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Cranky Concierge – Personalized Air Travel Assistance

Cranky Concierge – Personalized Air Travel Assistance

This is a time when check-in desks at airports are being eliminated in favor of online check-in and hotels tout virtual concierge systems where guests don’t have to deal with any human staff during the stay, from check-in to checkout. But one man apparently didn’t get the memo.

United: All you can check for $249 a year

United: All you can check for $249 a year

United has come out with their latest offering in the ever creative world of airline fees: the all-you-can-eat plan for checked baggage. For $249 a year, United will allow you to check up to two bags (normally $20 and $30 for the 1st and 2nd bags) for a whole year. Any hangers-on (up to eight) in the same reservation also benefit from the deal. Think of how much the Eight-is-Enough family would have saved had this been around in their day.

American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

American Airlines teams up with the next iron chef

As recession conditions linger, the travel industry continues to seek out ways to reach, and excite, its audience into parting with discretionary dollars. American Airlines thinks food could be that special ingredient.

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz blogger day

Orbitz Worldwide hosted their first annual Blogger’s Day early this week at their headquarters in the beautiful city of Chicago.

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

The Olympic effect – Chicago Lost, but Chicago tourism strikes gold

Chicago has been eliminated in the first round in it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics, inspite of a spirited team effort by the Chicago delegation – including President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. But there may still be a consolation prize in something called the Olympic Effect.

BTN spotlight: Brett Callaghan, TotallyBarbados

Brett Callaghan is the brains behind TotallyBarbados.com – the number one website for everything related to the beautiful Caribbean island. BTN caught up with the former professional jockey turned web entrepreneur to find out how a site that started small has grown big by tapping into local knowledge.

Jetsetter Brings Daily Deals to Gilt-Edged Upscale Travel

Jetsetter Brings Daily Deals to Gilt-Edged Upscale Travel

New York based Jetsetter (http://www.jetsetter.com) is a new flash-sale website that sells hand-picked upscale travel experiences at flash-sale prices which you won’t otherwise get directly from the travel company responsible for the experience.

Can Restaurants Save New York City or Las Vegas Economies?

Can Restaurants Save New York City or Las Vegas Economies?

The Old Guard is in trouble when it comes to making a living on the New York City restaurant scene. Tavern on the Green declared bankruptcy in September, not even two weeks after Café des Artistes closed its doors. The owners said after 92 years in the restaurant business, the company could no longer pay employees’ health and pension benefits. Indeed, reports say they were $250,000 behind in health insurance and $116,000 in pension payments

BTN spotlight: Louis Sailer, CEO Fullerton Hotels

BTN spotlight: Louis Sailer, CEO Fullerton Hotels

Louis Sailer is the new CEO of Singapore-based Fullerton Hotels. BTN met up with the veteran of five-star hospitality to find out his thoughts on the industry as well as his grand plans for expanding the Fullerton portfolio worldwide.