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Earn Double Miles at Choice Hotels; New Members Join Now at the Elite Gold Level

June 10, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Through July 28, 2013, earn double the amount of frequent flier loyalty program miles on every qualifying stay at a Choice Hotels property in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and all of Europe — except for Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden — in the following frequent flier loyalty programs...

Earn Up to Two Free Nights at Ritz-Carlton — But…

June 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Stay twice at participating Ritz-Carlton hotel properties between July 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013 and receive a certificate for one complimentary night to use at a Tier 1, 2 or 3 Ritz-Carlton hotel property on a future stay — and you can earn a maximum of up to two complimentary night certificates. However, be aware that...

Radisson Blu: A Chance to Win a Dream Trip Around the World for Two

June 6, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Radisson Blu wants you to Turn Your World Blu by participating in a promotion where you have a chance to win a grand prize which includes enjoying up to 30 nights at a collection of your favorite Radisson Blu hotel properties around the world and a total of 360,000 Miles & More frequent flier loyalty program miles — but...

Several Strikes in Europe Planned for June 11-14, 2013

June 9, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you plan on traveling to, from or within Europe — especially France — by airplane, your travel could be impacted by a strike by air traffic controllers which is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, Wednesday, June 12, and Thursday, June 13, 2013. This labor dispute is supposedly supported by several different unions in protest against...

No More Room Service? Good Riddance — and Here Are the Reasons Why

June 7, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A recent announcement from the New York Hilton Midtown revealed that room service was being discontinued in order to cut costs and improve profits, replacing it with Herb n’ Kitchen — an on-site cafeteria-style “grab-and-go” sort of restaurant which will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am taking the potentially unpopular stance of saying good riddance to room service — and here are my reasons why...

Test Yourself: How Well Do You Know The World?

June 5, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Yes, I know — you travel so much that you have been to nine continents and found countries of which no one has even discovered as of yet, let alone heard. On a lighter note — to take a break from the other articles which have recently been posted at The Gate — here is a fun and simple game called GeoGuessr...and I would not be the least bit surprised if you eventually became addicted to playing it. The way GeoGuessr works is that it shows an image using the street view of Google Maps. You have to guess the location of that image using...

Second Bag Fee Increased to $100 on American Airlines

June 8, 2013 by Brian Cohen

Get ready for another possible round of fee increases pertaining to the second bag checked for a flight — starting with American Airlines, which as of June 6, 2013 quietly increased the fee from $60.00 to $100.00 for a passenger assigned to a seat in the economy class cabin to check a second bag in each direction when you travel between the United States and the following destinations...

Travel Advisory for Tropical Storm Andrea

June 6, 2013 by Brian Cohen

If you plan on traveling along the entire east coast of the United States, your travel might be impacted by Tropical Storm Andrea due to heavy rainfall, strong winds, thunderstorms, flooding and possible tornadoes. Cities expected to be impacted by Tropical Storm Andrea through Saturday morning include...

Kicked Off of the Airplane? You Are in Good (?) Company

June 5, 2013 by Brian Cohen

A large group from a high school in Brooklyn — 101 students and eight chaperones — were expelled from a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by AirTran Airways early in the morning due to “safety reasons” on Monday, June 3, 2013 at Fiorello LaGuardia Airport in New York as a result of reportedly not complying with the directions of the flight crew to turn off and stow away their portable electronic devices and sit in their assigned seats. The flight to Atlanta was delayed for 45 minutes as a result. The chaperones claim that the flight crew...

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