Dauntless Jaunter Travel Site http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com Travel Blog, Destination Guides, Information, Advice, Stories from the Road, Etc. Sun, 17 May 2015 19:01:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Weekly Travel News Recap: May 10 – 16, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/16/weekly-travel-news-recap-may-10-16-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/16/weekly-travel-news-recap-may-10-16-2015/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 18:15:21 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15931 American Airlines livery

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • easyJet maxes Pax on planes – In an attempt to save money, the budget European airline is reducing legroom and even removing toilets from some aircraft. (USA Today)
  • Delta gives up slots at JFK to assuage EU – Several SkyTeam airlines, including Air France, KLM, Delta, and Alitalia, agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots on routes to and from New York City to resolve a European Union antitrust probe. (Bloomberg)
  • US Airways may be defunct by Oct – As soon as autumn of this year, the American Airlines company may do away with the US Airways brand, as well as merge their booking systems. (Forbes)
  • Mecca may soon have largest hotel – The planned Abraj Kudai hotel in Saudi Arabia would take the title of world’s largest, with its planned 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. (AB)
  • Amtrak train derailed when speeding – An Amtrak passenger train along the Northeast corridor of the US derailed and has killed 8 people so far, as it was doing 106 mph, twice the speed limit. (NYT)
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Weekly Travel News Recap: May 3 – 9, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/09/weekly-travel-news-recap-may-3-9-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/09/weekly-travel-news-recap-may-3-9-2015/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 17:06:29 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15896 Riviera Hotel Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ Riviera facade, taken by Wikimedia Commons user Michael180.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Riviera closes after 60 years – Las Vegas took an historical hit this week when the famous Riviera hotel closed to make way for a new convention center. (LVS)
  • Google moves to pilotless airplanes – After basically conquering the driverless car, Google is now turning to planes to make them pilotless. (DM)
  • jetBlue teams with Amazon Prime – Travelers who worried that the US budget carrier may remove its free inflight wifi can breathe a sigh of relief, as Amazon Prime will support it going forward. (SFG)
  • Ferry service approved, US to Cuba – The Obama administration has furthered its commitment to Cuba-US relations as it approved a ferry service between Cuba and Miami. (Reuters)
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Weekly Travel News Recap: April 26 – May 2, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/02/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-26-may-2-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/05/02/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-26-may-2-2015/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 17:06:27 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15895 AMEX Plenti Rewards Program
AMEX Plenti Rewards Program

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Nepal earthquake death toll continues to climb – The deadly earthquake that hit Nepal last week now has a death toll of over 5,000, as people continue to provide rescue and relief aid. (TIME)
  • Earthquake causes avalanche at Everest – Others are still missing due to the earthquake at Mt. Everest, where a massive avalanche plowed through a base camp following the quake. (Skift)
  • IHG to be taken over by Starwood? – That’s the speculation this week, as InterContinental shares jumped when Starwood announced that it is exploring options. (Bloomberg)
  • AMEX launches new loyalty program – American Express has revealed Plenti, its new loyalty program that aims to redefine such programs by allowing customers to earn points from many different sources. (WRAL)
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Weekly Travel News Recap: April 19 – 25, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/25/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-19-25-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/25/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-19-25-2015/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:06:24 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15894 Mohegan Sun South Korea Renderings
Mohegan Sun South Korea Renderings. PRNewsFoto/Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Standard Hotels launches own app – The group of luxury hotels is competing against apps like HotelTonight with its own same-day booking application. (HuffPo)
  • Amazon launches Destinations – The retail giant has unveiled its new travel service, called Amazon Destinations, aimed at people looking to book weekend retreats and shorter getaways. (TT)
  • Mohegan Sun may come to S. Korea – Mohegan Sun of Connecticut and South Korea’s Incheon International Airport have signed a memorandum of understanding that could allow them to partner on a new $5 billion casino resort (pictured above). (Reuters)
  • World’s fastest train now faster – Japan’s maglev train, the world’s fastest, broke its own record when it hit about 602 km/h (374 mph) on a test track this week. (WP)
  • Equinox to open hotel in NYC – The upscale brand of fitness centers will open its first hotel in New York City’s Hudson Yards, focusing on fitness and wellbeing. (CNY)
  • Thousands die in Nepal earthquake – In a terrible loss of life and history, Nepal was hit by a 7.8 quake, followed by numerous tremors and aftershocks. (CNN)
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24 Life Hacks for Stress-Free Business Travel (Infographic) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/22/24-life-hacks-for-stress-free-business-travel-infographic/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/22/24-life-hacks-for-stress-free-business-travel-infographic/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:07:44 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15878 “Business travel can be stressful sometimes, so we’ve decided to come up with some tips to help save time and sanity next time you’re in the air, on rail or the road. Have a look at our 24 life hacks for stress-free business travel and see how you can upgrade your travel experience.” Produced for CT Business Travel.

