All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘travel’

Delta Air Lines Announces New Payment Option

Delta Air Lines announced on Tuesday that it is providing its international customers with a new payment option. Those booking flights via delta.com will be able to pay with online bank transfers in real time. A photo posted by Delta Air Lines (@delta) on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:32am PDT The company says it’s the first airline in the United …

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Google Shuts Down Hotel Finder, Adds More To Hotel Ads

Google Shuts Down Hotel Finder, Adds More To Hotel Ads

Google announced broader availability of its Hotel Ads Commission program, an expansion of its Book on Google feature and the addition of more information about hotel locations within Google search. As it adds all of this, it’s actually shutting down its dedicated Hotel Finder site so users will just have to use Google search itself to find what they’re looking …

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Google Calendar Works Better With Gmail For Business Travel

Google Calendar Works Better With Gmail For Business Travel

Google announced some improvements to the integration between Gmail and Google Calendar when it comes to business travel. Now, when users get email with flight, hotel, restaurant or ticketed event info, the event will automatically be added to Google Calendar. While that alone makes things a lot easier to keep track of, that’s not all. The events in Google Calendar …

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Netflix Makes Hotel Room Deal With Marriott

Netflix has partnered with Marriott International to enable Marriott Hotels guests to subscribe to or sign into Netflix by using the Netflix app on the rooms’ internet-connected TVs. While Netflix has partnered with various pay-TV operators, this is the first time it’s made such a deal with a hotel chain. While many have turned to their mobile devices and laptops …

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Airbnb Is Now Operating in Cuba

It appears that Netflix isn’t the only tech company looking to take advantage of the “Cuban Thaw”, the recent decision by the Obama administration to warm up trade and travel relations between the US and Cuba after decades of restrictions. Home rental service Airbnb has officially expanded into Cuba. “We believe that Cuba could become one of Airbnb’s biggest markets …

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Amazon Reportedly Getting Into Travel

Amazon is reportedly getting into the travel business, because why wouldn’t it? Travel industry news site Skift reports that the company is getting ready to launch its own travel service, which would feature booking at independent hotels and resorts near major cities. It would be called Amazon Travel (fittingly) and feature a “curated selection of hotels within a few hours’ …

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Yahoo Taps Hipmunk For Flight And Hotel Search

Hipmunk announced that it has been named Yahoo’s exclusive flight and hotel search provider, and is now integraed with Yahoo Travel, giving users access to Hipmunk’s own travel search offerings. Hipmunk CEO Adam Goldstein said, “After our recent funding round, forging alliances that introduce Hipmunk to new audiences is a key part of our growth strategy. We’re excited to offer …

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Yelp Adds Hotel, Winery Bookings To Platform

Last year, Yelp launched Yelp Platform, which enables businesses to accept orders and bookings from users right through Yelp itself. It started with restaurants. Earlier this year, Yelp added spas and salons. On Tuesday, the company announced support for hotels and wineries. A Yelp product manager writes on the company blog, “Want to book a hotel room for a quick …

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All-Inclusive Vacations: What You MUST Look For Before Buying

All-inclusive vacations are a dream come true for those of us who prefer to take care of practically all aspects of a planned trip at once. Who wants to spend those extra hours trying to find the right airline flight, negotiating hotel accommodation, and calculating the cost of food and cab fares. That is, while STILL trying to peg down …

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Google Is Getting A Lot Smarter At Listening To You

Google announced a new update to the Google App (yeah, it’s just the Google app now, as opposed to the Google Search app), offering users more and smarter functionality for voice commands. Earlier this week, we learned about its ability to give you access to your bills, but Google has since blogged about some additional commands that you can use, …

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Google Flight Search Gets Better Interface

Google announced some changes to its Flight Search offering on mobile devices to make it easier to see your options by grouping together similar flights. Google explains in a blog post, “If you often fly on popular air routes — like Los Angeles to San Francisco — you’ve probably faced the challenge of sifting through long lists of nonstop flights, …

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Travel Deals Heating Up in September

It may seem a bit early to start thinking of the holidays, but experienced holiday travelers know that travel plans should be booked months in advance. Waiting until later in the year will mean higher fares, less flexible scheduling, and more headaches. Travel companies also know this and travel deals are now heating up in the race to book last-minute …

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We Need to Talk About the TSA’s Batsh*t Insane Instagram Account

No, I don’t want to talk about how you feel about the TSA. I know the TSA harasses old ladies and makes cute little children cry. I know the TSA probably touched your wiener one time and you really hated it. I know the TSA is a constant reminder of the US’ heavy-handed and short-sighted response to the terrible events …

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Union Street Guest House Charges Guests $500 For Negative Yelp Reviews

The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York has a strange policy. It charges guests who book weddings $500 for any negative reviews left on websites like Yelp by the wedding parties’ guests. On the hotel’s Events & Weddings page, there’s a section called “Reviews,” which says: Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and …

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Climate Change: It Can Affect Travel Costs Too

For years experts have been warning about the devastating effects of climate change. While these same experts warned that climate change was happening now, most people weren’t afraid of the consequences because they didn’t expect them to start happening so soon. A recent study shows that climate change could affect food production and raise food prices. The study said that …

