Happy Sunday to all 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, so we’re passing them along.
- While it may be a first-world problem, many people (including us) have a large number of free nights accumulating in loyalty accounts. While hotel loyalty programs have been lenient about extending these vouchers’ expiration dates, it’s becoming apparent that those extensions will not last forever. That means we start having to look at the redemption of these free nights in a use it or lose it equation. Here are several Radisson properties worthy of a free night if you have Radisson Rewards certificates in your account.
- One perk that many premium travel credit cards offered before the pandemic was a Priority Pass membership. It got to the point that because so many people had Priority Pass, some locations started limiting entry to the hours that the club was less crowded. One of the worst offenders of this practice was the Alaska Airlines lounges and eventually, some of them left the program altogether. One thing COVID-19 has changed is that Alaska lounges are now rejoining Priority Pass. I guess we’ll have to see how long this lasts when travel begins to recover to previous levels.
- When we visited Tasmania as part of our Adventures By Disney trip to Australia, we learned that the island was the major departure point for flights to Antarctica. That’s no longer the case since Australia has pretty much eliminated international flights, even if they’re to a block of ice in the middle of the ocean. COVID or not, there are still scientists living in Antarctica and there’s a need to get them home and fly in replacements. To fill the need, Icelandair is flying there, via Cape Town, on one of the longest 767 flights ever which are made possible because of the limited number of people on the plane allowing it to fly at higher altitudes, saving fuel in the process.
- Even in the midst of a tumultuous time, Las Vegas keeps changing. Besides the possible opening of an Atari Hotel, the announcement of one of the most popular UK breweries opening a location in Vegas caught my eye. Not because of the UK tourists who will know them but because of their other PR stunts. BrewDog has announced plans to open a rooftop location above the Showcase Mall. While the plans for a swimming pool and beer museum are newsworthy, most people in the US may have heard of them because of their line of cheeky names like “Climate Change Apprentice” and their petition for Scotland to change the name of Glasgow Prestwick Airport to something else, simply to troll Donald Trump.
- Once upon a time, we made a trip to visit the famous Peter Luger Steakhouse in Brooklyn, NY. You can read about our experience here. Regardless of our experience, all restaurants in New York have suffered over the past year with indoor dining prohibited most of the time. While that’s slowly changing, restaurant capacity is limited, leaving many empty tables. Peter Luger has come up with an inventive, and somewhat creepy, solution to the problem in partnership with Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
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