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Virgin Hotels Has an Opening Date, and a Possible Plan for Frequent Flyers

October 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

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 rooms—excuse 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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Is Travel to Hong Kong Still Safe? An Update from the 'Umbrella Revolution'

October 7, 2014 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

As the "Umbrella Revoltution" in Hong Kong continues into its second week, is it still safe to visit the city?

Last week we said yes, and this week we stand by that verdict, but now have the first-hand experience to back it up since arriving to HK a couple days ago.

Things we have not seen: violence, police, more than a few closed roads, loud demonstrating.

Things we have seen: signs, a wall of post-it notes with inspirational quotes and Tupac song lyrics, protesters napping or reading in the midday sun, and news crews desperate for new video footage.

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Visas-on-Arrival for Americans Traveling to India Confirmed, Delayed Until 2015

Where: India
October 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

On his recent trip to the United States, India's Prime Minister Nahendra Modi confirmed that his country's plan to expand its visa-on-arrival service to 180 countries will include U.S. travelers for stays of up to 30 days.

While we were initially optimistic that the program would be up and running by now, Modi said the expansion will be delayed until sometime next year, most likely coinciding with the introduction of India's new e-visa system in early summer, which will allow travelers to get a visa online prior to their trip. The delay is a bummer, but it makes sense to wait at this point. Otherwise, by the time U.S. travelers got used to the visa-on-arrival system, the new e-visa operation would make it irrelevant.

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Why We Won't Be Traveling to Morocco

Where: Morocco
October 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | Comments (2)

We skimmed the headline at first. "British tourist jailed for 'homosexual acts,'" it read. Our natural assumption was to think the person in question had been caught in public, in flagrante delicto, somewhere in the deep Middle East where any open expression of love is frowned upon, if not outright prohibited.

Alas, we did read the news, only to be shocked to discover that the destination imprisoning a 69-year-old retired Briton, who was arrested while waiting for a bus, is Morocco. The arrest happened in Marrakech, the most popular city with foreign tourists for its major transportation connections, excellent shopping, and historical sites.

Now that the man, Ray Cole, has been sentenced to four months in prison, cries for a boycott of tourism to Morocco are in full swing.

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Order Airline Food to the Comfort of Your Couch

Where: Germany
October 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Like airline food enough to have a fridge filled with mile-high menu items? Craving a certain dish you noshed on from your most recent flight?

If you've answered yes to either (or both) of those questions above, then you're in luck! Your dreams can come true with a few clicks of a mouse, all thanks to a new service in Germany called Air Food One. Get it?

The presidentially-named company teamed up with LSG Sky Chefs to offer those on terra firma the opportunity to see what people flying overhead are dining on that week. All You Need (A service similar to Peapod) customers head to the website to enroll, and a frozen, ready-to-heat-and-eat airline meal arrives at the door weekly. Prices range between $11.60 and $12.90 per meal.

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Is Travel to Hong Kong Safe Right Now?

September 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In light of this week's mass protests and #OccupyCentral movement in the heart of Hong Kong, some travelers may be worried about disruptions to their travel plans.

Approximately 70 people were arrested in Saturday's protests, and Sunday saw the movement spread to Kowloon, in the always-busy Mongkok neighborhood. An excellent and quick explainer of what's happening in Hong Kong can be found at CNN.com, and also via video on Vox.com. What's most important to remember is that the protesters are not violent; it's about voices, presence, and future freedoms for Hong Kong.

So, should you go? Yes, absolutely still travel to Hong Kong, but do know these things:

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What Does the 'Rougarou' Name of Cedar Point's Next Coaster Mean?

September 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cedar Point's record-breaking Mantis roller coaster may still have a little more than two weeks yet to live, but already the paint cans are open and hype machine on high for the ride's transformation to "Rougarou."

Losing its primary colors in favor of a fiery orange, Mantis ends its run on October 19 and will lose the stand-up style trains to become a sit-down "floorless" coaster named for a fictional monster. Or maybe it's not so fictional?

According to BigFootEvidence.com (hmm), a "Rougarou" is something not very nice:

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall, What North American Airline Has the Most Legroom of All?

September 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

The legroom debate is hardly new; did you know, for example, that it's already been a whole four years since Spirit Airlines did away with reclining seats altogether?

It's true and it's sad, but reducing legroom and recline is a route being taken by more airlines as passengers seek lower fares in times of higher fuel prices, and airline still want to make a buck at the end of the day. Cue arguments around the use of Knee Defenders and a need for informational websites like RouteHappy.

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Forget Spring Cleaning; Fall is for Travel Reorganization

September 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comment (1)

Why is there only one season earmarked for organization? Spring cleaning is the shaking out of rugs, dusting off of shelves, and restocking the pantry after winter, but we propose a similar approach for fall, focused on travel.

Whether you’ve spent the whole summer hopping continents or just headed out on a few road trips, right now is the ideal time to unzip wallets and air out duffel bags in anticipation of yet more travel.

Prepare now for winter & holiday travel by:

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'But First, Lemme Take a Road Trip'

September 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to head out on the open road for fresh sights and fresher air. After all, the classic road trip is one of America’s favorite travel traditions, no matter the season. Love for adventuring by car hasn't changed over the years, but surely some aspects of it have.

Well, Edmunds.com conducted a survey in August to see what 1,000 ordinary adults were thinking when it comes to hitting the road (and taking selfies while doing so).

Here's what they found:

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Hello Apple Watch, Goodbye Paper Boarding Passes?

September 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comment (1)

As you're no doubt well aware, today Apple keynote to introduce not only the newest iPhones, but also the first Apple Watch.

At first it seemed like just another wearable gadget to sync with your iPhone, with the ability to notify you of incoming messages, emails, and the like, but the Watch seeks to act independently as well.

Travelers will appreciate the chance to use Apple Maps without whipping out a phone, and those who get creative with mobile travel photography will certainly enjoy using the watch's display as the viewfinder for the iPhone's camera. We are without a doubt most intrigued by the possibility of using mobile boarding passes on our wrist, which will be an option from the start when the Watch goes on sale in early 2015 for $349 and up.

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Like Southwest's New Look? Here's 10 Images to Help You Decide

September 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

2014 is totally the year for Southwest Airlines. Not only has the low-cost carrier finalized hugging AirTran into the company and begun flying internationally, but they've managed to (finally) get onboard with mobile boarding passes and welcome some 737s with split scimitar winglet efficiency into the fleet.

Today marks yet another milestone for the airline this year, as they've introduced an entire new look for their planes, their logo, their website...everything.

"Southwest Heart" is the official name of the style, which adopts a darker shade of blue and a larger "Southwest" text than the current "Canyon Blue" livery. Although it'll take a grand total of 7 years to repaint all of Southwest's fleet with Heart, airports will adopt the new look for their desks and other areas by 2016. Starting off the revamp is, of course, Southwest's home base of Dallas-Love Airport.

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