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Airlines, hotels waive fees for Boston travelers

April 15, 2013

SOURCE: Boston.com

Our prayers go out to friends and families of the victims of the bombings in Boston .

In the wake of the Boston Marathon tragedies, airlines and hotels are waiving cancellation and trip change fees for travelers. If you’re in Boston, or you have plans to travel to Boston, here is a list of phone numbers to call for travel changes:

[Source: HuffingtonPost.com]


American Airlines: 1-800-433-7300
AirTran: Call 800-AIR-TRAN (800-247-8726)
Delta: 800-221-1212
JetBlue: 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583)
Southwest Airlines: 1-800-435-9792
United Airlines: 800-864-8331
US Airways: 800-428-4322
Virgin America: 1.877.359.8474


Hotels are also waiving fees for last-minute re-bookings. Here’s a list of the major hotel groups and their phone numbers:

Fairmont Hotels: 800-527-4727
Four Seasons: 800-332-3442
Hilton Hotels: 800-445-8667
Hyatt Hotels: 800-233-1234
InterContinental Hotels: 800-327-0200
Kimpton: 800-546-7866
Marriott: 800-831-1000
Preferred Hotels: 800-323-7500
Ritz-Carlton: 800-241-3333
Sheraton Hotels: 800-325-3535
W Hotels: 877-946-8357
Westin Hotels: 800-325-3535
Wyndham Hotels: 800-545-5545

The most important thing at this point is your safety.

If your travel plans are cancelled, or if you need to change your travel plans, rest assured you’ll be able to do this with ease.

American citizens can travel to Cuba with a licensed travel operator

April 12, 2013

cuba_flagAfter a chat over coffee with a friend on the next destination for, possibly, a long-weekend travel, I recommended visiting Cuba. “You realize that American citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba?” was the questioned remark from my friend. A lot of Americans think that Cuba is off limits for them, but that’s not true.

Obama Administration reauthorized legal educational travel to Cuba in 2011 and thousands of Americans have participated in “people-to-people” tours since the opportunity was reinstated more than two years ago.

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Cruising for a bargain

April 12, 2013

Source: CruiseDeals.co.uk

Source: CruiseDeals.co.uk

A cruise can be the perfect way to get away from it all. It’s a hassle-free option that many travelers enjoy for the sun, sea and simplicity of it all. But cruises can be very expensive. So what if you’re a budget traveler? Is a cruise an option? Let’s find out!

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Most enjoyable holiday destinations

April 11, 2013

St. Peter's BasillicaMany times we think to move out of our buy schedules to spend some holiday at a good place. After that we also start imagining about those places if were there. But after one or two days, we get busy in our old busy work. We should also take out some tome to explore the most beautiful places of the world. Let us check out some great place to plan our holiday.

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WEF releases the world’s friendliest countries to foreigners

April 9, 2013

welcomingWorld Economic Forum’s released the list of the most friendly countries in the world – Iceland and New Zealand taking the first place in “attitude of population towards foreign visitors” category.

Some of the surprises were Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Burkina Faso as the fourth, eighth and tenth friendliest countries, despite not being internationally renowned for tourism. While seven of WEF’s top ten friendliest countries were new in 2013, Austria performed well in WEF’s list, climbing from tenth in 2011 to fifth this year.

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Looking for last minute hotel booking? Try these travel apps (updated)

April 9, 2013

Last Minute HotelsDisruptions on your travels can leave you with cancelled hotel bookings leaving you to need a place to stay at the last-minute. There’s a recent boom in same-day, last-minute booking apps for smartphones and tablets that helps you to find a deal when travel providers won’t cover an overnight stay. Hotels are racing to fill up their remaining rooms and will woo travelers with mobile-only flash sales, typically discounting rates 10% to 40% from other online sites.

Most of the aggregator websites like Priceline, Expedia, Travlocity, Hotels.com etc. offer ‘last-minute deals’ on hotels. And then there are smartphone apps that offer the same. Not all websites or apps offer deals in all regions of the world, and a few of them target specific regions only.

So here’s a list of some of them:

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Travel Photo: Wishing Bridge, Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

April 8, 2013

According to legend, if you touch your zodiac sign on the Wishing Bridge in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa District while facing the sea and make a wish, it will come true.

