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The Best Frequent Flier Credit Card Deal We've Ever Seen!

The Best Frequent Flier Credit Card Deal We've Ever Seen!

How does earning 100,000 frequent flier miles as a bonus for signing up for a credit card sound??? The folks at British Airways and Chase Visa Signature, have crafted a credit card incentive that almost boggles the mind.  While  I’m not usually one to encourage the adding of credit cards (or credit card debt), this […]

November 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
Plan For The Best But Prepare For The Worst

Plan For The Best But Prepare For The Worst

I’ve been reading the very entertaining  “Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook for Travel”.  The world is filled with wonderful adventures and unpredictable pitfalls, so the smart traveler will be prepared for changing circumstances.  If you know me well, you know there’s always a ‘Plan B’ lurking in the back of my brain. The Worst-Case Scenarios series […]

November 2, 2009 | By | Reply More
Pay By The Mile – Southwest's New 72 Hour Sale

Pay By The Mile – Southwest's New 72 Hour Sale

Fly for as little as $25 one way on Southwest Airline’s new pricing strategy – pay according to the distance you fly this winter.  Starting today and continuing until 10/29, you can purchase fares as low as $25 one way for flights of 375 miles or less.  Flights between 375-549 miles will cost you $50, […]

October 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
Come Fly-Away to St. Lucia – JetBlue's Newest Destination

Come Fly-Away to St. Lucia – JetBlue's Newest Destination

JetBlue is expanding it’s reach route by route with an eye to destinations in the Caribbean this winter.  Recently Barbados was added to the offerings, and today St. Lucia joins the JetBlue family of destinations as well.  JetBlue will offer three flights weekly between JFK and St. Lucia on Monday, Thursday and Sunday, offering the […]

October 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
Free Wifi on Virgin America Flights For The Holidays

Free Wifi on Virgin America Flights For The Holidays

The news from Virgin America just keeps getting better!  Google has partnered with Virgin America to sponsor free Wifi on Virgin America flights from November 10th until January 15, 2010.  Bring along your laptop and/or mobile device and enjoy cloud computing as you jet across America.  Find all the details at FreeHolidayWifi.com.

October 20, 2009 | By | Reply More
What Are They Smoking? – More Absurd Airline Fees!

What Are They Smoking? – More Absurd Airline Fees!

Whoever dreams up the ever expanding (and punitive) airline fees has got to be delusional.  Do they really think the public will quietly open their wallets and pass over fee after fee after fee?  Do they ever consider that they are destroying their brand and customer loyalty?  Here are two examples of new airline fees […]

October 6, 2009 | By | Reply More
Get Ready! Sheraton Is Giving Away Thousands of Free Hotel Stays This Week

Get Ready! Sheraton Is Giving Away Thousands of Free Hotel Stays This Week

On your mark, get set… click for a free night  stay at one of Sheraton’s 86 newly renovated hotels across the USA.  Starting on Tuesday, October 6th, Sheraton will offer the chance to instantly win a free hotel stay on Friday night, October 23, 2009.  The free hotel stays highlight and celebrate the completion of  […]

October 5, 2009 | By | Reply More
New England Fall Foliage Trains – Scenic Views Without The Traffic

New England Fall Foliage Trains – Scenic Views Without The Traffic

          New England is blessed with some of the most spectacular fall foliage displays in the world.  The diverse variety of hardwood forests climbing dramatic mountainsides and reflected in shimmering lakes guarantee scenic overload.  This year skip the traffic jams on the highways and view the foliage on board one of […]

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September Brings Big Sales at Disney World

September Brings Big Sales at Disney World

Now that the kids have been called back to school, Disney Resorts have begun a super sale – discounting resort rooms from 15 to 42%.  The largest discounts are on deluxe villas where you can save a whopping 42% during most of September and the first week in October.  Check out all the sale details […]

September 7, 2009 | By | Reply More
Southwest Airlines' New Early Boarding Program

Southwest Airlines' New Early Boarding Program

Southwest Airlines has a new pre-boarding opportunity for travelers who are willing to pay a $10 fee to board the aircraft ahead of other passengers. While most airlines try to collect extra dollars from passengers for checking baggage, Southwest Airlines is taking a different approach.  Checked bags will still be free on Southwest flights, but […]

