- For Russians Abroad, a Ruble Doesn’t Go as Far as It Used To
New York Times, Friday - 12/19/2014 - 08:48 PM
The collapse of the Russian ruble — down more than 45 percent this year — has jangled nerves in Russia, but the reverberations are being felt in tourist destinations across Europe.
- Foraging: In Copenhagen, Shops with Studios Attached
New York Times, Friday - 12/19/2014 - 12:30 PM
Jaegersborggade, a stretch of road in the city’s Norrebro neighborhood, offers outlets where candies, clothes and ceramics are made and sold.
- Woo! Singing mom’s makeover hits high note with hubby, baby
NBC News, Thursday - 12/18/2014 - 02:47 PM
Today's Ambush Makeovers didn't disappoint as hairstylist Louis Licari and TODAY contributor Jill Martin gave some hot holiday looks to two moms visiting the TODAY plaza. Watch the video to see what they look like now! See more amazing Ambush Makeovers!
- Troubleshooter: Tour operator hijacked our refund
San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday - 12/18/2014 - 12:45 AM
Tour operator hijacked our refund Earlier this year, I booked a stay in St. Maarten for my 45th anniversary. The hotel agreed to credit us $887, which it sent to US Airways Vacations. The lack of cooperation from US Airways customer relations is making us regret that we ever heard of US Airways Vacations.  the way it’s handling this complaint — or should I say, not handling it — leaves me wondering what is going to happen when American Airlines and US Airways complete their merger. If this is the way they’ll treat passengers after the merger, it may be time for my wife and me to find a new airline. The policy notes that some vacation components are nonrefundable and that your right to a refund “is limited if changes are made to travel plans, travel dates, hotels, hotel categories, hotel configurations, changes in origination or destination.” In other words, it’s possible that even though Sonesta agreed to refund you $887, US Airways Vacations’ refund rules prohibited the return of the money. Technically, US Airways Vacations would have been within its rights to keep the money. Regarding the merger between American and US Airways, I, too, am skeptical of the “benefits” the airline promised. Interestingly, while this merger may reduce competition and drive ticket prices higher, it is one of the smoothest corporate combinations I’ve seen in recent history.
- Machine Learning: Improving In-Flight Wi-Fi and Streaming From Virgin America, JetBlue and More
New York Times, Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 08:26 PM
These services let you use your own mobile devices to either stream free content like TV, music or games, or to rent movies and TV without having to pay for a Wi-Fi plan.
- International Real Estate: Real Estate in Montpellier, France
New York Times, Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 04:01 PM
Montpellier, one of France’s fastest-growing urban centers, has become known as a hotbed for design and architecture.
- Best new airport amenities in 2014
USA Today, Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 12:47 PM
From ride-sharing to yoga rooms, these amenities made flying a little easier this year.
- Places to Go: A Look Back
New York Times, Wednesday - 12/17/2014 - 10:47 AM
Our 10th annual Places to Go list will go live in January. In the meantime, check out some of our top picks from previous years.
- The Year in Pictures: 2014
NBC News, Tuesday - 12/16/2014 - 10:47 AM
See the most powerful images of the year.
- Borja Journal: A Town, if Not a Painting, Is Restored
New York Times, Sunday - 12/14/2014 - 08:18 PM
Grief at a botched retouching of a church fresco has turned to gratitude for divine intervention — the blessing of free publicity — that has made Borja a magnet for thousands of curious tourists.
- Missing items from a hotel....
FatWallet.com, Saturday - 12/13/2014 - 10:04 AM
- United Flyers Stuck in Australian 'No Man's Land' For Hours
NBC News, Friday - 12/12/2014 - 06:47 AM
Passengers aboard a 15-hour United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Sydney found themselves stranded for an extra seven hours.