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Shut The Door. Have a Seat. Mad Men Dining Week Begins On March 23 in NYC

March 12, 2015 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

With Mad Man's final season about to debut, AMC and NYC & Company are partnering for Mad Men Dining Week. Throughout the promotion, fans and foodies will be able to dine in the city's best restaurants, at Mad Men-era prices.

From March 23 to 29, more than 30 NYC restaurants will participate in the special lunchtime promotion, including the 21 Club, Barbetta, Delmonico's, and the El Parador Café.

For just $19.69 (excluding gratuities and taxes), diners can choose from a two-course prix-fixe menu of an appetizer and entrée or an entrée and dessert, or get two drinks.

Each menu has been created specifically for the promotion and promises to offer a "rare glimpse into New York City's culinary world as it was almost a half-century ago."

Reservations for Mad Men Dining Week can be made now at nycgo.com/madmendiningweek.

[Photo: Mad Men Dining Week]

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Celebrity Cruises Wants You to Take Care of 'YourSelfie' While Onboard

March 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Relax. This story is not about Selfie Sticks.

With the ferociously brutal winter almost behind us, this contributor decided to take some desperately-needed recuperating time, not just for my hunched-over, heat-starved body but for my rattled, over-worked brain as well. I really needed to unplug both mind and spirit.

The only way to prevent me, however, from sneaking an illicit peek at my emails and “only answering a few” was to book a cruise where that privilege costs a pretty penny. Ergo, I found myself on Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection, their newest ship on the block.

Celebrity has keyed into a traveler's need to disconnect and so they teamed up with Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook and current Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, and big advocate of finding a tech-life balance. The two brands came up with a series of spa and wellness treatments that encourage you to Take Care of YourSelfie. Clever marketing name aside, I didn't need to be told twice.

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Are Airlines Ready for the Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 at 4:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

Can you hear it? That buzzing sound in your ears is the noise of hundreds of thousands of companies busily working on their Apple Watch apps.

Yesterday's formal reveal in San Francisco of the Apple Watch, as well as an updated Macbook, detailed the various version of the watches and the in-store release date of April 24. This means companies, including airlines and travel brands who are up on their technology, have little more than one month to develop their apps. .

Always happy to shout "FIRST!!!!!!" is Air New Zealand, who've already issued a release with the news that their app is done and ready to go, meaning they'll be the first airline with an Apple Watch app unless others join them on release day in April. Air New Zealand CIO Julia Raue says the airline’s developers visited Apple in California during the development of the app, so they mean business.

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One Funny Thing That Came Out of the Scary Delta LaGuardia Plane Skid

March 10, 2015 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

We assume that you've already read our coverage of last werk's runway-skidding Delta flight at LaGuardia Airport, unless you're likely to fly into LGA some time in the near future, in which case we hope you avoided that post (we love clicks as much as the next travel news site, but those are some genuinely hair-raising images; we're more than willing to sacrifice a couple pageviews for your mental well-being).

But at least one humorous moment did come out of the near-disaster.

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Now is a Great Time to Visit Canada...Here's Why

Where: Canada
February 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're looking for reasonable vacation ideas with spring now on the horizon, consider taking a trip up north to visit our neighbors in Canada. Not only is the trip a feasible one in terms of logistics - doable for even a long weekend - it is as cheap as it's been since 2009.

As of this publication, the American dollar was worth $1.26 Canadian dollar. Two years ago, the exchange was about equal, with one U.S. dollar actually being a little less than one Canadian dollar. You have to go back as far as 2009 to find an exchange range as favorable as it is currently for the U.S. traveler.

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Not All Cruise Ship Amenities are About Forgetting You're on a Ship

February 20, 2015 at 10:09 AM | by | Comment (1)

Chocolate buffets. Rock climbing walls. Waterslides. Ice skating rinks! Sometimes it seems as though innovation for cruise ships is solely focused on making passengers forget that they're on a boat.

