Archive for January, 2011

With our new TV ad hitting the airways today, now you can see exactly how the Orbitz Matrix Display lets you sort and save our flight and hotel package options, all at a glance.

If someone asked me tomorrow to pick my go-to destination for California vacations — sorry San Diego and Los Angeles — but San Francisco would win hands down.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for sourdough, Anchor Steam brew and one more local badge of pride: San Francisco luxury hotels.

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts are making it easier on travelers with allergies with their recent introduction of Respire by Hyatt Hypo-Allergenic Rooms. Powered by PURE, Respire by Hyatt rooms allow for gentler travels for those suffering from asthma, allergies and respiratory issues. A PURE Room helps prevent uncomfortable symptoms like headaches, nasal congestion and coughs.

You’ve found the perfect cruise itinerary and picked the right state room, but the decision making doesn’t end there. Ahead of you — besides figuring out which cocktail to sip poolside — is a whole slew of restaurants for every palette. Whether you’re craving house-made pasta or innovative sushi, check out the most delicious eateries we’ve found aboard some of the most popular cruise lines.

If the words “swim-up suite” don’t sell you on an all-inclusive Mexico vacation to the Aura Cozumel Wyndham Grand, perhaps you’re tough to impress. But facts are facts: When it comes to wowing visitors with elegance and class, the Aura knows what it’s doing.

The first details of the merger of United’s Mileage Plus and Continental’s OnePass have been released. A new, combined program will begin in January, 2012.

As a Park City, Utah resident, I’m the first to brag about the jewels in my own backyard. This time of year, there’s no more pristine winter ski vacation than here in Park City, with powdery slopes and picturesque mountain ranges beckoning ski novices and pros. Apart from its reputation as a ski haven, though, all eyes are on Park City today for other reasons: the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, opening today and running through Jan. 30. Perfectly synced to keep visitors entertained, the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships kickoff at the end of the Sundance Festival on Jan. 30 with a slew mind-blowing, Olympic-style games.

What’s new on the travel scene? From the royal wedding to Disney’s newest resort, travelers won’t lack inspiration and ideas to plan a great vacation this year. Check out five hot destinations to keep on your travel radar in 2011.

It’s been a dozen years since it added a new U.S. gateway, but, on September 1, Cathay Pacific will launch daily flights between Chicago/O’Hare and Hong Kong.

The new resorts in the area, from boutique hotels to spacious lodges, cater to a wide variety of travelers — whether it’s your first time skiing or you’re a pro. While the powder is still fresh, live out your snow bunny fantasies at three recently renovated or new Lake Tahoe hotels.

During this time of year, which might be the toughest to endure because it d r a g s on so long, I actually miss my former town of Tampa. While the rest of the country is fighting the winter blues, Tampanians actually have something to look forward to: the annual Gasparilla Pirate Parade.

The aptly named Paradise Island, located just off the northern shore of the much larger island of New Providence in the Bahamas, is home to one of the most opulent in appearance (yet affordable in reality) resorts, Atlantis. It should also be your next stop if you’re searching for the ultimate Bahamas vacation or spring break getaway. The only problem you might encounter is deciding which of the island’s six resorts to stay in.

After running out of other legacy-carrier aircraft to add to its network, Gogo Internet has an additional commitment from its prime customer, Delta Air Lines.

As if you didn’t already have a thousand reasons to visit Waikiki, along comes reason number 1001: the Waikiki EDITION resort. And just because it’s a late arrival doesn’t mean it shouldn’t make the top of your list of Honolulu hotels to call home on your next Hawaiian getaway.

To those of you considering a Florida vacation, consider this: 99.9 percent of the people visiting the rugged, subtropical landscape will never leave the road or boardwalks, let alone get in the water. But the little adventurer in me overcame these fears recently with the help of a small, responsible and fairly unknown company that takes curious folks like me deep into the Florida Everglades and the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. I called Meagan at Dragonfly Expeditions and I was soon on my merry way, driving west on the Tamiami Trail.

January may be one of the best times to take a ski vacation this year. Not only is it a great time to find ski travel deals, it’s also “Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month” with resorts in more than 30 states participating. Throughout the month, you’ll find many of the top ski schools offering opportunities for new skiers and snowboarders to take advantage of deeply discounted– and even free – lessons!

If your ready for a more exceptional kind of date night, it doesn’t get any better than Vegas. Behold five tried-and-true Las Vegas date nights that will have your sweetheart saying, “You had me at hotel.”

The long downturn in the hotel industry is leading to a spate of “reflaggings,” which is what happens when a property changes its chain affiliation.

As a gulf coast native, my beach vacations usually involve salt water and crashing waves. But over the holidays, 17 members of my family spent five days at the Walt Disney World Beach Club Resort. Sure, the lake was made of fresh water and we were an hour from the coast—but we had more fun as a family than we’ve had in years.

Here were my favorite parts of the beach resort: