First Class experience you're imagining. Try [different airline] instead; at least it's lie-flat seats." - Us
"Ooh, okay. What else would I get?" - Friend
Cue a two-hour phone conversation that only ended in exasperation on both ends, after googling and browsing airline websites 'til we were blue in the thumbs. If only Routehappy.com had existed last week.
Routehappy actually went live last Friday, which may have been too late for our first timer friend in First Class, but it's right on time for a traveling public increasingly paying attention to the availability of perks on planes. At its heart, Routehappy is a flight search and booking website built and powered by self-proclaimed #avgeeks. At its full potential, it's an educational tool to make you the most informed traveler on the entire
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Now that Hurricane Sandy is upon the East Coast and canceling flights in droves, we're dedicating today to using all our travel know-how (and some on-the-fly advice, as half the Jaunted team is stuck at airports as well) to help you ride out the storm despite delayed travel. Stay tuned and stay safe!
Now, a first-person account from one of our writers who's stuck in the rebooking mess:
When I heard that United was offering free schedule changes for proactive travelers willing to postpone their flights a few days due to Hurricane Sandy, it was an absolute no-brainer. For one, I'm currently in sunny Santa Barbara where the weather has been beautiful, so if I'm stuck, so be it. Why the hell would I want to go east when the storm's a-coming? You know what I mean?
Perhaps more relevant to my decision was the fact that there would no doubt be cancellations all across the board Monday and Tuesday. My first piece of advice to people, especially those who aren't thrilled about airline travel to begin with, is to take initiative when it comes to your itinerary.
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It seems like each and every week things get a little sadder when it comes to Frontier. Sure they still have cute and cuddly animals on the tails of their planes, but the feeling you get after flying with them is getting less warm and less fuzzy. The freshly baked cookies are long gone as an in-flight snack, and now it looks like your frequent flyer miles might also be on the chopping block.
Frontier really wants you to book your flights with them and with their website. Sure you’re welcome to click and compare routes and options elsewhere, but when you bust out the credit card digits you better be on their turf.
We’re pretty sure that we're not the only ones who have also been very worried about The Negotiator ever since he apparently perished during a fiery bus crash back in January. We’ve still utilized Priceline here and there, but it hasn’t quite been the same without William Shatnerreminding us how much we could save by naming our own price.
In case you haven’t seen the commercial yourself, there’s been some pretty good news. Apparently our favorite celebrity travel spokesperson survived the bus crash and has dedicated his life to surfing. Thankfully he’s back to show off the Priceline mobile app, and to remind us of all the ways we can save on flights, cars, and hotels.
Sure it’s a little silly, but we can’t think of a world in which Priceline doesn’t utilize Shatner as its pitchman—long live The Negotiator.
We're not as-a-rule opposed to seeing travel advertising mascots getting killed. Last December, when Air New Zealand murdered off their spokespuppet Rico, we even declared ourselves to be fairly pleased. The borderline rapey rat-like character had become insanely grating even (especially?) for a felt puppet. So when the airline announced a viral Whodunit game where players tried to figure out Rico's murderer, we figured that was as good an excuse as any to be rid of him.
But today we weep. For today, Priceline kills off the Priceline Negotiator. The travel industry icon, played by William Shatner, has been the face of the travel bidding and booking company for 14 years. To give you an idea of how big a business and culture story this is, it's being run everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Perez Hilton. They sound sad too. Not as sad as we are, of course, but it's there if you read between the lines. For his part Shatner describes himself as being "in grief mode."
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Pardon us for uttering two very dirty words: vacation rentals. Ew, right? Renting someone else's house is like, for old people and big families and stuff, not for cool people. Or so that's what we thought up until this week, because lovely little Jetsetter.com has gone and launched Jetsetter Homes, with villas and condos and beach bungalows (oh my!) to add to the variety of hotels regular Jetsetter already offers.
Yes, they'll be on limited sale. Yes, you can score a first booking credit of $500 if you book for at least five nights before the end of October. It's standard Jetsetter stuff, just taken to another level.
It maybe seems like there's nothing Jetsetter can't do, what with their grabbing the first discounted rooms at the Armani Hotel Dubai, offering the occasional private jet deal and even planning your trip for you if you're into that sort of thing. They still haven't quite gotten their grip around First Class seats on regular airlines, but that's something we're willing to wait for.
Okay you guys. Enough of this opening multiple tabs and windows to search all your travel options. Travel booking sites are finally getting hip to integrating many modes of transportation into one search, and the latest to up the ante is TripAdvisor.com. In addition to providing flight prices and information, they'll now set you up with rail tickets:
TripAdvisor has partnered with one of the leading mobility and logistic companies in the world, Deutsche Bahn, as well as other top European rail providers including Rail Europe Inc., to give travelers access to train choices across continental Europe as they plan the perfect trip. It becomes the first travel website to integrate multiple rail providers in-line with flight options across a global network.
When travelers conduct a flight search on TripAdvisor, the site will now display rail itineraries alongside flight choices for routes where it's relevant, and in some cases priced even cheaper than air travel. The site has partnered with leading European rail providers, including Deutsche Bahn and Rail Europe, for the beta launch to give travelers access to train choices across continental Europe.
What's up with the chipmunk wearing aviator goggles? Oh, he's just the mascot of new-ish flight search site Hipmunk.com. We've been kind of obsessed with it the last few weeks, and for good reason. Hipmunk is a very cleanly designed site, like if Kayak and Google Search had a baby, and made it display plane ticket options in very appealing ways. Overall, we're loving Hipmunk for two very distinct advances it has over many other booking sites:
1. Flight options display in colorful bar charts: Enter the basic information for whatever flight you wantdates, destinations, class and preferred airline. Now comes our favorite part: the way the search results show up. The default is not to show you tickets by price level or flight length or number of connections, but by general "Agony." They describe it as a "combination of price, duration and number of stops," so it pretty much gives the best summary of what's available. A bright chart is displayed, from which you can easily see the differences between the flights.