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HuffPost answers questions on American, U.S. Airways merger

February 14, 2013

American Airlines and US Airways announced plans to merge which will create the world’s largest airline and we are wondering how this affects us. The talks abuzz of the name of “American Airlines” being retained, but questions like ‘what about the airfare?’ or ‘what about the frequent flyer miles?’ arise from every passenger who has been or not been with either of the airlines.

Huffington Post has outlined answers to some of these questions – American Airlines, US Airways Merger: What The Airline Deal Means For Consumers



Ukraine Southern Airlines crashed in Donetsk, five dead

February 13, 2013

Source: Reuters

Source: Reuters

Ukraine Southern Airlines plane flying from Odessa to Donetsk has crashed and caught fire during an emergency landing near the city of Donetsk.

According to latest official reports 44 people including 8 crew members were on board the jet en route from the Black Sea resort city of Odessa to Donetsk.

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February 13, 2013

Ensuring a “fair return” to its investors, London Heathrow will see an increase in passenger fees from £19.33 per passenger at present, to £27.30 by 2018.

This means that if you are flying through LHR (London Heathrow), then expect an increase in your ticket fare.



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February 13, 2013

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Use money belts to stash the dough for safe travels

February 13, 2013

eaglecreek_money_beltLosing your wallet on a trip can be disastrous if you’re one of those who carry all the currencies in it. Additionally, if you lose your debit card in that wallet, then you’re stuck with no money on hand and to withdraw. Travelers worldwide have various tips from carrying less cash and credit cards to spreading-out the cash in various bags, or even socks and money belts.

There are a lot of options out there for money belts and here are a few of them we reviewed:

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It all comes to location, location, location when selecting a hotel

February 12, 2013

hotel_locationOne of the key and important part of your travels is selecting a hostel or hotel to stay, and before the price, the deciding factor should be location. And depending on your interests at the destination – clubs, restaurants & city-life or beaches, mountains, small towns – you must find the most appropriate neighborhood to stay at. Make sure to decide that ahead of time, ensuring to give enough time to book the hotel.

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Nowcation lists flight & hotel deals within a month

February 9, 2013

nowcationLooking for a weekend getaway or just a few days out of your routine? If you’re looking for cheap options that includes flights and accommodation, then head over to Nowcation.

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Get rewarded to report a taxi rip-off in Seoul

February 8, 2013

Seoul taxi

Source: Koreatimes.co.kr

As travelers, we have all been ripped-off by taxi drivers in terms of things getting stolen or higher than usual prices. And now Seoul is taking this to a whole new level by offering a cash reward of 500,000 won ($457) to anyone informing the authorities about taxi drivers who rip off foreign tourists.

There has been previous efforts in curbing the rampant practice, but this takes it further and we think a lot of tourists will step up to contact the city officials about any problems or rip-offs they may encounter.

Also read: Get cheaper prepaid SIM cards in Seoul

All you have to do is call an English-language hotline and reporting the driver’s name & ID number, as reported by government officials.

Seoul has around 400 specialized cabs, known as “international taxis,” which are equipped with interpretation services and whose drivers can speak English and Japanese.



Unlocking your phone for international travel is illegal if you live in U.S.

February 8, 2013

Should I unlock my phone?United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Section 1201 [PDF] expired on January 26th 2013, which simply means that if you bought a phone in US under contract with one of the carriers then you cannot unlock your phone, unless your contract expires, or if you have paid off your contract.

What does this mean for you? Find out.

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Take underwater pictures & videos with DandyCase

February 8, 2013

DandyCaseSmartphones these days take some amazing pictures and a lot of travelers are ditching their SLRs and P&S cameras for the one device they have on them all the time – their smartphones. With all the apps out there, it’s easy to backup your pictures using a smartphone to one of the many websites offering online space.

But what if you plan to have an exotic vacation at one of the beaches and you decide to go diving or snorkeling? What if you want to take video or pictures with your smartphone? You need a flexible waterproof case that looks a bit like a Ziploc bag keeping your smartphone dry, and also be able to use your fingers to swipe through.

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Photo: El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

February 4, 2013

El Arco, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



Airline launches ‘quiet zones’ by placing kids at the back of the plane

February 4, 2013

Kids in airplanesLast year, WestJet introduced child-free flights and Malaysian airlines launched them in 2011; and now Air Asia X is jumping into the same foray with a lower tone by simply pushing the kids at the back of the plane!

The airline’s A330-300 fleet, which covers flights across Australia, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea will have the new “quiet zones” as seven economy class rows. The rows will have soft lighting encouraging relaxation, and doesn’t cost more.

Passengers with children under 12 years of age traveling in economy class will be given the back seats, away from the ‘quiet zone’. Unlike WestJet or Malaysian, Air Asia X is not banning kids from traveling, but instead, is enhancing the array of product offerings on board to suit its guests individual needs and preferences.



Visit the Grand Canyon virtually on Google Imagery

January 31, 2013

Grand Canyon on Google MapsThe Grand Canyon is a majestic place and if you have never visited before then now you can, by just a click of your mouse. Google Maps launched a panoramic imagery of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments.

Whether you are planning a hike or just wondering the history behind the canyon, head over to Google Maps and explore with the beautiful, interactive images that cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making our map of this area even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before.

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Find the best travel rewards card based on your needs

January 29, 2013

MilecardsOne of the best ways to earn flyer miles and travel points is to put all your spending on one rewards card. A lot of airlines and hotels offer various cards with offers from first free bag to luxury free 3-night stay, depending on the points you have earned. May also offer partner deals with other airlines and/or hotels.

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Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora in pictures

January 28, 2013

Sedlec OssuaryLocated in Kutna Hora, a town in the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic just a short train ride away from Prague, is the Sedlec Ossuary (Kostnice Sedlec); also known as the Church of Bones. The small chapel was constructed in 1511 to house the bones from abolished graves and is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people. Many of the bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel.

Arranged by Frantisek Rint in 1870, highlights include an enormous chandelier which includes at least one of every bone in the human body and a crucifix style arrangement near the altar. Even Rint’s signature is executed in bone on the wall near the entrance. The largest collections of bones are arranged in the form of bells in the four corners of the chapel.

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