Thankfully a few new additions to ships and cruise lines over the last few years have focused not on all the bells and whistles inside the ship, but on the ship itself. The simple experience of sailing on the open ocean is a natural amenity much taken for granted, and these 3 new cruise ship features understand that:

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About All Those People Who Got Kicked Off Airplanes for Bad Behavior...

February 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

Maybe you guys were feeling good about the new FAA numbers on unruly passengers, which show that less of you were assholes in 2014 than any time since at least 1995. (Conrad Hilton obviously is not included in this stat.)

If the figures are to be believed, there were "only" 121 times when passengers tried to "assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmember's duties aboard an aircraft being operated."

Except those numbers are bunk. As the New York Times explained earlier this week, the entire reporting system seems designed to prevent the FAA from getting a complete list of how many passengers get out of hand.

Just for starters, the reports have to come from flight attendants, whose job it is... to prevent passengers from getting out of hand. Asking them to file a report about an incident is asking them to file a report about how they failed to do their jobs. That doesn't seem very smart, and so the NYT is probably right in reminding readers that you guys are still assholes.

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How Much Longer Does US Airways Have Before It's No More?

February 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"

Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."

The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.

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Why Does Argentina Care What Smartphone is in Your Pocket?

February 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM | by | Comments (3)

Argentina is a beautiful country, but the reception for visitors arriving to Buenos Aires can be confusing thanks to a small section of the customs form. The Declaration of Mobile Phone requires travelers to list the brand, model, series, and any accompanying digital accessories of their personal mobile phone, with no explanation why the customs officers might need this information.

The document comes straight from the AFIP (Administracion Federal de Ingresos), and their website does say, at the very bottom, that this portion of the form needs to be completed, no matter your citizenship status or how you're entering Argentina.

We'd been to Argentina before, but never before by way of Buenos Aires' Ezeiza (EZE) Airport, and a past visit actually saw us robbed of our Nikon DSLR. It was after that unfortunate incident that we heard about and read more on Argentina's strict importation laws and high import taxes, which breeds desire for black market consumer electronics and the petty crime that fuels the trade.

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Reservations Open Today for NYC's Biggest Restaurant Week Yet

February 2, 2015 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Go and get 'em! Reservation booking has just opened up here for the semiannual NYC Restaurant Week, aka one of our favorite (and super highly recommended) city food events. NYC's Winter Restaurant Week(s) 2015 runs from February 16 to March 6.

Get over to OpenTable quickly to snap up the best and newest tables, lest you get stuck dining at some Theater District steakhouse that survives on tourists being loose with their money and not too particular about what's on their plate. The choices for winter 2015 are better than ever, with a record 340 participating eateries.

The official announcement gives a taste of what to expect:

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How Much Did President Obama Travel in 2014? These Maps Show Each and Every Trip

January 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's good to be the king... of snazzy air travel.

Everyone knows that the U.S. President is constantly on the move, not only within our own country, but all over the world. But what exactly does a year of Presidential travel look like?

Last week, the Washington Post published a series of maps that show President Obama's 2014 travel schedule month by month.

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Here's Your First 'Stranded in the Airport During a Blizzard' Story of 2015

January 27, 2015 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even though NYC was largely unaffected by the #Blizzardof2015 last night, with only 10 inches falling in the area, a few unlucky passengers on a London-bound Virgin Atlantic flight from JFK Airport were stuck inside a plane for six hours, waiting to take off, but then a passenger got sick and needed to be removed.

Then the plane had to be de-iced but time had run out. The travelers on flight VS004 were then told the plane would not be taking off tonight after all due to the weather. Given that 7,000 flights in the Northeast were cancelled because of the storm, this was not so surprising.

Unfortunately for the passengers, that decision was made at midnight, an hour after the 11pm curfew for road and subway closures, which meant they were forced to spend the night in the airport.

Passengers were given $15 vouchers to McDonald's, the only restaurant open in the airport. And then they had to find places to sleep inside the airport. Their luggage could not be be taken off the plane because reportedly there was no one qualified to take it off.

The Daily Mail, of course, has photos and eyewitness accounts from passengers. Be hold lots of uncomfortable sleeping positions!

Virgin Atlantic has given the following statement on the event:

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