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Re: Wow! Iceland Express successor adds U.S. flights

Travel Rob ·
I really am excited about hearing this.I was a big fan of Iceland Express, so I'm hoping Wow will offer the same consistent low prices to North America as they did.
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Re: Ryanair: Sell the Extras, Give Away the Tickets?

PortMoresby ·
For those who were traveling to Europe about 30 years ago, you may or may not remember the short-lived airline, People's Express. I bought 2 tickets from the US West Coast to Brussels for $300 each which was, if I recall, an introductory price and very cheap even then. They didn't last long which I lamented as I liked the CEO's attitude and approach. On the other hand, I think O'Leary has something up his sleeve, he always does, making noise for the publicity. A most unpleasant man, from all...
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Re: Ryanair: Sell the Extras, Give Away the Tickets?

PHeymont ·
I certainly remember People Express...the only reason I became familiar with Newark Airport. We used to fly to Buffalo ($19, $29, $39) and then rent a car to visit family in Toronto. Then we snagged $49 specials from NY to SFO...and while we were sitting on the plane realized we could have gone to London for the same price! Which we did the next year, but it cost us a bit more. PE didn't always make its schedule, and other things could go wrong, but the staff were unfailingly friendly and...
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Re: Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

rbciao ·
I have a Delta American Express Platinum card that has served us well. The fee is higher than the gold card, but we can check two bags free, priority boarding, and a free companion pass yearly. We fly two or three times a year and the value of the waived baggage fee and the companion pass far exceed the $150 annual fee. The card also accrues one mile for each dollar spent and lately has offered cash back incentives. For example: spend $15 at Panera's using the card and receive $5 credit on...
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Re: Gallery: The Worst Train in the World Redux

PHeymont ·
This is the true Orient Express.. Thanks for the great pictures, and the chance to "be" somewhere truly special.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
London was mentioned, actually...Heathrow Express in 15 minutes to Paddington. There's also a slightly-slower less expensive version. Skipped the CAT in Vienna last month, but the regular S-Bahn only took 28 minutes... Paris...hate to say anything bad about Paris, but RER is NOT a great way to do that...needs a true express.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PortMoresby ·
Heathrow Express MAY take 15 minutes. The only time it was convenient for me and I decided to give it try, it stopped part-way to Heathrow and we just sat there. I'd have gotten to the airport faster and paid quite a bit less to take the slower train from Paddington, the Heathrow Connect. Since then I make a point to stay along the Piccadilly Line of the London tube and pay the least of all.
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Re: Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

Travel Rob ·
I'm not an ad executive, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express recently, so that qualifies me to tell them. This is a horrible campaign. Couldn't they of come up with a selfie free breakfast campaign instead?
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Re: Heathrow Airport Will Show Live Costs and Times to Central London

PortMoresby ·
I wonder why not the tube, as well, I'm guessing the most popular option of all. Considering tube stations have screens for "next train" arrivals, it seems it would be a simple extension to give that information along with those 2 more expensive options. I've paid for speed on the Heathrow Express train, only to have it stuck along the way, making the slower/cheaper Heathrow Connect train or the tube the best option all-around.
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Re: Do Airlines offer the Best Loyalty Rewards Programs?

PHeymont ·
A very interesting interview...and one of the points that comes clear from it is the one I've always made: What are you looking for? He gives examples, for instance, of how younger people may want low-cost rewards (dinner, say) that they can get immediately. Others may be mainly interested in the free wifi, lounges and upgrades some hotels offer. And others, like I, who seldom stay in hotels (Airbnb, thank you!) are interested mainly in convertibility to air travel. For those in my...
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Re: Best Ways To Reach Heathrow Airport Quickly In London

Dan Carter ·
I just noticed this morning in TravelGumbo News that Heathrow Express is cutting its fares because of competiton with train service that wasn't mentioned here. That's what used to be called Heathrow Connect, and is now called TfL Rail, and will soon be called the Elizabeth Line. It's only 15 minutes slower than the Express, and the price is the same as the Tube. Both of those go only to Paddington Station in London, way in the West End, but once TfL Rail is connected to the new Crossrail...
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Re: Books That Send You Packing...

