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I have to admit I was pretty stunned when I checked in at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai yesterday and after returning to my room in the evening there was a small package on my desk containing a lost and found item from February 2016.

It was actually nothing valuable and I left it behind intentionally (some eyeshade from a Business Class amenity kit and low grade headphones from Economy Class). [click to continue…]

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It’s the day of the year frequent travelers fear the most: January 1st when the counters for elite qualifying miles and points are reset to zero and we have to start fresh to requalify for our status levels.

Those few lucky ones with Lifetime status at various programs won’t feel the heat as much as others who have to begin from scrap in order to retain their benefits. [click to continue…]

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After seeing more and more exotic ‘Emotional Support Animals‘ such as roosters, turkeys and pigs, U.S. transportation officials seem to be at the point where they are considering rewriting the rules.

People increasingly use the regulation that was originally deigned to help those with a serious disability to ferry their exotic pets around free of charge, inconveniencing other travelers and making a mockery of the law. [click to continue…]

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In our series of showcasing innovative Airport Hotel concepts, today LoyaltyLobby will introduce the SnoozeCube at Dubai International Airport Terminal 1 & 3.

snoozecubeTransit Hotels are useful because you don’t have to leave the airport and they are often available in blocks of a few hours to to a full overnight just steps away from your next departure gate. [click to continue…]

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Passengers exiting the customs area at the Kuala Lumpur International airport in Malaysia are faced with this huge Samsung ad featuring their now banned product that is smoking hot… in a very wrong way.

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There is an issue with the batteries on these devices that have lead these phones to catch fire on the ground and unfortunately in the air as well. Airline regulators and airlines have banned passengers to even carry this phone with them on the aircraft. [click to continue…]

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A popular hotel and serviced apartment in Bangkok, the AETAS, will be partly demolished after a court decided that the owner disregarded special zoning laws for the location and built too high.

aetasThe case was pressed by neighboring residents who sought the execution of an earlier court decision that concluded the hotel exceeded the allowed height for roads under 10m with by up to 67% (16 floors). [click to continue…]

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A reader sent me a link to an interesting piece that the Guardian published in the UK yesterday and is related to what I have covered here previously based on my personal observations at various hotels.

Guardian Towel Wars

The Guardian reports that the Italian coastguard are implementing a fine for tourists that are trying to secure their favorite spot by leaving their gear on the beach overnight. [click to continue…]

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In a recent regulatory filing The Boeing Company revealed that demand for the B747 has decreased so much that the company might decide to discontinue the production of the iconic airliner.

B747 Qantas

First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years and became a favorite with travellers who would be sad to see the “Queen of the Skies” go. [click to continue…]

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Most people experience at some point in life a period where they are short on funds and still have the desire or need to book a flight somewhere which now can be done using a new financing service called Airfordable.

Travel Financing

 

Airfordable doesn’t work like a regular financing that is usually done by a bank or banking affiliate which run credit checks and open individual accounts. [click to continue…]

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Everyone who has visited an Amusement Park or Tourist Attraction such as a Sky Tower has seen it before: You get photographed at some point and the pictures are ready at the exit to be sold at sky high prices.

Hardcopy Pictures EnvShould this money grab be finally done away with in favor of a more environmentally friendly alternative as many places already did? [click to continue…]