Friday, December 19, 2014

Storms expected to dampen Christmastime travel

Two major winter storms are expected to hit the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and Canada and have a major effect on Christmastime travel.

FRIDAY FRUMP: Possibly the most dangerous travel accessory EVER

Call me a curmudgeon if you will, but am I the only one who thinks an espresso machine for your car is a bad idea?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cricket World Cup fans get help finding hotels

As cricket fans well know, the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will commence on 14 February 2015, so it is not too soon for those who plan to attend to be looking for lodging.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Obama plans to open relations with Cuba

After more than 50 years of a largely ineffective embargo against it, President Barack Obama has unveiled a 13-point plan to reestablish relations with Cuba.

Airline fares rise amid falling CPI

Airline fares continued to rise in November, one of several indexes with increases that largely offset declines in other indexes and resulted in a seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) that was down 0.3 percent from the October figure.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ANA to increase free bags on international flights

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase the free baggage allowance for passengers traveling in economy class on international flights.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Alaska Airlines launches new in-flight entertainment program

Starting Monday, Dec. 15, many customers of Alaska Airlines will be able to enjoy free entertainment directly on their personal electronic devices.

Friday, December 12, 2014

ANA to launch Houston-Tokyo service

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch service from Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) to Houston next summer as part of an expansion of its network between the Americas and the growing Asian market.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014's most popular travel destinations

With only three weeks left in 2014, the people at accommodation search engine have compiled a list of the most popular travel destinations as determined by those who have used their website during the past year.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Speeding through security: CLEAR now in service at LAS

CLEAR, a service that employs advanced biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security, has launched its service at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport (LAS).

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Upmarket travel on a budget? Yes, you can!

Upmarket travel doesn’t necessarily mean busting the budget or breaking the bank. In large measure, it depends on where and when you choose to travel. With that in mind, the people at accommodation search engine have compiled a list of top budget-friendly vacation spots, many of which include upmarket offerings at bargain prices.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Delta to add Twin Cities-Honolulu non-stop service

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines on Dec. 2 announced that it plans to begin daily seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to the Aloha State in the fall of 2015.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Search engine AllTheRooms integrates five more lodging companies

Accommodation search engine has integrated five more lodging companies into its portfolio of providers, adding more than 1.5 million accommodations to its inventory.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Holiday hiatus

Thursday, November 27, is U.S. Thanksgiving and, for many, the beginning of a four-day holiday weekend.

TheTravelPro will resume publication on Monday, Dec. 1.

Thanks for reading!

Alaska Airlines enhances mileage plan with increased mileage bonuses

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced enhancements to its Mileage Plan TM for frequent fliers and simultaneously confirmed that it will remain a mileage-based loyalty plan for the foreseeable future.

Holiday gas prices lowest in five years

As we head into Thanksgiving weekend, here’s something else to be thankful for: gasoline prices in the United States are the lowest they’ve been since 2009.

Advice to shoppers: Shop small, dine small this holiday season

Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day you may not have heard of. November 29 is Small Business Saturday, a day to patronize small businesses that, according to many statistics, are really the engine that drives North America’s economy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tips for smooth(er) holiday air travel

With one of the busiest times of the year for air travel upon us, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips to make your holiday travels, if not exactly “smooth,” at least smoother.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Delta Air Lines continues aggressive growth in Northwest

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is continuing to aggressively increase its presence in the Seattle market by announcing the commencement of new daily non-stop service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to five new destinations.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Follies: 22 fun flight facts

Berlin-based flightright, a company that helps passengers get the compensation they're due when their flight to, from, or within Europe is delayed or cancelled, has compiled some interesting factoids from around the world.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Air fares rise amid flat October CPI

Airline fares rose in October, one of several indexes with increases that offset declines in other indexes, resulting in a seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) that was unchanged from the September figure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Priority Pass: Excellent value for airline club access

As a fan of airline clubs for the respite they offer from the cacophony of the concourse, I am always looking for ways to access them economically. Recently, I learned of another way to make the price of admission more affordable: Priority Pass.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter vacation spots prepping for the season

With the start of the holiday season just days away, winter vacation spots are preparing their facilitates and gearing up their people and their P-R for the upcoming onslaught of tourists.

Monday, November 17, 2014

World's best all-inclusive resort

The world’s best all-inclusive resort, as voted by members of TripAdvisor, is in a country most Americans have never visited.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alaska Airlines begins service to Washington-Dulles Airport

Alaska Airlines will institute daily nonstop service from Seattle to Washington, D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) on March 11, 2015, giving the Seattle-based carrier’s passengers access to all three of the area’s major airports.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Allegiant adds five destinations, 14 new routes

Low-cost, no-frills carrier Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is adding five new cities and non-stop jet service on 14 routes to its existing flight network.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

‘Taste of Groupon’ infographic shows food capitals of the U.S.A.

