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Top 10 Campgrounds for Fall Foliage

Red, gold, amber and green — It’s time to wave fall’s foliage flag! The official start of fall and the harbinger of shorter days is a great motivator to get outside and take in the scenic beauty of this special time of year.

What are the best spots for autumnal appreciation? We caught up with Hipcamp —a startup that creates new places to stay in nature by unlocking access to beautiful private lands, such as nature preserves, farms, and ranches, to get their top picks in America. If you want to see ALL of their select regions for fall camping, check out their interactive map here.

Top 5 Regions for Fall Foliage Campouts

#1. THE FINGER LAKES
Shiitake Mushroom Camp: New York shiitake mushroom camp
A pristine stream, a working mushroom farm, and fall leaves.

Sanctuary in the Woods: New York
Choose a cozy teepee or a double-bed platform.

#2. THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS
Beechwood Cabin Tent 
Sleep in a protected enclosure with a tin roof and canvas tent.

Earthseed: Smoky Mt. Sanctuary
Enjoy a 12-foot-high tent and a babbling creek.

adirondacks#3. THE ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS
Adirondack Little Star: New York
Elevated camping in a covered cabin!

Adirondack Glamping: New York
Peep the leaves from the opening in this sturdy and comfortable tent.

#4. THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS
Crow Creek Farm: North Carolina
Enjoy a breakfast of fresh eggs from the farm’s chickens.

Apple Orchard Tent Camping: North Carolina
Camp on a grassy knoll overlooking gorgeous yellow leaves.

onion river#5. THE GREEN MOUNTAINS
Onion River Campground: Vermont
In the fall, these green mountains dazzle in shades of yellow and orange.

Hidden Meadow Tent Site: Vermont
Wander over a bridge to your own private campsite.

Did you know…Inflight wifi could be a $130B market by 2035?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

In a report by Tnooz.com, the London School of Economics conducted a study that values the ancillary revenue contribution to airlines from Inflight Connectivity (IFC), as well as breaking down estimates of the types of ancillary opportunities in the IFC market and their relative contributions to airline revenue.inflight wifi LSE studyThe report explains that the study made a strong business case for the future of Inflight Connectivity (IFC), predicting a market worth $130 billion by 2035, and contributing $30 billion to airline revenue. LSE predicts a dramatic rise over the next seventeen years as the technology and its applications scale to meet market potential.

LSE expects an increase of 2,005% in airline IFC revenue per passenger from $0.23 in 2018 to $4.00 by 2035. Read the full story here.

Did you know…Plans are underway to develop battery powered planes?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

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There was a time when consumers scoffed at the idea of electric-powered cars. Today, even experts like Total SA, one of the world’s largest oil producers, is predicting that EVs may constitute almost a third of new-car sales by the end of the next decade. So, why not a battery-powered airplane?

According to a Financial Times report, UK budget airline EasyJet has taken a step towards a future without jet fuel with plans to help develop a battery-powered plane. The group said on Wednesday that it had partnered with US aircraft designer Wright Electric to develop an electric aircraft for flights under two hours.

Read the full story here: http://ht.ly/N10530fwfr2.

Do repeated flight searches trigger plane ticket price hikes?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

It’s been an accepted truth among computer savvy air travelers that one should always clear their cookies or ensure that private browsing is enabled when shopping for travel deals (see ExpertFlyer post featuring this advice). The reason being, air carriers’ use of dynamic pricing may show higher prices if you click on a flight more than once.

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Time.com recently posted a report debunking this practice. “If the airlines were to raise prices because of browser cookies (targeted individually) there would be air travel whistleblowers and senators running to microphones for legislation to prevent it,” said Seaney. “What people see when they shop multiple times and prices are changing is a reflection of inventory changes, data caching techniques and the fact that prices generally get more expensive closer to departure date, even within a day.”

However, according to William McGee, an aviation adviser for Consumer Reports, he’s seen evidence that this pricing based on search history may not be entirely a myth.

Read the full story here.

Flying in the midst of Irma

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

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Irma is striking fear and panic in the hearts of many Americans, particularly those who have lived through other natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, and most recently, Harvey.  Many residents are fleeing extreme danger zones and business and leisure travelers are trying to negotiate plans to get from point A to B on pre-planned trips. Here’s what to expect if you’re flying in the midst of Hurricane Irma.

Flight Cancellations

In an interview with Mark Miller, Global Industry Leader, Aviation for The Weather Company, Mr. Miller said, “Airlines began canceling flights in South Florida and Carribean earlier in the week and there will be significantly more disruption in the next few days as Irma approaches Florida and the storm track becomes clearer.   Airports and the FAA towers halt operations when winds reach 55 mph and airlines generally do not operate in sustained crosswinds that exceed 35 mph.  The safety of employees and passengers is paramount.  There are a number of major airports in the region that will likely reach these thresholds.   Airlines will cancel sooner to ensure a faster recovery when the winds and storm impacts subside, as opposed to having aircraft and crew out of position.   Cancellations combined with reduced airport and airspace capacity through the region can lead to significant delays, propagating to other airports outside the direct impacts of the storm.”

Soaring Ticket Prices

The Verge recently reported on airline price gouging out of Florida. No surprise as the entire region is under a state of emergency.

According to the report, one woman searching Expedia was shown a Delta itinerary between Miami and Phoenix for $3,258. (Delta later directly reached out to her and she was able to book a seat at a lower price.) Someone else trying to book on American found their flight jumped almost $600 within the span of a couple hours. Another on United’s website was presented with a round trip fare between Miami and Denver for $6,785.

What can airlines can do in this type of situation? Some have added additional flights, but there’s only so much that can logistically be done within such a short window of time. “It’s like Christmas,” says Chris Lopinto of ExpertFlyer.com, “except instead of having five months to figure things out, you’re trying to figure this out over the course of five days.”

Lopinto also says airlines can file different fares every hour, so they have the ability to bring down the price for tickets. Some airlines have committed to capping the prices of remaining direct flights. JetBlue and American both said they are selling remaining direct flights this week for $99, while Delta is capping direct flights at $399. These flights, though, were already sold out or nearly sold out. As of 4:21PM ET, ExpertFlyer.com showed just one seat available on JetBlue from Fort Lauderdale to New York over the next couple of days.

Ultimately, even with the extra push from airlines, there simply aren’t enough seats available. If you still need a flight, look now, or start planning to drive.