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American & US Airways merger means higher baggage fees & more

April 9, 2014

aa_usairwaysWith the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, American is making changes to baggage fees and frequent-flyer rules. To begin with, American announced that passengers will be charged $35 for their first checked bag for flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America, which was free per passenger on those 140 daily flights. The change applies to tickets beginning today.

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You must stay in this house for an offbeat experience

April 6, 2014

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One of the best experiences is to stay at weird and offbeat places around the world, so if you find yourself in the Austrian Alps, stay at the Ufogel, which is a 45 square meter (approx 485 sq. ft.) house, designed by Peter Jungmann. This house is located in the mountains close to Linz or Nußdorf-Debant in Austria.

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Travel Photo: Cristo Redentor behind clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

April 4, 2014

Cristo Redentor behind clouds, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Why traveling around the world is beneficial for you

April 1, 2014

478548533_84a93df282_zThere is much all around the world to learn and know, but the need is to take out some time. Journey around the world let us get close with the different societies and cultures. We came to know about different people and their living styles and much more. In the following lines the same aspects are highlighted for the passionate travelers.

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Lufthansa pilot strike cancels 3,800 flights for three days

April 1, 2014

Lufthansa has canceled 3,800 flights for April 2-4, or virtually all of its operations, due to a planned walkout by pilots, in what would be one of the biggest strikes ever to hit the German airline. The strike affects the vacation travel for the Easter Vacation for many German citizens.

The Vereiningung Cockpit, the union representing most of Lufthansa’s 5,400 pilots, last week said it was calling for a three-day strike starting April 2 over plans by Germany’s largest airline to scrap an early retirement deal. Although Lufthansa had improved its offer, the pilots said it wasn’t enough as it didn’t apply to pilots joining after 2014.

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The strike affects flights run by its Lufthansa brand as well as its Germanwings low-cost unit, and it has also canceled 23 out of a planned 31 Lufthansa Cargo flights for the strike period.

Lufthansa said it would rebook customers onto other airlines or trains. Its units Swiss, Austrian, Eurowings, CityLine, Air Dolomiti, plus partner Brussels Airlines, would use larger aircraft on routes to and from Germany where possible. Lufthansa also said it hopes to add staff at the Frankfurt and Munich airports over the three-day strike to minimize the impact on customers.



Russian citizens no longer require visa to Costa Rica

March 31, 2014

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Currently, Russian citizens are required to apply for a visa to Costa Rica only at the Costa Rican Consulate in Moscow, which for residents in other parts of that country meant long traveling distances.

Starting today, Costa Rica eliminated the visa requirement for citizens of the Russian Federation as a measure to increase tourism and investments from that country. This will allow a maximum stay of up to 30 days that can be extended for up to 90 days for each Russian citizen.



The best airport of 2014 is…

March 27, 2014

British aviation consultancy and review company, Skytrax, announced the most prestigious awards in the airport industry – World Airport Awards – that are independent and based on 12.85 million customer nominations across 110 nationalities of air travelers, and included 410 airports worldwide. The survey evaluates customer satisfaction across 39 key performance indicators for airport service and product – from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration, through to departure at the gate.

Here are the results for 2014:

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Prague by night in pictures

March 25, 2014

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Travel photo: Iguaçú Falls, Brazil

March 24, 2014

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Best places to dine in Dalaman 2014

March 24, 2014

Situated along the south-west coast of Turkey is a town called Dalaman which is known for its sunny weather and warm climate. Dalaman is a popular tourist destination from great attractions to beautiful resorts and the exquisite restaurants but there’s no doubt if you’re planning on going to Dalaman I highly suggest booking your holiday from Directline Holidays!

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Beautiful travel postcards for purchase

March 24, 2014

Sending postcards to friends and family during your travels? Purchase our beautifully designed postcards from the list below and let your family friends know you’re thinking of them, while letting them know you’re that awesome traveler!

Postcards can be purchased from zazzle.com directly.

See and purchase all postcards here
 



Travel apps reviewed

March 19, 2014

Along with over 155 travels apps for iOS, here are the three new we have reviewed:

 

Flying
Price: Free

Flying is a fun app to see how many miles you have flown by adding your future and past (up to a certain date) flights.

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City Maps 2Go Pro
Price: $2.99

This pro version of City Maps 2Go, provided by Ulmon city guides, helps you navigate that city without consuming any data. The app pulls maps and data from OpenStreetMap, which is a collaborative open project comparable to Wikipedia.

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Wikitude
Price: Free

Voted as one of the best Augmented Reality browsers by Augmented Planet and CNN, Wikitude will help you find restaurant reviews from TripAdvisor and Yelp and details about any attraction from Wikipedia.

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Eat Perth – A food tour in Australia’s sunniest city

March 13, 2014

Perth_Sandwich_tnRight in the heart of Perth’s summer festival season, now is the perfect time to be explore the social scene in Australia’s sunniest city. Rich Keam has tasted his way around the best spots from cafes to food trucks.

In recent years Perth has seen fresh sparks enter its streets. Historic buildings, disused spaces, hidden corners and laneways are being reactivated by passionate and creative entrepreneurs. Small bars, cosy restaurants, late night dining, pop up shops, street food and farmers markets are at the very heart of this change. There has never been a better time to taste what the city has on offer. Better still, many of these new haunts are showcasing Western Australia’s fresh, local and seasonal produce.

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Tips for a healthy summer vacation trip this year

March 12, 2014

1133737_18092107Most of us take holidays just for rest and usually we used to spend our holidays doing by nothing or sitting in front of television, sleeping, drink wine with friends, playing with pets, reading some interesting books. There is no such big change that they bring in their lives even in their vacations. But here we will tell you few important tips that can fill bright and glowing colors in their vacation.

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Ask for a refund on non-working wi-fi on United flight

March 12, 2014

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If you are one of many passengers who have experienced outage on wireless services on a United Airlines flight, then you’re in for some dough! The people at Untied.com (which is not United.com, but a website maintained by critics of the airline) has come across an internal document instructing crew members to tell passengers, who complain on an individual basis, that they should ask for a refund if their wireless service is not able to connect.

The document reads:

If an extended outage occurs in flight, advise any customer who brings this to your attention to request a refund for their purchase through United.com/refunds. Do not make an announcement.

This simply means that if there’s a plane-wide outage then you’d never know and wonder if it’s your computer or tablet that is acting weird.

In explaining this to LA Times, United didn’t think they are cheating the passengers, because not everyone on a plane has purchased wi-fi so why make a planewide announcement? Which makes sense because you can still go to the carrier’s website to request a refund.

So make sure you always ask for a refund, or at least let your co-passenger know about it.


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