September 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
Calling All Urban Cavemen – Explore This Luxury Cave Hotel in Southern Italy

Calling All Urban Cavemen – Explore This Luxury Cave Hotel in Southern Italy

Tucked away in southern Italy in the Basilicata Region (arch of the boot), lies the dramatic cave city of Sassi Matera where you can get in touch with your inner neanderthal by taking up residence in a deluxe cave hotel.  This community of cave dwellings (Sassi) has been inhabited since Paleolithic times – that’s over […]

August 31, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Bogus Rental Car Toll Transpoder Charges On The Rise

Bogus Rental Car Toll Transpoder Charges On The Rise

The next time you pick up a rental car, be sure to check to see if it has a toll transponder on the windshield.  Unless you plan to use the transponder, have it removed before driving the car off the lot! Problem #1 – I’ve heard from a number of folks who have been charged […]

August 11, 2009 | By | Reply More
World's Most Luscious Food Markets

World's Most Luscious Food Markets

Local food markets give a glimpse into the soul of a destination.  The crops that local farmers grow and the culinary creations that food artisans produce speak to the history of the location and the traditions of its citizens.  Nothing is more pleasing and engrossing than roaming among the stalls of a neighborhood farmer’s market […]

August 5, 2009 | By | Reply More
Newly Divorced? – Don't Mope, Get Out And Party On A Divorcee Cruise

Newly Divorced? – Don't Mope, Get Out And Party On A Divorcee Cruise

The fun folks at Cruise.com have come up with a new specialty cruise category – Divorcee Vacations. These short cruises (3-5 days) are especially desgined to help newly single adults reconnect with others with similar interests and experiences.  Currently three cruises are scheduled to depart between now and the end of the year.  A 3 […]

July 31, 2009 | By | Reply More
United Drops $100 Last Minute Ticketing Fee for Award Seats

United Drops $100 Last Minute Ticketing Fee for Award Seats

FINALLY, some good news from an airline!  As the fees for everyting from checking a bag to having a snack inch ever skyward, United has taken the unusual step of eliminating a fee and the savings are considerable.  Beginning July 30th, United Airlines is eliminating the $100 fee for redeeming a milage award ticket less […]

July 27, 2009 | By | Reply More
Finding The Best Car Rental Rate

Finding The Best Car Rental Rate

Just did an extensive search for the best (last minute) car rental rate (US city).  The AAA.com site delivered prices substantially less than anyone else. Next time you’re booking a rental car, don’t forget to include the AAA.com site in your search.  (You’ll need to remember, because the AAA site is not ‘scraped’ by meta-search […]

July 22, 2009 | By | Reply More
Make Your Own Spa Treatments At Home And Save A Fortune!

Make Your Own Spa Treatments At Home And Save A Fortune!

I recently came across a fabulous spa site – SpaIndex.com.  Yes, they have all the traditional destination spa descriptions, BUT they also have four other killer categories – 1) Home Spa with instructions for creating hundreds of spa treatments at home, 2) Spa Cuisine yummy spa recipies by famous chefs to impress your friends, 3) […]

July 21, 2009 | By | Reply More
New Airline Just For Pets – They May Have A Better Flight Than you!

New Airline Just For Pets – They May Have A Better Flight Than you!

Pet Airways a new airline dedicated to flying ‘your best friend’ across the country in style has just launched.  With prices starting at $149 each way, I’m thinking that flying your beloved pet on a private aircraft may cost no more than paying the outrageous extra fees charged by major airlines.  American Airlines for example […]

July 15, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
3 Golf Vacations To Die For

3 Golf Vacations To Die For

Nothing delivers the psychological high and lows like the game of golf.  And don’t we love to mutter to ourselves as we take on one challenge after another!  There’s nothing like setting all your daily worries aside and treating yourself to a round of golf on a spectacular course.  Here are three outstanding and exceptional […]

July 7, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
10 Most Scenic Rail Trips In Europe

10 Most Scenic Rail Trips In Europe

RailEurope has just published a terrific online guide of the 10 most awe inspiring train journeys throughout Europe.  The guide includes lovely pictures (of course) along with not-to-be-missed highlights along the train routes, travel times and fares.  Tickets for all the journeys can be purchased on the RailEurope site.

June 24, 2009 | By | Reply More