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JetBlue compensating Flight 191 passengers

JetBlue is offering compensation to passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight that diverted to Amarillo when its captain apparently had an emotional meltdown. JetBlue says via its corporate blog: We communicated directly with all customers onboard Flight 191 Tuesday upon their arrival in Las Vegas, including a hand-delivered letter detailing their compensation: a refund for […]

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Overnighter: Vashon Island, near Seattle, a Rural Throwback

Only 22 minutes from downtown Seattle and with a land mass the size of Manhattan, the hilly, woodsy island has a population of just 10,000. It’s home to over a dozen small family farms — the kind that in most places were swallowed up by big agribusiness decades ago — selling their kale and beets […]

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Destination music: The best festivals you never heard of

Click photo to enlarge Music festivals are big business in the travel world. Passionate fans are willing to journey across thousands of miles and drop thousands of dollars to see their favorite artists and submerge themselves in their preferred musical genres. The marquee festivals — like Montreal Jazz, Chicago Blues, Coachella Valley — are great, […]

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Sofitel expands kids’ program with TV channel

Eloise would have been pleased. Sofitel Luxury Hotels has partnered with TV5MONDE, a French language network broadcasting in the United States, to create a new channel called Tivi5MONDE, a French language children’s channel. Children at all eight Sofitel properties in the United States can begin watching it this year. It will broadcast – commercial-free, 24 […]

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TSA agents arrested after gunfire at hotel

Two Transportation Security Administration agents were arrested in Miami earlier this week, accused of trashing their hotel room and firing gunshots out the window, according to various reports. Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Anthony Puccio, 25, were arrested shortly before midnight on Tuesday at Hotel Shelley in South Beach, the Miami Herald reported. The two […]

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Studio Tour Casts Spells Like Harry Potter

“Ask me anything about Harry Potter,” Dan said. “I love Harry Potter. I love telling people about Harry Potter. Should I tell you one of my favorite interesting facts?” Yes, indeed. “When they made the hourglasses that keep track of the house points,” he continued, referring to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw, the four Hogwarts […]

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Travel insurance tips for a stress free getaway

MoneySupermarket outlines some tips to ensure holidaymakers have the right cover in place to safeguard against any unexpected holiday mishaps.   Bob Atkinson says “Having the right travel insurance in place is essential to ensure peace of mind whilst away from home. Having a policy with the appropriate levels of cover will help safeguard against […]

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The best Romania holiday ideas

Bucharest The capital is in an exciting stage of development, with EU investment resulting in sympathetic modernisation projects and a general buzz around the city. But you can still visit Ceausescu’s obscenely grandiose palace and other communist-era monstrosities, plus medieval churches and monasteries. Stay in the Hotel Christina, a boutique hotel in the centre. • […]

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Hotel guests’ top 10 movies for March

Hotel Check-In’s got the latest monthly top 10 Hollywood movies ordered in hotel rooms. For March 2012, according to in-room-entertainment provider LodgeNet, family favorite Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked eked its way into the top 10, as did the much more serious, Oscar-winning The Iron Lady. But thrillers were the big winners, with The Girl […]

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A cruise for poker fans? One line bets on it

An Atlanta-based travel agency is teaming up with Royal Caribbean and the World Poker Tour to offer a cruise aimed at poker fans. Theme cruise organizer the Cruise Authority announced plans this week for the WPT Cruise, a week-long group sailing on Royal Caribbean’s 3,634-passenger Freedom of the Seas that will feature World Poker Tour […]

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