Travel Photo: Wishing Bridge, Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv

Earn airlines frequent flyer miles on hotels with RocketMiles

April 8, 2013

RocketMilesIf you’re a part of any of the airline frequent flyer miles program, you may not be aware of the fact that you can earn thousands of miles by staying at some of the select hotels. Launched today, RocketMiles will allow you to earn miles just by booking rooms that the website serves up directly.

Like the partnership programs with credit-card companies, Rocketmiles also buys miles from the airlines which it then ties to stays with its partner hotels. Rocketmiles supports 15 cities in the U.S. and plans to expand to even more markets over the next few months, adding about one to two cities per week.

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Airfare based on passenger weight is now a reality

April 2, 2013

SamoaAir_380SAThe next line of ‘fees’ that airlines will start charging passengers is already here. Samoa Air is the world’s first airline to introduce pricing based on passengers’ weight.

The new policy will enforce passengers to enter their weight along with the weight of their baggage at the time of booking. The combined weight will then be used to calculate the fare, and the values will be verified at the airport, with customers being weighed.

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New routes, new airlines and more news on airlines

April 1, 2013

RwandAirNew routes, new airlines, change in routes and more news on airlines from last week:

– Air China to upgrade its Beijing-London service in May
– RwandAir set for Juba and Douala launch
– Kenya Airways to launch Abu Dhabi flights in July
– JAL and LAN Peru begin codeshare flights
– Mukuba Airlines – new airline for Zambia
– British Airways stops services to Tanzania

and more.

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Put your trip on a TripLine map

March 29, 2013

TripLinePlanning a trip can be difficult but if you have someone else almost does it for you then it can be a good start at least. Things like how to get there, what to do and where to eat on a particular day are important for any travel planning. And if those itineraries have pictures attached to each event, then they do help making decisions.

Tripline allows anyone to create an interactive, embeddable map detailing a trip using their destinations.

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Nicaraguan Consulate wasted three pages of my passport

March 28, 2013

NicaraguaVisa1Being a non-U.S. citizen I had to get a tourist visa to travel to Nicaragua. While other Central American countries (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras & El Salvador) does not require you to get a tourist visa for a non-U.S. citizen, IF you have a valid (for 3 months) U.S./U.K./Schengen visa stamped in your passport, but Nicaragua does.

Firstly, the consulate website sucks! Big time. There is no information on documents required to get a tourist visa, does not even mention if you need one. So I sent an email to them popping the question and fortunately enough, got a reply in two days, with a list of documents and an attached visa application form.

Most of the documents were the usual anyone would require for any tourist visa – passport, photographs, application form, employment paystubs, bank statements, flight ticket and hotel bookings. The one document not mentioned in the list is a notarized letter to the consulate saying “I’m responsible for my own expenses for my tenure in Nicaragua. AND I will return to the United States upon leaving Nicaragua.”

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Google Translate will work in offline mode for Android

March 27, 2013

Google Translate for AndroidWe have reviewed over one hundred travel apps for iOS and one of them is Google Translate. The app is one of the finest translation apps out there, and with it’s voice controlled translation it is one the most used apps. But the part that sucks is you need an internet connection to be able to translate the conversation. And the mobile carriers charge exorbitant prices to enable international data roaming.

But Google Translate for Android won’t need that.

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Change in rule for passengers arriving to U.S. (Updated)

March 27, 2013

I_94April 26, 2013 will see a change in lawful admittance of non-immigrants in united States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published new rule for passengers arriving in the U.S. – the standard Form I-94, which serves as the arrival and departure record and is stapled to passengers’ passports, will soon be automated and in electronic form only.

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The best mangrove tour at Manuel Antonio Park, Costa Rica

March 26, 2013



One of the things a lot of travelers and friends recommended to do in Manuel Antonio Park in Costa Rica was the ‘Mangrove Tour’. I booked the tour well in advance with Manuel Antonio Estates, which costs US$65 for a 3-hour Mangrove Tour in a boat. The costs include pick-up and drop-off to/from your hotel around Quepos, a sumptuous lunch and an excellent, thrilling, adventurous tour of the Mangroves.

See more on why I call it one of my best experiences.

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