Former Member ·
There are so very many great travel tales. I am partial to non-fiction. I enjoy reading well researched, historical accounts of the human drama that is within the scenery. I enjoy writing that gives a strong sense of place and context to what I see. " The Old Patagonian Express " by Paul Theroux " The Pillars of Hercules " by Paul Theroux " Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey to Peru " by Ronald Wright " Basin and Range " by John McPhee " Two Years Before the Mast " by Richard Henry Dana,...
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Re: Hotel Rewards Programs. Worthwhile or not?

SayMoi ·
I'm a Holiday Inn Express or La Quinta member. On my most recent road trip, I did get upgraded at the HIE for being a member. The free nights are always great too and that's the main goal. I've used many La Quinta free nights when I do workshops out of town. With HIE, I usually use the points for a discounted rate in expensive areas, like Sonoma or Paso Robles - wherever a vineyard may be!
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Re: Hotel Rewards Programs. Worthwhile or not?

Theodore Behr ·
I like the Holiday Inn Express hotels. And I'll go out of my way to stay there when I can.
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Re: The Intrigue of the Orient Express

GarryRF ·
You still can give - never too late !! http://www.mulberrytravel.com/...plon-orient-express/
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Re: The Intrigue of the Orient Express

PHeymont ·
A bit over a year ago, when I wrote the blog above, I mentioned the surprise picture I'd taken of my daughter, with the Orient Express sign on our train at Munich, about to leave for Vienna, by then the last stop. Imagine my surprise, and pleasure, this evening when my wife found the picture while sorting through pictures to be scanned from the trip! And here it is...
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Re: Replacing iPhone Abroad

PHeymont ·
Is there enough cooperation among Apple stores that if the phone arrives in London after you've left that they could express-ship it to Apple at your next stop?
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

TravelandNature ·
IslandMan - A superb experience ! Thank you for sharing !
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PortMoresby ·
This looks like a fantastic trip and any reason to go by train is good one to me. Wondering if the place names (Adelaide, Alice, Katherine) recall days of too few settler women for the number of men?
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for taking us on that journey! A wonderful piece!
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Re: The Ghan - an Australian rail journey of style and comfort

PHeymont ·
M. Poirot regrets that he had necessity of leaving the journey before the end. An important affair required the attention of his gray matter...
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All the Tea In...Charleston?

PortMoresby ·
  Tea gardens, as the farms are traditionally known, no matter the size, have been seducing me for over a decade.  In Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces of China, Himachal Pradesh and Darjeeling in Himalayan India, in the Cameron Highlands of...
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Update: Loyalty Programs and Credit Cards

PHeymont ·
For some of us, credit cards are more than a convenient way to pay—they are the lifeline to free travel through loyalty programs. Between points for purchases and bonuses for opening or upgrading credit card accounts, it's possible to get quite...
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Wow! Iceland Express successor adds U.S. flights

PHeymont ·
The headline's not a pun; Wow Air is the company that bought budget carrier Iceland Express in 2012. The carrier will now re-enter the U.S. market with roundtrip Boston-Reykjavik-London Gatwick flights, connecting in Reykjavik with its other European...
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Economy Ticket, Private Jet!

PHeymont ·
Weather can really scramble airline schedules, and this week was no exception with hundreds of flights cancelled or delayed, and thousands of passengers rebooked on other flights. But for two lucky Delta passengers enroute from Cleveland to New York,...
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Cold in Canada? Good Fares to Hawaii

Travel Rob ·
Here is a good deal from Calgary to Honolulu round trip  on United.Feb4- Feb11 494.91 Canadian dollars( $ 413.32 US Dollars )If you check the  round trip price from Denver- where the connection is- it's a lot higher. There are other...
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A Visit to Topkapi, Part 1

PHeymont ·
My images of Turkey, before we visited, were a melange of towers and gates—perhaps the one above—mysterious alleys, turbaned sultans, espionage, intrigue and many-minareted mosques. Of course, much of this comes from a bit too much Graham...
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Don't Leave Home Without...80 million AmEx points

PHeymont ·
A Chinese billionaire who's been buying classic Chinese art works at auction is not likely ever to run out of loyalty awards; he's racked up over 80 million American Express Membership Rewards points in the past few months using his card to buy two...
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32 years later, Marriott opens its 1000th Courtyard

DrFumblefinger ·
Hard to believe there was a time before Hilton Garden Inn or Holiday Inn Express.  Back in those days over 30 years ago, Marriott pioneered  the idea of a hotel aimed at busy people traveling, often sales people or businessmen on the...
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Sirkeci Terminal, Istanbul: Last stop on the Orient Express

