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British Airways: We’ve Got an App for That (OOPS!)

by Margery Wilson BA has an app that makes access to their website accessible to iPhones for road warriors who need up-to-the-minute information on all BA flight arrivals and departure times, customizable timetables, and the facility to book flights, manage itineraries and even check in on line and print out boarding passes while on the […]

A Guide to the Best Afternoon Tea in Boston

By Margery Wilson One of life’s most enjoyable – and affordable – luxuries is taking afternoon tea in a fine tearoom. Boston, the home of the fabled “Boston Tea Party” has remained home to some of the most avid tea lovers in the world.  (Throwing the tea overboard, please remember, was a protest against taxes, […]

Interview with Randy Petersen of FlyerTalk, and Simplify your Loyalty Points with Awards Wallet

[buzzsprout episode="6841" player="true"] by Margery Wilson On our February 16 show we had the great honor of speaking with Randy Petersen, one of the pioneers of internet blogging and social networking.  Most of us know him from FlyerTalk, a forum community for frequent fliers originally launched as a bulletin board in 1995.  Randy will talk […]

American Express Unveils MobileXtend Business Travel App

by Margery Wilson American Express.  Starting as an express mail company in 1850, the company name is synonymous with travel.  American Express travel products have long been the “gold standard” the world over. Enter the latest business travel app: mobileXtend. On May 18 American Express Business Travel unveiled the mobileXtend, an app that provides travelers […]

Washington Wine Walk June 5 and Wine & Food Festival June 26

by Margery Wilson WWW …stands for “Washington Wine Walk.”  Not what you were thinking? The Cascade Foothills Farmland Association will present the the 8th Annual Wine Walk in Leavenworth, Washington from noon to 6 PM on June 5. Visitors will enjoy fine wines, wonderful galleries, shops, restaurants and entertainment while strolling through the Bavarian village […]

Travel Advisories Issued for Thailand

by Margery Wilson Over half a million Americans, and three quarters of a million British tourists visited Thailand in 2009. Thailand has a thriving tourist industry. It has long been considered a very safe destination, with affordable accommodations and food, and efficient transportation between destinations. It is a lovely country with a rich heritage. The […]

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort to Open 2012

by Margery Wilson Disney has announced plans for a Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World to be located adjacent to Disney’s Pop Century Resort.  The 2,000 room resort will include 1,120 family suites in “The Lion King,” “Cars” and “Finding Nemo” wings, and 864 themed rooms in “The Little Mermaid” wings. Disney […]

Affinia Chicago offers American Girl Place® Package

By Margery Wilson If you have a daughter or granddaughter under the age of 15 then you already know about “American Girl®” For the rest of you: American Girl® is a line of dolls, books, and accessories based on pre-teen girl characters that originally focused on various periods of American history from the viewpoint of […]

Frontier Airlines Opens Cabin Doors to Pets

by Margery Wilson Reversing a no-pets in cabin policy they set in June 2008, Frontier Airlines has decided to reopen the cabin doors and allow small pets (cats, dogs, hamsters, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, small birds) on board for a fee of $75 each way.  Ironically, the pet fee costs more than some passenger one-way […]

Packlate Offers Huge Savings on Vacation Rentals, Airport Scanner updates, and News from Raymond in Holland

by Margery Wilson The “Full Body” scanners that are being installed in many airports have created quite a stir, with passengers concerned about their privacy being invaded.  Gailen and Margery talk about a new technology that is entering the airport security arena: a Thermal-Boosted Infrared Detection System that only shows objects and clothing without any […]

Spirit Airlines Pilots Threaten Strike

MIRAMAR, FL — Spirit Airlines pilots announced they will strike in June if the airline fails to  give them a new contract. This announcement comes after the pilots’ union turned down a binding arbitration to settle the dispute with the Florida-based airline. The company says a contract negotiation is in the works, but they may […]

Delta Loses a Dog

by Elizabeth Smith According to CNN, Paco, a dog adopted in Mexico by Delta customer Josiah Allen, was lost in transit between Puerto Vallarta, where the dog was adopted by Allen and his girlfriend, and Detroit.  Paco made it from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City, but disappeared after a layover in Mexico City on May […]

Southwest Airlines Announces Plans to Begin Service to South Carolina

Contributed by Elizabeth Smith Via their blog, Nuts About Southwest,  Southwest Airlines has announced its intent to begin service in 2011 at Charleston (CHS) and Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) airports in South Carolina.  Southwest Airlines will be the first low-cost carrier to serve South Carolina. Announcements regarding the start of service and routes will be forthcoming.  The […]

How to Compare & Buy Travel Insurance: Protecting Your Travel from the “What-Ifs”

by Margery Wilson Every day the news brings reports of natural disasters, political upheavals, outbreaks of disease, labor disputes and other  reminders that spotlight the many ways in which travelers can have their itineraries  scrambled.  What can travelers do to protect themselves and their travel plans against  the unexpected? What insurance, if any, do you […]

American Airlines Sweepstakes offers 500,000 AAdvantage Miles: Deadline June 1

American Airlines is giving away  500,000 AAdvantage® miles, a digital camera and 1,000 prints from Shutterfly in their Picture the Stories sweepstakes.  Enter soon — deadline is June 1, 2010. American Airlines and photo Web site Shutterfly.com are teaming up to offer AAdvantage® miles and other great prizes through the “Picture the Stories” Sweepstakes. During […]

Win a Trip to Paris! Create “What it Means to Be an American in Paris” video

Lights, Video, Action! Boston Logan International Airport Asks: What Does It Means To Be An American in Paris? Boston Logan International Airport teams up with American Airlines and the Hotel de Vigny for trip to France Boston Logan International Airport is celebrating the return of daily seasonal service between Boston and Paris on American Airlines […]

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations USA

by Margery Wilson CINCO DE MAYO  is seen by many as a day to celebrate the culture, achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background who live in the United States. To others it is considered another name for “killer hangover.”  There is a large commercial element to the day, and, as a result, […]