Archive for July, 2013

One-on-One with Seth Forman, Business Development Director, Syndication, Travelzoo®

Seth FormanThis month ExpertFlyer talks with Seth Forman, Business Development Director, Syndication at Travelzoo®, a global Internet media company. With more than 26 million subscribers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific and 25 offices worldwide, Travelzoo publishes deals from more than 2,000 travel and entertainment companies. Travelzoo’s deal experts review offers to find the best deals and confirm their true value.

For fifteen years, Travelzoo has consistently recommended the highest quality deals to our subscribers. Deals are thoroughly checked by our in-house deal experts, then double checked by our publishing team, and lastly triple checked by our Test Booking Center before and after the deal is published. The result of this unique process is our subscribers know they can trust the deals we are publishing.”

— Seth Forman, Business Development Director, Syndication, Travelzoo

How do you uncover and develop deals?

Travelzoo works with more than 2,000 travel, entertainment and local companies including; airlines, hotels, vacation packagers, cruise lines, Broadway shows, sporting events, spas, restaurants, and other main attractions.  Our deal experts work closely with each company to construct the very best deal possible.  Travelzoo helps these companies stimulate demand during need periods by pushing deals to our large, global audience of 26 million subscribers. Our subscribers can see our deals through several channels including Top 20®, Newsflash™, Vouchers, and/or cost per click campaigns through Travelzoo Syndication, a distribution platform that serves Travelzoo deals across over 300 premium publishers including the New York Times and Frommer’s Travel. Continue reading →

ExpertFlyer Sponsors NYC Travel Massive Meetup – 7/29

NYC Travel Massive MeetupExpertFlyer will sponsor the popular travel industry meetup, Travel Massive on Monday, July 29th.

Close to 200 travel professionals from the New York City area will meet, network and do business at Prof. Thom’s on 2nd Avenue between 12th and 13th Street.

ExpertFlyer founder and President, Chris Lopinto, will be there to raffle off a travel gift bag, including a one-year subscription to ExpertFlyer Premium Pro, WD Passport portable hard drive, Innergie Pocketcell rechargeable battery, one-year subscription to Private Wifi and a copy of former New York Times Frugal Traveler columnist, Matt Gross’ book, The Turk Who Loved Apples and Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World.”

 

“Did you know…Southwest plane landed without front wheels at LGA?”

(FlyerTalk)

southwest plane lands with no front wheels

Photo: FlyerTalk

According to a breaking post from FlyerTalk, a leading online travel community, Southwest flight 345 from Nashville landed at New York-LaGuardia without its front wheels. CNN is reporting that LaGuardia is temporarily allowing other planes to land.

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Off the Beaten Path Travel Wisdom with Matt Gross — Part 2

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In last week’s installment, Matt Gross shared cool tips from the best suitcases to credit cards that can really make a long distance holiday smooth and comfortable.  In part two, we talk about useful travel apps, how to make nice with the natives and the best places to visit if you love to engage with locals in the regions you are traveling.

Travel AppsHow do you grapple with planning and communication hurdles when you visit exotic destinations, like Asia? Do you use apps?

Luckily, I’m pretty good with languages, but when I’m in a location that is a bit challenging, I will occasionally use Lonely Planet‘s phrase books.  More often than not, though, I would lean toward using Google Translate and I have that app on my smartphone.  Another useful Chinese translation app is Dianhua. We have a Chinese nanny and I use it to converse with her all the time.

As far planning goes, a useful web and app tool I use is Tripit. It’s fantastic for organizing your itineraries. You simply forward over your confirmation emails and it builds them into a nice itinerary for you.  I have years and years of travel details stored there and it’s neat to look back on where I’ve been and how the trip was put together.

Talk about solo travel and the best ways to engage with people when you’re alone and abroad?

The first thing I’d say is, if you want to mingle with the locals, choose countries where people are outgoing and take incredible pride in their hospitality. Those are the people who want to meet you and be friends with you. Some great examples are Turkey, Republic of Georgia, Greece, Vietnam, Argentina and East Africa.

When I travel alone, my strategy is not to figure out how to talk to people, but how I can get people to come talk to me.  I try to carry myself in an open unbusy way, appearing to be friendly and willing to talk, and people seem to be drawn in by that openness.  I’ve had some of the most interesting experiences and forged some wonderful lasting friendships while traveling solo.

Is there a particular destination that remains a favorite for you?

All over Asia. My wife also happens to be Taiwanese, so we go back there quite a bit.  I also love Argentina.  The locals are friendly, outgoing and love to eat, drink and have a public life. They seem to have an affinity for strangers and are interested in meeting and conversing with new people.

Matt Gross is the editor of BonAppetit.com, the former Frugal Traveler columnist for the New York Times, and the author of The Turk Who Loved Apples: And Other Tales of Losing My Way Around the World, which was released in May. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

 

“Did you know…Asiana to sue TV station over racially offensive fake pilot names?”

(NBC News)

Asiana Sues TV Station for racially offensive fake pilot namesAccording to an NBC News report, California station KTVU aired four erroneous names for the pilots of Flight 214 after a National Transportation Safety Board intern mistakenly confirmed them as being correct.

“The phony names, which could be seen as Asian-stereotype spellings of phrases like “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low,” were read by an anchor during KTVU’s noon broadcast Friday.”

View broadcast video and read the full story here.