24 Tips Stress-free Business Travel Infographic

 

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6 Ways to Beat the Back to Work Blues (Infographic) http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/20/6-ways-to-beat-the-back-to-work-blues-infographic/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/20/6-ways-to-beat-the-back-to-work-blues-infographic/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:44:35 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15873 “For most, returning to work after a vacation or a well deserved break can be a nightmare. This is why we have come up with 6 practical tips to help people embrace going back to work. This includes booking another getaway, getting organised and staying positive.

Forget your fears and embrace going back to work with these 6 steps.” Published for Medway Leisure Travel.

6 Ways Beat Back to Work Blues Infographic

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Weekly Travel News Recap: April 12 – 18, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/18/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-12-18-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/18/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-12-18-2015/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:06:20 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15893 ANA Star Wars Dreamliner
ANA Star Wars Dreamliner

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

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Weekly Travel News Recap: April 5 – 11, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/11/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-5-11-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/11/weekly-travel-news-recap-april-5-11-2015/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 17:06:16 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15892 SAS Cabin Street View
SAS Cabin Street View

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • Miami finally opens airport train station – Tri-Rail opens up a long-awaited railway station at Miami-Dade International Airport, making transit to the airport easier and freeing congestion from vehicular traffic. (MH)
  • JFK to close runway at end of April – New York’s Kennedy Airport will close one runway for repairs for a period of about 5 months, meaning the summer will have heavily congested skies in the New York City area. (Yahoo)
  • New York officials taking travelers out of the city – A New York State-run campaign, called the “I Love New York Bus,” is taking travelers on short excursions out of New York City to discover other destinations in the state. (Skift)
  • Virgin America adding Hawaii – Starting in November, the budget(ish) US carrier will offer flights between San Francisco and Honolulu and Kahului. (USA Today)
  • China to track citizens’ behavior abroad – Chinese officials plan to begin tracking their citizens’ behavior while abroad, keeping records of any illegal activity that they might do while traveling. (DM)
  • SAS offers Street View inside airline cabins – Google Maps Street View now comes to airline cabins, with the Scandinavian Airlines as their first. (PSFK)
  • Emirates hits new PAX record on CPH flights – Emirates will start its highest-capacity Airbus A380 service this year, fitting the world’s largest passenger plane with 615 seats for flights to/from Copenhagen; the A380 is allowed to be fitted with up to 853 seats, but so far no airline has opted to organize in this fashion. (Skift)
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Weekly Travel News Recap: March 29 – April 4, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/04/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-29-april-4-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/04/04/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-29-april-4-2015/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 17:06:13 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15891 Indego Philadelphia Bike Share
Indego Philadelphia Bike Share, taken from PhillyMag.com’s FB page.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

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Weekly Travel News Recap: March 22 – 28, 2015 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/28/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-22-28-2015/ http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/2015/03/28/weekly-travel-news-recap-march-22-28-2015/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:41:14 +0000 http://www.dauntlessjaunter.com/?p=15222 Germanwings Airbus A319
A Germanwings Airbus A319. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user David Herrmann.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • 150 gone in German plane crash – A Germanwings flight with 144 passengers and 6 crew members on board crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday. (Reuters)
  • Marriott offering new travel mag – With the launching of the Marriott Traveler, the hotelier plans to be the largest publisher of travel content online. (WBJ)
  • Emirates adding Orlando – The Gulf-based carrier is launching a new nonstop service between Orlando and Dubai, becoming the Florida city’s first Middle East destination. (USA Today)
  • American and US Airways merge loyalty – With the US Airways Dividend Miles merger into American’s AAdvantage, AA is once again the largest loyalty program. (WP)
  • Hyperloop opens HQ in LA – The company behind the plans to build a high-speed rail line in California has opened up a headquarters in Los Angeles. (Skift)
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