Happy Sunday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
- Nick from The Points Guy wrote about how American Airlines website is only showing HORRIBLE flight combinations for saver awards, when better options are available as individual non-stop award. Don’t worry, as American has told him that’s exactly how the system is supposed to work. Enjoy your 5AM flights with 8-hour layovers, since that’s all you’ll be able to get at the saver level. If you want more proof of this happening, just read all the horror stories in the comments (and I never tell people to read the comments).
- Sean from Inside The Magic gave us the run-down on Barron’s sneak peek of Disneyland’s new Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge, and attractions. It sounds amazing and with Bob Iger saying the land could open this June, it’ll be interesting to see how far ahead of time people start lining up for opening day.
- Here’s an article from the Dallas Business Journal about how American is going to change the bathrooms on the 737-MAX planes which have gotten so much criticism. American is admitting there’s a problem, so they’re changing the door to make the room feel even smaller (but at least the doors won’t slam into each other anymore).
- Sebastian from Loyalty Lobby asks why hotels have ancient multimedia equipment after a stay in Park Hyatt with a stereo system that featured an old iPhone jack that, even if you wanted to use it, you’d need multiple adapters. At least Hyatt Place gives you multiple options, as long as you’ve brought your cables with you.
- If anyone would order the United Polaris Cookbook (one of the horrible last minute gifts for travelers), it would be Lucky from One Mile at a Time. Not only did he get the cookbook, but he also let his readers pick a four-course dinner to prepare. You know it’s a good meal if it requires a stop at the “Best Asian Market.” Honestly, this is the funniest posts of the year, but I know there are still 359 days to go.
- The Epcot International Festival of the Arts starts at Walt Disney World on January 18 and will run through February 25. Laughing Place has everything you need to know about what to expect from this newest Disney event for lovers of all art forms.
- Ed from Pizza in Motion wrote about Carnival Cruise Lines starting to charge for menu items on room service. Not just charging a delivery fee, but charging for each item. We’re not cruisers but I hope this devaluation doesn’t spread to other cruise companies.
- Emily wrote an interesting article on Million Mile Secrets about an often ignored subject. Just because you can book a hotel with award nights, is it worth it or are you making sacrifices that will negatively impact your vacation? This is something more people need to think about before booking that “free room.”
- Universal Studios has officially announced that A Celebration of Harry Potter will not be returning in 2019. Brita from Wizards Unite Hub has some hypotheses about why that may be the case.
- Gary from View From The Wing blew the whistle on a JW Marriott hotel being totally honest in their marketing and telling guests they won’t be upgraded to suites. The problem was that Marriott corporate policy promised suite upgrades if available. Once corporate got involved, they “reinforced” the policy on upgrades with the hotel in question.
- The Doctor of Credit website posted about the Marriott/Starwood hack and it turned out things weren’t as bad as they originally thought. Only 383 MILLION RECORDS were stolen. If you think they’d at least protect your information by encrypting it, 5.25 MILLION unencrypted passport numbers were part of the data stolen. Makes you feel much better now, doesn’t it?
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