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Generator Comes to Miami

Generator, whose design-driven affordable luxury has disrupted hospitality across Europe, has opened its first US property, Generator Miami. An adrenalizing blend of high design, low price points, shared accommodations and magnetic social environments, Generator Miami has created a destination unlike anything in hotel-saturated South Florida. This brand, more hostel than hotel, appeals to laid-back millennials,…

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Flying On The Cheap at Frontier

File this story under the “You’ve Been Warned” category. Frontier Airlines has carved out a place for itself by offering a unique “no frills” product that can come with surprises for the uninitiated. The following review, by Kimberly Grimes, a staffer at the San Francisco Chronicle, first appeared on Chris McGinnis’ TravelSkills blog at the…

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Delay: New Orleans $1 Billion Terminal

Instead of opening before Mardi Gras, the new $1 billion terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport won’t open until after the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. A consultant told the city’s Aviation Board on Thursday that the three-month delay is needed so workers can replace nearly a half-mile of sewer pipe,…

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The Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in Europe

The survey by Luxury-Hotels.com compared luxury hotels across Europe based on the rates for the most affordable double room during September 2018 – the month when hotel rates in most European cities usually reach their peak. With a minimum rate of 1,485 euros per night, the Aman Venice, located directly on the iconic Canal Grande,…

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Congress Mandates Airline Seat Regulation in Revised FAA Bill

The Department of Transportation would be required to set minimum standards for seat widths and the space between rows on commercial aircraft as part of the latest version of a five-year FAA funding reauthorization bill agreed upon by bipartisan leadership in House and Senate. The good news? The 1,204-page bill, which still must be win…

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Choice Hotels Launches Clarion Pointe

Choice Hotels International, Inc. unveiled Clarion Pointe, a midscale select-service brand extension of Clarion that brings together the premium elements guests desire and an affordable travel experience. It also meets hotel owners’ strong demand for a new select-service opportunity that is a differentiator in the popular midscale segment. As a brand extension, Clarion Pointe leverages…

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Butterfly Heaven

Witness Mexico’s amazing migration of millions of Monarch butterflies! From a fir-forested mountaintop in Mexico’s Central Highlands, the trunks and branches of the trees appear to be blanketed with rusty autumn leaves. A closer look reveals that they’re quivering. And then, as the sun emerges from behind a cloud, tens of thousands of monarchs take…

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Delta Increases Checked Bag Fee

Joining a recent wave of changes made by other United States carriers, Delta Air Lines has increased checked bag fees to $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second. Delta’s increase of $5 for each bag follows recent checked baggage cost changes instituted by United Airlines and JetBlue Airways, as reported here last…

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ASTA Warns FAA Bill Could Hurt Agencies

As legislation to authorize the Federal Aviation Administration for five years nears a final vote on Capitol Hill, ASTA is warning that specific provisions in the House and Senate versions of the bill would harm agents, subjecting them to new, and costly, disclosure requirements. In a letter to the key committee chairs in both the…

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Northern UK Rail Service, Flights Hit by Ali

Storm Ali has hit Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and parts of north Wales, bringing delays and cancellations across road, rail and air services. Dublin airport has confirmed many flights have been cancelled, with more cancellations expected to be announced throughout the day. Aer Lingus has advised customers to check the status of…

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