My canal-facing apartment had free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and an expansive, comfortable white bed. The best part was the gorgeous view of Amsterdam's shimmering, 400-year-old Lijnbaansgracht Canal. Or maybe the best part was the free breakfast in the funky communal kitchen and lounge. Or maybe it was the walkable location within the city's canal ring.
There were a lot of best parts, I guess. ... read more»
A first-class ticket to London for $100? Surely that's a mistake. On that, everyone agrees. But having published that fare, as United did earlier this year, should the airline be forced to honor tickets purchased at that price? That's been a matter of considerable dispute.
In 2012, the DOT issued a ruling that airlines could not raise the price of a ticket after it had been purchased at a published price. That seems fair and reasonable on its face. If a company offers its product at a certain price and a consumer pays that price for the product, it's a done deal. No bait-and-switch; no take-backs.
An unintended consequence of that prohibition was that it seemed to require that airlines honor the ridiculously low prices, widely known as mistake fares, occasionally published in error. Like those $100 United tickets. ... read more»
Enter the Islands magazine "Paul Gauguin Luxury Cruise" sweepstakes by June 30, 2015, for a chance to win the grand prize: a seven-night Tahiti cruise aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin, including round-trip air from Los Angeles.
To enter, provide the requested contact information (name, email, etc.) on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit." Done! Time required to participate: less than 30 seconds. ... read more»
Life is messy. Travel is messy. We get that. But seriously, is it too much to ask for our hotel rooms to be clean? There is nothing worse than showing up at what you think is the perfect hotel for your travel needs, only to find filth. Yahoo Travel went looking for ick, hoping to spare you some travel pain. We found the funkiest, nastiest, most disgusting places that your fellow travelers have reviewed and documented in photos.
We found all of the reviews on TripAdvisor, and ruled out places where the majority of reviews were positive. After all, there are occasional incidents of poor cleaning in even the best of hotels...stuff happens. We should also note that each of these hotels also had a few positive reviews as well. What we looked for were patterns of grossness. We scoured reviews using the words "filthy" and "nasty." ... read more»
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 all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.
Airlines boast that inflation-adjusted airfares have decreased. True, but how much less are travelers getting for those lower fares?
Prime subscribers will soon be able to stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows on JetBlue for free. ... read more»
With this week's announcement of new charter service to Havana from New York, JetBlue became the first major airline to expand Cuba services since the warming of diplomatic relations between the two countries earlier this year. And the airline sees more Cuba flights in its future: "Cuba will one day play an important role in JetBlue's overall Caribbean network, a region where JetBlue is the largest airline."
The new service will launch on July 3, operating once weekly, on Fridays, with 150-seat Airbus A320s. ... read more»
The Happiest Place on Earth will celebrate its 60th anniversary with some mind-blowing new features this summer. ... read more»
American today became the second U.S. airline, after United, to fly Boeing's 787 Dreamliner jet.
The airline deployed its first new Dreamliner as flight AA2320 this morning, between Dallas and Chicago. On June 2, the planes will be moved onto international routes, beginning with flights between Dallas and Beijing, followed by Dallas-Buenos Aires flights two days later.
According to SeatGuru, American's Dreamliners are configured with 226 seats: 28 in business class, 57 in premium economy, and 141 in coach. The coach seats are spaced with 31 inches of pitch. That's less legroom than most Southwest B737s, which typically have 32 or 33 inches of pitch. And on the long-haul flights the Dreamliner is designed for, that tight squeeze is a significant comfort drawback.
While coach seating comfort may be substandard, the new aircraft are technologically state-of-the-art ... read more»
A new class-action lawsuit may reveal yet another instance of an airline's volatile combination of dishonesty and ineptitude. Or it may be the height of frivolity and greed. Or something in between.
According to the Top Class Actions ("Connecting Consumers to Settlements, Lawsuits and Attorneys") website, Cary David paid for DirecTV service on a United flight between New Jersey and Puerto Rico, assuming she'd be able to access the Internet throughout the flight. As it turned out, she was only able to remain online for 10 minutes, because of the flight's over-water routing. Hence the complaint ... read more»
Making the most of your Caribbean vacation means knowing where to find the hidden gems. It also means knowing what to skip and why. So we asked the Caribbean travel specialists on Wendy's WOW List to share their tips for avoiding mistakes—what's overrated, overpriced, or just not a smart move—in the Caribbean. ... read more»