Archive for June, 2012

“Did you know…Colorado seeks to reassure vacationers after wildfire outbreak?”

(Chieftain.com)

Colorado Fires

Manitou Springs residents try to return home Sunday after being evacuated due to a wildfire west of Colorado Springs. Colorado and other Mountain West states worry an outbreak of fires will keep tourists away(AP PHOTO/BRYAN OLLER)

Devastating fires in mountain west states are threatening the tourism industry in some favorite road-trip destinations: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Montana.  The Pueblo Chieftain reports, “Colorado is having its worst fire season since the drought-stricken year of 2002. In June of that year, wildfires charring tens of thousands of acres near the resort towns of Glenwood Springs and Durango and in Pike National Forest near Denver prompted then-Gov. Bill Owens to proclaim that it looked as if ‘‘all of Colorado is burning today.’’

Read the full story on the Chieftain.com

U.S. Hostels — Part 3 of 3: Stealing San Francisco

Expertflyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Wrapping up our “U.S. Hostels” Hot Topics adventure, budgetplaces.com heads over to the west coast to offer up San Francisco deals that are so good it’s like stealing!  San Francisco is a happening city with tons to do, so why invest most of your funds into a place where you’ll spend the least amount of time? San Francisco hostels provide you with the most economical lodging option, allowing ample leftover cash to explore the city. Each hostel highlighted is centrally located with clean beds, bathrooms and plenty of options for privacy. If you missed our two previous installments on Chicago and New York, just click on the links and bookmark us!

The European Hostel- San Francisco

The European Hostel- San Francisco

 

Starting at just $22 dollars a night, the European Hostel is a wonderful place to commence any San Fran adventure! Located in the South of Market (SOMA) district, travelers can easily head north to Market Street to experience true San Franciscan culture. There is a multitude of trendy restaurants and shops in this area, as well as easy access to public transportation, including the famous San Francisco cable-car. The hostel offers 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, a laundry machine, a kitchen and much more (even a hairdryer!). Travelers have the option to stay in a private double or twin room with an en-suite bathroom or in a shared dorm with 4 or 6 beds and a communal bathroom. Continue reading →

“Did you know…Aer Lingus may get bought out by Ryanair?”

(Reuters)

Ryanair attempts Aer Lingus Buyout

Ryanair attempts Aer Lingus Buyout | Niall Carson/AP/File

 

Three times a charm?  That remains to be seen as Ryanair, Europe’s dominant budget airline carrier, attempts a third try at seizing control of  Irish rival, Aer Lingus.  Previous attempts have been blocked by the European Commission, but it has managed to build up a 29% stake in Aer Lingus since privatized in 2006.

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One-on-One with Diane McDavitt, President and Co-founder of LuxuryLink Travel Group

In this month’s One-on-One blog, ExpertFlyer talks with Diane McDavitt, President & Co-Founder of Luxury Link Travel Group, the premier online destination for great deals on luxury vacations.

By partnering with world-class hotels, resorts, villas and cruise lines, LuxuryLink offers luxury vacation deals to sophisticated travelers at a substantial savings – up to 65% off – often including complimentary extras, amenities and activities for the best value available anywhere.

Diane McDavitt, president, Luxury Link Travel Group

Diane McDavitt, president, Luxury Link Travel Group

“When we qualify partners, we look at essential services and amenities of course, but we also take into consideration the uniqueness of the property and how it reflects the destination – we believe the experience should include a sense of place.  Crystal and chandeliers are perfect for Paris, but not necessarily right in Costa Rica.”

— Diane McDavitt, President, Luxury Link

Luxury Link offers discounted access to high-end exotic destinations at deep discounts.  How do you do this?

Our partner hotels are eager to reach our audience of sophisticated travelers.  To entice them to visit, the hotels create exclusive, limited availability packages that can only be booked through Luxury Link.  And because the hotels are putting their best foot forward, the packages are valid for travel for up to a year.  So it’s a virtuous circle: the hotel benefits by gaining a potential long-term relationship with a qualified customer and the customer gets an amazing VIP travel experience at an incredible price.

How do you decide what is considered a “luxury” vacation? What criteria do you use to “hand pick” the destination deals you serve up? Is there a standard bearer? We have a vetting committee that reviews every hotel before they are accepted for inclusion on the Luxury Link site.  Partnership is by invitation only; unfortunately we are unable to accept 70% to 80% of the properties that contact us.  When we are qualifying partners we look at essential services and amenities of course, but we also take into consideration the uniqueness of the property and how it reflects the destination – we believe the experience should include a sense of place.  Crystal and chandeliers are perfect for Paris, but not necessarily right in Costa Rica. Continue reading →

“Did you know…ExpertFlyer’s Seat Alerts is a Business Traveler Innovation Awards Finalist?”

business traveler innovation awards

Business Traveler Innovation Awards

ExpertFlyer has been nominated for Seat Alerts by frequent business travelers and is a finalist for the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and Fast Company Innovations of the Year Competition.

With your vote, Seat Alerts can win an Innovation Award for Traveler Comfort.  Please vote for us!