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Can Sensory Deprivation Upgrade Coach-Class Flying?

September 11, 2014 |

Whose side is Airbus on?

The aircraft manufacturer has come down on both sides of the passenger-comfort debate, dissing the industry-standard coach seats as “crusher seats,” and then filing a patent application for what may be the most congested coach-class … Read More

Earn More When Dining at Starwood Restaurants

September 11, 2014 |

Hotel restaurants have a checkered history. There was a time, now largely forgotten, when hotels and luxe restaurants went hand in hand. A fancy meal meant a trip to the local Hilton or Hyatt.

That was followed by a long … Read More

Save 25% on Carlson Hotel Award Nights

September 10, 2014 |

The last time Club Carlson had an award sale, in 2012, I accused them of overpromising and under-delivering. The promise: a 50 percent discount on award stays. Actually on offer, however, were discounts on award stays at only six hotels, … Read More

Starwood’s Fall Bonus: Double, Triple Points

September 10, 2014 |

With healthy occupancy rates and solid average room rates, the hotels are doing very well, thank you. Which likely accounts for the rather weak crop of bonuses on offer for fall hotel stays.

Starwood is the latest to announce its … Read More

Virgin America Refreshes Inflight Menus

September 9, 2014 |

Virgin America this week is touting its new-for-fall inflight menus, together with a reminder that the airline was deemed “Best Domestic Airline for Food” in Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards.

To be sure, the offerings in first class … Read More

Carlson’s Fall Bonus: 3,000 Points

September 9, 2014 |

Remember when airlines and hotels offered bonuses for bookings made online? That was back in the early days of the Internet, before online booking became the rule rather than the exception.

Today, the cutting edge technology is the smartphone app. … Read More

Southwest’s New Look Dials Up the Luv

September 8, 2014 |

Southwest’s new logo and aircraft livery, unveiled today, are a bit more than a simple refresh, and a bit less than a ground-up redesign.

The logo is the biggest change, jettisoning the winged heart and company logotype in favor of … Read More

Win a Three-Night Culinary Trip to L.A.

September 8, 2014 |

Enter the ShermansTravel “Culinary Trip to L.A.” sweepstakes by September 26, 2014, for a chance to win the grand prize: a three-night trip to Los Angeles for two, including air, hotel, and a $300 gift card redeemable at restaurants participating … Read More