Archive for December, 2009

NEW in 2010: The Orbitz mobile app for iPhone! Download the free Orbitz app for iPhone now. By Ari Bendersky When it comes to travel, nothing kills a trip faster than being in the dark about your plans. Fortunately, a number of apps have sprung up for the iPhone and other mobile devices that prove to help [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli NEED TO KNOW On-the-road intelligence to help you travel smarter: Continental Airlines has temporarily shut down its fledgling service that offers live TV service on seatback monitors. The system, the same owned by and offered on all JetBlue Airways flights, still has a few installation glitches. Air France is now using an [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli MILES & POINTS The Continental/United upgrade game: The integration of Continental Airlines into the Star Alliance has gone fairly smoothly considering it is the first-ever on-the-fly (so to speak) switch in the history of alliances. And now one of the last pieces of the puzzle — the order in which flight upgrades [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli AIRPORT REPORT Cincinnati, Delta’s odd hub out: When Delta Air Lines and Northwest merged, travelers looked at the combined carrier’s big hubs inDetroit and Atlanta and then glanced at the airline’s small hubs in Cincinnati and Memphis and realized that something would have to give. And despite Delta’s repeated claims that it [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli GREAT DESTINATIONS More flights to Hawaii and Italy next year: Airlines often don’t like flying to Hawaii or Italy. It’s not that those two places are unpopular. Quite the contrary. They are among the favorite spots of vacationers and business travelers using free tickets earned with frequent flier miles. And that is [read more…]

By Kate Schwartz Move over Colorado, Summit County isn’t the only amazing spot for a ski vacation. As snow begins to blanket the west, Utah is seeing a good amount of powder and an even better base. Most runs are open at Utah ski resorts, andski enthusiasts are coming out of the woodwork. Whether you [read more…]

By Chris Hill It will happen at one point or another. You book a hotel for your family vacation. It is in a great location, and you got a really good deal . You check in and the hotel looks beautiful. You get to the room and surprise — parking is $20 a day. You [read more…]

By Mary Flynn My husband and I took our 9-year-old twins and our 2 1/2-year-old grandson to the Regal Sun Resort in Orlando for a fun weekend getaway. I chose this Orlando hotel because it’s located in the Disney World area, has complimentary transportation to the parks and has great activities for our kids. We [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli ROUTE MAP US Airways Continues to Shrink It Network: US Airways, the smallest of the nation’s so-called “legacy carriers”– that’s the name for airlines tracing their lineage to the time before the 1978 deregulation of commercial air service — is shrinking again. The airline will drop two more domestic destinations (Colorado Springs [read more…]

By Joe Brancatellli AIRPORT REPORT New, Notable and Noshable Around the World: Wanna eat? A Dunkin’ Donuts has opened in Cleveland/Hopkins. And Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is developing a “concept” for airport restaurants. The chain will be called Skewers and feature a mash-up of Asian dishes in smaller-than-traditional-size portions. Wanna find your flight? American Airlines [read more…]

By Mark McCullough I live in Williamsburg, and probably like other people who live in tourist towns, I initially did not think to take a family vacation at a hometown attraction, Great Wolf Lodge, but I’m sure glad I did. The main attraction of the Great Wolf Lodge is the massive indoor water park that [read more…]

A mini-adventure in the snow with Rocky at Slide Rock State Park just down the hill from Flagstaff, followed by a magical afternoon by the creek at L’Auberge Sedona. Day Three of Orbitz blogger Lena Katz’s Great Southwest Road Trip takes her into a “sacred vortex” and back out in time for tea. Read more [read more…]

By Mary Flynn The weather outside may not be frightful, but a Florida vacation over the holidays can be so delightful … Orlando Orlando is a popular Florida vacation destination year ’round, and the holidays are no exception. You can visit ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Hotel (voted one of Orbitz’ top 10 best decked-out [read more…]

This bustling New Mexico city is home to 3D religious artists, friendly ghosts, and a whole lotta liberals. Albuquerque writer Neala Schwartzberg shows Orbitz blogger Lena Katz the offbeat side of Old Town. Read more at

By Joe Brancatelli NEED TO KNOW On-the-Road Intelligence to Help You Travel Smarter: A firm called the Holdup Suspender Company has introduced a line of airport-friendly braces. The company claims the suspenders will not set off the alarms as travelers pass through the security checkpoints. United Airlines now offers GoGo Inflight Wi-Fi connections on its [read more…]

By Joe Brancatelli HOTEL HOT SHEET Recession Be Damned, The New Hotels Keep Coming: With occupancy plummeting and room rates falling precipitously, no recovery in sight and a record number of properties in or nearing default, logic would lead you to believe that the hotel industry would stop opening locations. But that’s not how it [read more…]

By E.C. Gladstone New York may have Times Square, Sydney may have the Harbour Bridge, London may have the Eye, but possibly no other city in the world grabs onto New Year’s Eve with such gusto as Las Vegas. Las Vegas hotels hosts lavish celebrations in their restaurants, lounges and nightclubs, competing with the big [read more…]

By Lena Katz New Year’s Eve falls on a Thursday this year, giving us a four-day weekend to welcome brand, shiny and new 2010. Party promoters, event planners and venue owners in California’s big cities are planning a merry-making marathon that lasts ’til Saturday p.m. (Which still gives you all of Sunday to lie around [read more…]

By Melissa Fuller It happened a lot like this. I get a call from my best mate Jackie at 3 p.m. on a Thursday. “I have a plan,” she says. “I have three days left over on this week-long pass that I bought to enter Yosemite Valley. I think we should do Half Dome — [read more…]

By Kate Schwartz What makes the new Disney Dream cruise ship unique? Magic, of course! Like all Disney Cruise Line ships, the Dream combines state-of-the-art technology with a hint of enchantment. If you’ve never taken a Disney cruise, throw stereotypes to the wind. This isn’t a kid-filled, in-your-face Disney experience; in fact, it’s quite the [read more…]