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Trend Spotting: Vegas Food Scene Heats Up Off-Strip

As with all things in the West, it started with a few brave pioneers. They came to Las Vegas as young chefs and restaurateurs seeking work with the icons of the culinary world. They spent years in the kitchens and dining rooms of the city's top restaurants. ... [Published Smarter Travel - 7 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

What's New in Travel Industry News?

A lot of innovations and announcements either appeared recently or just recently came to my attention. Although none is a game-changer, many provide useful features.Vacation Rental Metasearch : Several new or new-to-me vacation rental websites have arrived. ... [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

$44+ O/W JetBlue Flights on Sale Through Wednesday

JetBlue's brand-new two-day sale discounts fall flights throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. Travel is valid most days from October 14 through December 18 with the exception of Fridays, Sundays, October 30 - November 11, or November 20 - ... [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

Win a Business-Class Trip for Two to Beverly Hills

Enter the Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau "90210" sweepstakes by December 15 for a chance to win the grand prize: a three-day trip for two to Beverly Hills, including business-class air, hotel, one dinner, and a $5,000 gift card.To enter, ... [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 12 hours ago - 1 reports

Hotel Customer Service: Who's Best?

The hotel chain with the highest ratings for customer satisfaction is Park Hyatt, with a 94 percent "positive" rating. That's according to a report published by Medallia, a prominent customer-experience specialist, covering the second quarter of this ... [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

Chicago Flight Delays Still a Problem for Air Travelers

Thousands of air travelers were stranded over the weekend at Chicago O'Hare and Midway after an employee started a fire at a radar-control center near the city. As we enter day three of big delays and cancellations in the Chicago area, the Federal Aviation ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

American, El Al to Sever Mileage Ties

It's a fact of loyalty-program life: The schemes' networks of earning and redemption partners are in constant flux. Today, airline A and hotel B are best marketing buddies, participating in each other's programs and bundling their services into attractively ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

The DOT Weighs in on Regulating Legroom

"There oughtta be a law!"That's the reaction of many travelers to the shrinking coach-class seating phenomenon that has given rise to the current debate regarding reclining seats and the Knee Defender.They have a point: Since the natural forces at play ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

Frequent Flyer Programs to Get Fed Scrutiny

Florida resident Alan Grayson has accrued a whopping 10 million frequent-flyer miles. And like many mileage-collectors, he's hopping mad about the airlines' continual devaluation of their loyalty programs, and their callous disregard for his best interests ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

Frequent Flyer Program Hacked. Is Your Info Safe?

Recent breaches of the customer databases of such mainstream businesses as Home Depot and Target naturally raise questions about the security of consumers' frequent-traveler accounts. Is your personal information safe?Although such breaches seem to be ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 29 2014 - Updated Sep 29 2014 - 1 reports

Earn Up to 125,000 Bonus Miles for Europe Flights

If this new promotion from American had a name, it might well be "The Rich Get Richer."Offer DetailsNow through January 10, 2015, AAdvantage members can earn up to 125,000 bonus miles for American, US Airways, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, or OpenSkies ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
First reported Sep 25 2014 - Updated Sep 26 2014 - 1 reports

Yelp May Be No Help to Travelers

Did Yelp add a star or two to that glowing restaurant review because the restaurant paid for an ad? Did it move the review noting cockroaches at another restaurant to the top of the list because the restaurant refused to buy an ad? Maybe.Four small businesses ... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 25 2014]

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...But now, without much trouble, I could rattle off twenty." Su agrees: "Now you can find chef-driven restaurants in almost every neighborhood, fantastic spots to grab a drink, butcher shops, food festivals."
The primary conclusion, however, is that you need to keep in mind the adage, "A statistician is someone who drowns wading in a river that averages three feet deep." An overall chain or brand score is far less useful than a report on any individual hotel, motel, or resort you might be considering...
...The FAA is working hard to get things back to normal. Yesterday, the FAA said it is bringing in a team of technicians to fix the problem and has "re-established consistent arrival and departure rates at Chicago area airports, providing airlines with needed predictability to build flight schedules." About 60 percent of flights at O'Hare were operating on schedule on Sunday, as were 75 percent of flights at Midway
...for the consumer that underlie it, has been gradually undermined, replaced by terms and conditions that reserve for the airlines the right to "change the program rules, regulations, travel awards, and special offers at any time with or without notice."

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Trend Spotting: Vegas Food Scene Heats Up Off-S... [Published Smarter Travel - 7 hours ago]
$44+ O/W JetBlue Flights on Sale Through Wednesday [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
What's New in Travel Industry News? [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
Hotel Customer Service: Who's Best? [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
Win a Business-Class Trip for Two to Beverly Hills [Published Smarter Travel - 12 hours ago]
American, El Al to Sever Mileage Ties [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
Chicago Flight Delays Still a Problem for Air T... [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
Frequent Flyer Program Hacked. Is Your Info Safe? [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
Frequent Flyer Programs to Get Fed Scrutiny [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
The DOT Weighs in on Regulating Legroom [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
Earn Up to 125,000 Bonus Miles for Europe Flights [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 29 2014]
Yelp May Be No Help to Travelers [Published Smarter Travel - Sep 25 2014]
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