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Friday Link Love

3 Jun

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

  • USA Today: Delta-US Airways slot swap could have a big impact on small cities
  • The Christian Science Monitor: The Eat, Pray, Love effect: How families finance adventure travel
  • USA Today: Tips for avoiding hidden travel fees this summer
  • Jaunted: Hangin’ with The Hipmunk: What’s Next for the Internet’s Hot New Travel Booking Site?
  • New York Times: Groupon and Expedia to Offer Travel Deals
  • CNN: Five can’t-miss summer festivals

Have a great weekend!

Friday Link Love

6 May

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

  • CNN: Why you should go to Mexico
  • Lonely Planet: Top 8 places to (safely) visit in Mexico
  • Jaunted: You Bring the iPad and American Airlines Will Bring the Movies and In-Flight WiFi
  • Gadling: Five hot travel sites
  • New York Times: How to save on group travel
  • LA Times: Mother’s Day travel getaways
  • USA Today: Some hotels don’t live up to online hype, disappointed guests say


Friday Link Love

29 Apr

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

  • CNN: The skinny on finding airfare deals
  • CNNGo: 10 islands for every type of traveler
  • Jaunted: Famous Royal Honeymoon Destinations throughout History
  • LA Times: Tokyo Disney resort fully reopening theme parks after quake
  • USA Today: How the new DOT airline rules will benefit you
  • Chicago Tribune: Airfare deals: Now you see ’em, now you don’t
  • Gadling: Become a monk or Muslim for a month

 

Have a great weekend!


Friday Link Love

22 Apr

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

  • MSNBC: High gas prices put the brakes on road trips
  • New York Times: A new incentive to travel solo
  • Frommers: The world’s 10 most divine cities
  • Jaunted: Delta puts their checked bag fees to good use with new luggage live-tracking
  • AOL: Summer Travel 2011: the great big summer travel poll recap
  • Gadling: National Geographic Traveler announces 2011 Tours of a Lifetime
  • CNN: Five retreats fit for a royal couple
  • USA Today: Are frequent-flier programs losing their luster?


Friday Link Love

8 Apr

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

MSN: World’s Most Underrated Cities

 

Lonely Planet: Should you see or skip Europe’s top attractions?

 

WWD: Bottega Veneta’s short film about travel

 

Reuters: Washington D.C. freebies for a government shutdown

 

Gadling: Budget Copenhagen

 

Frommers: 7 ways to avoid germs on an airplane

 

Vagabonding: Tips for those looking to move abroad

 

New York Times: U.S. Clears Google Acquisition of Travel Software

 

Good: Win a chance to report on the latest development work in Kenya

 

Landlopers: How to deal with uncomfortable travel moments

 

Happy Friday!

New Planning Tool: The Bidding Traveler

4 Apr

Happy Monday! Recently, I was discussing Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” service with a co-worker. We were interested in testing it out but wasn’t too sure what the success ratio was, especially with flights. I assume, in order to get a good price on a flight, you have to be open to taking red eyes, flying into a smaller airport, etc. All things that are totally doable if you have flexible travel plans (which most of us do not). One thing that did make us hesitant, when trying to decide whether or not to try, was how you could only bid once every 24 hours, making the booking, err guessing, process quite time consuming.

 

This morning, however, I came across an interesting read on USAToday.com about a new website called TheBiddingTraveler.com which takes the pain out of the “Name Your Own Price” process by automating the whole thing. Essentially, it continuously places a bid for you until you are able to get the lowest available price, without having to wait 24 hours between each bid.

 

Below is an overview about how it works, thanks to USA Today. Read the full article here.

 

Overview: Provides free strategies and an automated tool, AutoBid, for streamlining hotel bidding through Priceline’s Name Your Own Price hotel service.

Pros: Makes bidding for hotels on Priceline more intelligent, faster, easier. Facilitates submission of your low bid and automatically increases the bid incrementally until a bid is accepted or your highest bid is rejected. Enters “free rebids,” enabling you to enter the highest number of bids within Priceline’s 24-hour rules. (If a $125 four-star bid downtown was rejected, AutoBid can immediately facilitate a $130 bid for a downtown hotel when you add uptown, too, because no four-star hotels are offered uptown.) Very transparent, showing total price for lowest and highest bids; displays recently accepted bids made by others with the hotel name.

Cons: Displays of recently accepted bids sometimes irrelevant since they may be more than four months old. Some zones don’t show any recently accepted bids. No FAQs. Live Help is often offline, although site provides quick answers via e-mail to inquiries. AutoBid available only for Internet Explorer.

Takeaway: Awesome service, although no guarantee your hotel bid will be accepted. New beta version rolling out this week with side by side displays of hotels’ star ratings, retail rates and average winning bids.

 

 

Happy planning!

 

Friday Link Love

1 Apr

In honor of the week coming to an end, I’ve pulled together some of this week’s stories from other great websites I think you should give a read.

Check them out and let me know if I’ve missed anything!

Friday Link Love:

Salon.com: Why we travel

Gadling: Top 5 Travel Fashion Trends for Summer (their April fools joke!)

The Brooklyn Nomad: Cherry Blossom Season at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Galavanting: Making Macarons in Paris

Jaunted: Will Skype booths be the next new airport trend?

Lonely Planet: If you could travel to any city for food…

New York Times: Why we travel

USA Today: Post-revolution Egypt waits for tourists to return

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