PHeymont ·
Last summer in Paris, we visited an exhibit at the Institute du Monde Arabe, featuring cars and artifacts of the Orient Express and its mystique. A significant part of the exhibit, given the venue, focused on the exotic spell it had for Europeans...
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Credit Card Car Rental Insurance Options

Travel Rob ·
I know auto rental insurance is not usually a good deal if you purchase it at the car rental place at the time and different credit cards already include the coverage if you book the rental with the card. I was made aware of the American Express Premium Car insurance available for AMEX cardholders and a few features make me think it might be worth the cost over their free coverage. First, it's considered primary coverage and you won’t have to file a claim with your insurance company first if...
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Tough Trains

PortMoresby ·
  It's Sunday afternoon, I actually accomplished something midday, then turned on the telly for a break, just in time for Globe Trekker on PBS.  Sometimes I'm interested, occasionally not, but I hit the jackpot today.  Tough Trains! A...
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Amex's new idea: Plenti points across industries

PHeymont ·
American Express has launched a new points program, called Plenti, that has some unique features. It's a "coalition" program, which doesn't tie points to a particular card or industry. There are interesting features: Although Amex runs it, you can...
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Luxury Centurion Airport Lounge to Open in Miami - June, 2015

Travel Rob ·
          Photo from Centurion Lounge Dallas /Fort Worth American Express is set to open their latest Centurion Airport Lounge in Miami in June. It will be a ring shaped 8,000-square-foot space with tarmac...
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All Aboard! on Platform 9-3/4

PHeymont ·
Last week we reported on the big boost that Universal's Orlando theme park has gotten from its Harry Potter exhibits (click  HERE ).    Now, the Guardian (UK) has a topper: the original Hogwarts Express steam engine, with passenger cars...
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Extra-day offers on Eurail passes

PHeymont ·
The Eurail pass has two current offers for extra days of travel. One adds a day to Single-Country or Regional passes; the other adds up to five days to Global Passes, which are good for 28 member countries of the Eurail consortium.   To qualify,...
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Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

PHeymont ·
Have you ever stopped to wonder, while planning a trip, how your airline’s schedule was planned? Especially when it seems you’re about to be condemned to a headlong half-marathon across the airport to a flight that leaves all-too-soon, or...
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Heathrow Airport Will Show Live Costs and Times to Central London

Travel Rob ·
Screens will been installed near Heathrow's Terminal 2 baggage claim to show passengers live price and time comparisons between taxis and trains to central London. The information combines traffic, weather and Heathrow Express train service info...
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Carnival Celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Carnival is an annual celebration of life found in many countries around the world. It first originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt which was subsequently celebrated by the Greeks and then the Romans. Carnival was later adopted by the Roman...
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Back to Oaxaca: Michael's House

PortMoresby ·
PortMoresby finds her perfect place in Oaxaca, Mexico, in a strikingly modern house tucked into Xochimilco, the oldest neighborhood in the city.
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The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)

Ian Cook ·
A sight you won't see anymore, Ian Cook shares these photos of the QEII sailing into the River Tyne just before her retirement in 2008.
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Our Amazing Pineapple Experience at the Dole Plantation

Samantha ·
Samantha visits a famous Oahu destination, and shows us how much more there is than just how pineapples are grown.
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July 26, 2017: Lady Liberty—The Statue of Liberty

Samantha ·
Samantha takes us to visit the famed Statue, and fills us in on its history.
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Eastern Europe Rail Odyssey: Istanbul to Sofia

Wilbur's Travels ·
Wilbur's exotic train journeys continue, today with stops in Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Meteora (Kalambaka), Skopje, Niš, ending in Sofia. If you love train travel stories, you'll love this post.
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The Bikaner Mail

Amateuremigrant ·
Bob Cranwell shares the story of a most memorable train journey -- an experience uniquely Indian.
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Norway to build a tunnel for ships

PHeymont ·
Norway will undertake an unusual project: A ship tunnel to bypass a peninsula that's noted for some of the most dangerous waters on the coast.
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Dispatches from Ikaria: Part 1

Professorabe ·
Professor Abe begins the first in a four part series about visiting the beautiful Greek island of Ikaria. The landscape is lovely and the wildflowers were especially remarkable during his visit.
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UK to end credit card fees

PHeymont ·
Ahead of an EU ruling that will affect Visa and Mastercard, Britain's new rules also cover Paypal and American Express.
 
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