hotels

A recent survey on the costs of room service found that a club sandwich costs an average of $16. Mac and Cheese might cost upwards of $20 with a glass of milk coming in about the same? Strangely, even with the exorbitant prices, hotels are losing money on room service. And, New York’s second largest hotel just discontinued room service. Why does it survive?

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We take a look at how incomplete delay data from the airlines doesn’t tell the full story about schedules and problems with on-time arrivals and departures. Next, the travel editor for Conde Nast Traveler has a chance encounter with a group of United flight attendants and discovers some juicy information. Finally, hotel security is getting an upgrade with new abilities to monitor nooks and crannies of the hotels never before protected.

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We travel to the home of the chocolate chip cookie. Then take a look at the FAA’s testing of drones. And, finally, ponder the existence of the hotel minibar — is it long for this travel world?

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Court upholds right for PED searches at border crossings, most anticipated hotel openings, toilet clog cancels flight

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This Sunday we take time to look at the science of boarding planes and wonder why this seems to be harder than rocket science. We hear about Heathrow Airport that is providing personal shoppers upon request to sell the best of their duty-free offerings. And, hotels begin to sell sleep with questionable remedies for deep sleep. Will sleep-deprived zombies pay extra for zzzz’s?

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This weekend we find out one of the places that Santa Claus lived before he took up residence in the North Pole. We examine the interaction of people in planes based on space between seats and we hear about women-only floors in hotels.

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This weekend, we feature a couple of surveys — one about what amenities we like best at hotels and the other about what passengers we like least in planes. We also take a look at the airline credit card wars and how they may affect passengers.

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The travel industry likes to describe itself as “family friendly.” But some customers and family travel experts claim the travel industry preys on families as much as it pampers them, broadsiding these helpless customers with junk fees and surcharges.

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Hotels are starting to include a new amenity at some properties — bicycles. We take a look at how smartphones are changing the world of travel. And, then turn back to hotels to examine the growing use of non-refundable hotel rooms to secure discount customers.

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Tablet computers, flatscreens, 3D games’ consoles – at this time of the year modern technology will be on many Christmas lists. While iPad & Co. are already part of the basic equipment of technology-lovers many hotels are going even further. How about room keys replaced by iris scans, mood pads or exercising for your morning coffee?

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