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Beach: Family Making Sand Angels (Photo: Thinkstock/Pixland)

Enter the American Express Ultimate Luxury Hamptons Getaway sweepstakes by June 23 for a chance to win the grand prize: a trip for two to the Hamptons, including air, airport transfers, three nights at a hotel in the Hamptons, and a $200 American Express gift card.

To enter, register to receive one entry. Thereafter, additional entries may be earned by referring up to four friends....read more»

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (credit: Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Vision Airlines, which previously had been cutting cities from its route map, just added a bunch of new nonstop flights from various U.S. hubs to Myrtle Beach. starting May 31.

The new cities are Cincinnati; Cleveland; Toledo; Columbus; Indianapolis; Louisville; Nashville; and Springfield, Illinois. Booking for the mostly biweekly flights is open now for travel through October 31. Fares start at $109 each way. To book, visit the Vision Airlines website....read more»

South Korea: Seoul, Sungnyemun Gate (Photo: Shutterstock/Chris102)

Follow contributing editor Ed Perkins as he embarks on a round-the-world "Joan Trip." (What's a Joan Trip? Find out in Take That Special Trip ... While You Still Can.) According to Perkins, "neither frequent-flyer miles nor people improve with age," so he's working off a bundle of miles seeing the world, combining places he missed over the years with some old favorites. Read the rest of Perkins' round-the-world-trip posts.

Overall, Seoul is a pretty easy destination for even the most language-challenged Americans. All the public signs that matter are in both Korean and English, and navigating is a snap.

The excellent subway system is by far the best way to get around town. Just about any place you might want to visit within Seoul is accessible. Station maps and recorded announcements are in both English and Korean, and signage is excellent. Escalators are available to take care of the biggest jumps, but you may have to climb a few shorter stairs. ...read more»

Air: Lightning and Plane (Photo: Shutterstock/Vibrant Image Studio)

We found a handful of interesting stories this week, from a feature on the most delicious museums in the world to a roundup of little-known national park facts. We even spotted a tool that travelers can use to predict turbulence. And, as we're so generious, we're sharing it all with you! Here's the latest and greatest travel writing we've see on the Web this week.

Need an Excuse to Drink?

Make like Gil Pender (the character played by Owen Wilson) in Midnight in Paris and spend your evenings hobnobbing where the greats—Hemingway, Ginsburg, Kerouac, Twain—once roamed. They won't actually be there, of course. Unlike Gil Pender, you're not the star of a Woody Allen movie. But if you head to one of the joints on BootsnAll's list of Ten Places You Can Drink Like Your Favorite Writer, you can, at least, imbibe the mystical imprint of literary giants. And you can also imbibe a good pint or two....read more»

Korea: Seoul, Bridge and Cityscape (Photo: Shutterstock/N.Sritawat)

Follow contributing editor Ed Perkins as he embarks on a round-the-world "Joan Trip." (What's a Joan Trip? Find out in Take That Special Trip ... While You Still Can.) According to Perkins, "neither frequent-flyer miles nor people improve with age," so he's working off a bundle of miles seeing the world, combining places he missed over the years with some old favorites. Read the rest of Perkins' round-the-world-trip posts.

Here's what I've learned about Seoul so far—and, in truth, I'm not very far yet:

Seoul's new airport, Incheon International Airport, is immense, rivaling Atlanta and Dulles as the biggest airports that don't have more than one terminal. Despite the presence of automated people movers, you do a lot of walking. The customs and immigration stuff was slow—anybody know any place where they aren't?—but checked baggage delivery is quick. The architecture made me think of Charles de Gaulle Terminal one on steroids, working hard to look futuristic, with lots of glass, stainless steel, and passenger tubes. It felt overheated during my visit—not a good choice for passengers loaded down with clothes and baggage....read more»

Globe Passport Plane Ticket (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Following is our regular summary of the 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 all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

Book British Air, Hawaiian Airlines Awards on AA.com

Members of American's AAdvantage program can now book award travel on British Airways and Hawaiian Airlines directly on American's website, AA.com.

Alaska Airlines award flights were already bookable on American's website, so there are now three AAdvantage partner airlines accessible online....read more»

Woman: Excited at Laptop (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Members of American's AAdvantage program can now book award travel on British Airways and Hawaiian Airlines directly on American's website, AA.com.

Alaska Airlines award flights were already bookable on American's website, so there are now three AAdvantage partner airlines accessible online.

The most immediate effect of the change is a cost savings. It's no longer necessary to phone American's call center to make award reservations on these airlines—a call that incurs a $25 service charge....read more»

US Airways aircraft front 1 (Photo: Airbus S.A.S. )

The Las Vegas book hasn't posted anything yet, but that other great gambling mecca—Wall Street—gives the potential American–US Airways merger around a 75 percent shot. The folks at US Airways may be only average at running an airline, but they sure know how to run an airline takeover. So far, they've totally outplayed American's team. here's how:...read more»

Nevada: Red Rock Canyon (Photo: Thinkstock/iStockphoto)

Located just beyond the bright lights of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area draws over a million visitors every year—and not just ones who've gambled away all their money. If you've got a rental car, you can drive the 13-mile scenic road to cover the most ground. Or, park the car and tackle the 30 miles of hiking trails on foot.

The area gets its name from the large red sandstone formations scattered throughout the area. These peaks make for attractive climbing courses, and rock climbers flock here for challenging summits.

The canyon location also offers horseback riding, biking, and birdwatching, so you could spend your whole vacation here and not venture into Las Vegas once! ...read more»

Animal: Rhodesian Puppy (Photo: Shutterstock/Anke van Wyk)

Things may have been touchy in the skies this week, but on the ground at least we got a cute puppy story!

Two Flybe pilots were fired after an in-flight fight. The Daily Mail reports that Captain Stephen Bird and First Officer Stephen Akers got in a massive argument after encountering some turbulence. Akers allegedly told Bird to fly around a storm, but Bird opted to fly through it, since the flight was already running late. Akers reportedly called Bird a "control freak" and told him to "f*** off," and Bird allegedly called Akers his "b****."

Another week, another TSA drug trafficking ring is uncovered. CBS News reports that two current and two former TSA employees were arrested on federal drug trafficking and bribery charges. The LAX screeners allegedly took bribes in exchange for letting drug mules pass through screenings undetected. The screeners were busted after a sting in which they let undercover informants through security with almost four kilograms of meth and over 20 kilograms of cocaine. Maybe the real reason the TSA is so focused on patting down children is to distract from their drug smugglers passing through? ...read more»

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