Groupon, the popular purveyor of discount purchases, has published a map depicting what it calls the food capital of the United States.

Monday, November 10, 2014

ANA named Asia-Pacific Airline of the Year

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has been named Asia-Pacific Airline of the Year by aviation think-tank CAPA - Centre for Aviation at the recently concluded CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence in Singapore.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Festival of the Cranes comes to New Mexico

Where you are a bird lover, bird watcher, or simply appreciate the grandeur of nature, take note: a truly awe-inspiring event is about descend, quite literally, on northern New Mexico.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Outrigger relaunches upmarket beach resort brand

Outrigger Enterprises, which operates a range of accommodations in Hawaii and other tropical regions of the world, has relaunched its upmarket beachfront resort brand.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wending down British Columbia's wine road

Erstwhile residents of the U.S. Pacific Northwest since 1983, we had yet to visit the wine regions of British Columbia. This year, we finally ticked that box on our travel list.

Monday, November 3, 2014

OSOYOOS, BC: Watermark Beach Resort

A two-night stay at the Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia was exactly the right way for us to wrap up our recent wine-tasting excursion to Canada’s famed Okanagan Valley.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

KELOWNA, BC: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre

For our first visit to Canada’s famed Okanagan Valley, we chose to stay at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in Kelowna, a decision that proved an excellent choice indeed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

VANCOUVER, BC: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

My first Fairmont experience was in 1973 when I stayed at the historic Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was then part of the Fairmont family, and I have visited several Fairmont properties in Canada and the U.S. in the years since. It was therefore with great expectations and anticipation that I booked a room at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for part of our recent trip through British Columbia.

Monday, October 27, 2014

VICTORIA, BC: The Magnolia Hotel & Spa Revisited

Revisiting the Magnolia Hotel & Spa in Victoria, BC after a two-year absence I was pleased to see what had changed, but more pleased to see that many things were still the same.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Surfing the shoulder seasons

With Labor Day behind us and the holidays still a couple of months away, the “shoulder season” can be a great time to travel.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

San Antonio named top Texas destination

The readers of Texas Highways magazine have voted, and San Antonio is their favorite destination in the Lone Star State.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Air fares decline; CPI nearly flat in September

Airline fares declined slightly in September, helping offset higher prices for food, shelter and medical care, and contributing to a nearly flat Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Oct. 22.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Embassy Suites Las Vegas Convention Center unveils honeymoon suite

The Embassy Suites Convention Center hotel in Las Vegas has unveiled its honeymoon suite and is making it available to non-honeymooners.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The basics of blogging

This post is a bit of a departure from this blog’s usual focus on upmarket travel. Instead, I’d like to share some tips on blogging in general.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book holiday travel by Halloween for best deals

For the best prices and the best chance of getting the flights and rooms you want, you’d best make your holiday travel plans before Halloween.

Holland America offers cruise deals

Holland America Line is offering a number of special promotions for the 2015 and 2016 sailing seasons.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's leaf-peeping time in the East

Experts are predicting that leaf-peeping season in the East could come a bit early, making the next week prime time to view fall color in one area of the mid-Atlantic.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Getting the most out of social media

I tend bar a few nights a week at The Greek House in Burien, Washington, a friend's restaurant that celebrates its first anniversary this weekend. At least once a night, we welcome new guests who say, "We found you on Yelp!" or another social media site.

For us, that's great, of course. But using social media effectively means more than seeing how many stars a business has received or reading the last two or three reviews. Using social media effectively takes work.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sailing the seven seas in style

Among the items on our travel “to-do” list is to cruise more often. However, the industry trend toward larger and larger ships is exactly the opposite of what appeals to my wife and me, so it was with great interest that I read the email from Group IST (International Specialty Travel) announcing the launch of Arcadia Small Ship Cruises.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Travel goodies to go

No matter how much you enjoy traveling, there’s no denying it can be stressful. Why add to that stress by trying to make do without things you’re used to using every day? With the panoply of travel gadgets and goodies on the market today, travelers today can keep using their favorite items from home while they’re on the road, for practical reasons as well as personal preference.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

U.S. to add temperature screenings at five airports to combat Ebola

Security checks at five U.S. airports will include temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa as early as this weekend in an effort to combat the Ebola outbreak.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Alaska Airlines launches contest to 'test drive' a 737

Alaska Airlines is celebrating its latest order of Boeing 737-900ER aircraft by launching a contest to ‘test-drive' a 737.