Archive for November, 2010

With the summer heat gone and the beautiful, late fall weather here in the mid-south, it’s a great time of year to come to Memphis to experience the infamous Beale Street. Some call Beale Street a “mini Bourbon Street” and for good reason: just as in NOLA, you can meander up and down Beale Street with a libation in hand, enjoying live music wafting into the street from it’s many restaurants, clubs and bars.

Business travelers rarely have the time or inclination to shop, but frequent travelers to Europe know it’s time to make an exception. All throughout Europe, charming and quirky “Christmas markets” pop up outdoors in town squares and parks.

The hotel industry continues to expand around the world as the global economy recovers from the 2008 meltdown. Business flyers should know about these changes.

If you fly to, through or from Los Angeles International (LAX) Airport, get ready for a raft of changes from several quarters.

One of the best holiday vacations in memory was the time I took my daughters Christmas shopping Chicago along the Magnificent Mile and ultimately, the American Girl Store. Not only did we stay at one of the finest Chicago hotels and shop some of city’s most incredible stores, this dad got to share in a uniquely “girl experience” with two of the most special ladies in his life.

When the opportunity came for me to visit the City of Brotherly Love with my wife for a weekend, I couldn’t pass it up. I wasn’t an expert on Philadelphia hotels, but staying at the Palomar Philadelphia was a struck of good luck.

With a temperature averaging between 72 and 82 degrees during December and January, celebrating the winter holidays in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is a delightfully different experience. This year, why not forgo tradition for the priceless gift of a sunny beach vacation at beautiful Punta Cana hotels with special events like these:

Four in ten hotel rooms are empty on an average night, but that’s not stopping the major hotel chains from continuing to open new properties.

If you’re heading to Europe in the off-season, consider buying a vehicle while you’re over there. You save money and have a cool car to drive back home.

Passports with Purpose is an annual event that’s part charitable fundraiser, part online raffle. Proceeds from this year’s Passports with Purpose will go toward building a village in southern India in partnership with LAFTI, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of India’s caste of dalits, also commonly referred to as “untouchables.”

On Friday, November 12, Orbitz launched its new mobile app for iPhone and Android, and with it, a simple, speedy way to search, book and travel on the go. A travel powerhouse for mobile devices, the new Orbitz app lets you book flights, hotels, and rental cars; view your trips and flight status; and even find nearby hotels using your phone’s GPS system. Plus, app users still get the benefits of booking with Orbitz, like Price Assurance, secure booking and 24/7 assistance.

More than a decade after Marriott bought Ritz-Carlton, Ritz hotels have joined the Marriott Rewards program.

Fall is the time of year when Colorado hotels and condos put their best foot forward for the upcoming ski season, and also the best time to find great deals. Here’s the scoop on some of the best resorts and offerings available right now:

What this “new” Frontier Airlines offers is anyone’s guess since its mixing and matching Midwest and old Frontier aircraft and blending in other planes.

A Caribbean cruise is the classic tropical escape, complete with sun-soaked white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise waters, and gorgeous weather. You can certainly find all of these things no matter where you set sail in the Caribbean, but each region has its own distinct personality and style, depending on what you’re in the mood to see and do.

Beginning today, November 1, 2010 a new aviation security program, Secure Flight, will go into effect for travelers flying into or through the U.S. Here’s the lowdown on what the program is all about and how it could affect travelers as we head into the busy holiday season.