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Andrew Mason Starts A New Company Called Detour, Gets Pooped On

It turns out that Groupon founder and former CEO Andrew Mason has been doing more than just sitting around eating ice cream by himself and recording motivational business albums. He’s also been creating a new company called Detour. First of all, let’s get the poop thing out of the way. BloombergBusinessWeek ran an interview with Mason about Detour. The first …

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How the Web is Trying to Catch Global Discovery Vacations in the Connection Game

Commissioned News Story (Source: Global Discovery Vacations) Some travel clubs and agencies are trying to better connect with their customers as the explosion of digital technology and social media have removed some of the personal interaction from the travel-planning experience. Even still, popular travel sites are trying to find a way to reproduce the lost person-to-person interaction. Expedia, for example, …

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Man Found with Knife Hidden in Shoe at Airport

On the heels of the Transportation Security Agency’s announcement that uncharged electronic devices will be banned from certain international flights, security agents found a knife concealed inside of a passenger’s shoe Sunday morning. During a standard security check at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, TSA agents found that a man had concealed a knife in the sole of his …

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Phone Dead? It May Not Fly to the US Under New TSA Rules

If you’re planning on flying to the US from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East – it would probably be wise to make sure your iPhone has enough juice to at least power up. The Transportation Security Administration has just announced new security measures that affect travelers on direct flights to the United States from certain overseas airports. In an …

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Travel Deals In July: Take Your Summer Vacation Now

July is a great time for a vacation or weekend getaway and although it is peak vacation season, there are still plenty of travel deals available. Many popular hotels and resorts are offering great rates on rooms and many attractions, museums and amusement parks are even offering specials, coupons and savings for the month. If you are looking to get …

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Pinterest Continues To Make Search Improvements

Pinterest has been focusing a lot of its efforts on search lately, and that continues with the announcement of some improvements to place search. Back in November, Pinterest launched Place Pins for those interested in traveling. The pins provide details like addresses, phone numbers, etc. Just ahead of the weekend, Pinterest announced that it created a faster and smarter place …

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Travel Insurance: Do You Need It?

Traveling can be expensive and most people do not want to add unnecessary expenses to their budget. Travel insurance is one of those things that you know you should buy but aren’t really sure if it’s worth the money. It’s also one of those things that you wish you had when you need it. If you are trying to decide …

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Summer Vacation Deals At Tourist Hot Spots

It’s the time of year when children and adults have only one thing on their minds, summer vacation. With gas prices rising and the economy still recovering, many people think they can’t afford to vacation or travel in the summertime. While it may take some planning and budgeting, it is possible for almost anyone to vacation and these summer vacation …

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Airbnb May Let Hosts Offer to Cook You Dinner

One of the most endearing qualities of Airbnb is that it offers travelers a more unique experience. Instead of booking an expensive hotel room in Barcelona, why not find someone who’s willing to let you crash at their apartment in a really cool part of town? Airbnb has always been about unique experiences, but a new feature they’re testing might …

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Seattle Airport Jetway Collapses As Passengers Try To Exit Aircraft

A jet bridge fell several feet as passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight were exiting the plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday. Thankfully, no injuries were reported. According to Perry Cooper, the airport spokesman, the jetway fell about 6 to 8 feet as passengers were inside descending the plane. It was not clear how many passengers were passing through …

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Airline Baggage Fees On The Decrease

Airlines collected less in bag fees than in the last two years, but are charging more for the little extras. Bag fees are down four percent from 2012, but US airlines still made a reported $3.35 billion in bag fees in 2013. Bag fees are down, but the charges for things like getting a better seat, food, and early boarding …

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Top Travel Destinations: Where Will You Visit?

As summer gets closer, more and more people are starting to plan their vacations and summer trips. While some people like to travel to their favorite location or locations every year, others like to go someplace different each summer. There are numerous destinations to choose from and if you need some help deciding on the next place you will visit, …

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Pinterest Gets Better At Vertical Search, Launches ‘Guided Search’

Pinterest is positioning itself as more than just a place to pin cool pictures. It also wants to help you find ideas for things. It’s not as though people haven’t already been using it for that purpose (especially for recipes), but now the company trying to make it easier. Pinterest announced the launch of Guided Search to help people find …

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All-Inclusive Resorts Making A Comeback

All-inclusive resorts are making a big comeback from the days of simple accommodations, mediocre food, and long buffet lines. Today’s all-inclusive can be anything from an adult-only spa themed resort to a family-centered playland with waterparks and babysitters. And luxury is not hard to find. Back in the 1950s, when all-inclusives had their start with Club Med, the focus of …

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Bing Launches 3 New Windows Phone Apps

Microsoft just announced the launch of three new Bing Apps for Windows Phone 8: Bing Food & Drink, Bing Health & Fitness and Bing Travel. Bing Food & Drink includes 600,000 recipes, a wine guide to 1.5 million different bottles, and a one-click “add to shopping list” feature, which roams between mobile and Windows 8.1. The Health & Fitness app …

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