Here’s what I’m reading about today in the world of travel:
Cheap Flights of the Day: Cheap Flights to Europe from NYC with many cities below $500. $400 fares to Paris on Norwegian (which really isn’t too horrible of a low-cost carrier).
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The AAdvantage shopping portal seems to be shaping up as a nice way to earn bonus miles on hotel bookings. Just yesterday I noted that it was possible to earn 2 AAdvantage miles per dollar if you clicked through their portal before booking directly with Hilton. Again, One Mile at a Time has more info that Hilton isn’t the only hotel chain that you can earn bonus miles with. IHG and Choice are on the list now as well. It looks like these rates might not be eligible with corporate codes, but bookings made directly through the hotel’s website using these links should qualify for elite benefits. I like that hotels are trying to innovate to drive more direct bookings.
If any of you watch my Instagram feed you won’t find too much in the way of healthy food. My wife, on the other hand, is healthy enough for an entire family. She’s got a guest post on Le Chic Geek that covers some gluten-free items which I didn’t find truly horrible. My kids loved them, which is probably the best part since they were healthy.
Why, oh why, are the airlines hiring employees to help out TSA? Sure, it’s a good short-term fix. But, I’d want some assurance that the TSA is going to fix things before I start subsidizing them even more. Should the TSA just step aside?
It looks like a lawsuit by two SPG hotels to block the Marriott/SPG merger is moving forward. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago and it still has me puzzled. It seems unlikely these would be the only two hotels with a clause like this in their franchise agreements. And yet, they’re the only two named in the suit. I’m also a little surprised there isn’t a clause related to potential mergers that would give relief to SPG and Marriott against such lawsuits.
I still don’t see any way the merger is slowed down by this but these two hotels are likely proceeding in the hopes of nullifying their franchise agreements or earning concessions from Marriott.
Norwegian launches service between Las Vegas and London. I’d be interested to try their premium product on a long route (though hopefully coming back to the US as opposed to a redeye). The reviews are decent. I flew them in economy last year and my only real complaint was slow internet, which is hard to complain about since it’s free.
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