Travel News for May 19th 2010 through May 20th 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for May 19th 2010 through May 20th 2010:

  • Airfare Deals and News for the Week of May 21, 2010 – posted this over on Frommer's : Fly to Seoul on Singapore Airlines this summer for less than a flight to Europe, plus learn how college graduates can earn bonus United miles just for sending in a transcript.
  • Airline Annoyances You Can and Can’t AvoidSmarter Travel has posted some info about consumer reports survey: The biggest gripe among airline travelers, says a new Consumer Reports survey, is "luggage charges," but the report lists another 11 annoyances. Find out how to dodge a few of them.

    Head over to www.smartertravel.com to read the whole article.

  • What’s the silliest reason you’ve booked a hotel room? – Valerie Rains recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    In life, as in travel, there are trade-offs, and one of the semi-embarrassing trade-offs I am planning to make this weekend is paying for a room in a hotel for one night to watch the LOST series finale, rather than paying for cable year-round in order to get a dependable signal.

  • Hotels: Expedia adds "gay-welcoming" to list of searchable amenities – Sean O'Neill recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    Today Expedia has added a filter for gay-welcoming hotels in its main search tool. Here's how it works: Say you search for a hotel in Toronto. The site will fetch a list of hotels available for your travel dates. You can filter the results to only include hotels with the perks you want by checking off "amenities listed in the right-hand column. As of today, there's a new amenity to choose from: "LGBT-welcoming." It's listed along with other options, such as "air conditioning" and "fitness equipment." (If it's a hotel is truly gay-welcoming, it will probably have both air conditioning and fitness equipment, too. Haha.)

  • Why You Should Visit Alberta's Buffalo Jump – posted this over on Frommer's : While in Alberta, Canada, stop by the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump museum, which describes how early hunters used to chase bison off a cliff. Just don't be turned off by the museum's somewhat gruesome name.
  • Want a Free Flight? Some Airlines Give You More for Your MilesSmarter Travel has posted some info about free seat: Want to know how likely you are to nab a "free" seat with your miles? It depends on the airline. Success rates range from almost every time to hardly ever. Find out where your carrier ranks.

    Head over to www.smartertravel.com to read the whole article.

  • Controversy: Do travel boycotts really work? – JD Rinne recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    As history has taught us, a boycott can be an effective way to send a message to "the man." But is it effective when "the man" is a travel company, a hotel—even an entire state?

  • Hertz promo waives $25 daily fees for young renters – Brad Tuttle recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    But guess what? You'll probably still pay less by renting from another agency, even if it does charge fees because you're under 25.

  • Thrilling train journeys – AmyS_travel recently posted this over on the Bing Travel Blog:

    Forget planes and cars: Trains are the best way to travel. Rather than getting stressed out about driving, you can sit back and enjoy the landscape. And instead of being stuffed and strapped into a middle seat, you’re at liberty to walk around, and you can even get a breath of fresh air when the train stops. And there’s no denying the sheer romance of a railroad journey.

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