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IHG & United Announcements, Something EPIC Is Coming, The Things Couples Do On Planes, & More!

by SharonKurheg

Happy Wednesday 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.

  • Universal Orlando plans to have a huge reveal about “Something EPIC” that’s coming up, complete with a mystery logo, and they will announce it on August 1st. Michael from Inside The Magic speculated on what it possibly could be, and came up with some very exciting possibilities.Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 11.13.15 PM
  • A while back we posted about a plane that had to make an emergency landing because a woman unlocked her sleeping husband’s cell phone by using his thumbprint on its scanner, and discovering he was having an affair. And her reaction was, apparently, beyond belief. That’s the story that came to mind when I read this one, from C Boarding Group, about the woman who smashed her husband in the head with her laptop because he looked at another woman.
  • Joe managed to get us a reservation at the Waldorf=Astoria in NYC just a couple of weeks before it closed for extensive renovations (that have been extended and extended, BTW). We took LOTS of pictures and wrote our review of our stay. Anyway, when I found this website that had photos of the ORIGINAL Waldorf and Astoria hotels (they used to be 2 separate places – LONG story…it’s all in the post), and MG, so I wish I could have seen THOSE in person!
  • Lots of people steal stuff from hotels. Hoteliers know it and that’s why virtually everything is glued down or otherwise attached. So it was interesting to read this post from View From The Wing, that includes what’s OK and what’s not OK to take from hotels. It also reminded me of our post, where we wrote about the Roosevelt New Orleans giving away a week in their Presidential Suite to someone who returns anything stolen from the 125-year-old hotel.
  • Traveling For Miles reported that United is now going to offer discounted CLEAR membership to its Global Services and Premier® 1K® members, Premier Platinum, Gold and Silver members, and most United credit card members. Meanwhile, Joe and I are like, “Yeah, even with a discount, Clear just isn’t worth it to us.”
  • Joe has said time and time again that airlines will never get in-seat entertainment right. But apparently, as per Wandering Aramean, Delta’s going introduce original Hulu content. We’ll see how this goes…
  • Finally, the New York Times reported that IHG is going to announce replacing “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all 17 of its brands. It doesn’t affect me a whole lot; I always bring my own soap, shampoo and conditioner, anyway (Joe’s a “cake of soap” guy – I guess he’ll have to get used to liquid or start bringing his own, too). Of course, the positive effect it should have on the environment will be welcome. I do feel bad for this non-profit group, though – I’m sure so many hotels switching over to bulk materials will have a long term effect on their mission.

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This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary


Billy Bob July 31, 2019 - 9:51 am

One more “EPIC” and I might have to go on a homicidal rampage to deal with it.

Christian July 31, 2019 - 4:16 pm

What would be REALLY epic would be reasonable prices for non residents instead of gouging them, but I’m not holding my breath.

SharonKurheg July 31, 2019 - 4:24 pm

It has little to do with FL Residents vs out-of-state residents; they charge an arm and a leg to us, too. Maybe a little less than non-residents, but not a very significant amount. As long as people are willing to pay those prices, they will continue to charge those prices. Meanwhile, multi-day tickets wind up costing significantly less per day, and annual passes can sometimes work to the advantage of out-of-state residents, if they visit the parks enough times.

Christian July 31, 2019 - 5:15 pm

Condolences that they soak you too. I thought that they’d at least offer good prices to locals. On the multi-day front, they’re a great idea if you can use a 6 day ticket split into two visits half a year apart, but I thought Universal specifically prohibits that because people would get good value. Please pardon the sour grapes but this is a particular sore spot for me.

SharonKurheg July 31, 2019 - 5:40 pm

If you’re going in for 6 days over the course of a year, an AP might work out better. This article is about WDW and the prices aren’t up to date because the post is about a year and change old, but it gives the gist.


Also, once you have an AP, you get discounts on food, merch and sometimes hotels.


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