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Marriott Nudges Guests to Tip Housekeepers

September 15, 2014 | 3

As tipping goes, tipping hotel housekeepers is as optional as it gets. There are no reliable statistics on how many travelers leave a few bucks on the nightstand before checking out after their hotel stays, but my best guess is … Read More

Win 1 of 4 REI Adventure Trips

September 15, 2014 |

Enter the REI “Around the World” sweepstakes by October 3, 2014, for a chance to win one of four grand prizes: 1) a 10-day trip for two to Machu Picchu; 2) a 10-day trip for two to Costa Rica; 3) … Read More

Recap: The Week’s Biggest Stories and Best Deals

September 12, 2014 |

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

Southwest: Now Free to Move Outside the Country

September 12, 2014 |

For most of its 44-year history, Southwest was a domestic-only carrier.

It was only in July that the carrier pushed beyond U.S. borders, with flights to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Today, Southwest further expanded the scope of its network with … Read More

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