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Uber Wins Big at LAX

August 27, 2015 |

Most of the higher-profile news reports about ride-sharing service Uber have a decidedly negative tinge to them. A woman in China robbed and molested by a Uber driver. The increase in urban traffic congestion tied to Uber vehicles. Safety concerns … Read More

Onboard Drink Limits: Yea or Nay?

August 27, 2015 |

With full flights and ever-decreasing legroom, flying has become a test of patience and stamina, pushing some travelers to the edge of their endurance. Add alcohol to that toxic mix and air rage looms large.

It’s a vicious circle: Travel … Read More

Get Ready for Faster Inflight WiFi

August 26, 2015 |

When it comes to inflight WiFi, disappointment has been the name of the game. Slow. Unreliable. And a generally dodgy value given the ratio of price to performance.

The solution to the current technology’s shortcomings, according to Gogo, is its … Read More

Hilton Puts Kibosh on In-Room TV Porn

August 26, 2015 | 1

Hilton will soon join the likes of Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Omni, Drury, and Nordic Choice hotels in eliminating adult content from its in-room on-demand TV offerings.

Hilton released the following statement regarding the move to TravelPulse:

We are making immediate changes … Read More

New IHG Promotion: Free Nights, Big Bonuses, Oh My!

August 25, 2015 |

InterContinental Hotels Group’s new “Accelerate” promotion extends IHG Rewards’ string of marketing initiatives targeting individual program members with offers tailored to their presumed potential for future hotel stays.

Because the offers are variable, your mileage may vary.

Offer Details

Between … Read More

Limited Time: Fast Track to JetBlue Elite Perks

August 25, 2015 |

JetBlue really, really wants you (and you, and you) to join the ranks of its TrueBlue elites.

So, as it has for the third consecutive year, the airline is offering travelers a fast track to Mosaic, JetBlue’s name for its … Read More

National’s ‘One Two Free’ Promo Returns

August 24, 2015 |

As recurring travel promotions go, National Car Rental’s “One Two Free” has been a perennial winner. Unlike Marriott’s MegaBonus offer, which has shed considerable value in its last few iterations, the just-announced version of “One Two Free” is potentially more … Read More

Win a 7-Day Trip to Fiji for 2

August 24, 2015 |

Enter the Fiji Water “Win a Trip to Fiji” sweepstakes by September 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-night trip for two to Fiji, including air, hotel, and daily breakfasts.

To enter, provide the requested … Read More

Weekly Recap: Falling Airfares, When a Free Trip Is too Expensive, & More

August 22, 2015 |

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can … Read More

Book Select IHG Award Nights for 50% Fewer Points

August 21, 2015 |

Collectors of loyalty-program miles and points are caught in a two-way squeeze. On the one hand, the programs are continually upping the prices for award travel, effectively reducing the value of points. And on the other hand, with the continuing … Read More

Hilton’s Fall Promo: Double or Triple Points

August 20, 2015 | 2

Hilton’s recent promotions have been mediocre efforts, distinguished by their so-so bonuses and hundreds of non-participating hotels. But if this latest marketing initiative is any indication, Hilton has learned from those mistakes.

Offer Details

Between September 1 and December 31, … Read More

For Budget Travelers, Blue(r) Skies Ahead

August 20, 2015 |

With the price of jet fuel in freefall for month after month, travelers (and some members of Congress) have been ripping the airlines for their refusal to pass the savings along to consumers in the form of lower airfares.

Isn’t … Read More