Friday, January 30, 2015

A romantic Valentine's Day weekend at Whistler

If you've been waiting to find that perfect Valentine’s Day getaway before making your special weekend plans, your wait may be over.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Can't decide where to fly? This can help

I have just discovered a feature on the American Airlines website that makes it easier for members of its frequent flier program to indulge their wanderlust, especially when they don’t quite know where they want to go.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Airport food and drink continue to move upmarket

Travelers of a certain age will remember the time when pretty much every concession stand at any given airport was run by the same company. Cartoonist Matt Groening drew a “Life in Hell” comic in 1987 titled “Akbar and Jeff’s Airport Snack Bar,” lampooning that reality with the tag line, “When you’re stuck at the airport, you’re stuck with us.” Happily, that is no longer the case.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Alaska Airlines named North America's most on-time airline

For the fifth year in a row, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has been recognized as the major North American air carrier with the best record for on-time arrivals.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Things to do in Phoenix

If you're heading to Phoenix for the Super Bowl and need a break from the crowd, here are some recommendations of things to do and see that are not on the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau's recap of things to do in Phoenix.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Day in Victoria, BC at the Magnolia Hotel & Spa

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I was delighted to learn that one of my favorite hotels in western North America has just been named among the Top 25 Romantic Hotels in Canada in the 2015 TripAdvisor’s® 2015 Travellers’ Choice® awards, making it a great choice for a romantic getaway.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. hotels lag many countries in Wi-Fi access - report

Connectivity is fundamental in today’s connected society, and many of us have come to take robust connectivity for granted at the office or at home. But as too many of us already know, that service often falls short on the road. Now, a new report identifies the regions where the hotels have the best – and the worst – Wi-Fi.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Obtaining a chip and PIN card for overseas travel

If you’re considering or planning a trip overseas, add one more item to your “to-do” list: get a “chip and PIN” credit card before you leave the United States.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Emirates offers bargain fares to romantic Italy

Looking for an exceptional romantic getaway? Emirates, the world’s largest international air carrier, is offering two-for-one fares for flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan’s Malpensa Airport (MXP) for a period that includes the Valentine’s Day weekend.

ANA amps up in-flight entertainment

Beginning in February, Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will launch what the carrier is calling “Japan's most comprehensive in-flight entertainment system.”

Monday, January 19, 2015

Alaska Airlines to give away flights to the Super Bowl

On the heels of the Seattle Seahawks’ overtime playoff victory against the Green Bay Packers, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is giving some Mileage Plan members a chance to fly from Seattle to Phoenix on a special charter flight.

Friday, January 16, 2015

New Mexico offers unique Valentine’s Day getaways

With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, a New Mexico hospitality company is encouraging couples to consider spending that special day in the Land of Enchantment by highlighting a variety of distinct offerings from romance to adventure.

Rosewood Hotels to manage historic resort in Tuscany

As a big fan of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C., I was pleased to learn that the parent company, Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, has been selected to manage a historic resort in Italy’s Tuscany region.

Airline fares fall sharply in December CPI

Airline fares reversed two months of increases and fell sharply in December, making 2014 the second consecutive year in which airline fares dropped, according to the latest figures on the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alaska Air group begins seasonal service between Mammoth Lakes and Vegas

Alaska Air Group initiated service between Las Vegas (LAS) and Mammoth Lakes on Jan. 15, beginning twice-weekly round trips that will run through April 6.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Delta to begin non-stop service from LAX to Shanghai

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has announced plans to begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Shanghai-Pudong Airport (PVG) on July 9, 2015.

Upmarket hotel rates on the rise

Data complied by on-line lodging search engine AllTheRooms.com shows that rates for upscale lodging in 2014 increased by more than 15% from the previous year.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Seeking a romantic setting for Valentine's Day? Consider Montréal

If you’re looking for an exotic, romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day that won’t break the bank or take hours and hours to reach, the city of Montréal, Quebec could fill the bill nicely.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Tour offers England for introverts

I am not a fan of organized tours. I prefer to explore new cities and discover new areas by wandering around on my own, following my nose and seeing where it leads. Neither am I an introvert, and being an extrovert probably complements my proclivity to explore sans guide. Accordingly, I found myself a bit surprised that an email promoting a tour of England for introverts captured my attention at all.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Upstart rental car company challenges status quo

For many of us, upmarket travel includes modest indulgences like renting a car a couple of notches nicer than the conveyance that occupies our garage or carport. Now, an upstart rental car company is promoting driving in luxury and making that luxury a little less expensive – at least for the next few weeks.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The nefarious new ‘NeverLost’

Sliding into the driver's seat of a Hertz rental car at Sacramento Airport (SMF) over the Christmas holiday, the first thing I noticed was the next-gen version of the company's famous NeverLost navigation system. As it turns out, it's much more nefarious than simply being an updated version of what had become an outdated GPS system.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Orleans issues official invitation to Mardi Gras

As if dyed-in-the-wool partiers needed a reminder, the New Orleans tourism industry has shared with the world a proclamation from the King of Carnival that Mardi Gras season has begun.

U.S. gasoline prices end 2014 at lowest levels since mid-May 2009

Gasoline prices in the United States at the end of 2014 were at their lowest levels since mid-May 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) brief, “Today in Energy,” released on Jan. 7.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The economy of flying First Class

During a recent business trip, I discovered quite by accident that flying First Class on certain flights may not be all that much more than flying in economy.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Welcome to 2015!

The beginning of the new year also means the beginning of the seventh year of blogging for TheTravelPro, and it promises to be an interesting year indeed.

Making the Most of Melbourne

By Drew Snider

I can thank Olivia Newton-John for straightening me out. She told me, in no uncertain terms, that you don’t call the Australian city “Melburn” or (Heaven help us) “Mel-born”. You do not say the “R”; the correct pronunciation is "Mel-bun".

Alaska Airlines rings in the New Year with a free checked bag

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is ringing in the new year by offering members of its frequent flier program one free checked bag through the month of January.

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 AllTheRooms.com 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 AllTheRooms.com 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 AllTheRooms.com 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.