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World's Tallest Hotel Opens
The most sky-scraping hotel on the planet has opened in the most obvious of places: Dubai. Budget Travel reports that the 72-story JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, which is 1,164 feet tall, opened this week. But there's some fine print to keep in mind: The high-rise isn't the tallest building to house a hotel. The tallest building in the world, the Burj Kalifa, contains a hotel—but the Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is the tallest building that is used soley as a hotel. Still a pretty legit claim, we think....read more»
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.
Through April 30, 2013, Virgin America will match the status Elevate members have earned in either American's AAdvantage or United's MileagePlus programs....read more»
Are you a 30-something male? If not, then sorry, no, you have no chance at being the perfect air passenger. (At least, according to a survey conducted by Skyscanner.net.) The travel search engine asked over 700 cabin crew in 85 countries to stereotype who they thought was the perfect airline passenger, and the majority responded that their favorite flyers are 30-something males traveling in economy for leisure....read more»
Another day, another flight delay. Thousands of travelers were stranded yesterday morning after a problem with United Airlines' computer system caused flight delays in the U.S. and abroad. This is the third significant United computer outage since the summer.
If you're heading to Europe in the next few days, be aware that massive strikes in dozens of countries are causing turmoil for travelers. Hundreds of flights have been canceled. Many train schedules have been affected. And some cruise lines are even changing itineraries to avoid calling in European ports.
According to AFP, "British Airways and Easyjet were among the airlines which cancelled or rescheduled services to Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon and Thessalonaki in Greece owing to a general strike organized by the European Trade Union Confederation."...read more»
Is the airline industry facing a serious pilot shortage? According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, stricter training requirements for pilots are making it more difficult for airlines to obtain new recruits. The Journal warns that we could be looking at the biggest pilot shortage since the 1960s.
Some experts say the possible shortage is the result of new Federal Aviation Association (FAA) pilot fatigue and pilot certification safety rules. Starting this summer, pilots will be required to hold an Air Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, which necessitates 1,500 hours of training. And by the end of 2013, pilots will operate under new flight-time limits and mandatory rest periods, including a 10-hour minimum rest period before flying, which is an increase over the current minimum of two hours. (These rules were initially proposed in reaction to the 2009 Colgan Air crash, which was attributed to pilot error.) See the full list of pilot-fatigue rules here. ...read more»
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has released its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast, and it looks like this Turkey Day is going to be a busy one—especially for travelers who are planning to drive.
AAA, which makes projections based on economic forecasting and data from business-information provider IHS Global Insight, expects an uptick in Thanksgiving travel for the fourth consecutive year. According to AAA, more than 43 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles over the Thanksgiving holiday period (Wednesday, November 21 through Sunday, November 25), an increase of .07 percent compared to last year....read more»
Is Nara, the new restaurant suggestions app (also accessible online), the food-obsessed love child of Pandora and Yelp? With its ability to narrow recommendations based on your feedback plus its large database of reviews, it's certainly got that potential. The "advanced restaurant recommendation engine" was built by MIT scientists and, like Pandora, the more you rate, the smarter it gets.
It's an app geared toward "finding, not searching," a particularly key distinction for travelers who are already in a place and don't want to spend a huge amount of time getting to know the lay of the land before finding a restaurant....read more»
Industry watchers never cease to be surprised at the allure of starting a new airline. Sure, they've seen all the red ink, even from the big guys. They've seen the history of the dozens of failed start-ups since deregulation in 1978. And they've all heard the old saying, "The way to make a small fortune in the airline business is to start with a large fortune." Still, there's always someone around who thinks he or she knows something others don't. And two new lines have been announced this month. ...read more»