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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

Mangroves

Mangroves

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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This most expensive trip will cover 150 countries, all heritage sites and more

March 26, 2013

MonteAlbanIf you have £990,000 (approx $1.5 million) then you must go on a two-year trip of a lifetime that is launched by veryfirstto.com and London-based luxury travel agent Hurlingham Travel.

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Have you Vine’d yet?

March 26, 2013

Vine iPhone App

Vine

Published: March 26, 2013
Link: iTunes
Cost: Free

Bang for buck: It’s free!
Ease of use:
The looks:

Launched by Twitter a month ago, Vine is a simple app that allows you to take 6-second looping videos [#6SecFilms #6secondpostcard] on your smartphone. This is a the latest hot digital phenomenon allowing you to share travel experiences and local hotspots.

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Tips on longer battery life for your laptop while traveling

March 25, 2013

laptoptableLaptops these days are becoming more efficient in terms of longer battery life, better screens and increased memory size… and so are the applications. Whether you are playing games, watching movies, reading ebook or just working on that school-paper, saving that precious battery life, especially on a long-haul flight is very important. But battery drains fast and most airlines don’t provide electrical outlet to plug in your computer. Here are some tips on how to save battery life.

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Soon electronic devices may be allowed to remain on during take-off and landing

March 25, 2013

Computer on AirplanePretty soon you may not be asked to turn your electronic device ‘completely’ during take-off or landing.

The New York Times reports the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may only require you to put some gadgets such as e-readers and laptops in “airplane mode” during takeoffs and landings.

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Explore the unknown. Travel.

March 22, 2013

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Travel Photos: Brand new Terminal 2 at Mumbai Int’l Airport

March 22, 2013

Terminal 2 at Mumbai Int'l AirportTerminal 2 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is all set to open in September this year. With a vision of making the airport one of the best in the world, the Terminal 2, or T2 has been built with a state-of-the-art four-level terminal with an area of over 4,39,000 sq. mts. The new terminal will have new taxiways and apron areas for aircraft parking designed to cater to 40 million passengers annually. Terminal 2 has a retail space spread across 21,000 sq. mts and 5,000 sq. mts of landscape area. A 6 lane elevated express way leading to the Terminal is another big highlight. Making it easy for travellers, the T2 will have 188 check-in counters, 60 departure immigration counters and 76 arrival immigration counters. The Terminal 2 will have 104 security check positions and 10 baggage carousels. The new terminal will have a multi-level car park for 5,000 cars.

[Article & image source: Rediff.com]

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Tour with locals in Asian countries with Voyagin

March 22, 2013

voyaginTraveling to Asia and looking for specific organized tours? Most travelers to Asian countries face one major hurdle – language, so for all of you looking to experience the cities and towns of Asia through a local’s eye then head over to Voyagin.

Voyagin seeks to give you a more intimate look at five Asian countries – Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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