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Marriott and Sandals Partnering for New Jamaica Property

February 3rd, 2017

Travel News
Courtesy: AC Kingston

Known for it all-inclusive vacation experience, Sandals Resorts will manage Kingston, Jamaica’s new AC Hotels by Marriott – a property whose rates will be room-only and food and beverages will be charged separately. Travel Weekly reports that the hotel will open in winter 2019 with restaurants, BMW showroom, salon, and a promenade with dining and […]

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Clear Security Lanes Now at LaGuardia

February 3rd, 2017

Travel News
Courtesy: CLEAR

Passengers flying from LaGuardia now have the option of using Clear security lanes. Similar to TSA PreCheck, the program is based off of identity authentication using fingerprinting and an iris check. Travel Weekly reports that applicants also have to answer some trivia questions about themselves. Members don’t have to present identification and save time getting […]

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Hard Rock International to Open Costa Rica Resort

February 2nd, 2017

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Courtesy: Flickr / Stefano

Hard Rock International is announcing that in early 2019 it will open its first-ever Costa Rica property. Named Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo, the resort will have 294 rooms, Rock Spa, the brand’s customary guitar-borrowing program, kids’ club, and teen hangout. As for dining, expect a buffet, steakhouse, Asian restaurant, trattoria, and internationally inspired eatery. Guests […]

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Spirit and Other Airlines Join TSA PreCheck

February 2nd, 2017

Travel News
Courtesy: TSA

Good news, TSA PreCheck members. Spirit Airlines just became a participant in the TSA PreCheck program – meaning all 10 of the largest U.S. airlines now participate in the service. Travel Weekly reports that Emirates, Avianca, and Virgin Atlantic are among the 10 other newly enrolled carriers. As a PreCheck traveler, passengers can go through […]

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Marvel Day at Sea Returning to Disney Cruise Line in 2018

February 1st, 2017

Superheroes are going to sail the high seas in 2018. Disney Cruise Line is announcing that it will host Marvel Day at Sea during eight voyages aboard the Disney Magic from Miami between next January and April. The event, which will debut this fall when the ship sails out of New York, will have meet-and-greets […]

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American Airlines Now Offering Basic Economy Fares

January 31st, 2017

Travel News

On the heels of United announcing its basic economy fares, American Airlines is following suit. The lower-priced option – available on select routes – only allows passengers a personal item to be placed underneath the seat in front of them. This means they will have to check their luggage. Additionally, the tickets are non-refundable and […]

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DOT Proposes Rule for Regulations on Bag Fees

January 31st, 2017

Travel News

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing a rule requiring airlines and ticket agents to disclose any carry-on and checked bag fees right when a customer begins an airfare search, Travel Weekly reports. If passed, the airlines would have to publish the fees up front, rather than near the end of the transaction.

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Norwegian to Allow Guests to Bid on Cabin Upgrades

January 30th, 2017

Travel News
Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Line

And the highest bidder is… Beginning Feb. 8, Norwegian Cruise Line will introduce a program called Upgrade Advantage that will let select passengers bid on cabin upgrades prior to embarkation and after making the final payment. For instance, those with an oceanview cabin can bid on a balcony stateroom for a “nominal fee.” Travel Weekly […]

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American Named Airline of the Year

January 26th, 2017

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Air Transport World, a media brand focusing on the airline industry is announcing American Airlines as the 2017 Airline of the Year. To win the award, an airline must excel in operations, financial performance, customer service, safety, and labor relations. The integration of American and US Airways also contributed to the honors. Previous winners include […]

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U.S. National Parks Had Record Centennial Year

January 26th, 2017

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Courtesy: National Park Service

Travelers just love our country’s national parks. The Associated Press reports that overall visitation to the national parks for 2016 is set to surpass 325 million – beating the 2015 record of 307 million. Probably not a huge surprise because the National Park Service enjoyed tons of media attention touting its 100th Anniversary. The record […]

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‘Star Wars’ Day at Sea Returning to Disney Cruise Line in 2018

January 24th, 2017

The Force is strong on these sailings. Disney Cruise Line is announcing that Star Wars Day at Sea will return to the Disney Fantasy during 15 sailings in 2018. The special event will take place on seven-night Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral between Jan. 6 and April 7. During the day, guests are welcome to […]

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Carrie Underwood to Perform for Carnival LIVE in April

January 19th, 2017

Travel News

One of country music’s biggest stars is setting sail. Carnival Cruise Line is announcing that Carrie Underwood will perform during its Carnival LIVE series on April 4. Fans can catch the singer aboard the Carnival Imagination during its April 2 departure from Long Beach. Tickets are priced from $80.

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