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Aloha Reckoning

In April 2018, a spring storm crept up on Kauai’s north shore, dumping record rainfall that generated flash floods that swept away homes, bridges, roads and crops. Most of the Garden Isle was unaffected, and Kauai went on to set a record for visitation for the ninth consecutive year. But traffic in the bucolic north…

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European Capitals of Culture

Surveys inquiring why Americans travel to Europe almost all point to one factor: culture. The majority of Americans still trace their DNA to the continent, and while their first stops in Europe might be English-speaking countries, 42 percent of passport-holding Americans revisit Europe frequently. Recent studies indicate that tourists pursuing culture and heritage tend to…

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Fall in Love With Free Air!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic cruise past Germany’s fairytale castles to the picturesque vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley. There’s no better way to discover the breathtaking scenery and timeless traditions of Europe than on an AmaWaterways river cruise. And to help your Valentine’s Day be really special enjoy free flights to and from Europe!…

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Airlines Tighten Lounge Access

If you’re a frequent airport lounge guest, have you noticed that they are getting uncomfortably crowded at times? The providers of those lounges certainly have, and they’re changing their policies this year to limit lounge access, even for members who pay the big bucks. American Express has been actively expanding its network of Centurion airport…

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“Southwest Effect” Hits Hawaii Fares

Southwest Airlines finally performed its first test flight to Hawaii last week and airlines already appear to be lowering fares in response with flights as cheap as $358 round trip. On Monday, flights from San Francisco to Honolulu started at $358 round trip for seven days of travel. Google’s flight price history shows flights reaching…

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Ancillaries: Keeping Track of Extras

Once upon a time, when you booked an airline ticket, that was it. Your seat, your bag, your in-flight meal and entertainment – everything was included, whether you took advantage of the option or not. Not anymore. Ancillary services – primarily, though by no means exclusively, charging for bags and seats – is big business…

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Consolidating Meeting and Business Travel

At many companies, different departments oversee the planning of small offsite meetings and the procurement and booking processes for corporate business travel. In addition, small events are often charged on corporate credit cards, and the expensing is categorized under general travel and entertainment, rather than business development. That discrepancy causes inefficiencies, including a lack of transparency…

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Jack and Ferdi: The App for Bleisure Travelers

While business travel is almost always a good thing for businesses, it can sometimes be a cause of concern for travelers. The more you travel for business, the more likely you can become stressed, unhealthy and lose motivation for your job. That is why the trend of bleisure travel (a trip that combines business and…

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Cruise the Great Lakes

The five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario contain more than one-fifth of the planet’s fresh surface water, and together are the largest body of freshwater in the world. They also connect some of the most exciting destinations in the US and Canada. Victory Cruises, recently acquired by The Great American Steamboat…

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A Bigger, Better 777

It’s been a while since Boeing introduced a new aircraft design rather than size variations on existing models. But that will change soon as the manufacturer is on track to start test flights this spring of its newer, wider 777X aircraft. The 777X is the next generation of Boeing’s 777 aircraft, which comes in two…

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