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ExpertFlyer’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Frequent Flyers

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

If you’ve got a frequent flyer in your life, you’ve probably heard moans and groans about the middle seat, lack of leg room, a scarcity of munchies – and fresh air – among other discomforts.  This year, we’ve amassed our annual ExpertFlyer Holiday Gift Guide to perk up pessimistic flyers with a stocking filled with gifts of comfort and convenience.

Suitcase in a Jacket

travel jacket bauBax

The BauBax Travel Jacket gets our vote for smart, trendy and practical travel wear. Featuring 15 comfort and stashing options, travelers can cloak themselves in their own self-contained cocoon. An integrated neck pillow, eye mask, gloves, microfiber cloth, along with a plethora of pockets to store everything from a tablet to a blanket, make this travel jacket a nifty take-along on your next trip. Price: $149.99 (Men’s Bomber).

 

A grand adventure is about to begin — Don’t forget the wine!

VinGarde Valise

The VinGarde Valise is a unique multifunction travel case that is designed to maximize space, functionality and unique packing configurations so you can safely take your personal travel items along with your favorite wine…or bring home a new found vintage, spirit or craft beer from your travels. Even fully packed with 12 bottles of wine, the VinGarde Valise only weighs 43 pounds! Price: $299.99 (Grande); $249.99 (Petite). ExpertFlyer readers: Use promo code VGV417 for a $25 discount on the purchase of either a VinGarde Valise Grande or Petite now through December 31, 2017. Continue reading →

Dream of having an entire row to yourself on an economy flight? Here’s how

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Nothing makes us happier than a frequent flyer scoring the best seat in the cabin. So, when we heard that God Save the Points Travel blogger and frequent flyer, Gilbert Ott, recently put ExpertFlyer’s Seat Alert app to the test and scored an entire row to himself, we were brimming with joy!

gilbert-ott via BusinessInsider.com

Gilbert Ott via BusinessInsider.com

Gilbert shared his experiences as a regular Seat Alert app user with BusinessInsider.com.

“A smart flyer (which you clearly are) sees the cabin as a game of musical chairs,” he said. “If the best seat in the house is available immediately — book it. If not, get the next best available seat — and set free alerts on ExpertFlyer for any and all the seats you’d prefer. By doing so, you can keep improving up until final boarding.

“Once everyone else has settled their fate, you can often stand in the boarding line with your app open seeing if final seating assignments have created any opportunities — like an entire row to yourself. It really does happen.”

Read the full post and tips here.

 

What “Worldwide by easyJet” may mean for air travelers

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

The trend in low-cost long-haul carriers has been flourishing over the past couple of years. Airlines, like Norwegian, WOW Air, and WestJet, are offering no-frills air travel around the world for less and that’s a good thing for travelers.

worldwide by easyjet

Last September, easyJet, a low-cost carrier based in Britain, announced a long-haul low-cost airline alliance with partners Norwegian and WestJet, offering connecting flights through Gatwick to North and South America. While the premise of such an alliance is grounds for excitement, the depth and breadth of actual benefits and convenience still remain shallow as compared to traditional airline alliances.

In an interview with the Globe Trotting Teacher, Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie, we learn there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the future of Worldwide by easyJet.

WATCH our interview with Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie, blogger at theglobetrottingteacher.com

“It’s generally a good thing for air travelers when airlines partner up because there are usually benefits to the consumer. In the case of Worldwide by easyJet, there is more ironing out to do, such as ensuring that one’s baggage seamlessly travels with them from connection points in Europe. We need to follow this partnership to see how it evolves, but the alliance is a step in the right direction. Consumers are now being exposed to new long-haul low-cost flight options that weren’t on their radar and more choice is always a good thing.”

— Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie

 

 

Did you know…Chile has been named the top travel destination for 2018?

ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 is the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest destinations that should be on every traveler’s wish list in the year ahead. The world’s leading travel media authority reveals its selections of the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet experts recommend travelers experience in 2018.

Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country for travelers in 2018 (Check out our post with the Chilean Tourism Board). Seville receives the accolade of number one city in the world to visit next year. Hot on the Spanish city’s heels is the American comeback city Detroit and Australia’s oft-overlooked capital Canberra. The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 declares the number one must-see in the coming year is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, with Alaska in second place. Tallinn, Estonia has been crowned Lonely Planet’s best value destination of 2018, closely followed by Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and Arizona in the USA.

San Juan is also showcased in the 10 best cities list. Lonely Planet’s Central America and Caribbean destination editor Bailey Freeman said, “While Puerto Rico’s capital was hit hard by the hurricane last month, San Juan’s resiliency will have it back on its feet for travelers in 2018.”

Deciding what destinations to include in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel annual selection is a considered process involving Lonely Planet’s most experienced travelers providing hundreds of recommendations of places not to be missed. These places are then shortlisted by a panel of in-house travel experts who consider criteria such as topicality, novelty, and wow-factor to decide what to include in the inspirational travel yearbook – available in hardback for the first time this year.

“These are the places you shouldn’t miss next year,” said Lonely Planet’s US magazine managing editor Alex Howard. “From Alaska to South Africa, our community of travel experts have named the top places to experience. Whether they’re coming into their own, celebrating an anniversary or have seen a resurgence in recent years, all these destinations are worth a visit in 2018.”

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 features trends and experiences to prepare for in the year ahead. Top trends include destination races, vegetarian and vegan travel, and exploratory cruises. Lonely Planet’s experts also rank the top 10 best new openings, places to stay and culture trips for families.

 

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.