For me, one of the small pleasures of flying the shuttle services operated by Delta and US Airways is the free newspapers, especially The Wall Street Journal. It's a publication I can't justify subscribing to—too pricey—but one I'm always happy to peruse.
JetBlue is taking that simple amenity idea, updating it for the digital age, and rolling it out across its entire flight network. JetBlue passengers will now have unlimited complimentary access to the Journal's online content on their personal WiFi devices, via the airline's onboard Fly-Fi Hub.
A subscription to the Journal online normally costs a hefty $28.99 per month. And pricing aside, it's a quality publication. So this is a nice upgrade for JetBlue customers. ... read more»
It's no news that people take stuff from hotels. Whether snagging an unusual souvenir, trying to get their money's worth or make up for being "overcharged," or acting on loosened inhibitions, guests take enough things to cost the hotel industry big bucks. To be specific, theft costs hotels $100 million a year, according to an estimate a few years ago by the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Stealing is a slippery term. Taking what's left of a mini bottle of shampoo after you've used half of it isn't stealing any more than taking a doggie bag home from a restaurant. And if they've put their logo on the bottle—or the pen, which many people also consider fair game—they're getting good marketing. "Every morning in the shower, I am looking at the shampoos I've collected from all over," says hotel designer Adam Tihany. Tilhany tells Forbes that he advises clients to brand their little amenities so that they will be taken. "It's like months of free advertising." (Packing a full mini bottle on your first day so housekeeping will give you another, like emptying the breadbasket into your handbag, is less cool.) ... read more»
Welcome to Smarter Travel's Pick of the Day, a new feature in which we highlight must-have travel products that we have evaluated and found worthy. We'll tell you the important details and leave the buying decision up to you. Sometimes, the products will be furnished to us free of charge, but advertisers can't pay to have their item included, so you can always trust our unbiased opinion.
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Let's face it: The Golden Gate Bridge doesn't have a bad angle. Whether dressed in fog or shining in the glow of the late-afternoon sun, it's always worthy of its status as a world icon.
Some may argue it's best viewed from a distance, from which you can fully get a sense of the bridge and its majestic blend of urban and natural surroundings. Others say it's most impressive as the background to a close-up of Alcatraz or the city skyline. But for my money, the most jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, faith-in-humanity-restoring angle is up close and low.
Happily, the lands on each side of the Strait of Golden Gate burst with reasons to visit.
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It's not front-page news, but the three largest U.S. airlines are currently waging an intense P.R. campaign to enlist government support for restrictions on the flight rights of three Gulf carriers, Emirates, Ethiad, and Qatar Air.
The U.S. airlines argue that the three airlines are subsidized by the United Arab Emirates countries, and therefore compete unfairly against airlines that operate without such subsidies. Because such government support violates the terms of the Open Skies agreement, the offending airlines should have their route authorities rescinded or scaled back.
This week, Delta CEO Richard Anderson appeared on CNN to make the case for the U.S. majors (which has little support outside the core group). In his attempt to vilify the three Gulf airlines, Anderson alluded to "documented evidence of tens of billions of dollars in direct government subsidies" and called on the U.S. government to "level the playing field."
That's a substantive allegation, which can be investigated and either confirmed or refuted. But Anderson went further. Much further. ... read more»
Which winter warrior among us doesn't fantasize about ditching it all and making a living on the side of a mountain as a ski instructor? Well, we're here to tell you that it isn't as glamorous as you think. Sure, you get free lift tickets and free rein on the mountain. But you also have to deal with whiny kids and lecherous adults.
That's why we chatted with Sven (not his real name), an Australian transplant to the United States who has been a ski instructor at three different resorts in Colorado and Canada over the past five years. Sven has seen it all … seriously. Here's what he had to say. ... read more»
I was in a security line at Boston Logan Airport, preparing myself for the old song-and-dance of removing shoes, cardigan, laptop, basically anything I was wearing or holding that wasn't attached to my body at birth. In front of me, a pair of fabulous silver-haired ladies was discussing the various indignities of airport security. The first was of the opinion that no one should see her nude. The second cracked, "I don't mind if they want to see me naked, but I hope they took a drink first."
That amusing comment got me thinking about the backscatter debacle and where we stand now.
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An easy (and delicious) way to brew your coffee or tea on the go. ... read more»