Archive for November, 2011

American Airlines Plane Takes Off

The holiday season is usually a time to spend, spend, spend, but American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corporation, has filed for bankruptcy to reduce labor costs and shed billions of dollars in debt.  According to the New York Times, AMR is the last of the major legacy US airline companies to file Chapter 11.

For the past 3 years in a row AMR has posted losses, including a $471 million loss last year. Major airline companies cut their costs as a way to compete with low-cost carriers like Southwest Airlines.

So what does American Airlines’ bankruptcy mean for travelers? Well, company officials say it’s business as usual, and the airline will operate normally throughout the bankruptcy process. And you can rest easy if you’re enrolled in one of American’s frequent flyer programs. Plans to restructure the company are not expected to affect the number of travel miles you’ve clocked.

I have to admit I was a little worried at first, especially after I doing a little fare surfing last night for a cheap airplane ticket to Miami. Today, I received an email telling me not to be alarmed about my membership to the AAdvantage frequent flyer program.  Part of the email states: READ MORE

Anthony Bourdain at Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle Hotel

Anthony Bourdain is back tonight with an all-new episode of The Layover in NYC, Tony’s hometown. Tony takes us to his favorite places to eat, drink and sleep. Visit the beautiful Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle hotel in Tony’s Favorite NYC Bars. For a quick lunch and/or dinner, Tony recommends 3 burger joints in Tony’s Top NYC Burger Spots. And for dessert, hop on over to 857 Broadway during the spring for the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.

Get more of Tony’s NYC tips in the Episode & Travel Guide, along with his additional recommendations in his Travel Tips for New York.

And don’t miss the premiere of The Layover: New York, tonight at 9|8c.

Port St. Charles Marina in Barbados

So, you've decided to take a break from all the schmoozing with celebrity chefs at the Barbados Food, Wine and Rum Festival, and you want to experience the best of Barbados. We have a few suggestions. Check out our slideshow of things to do while on the island and read our top 5 picks below.

1. Hit the beach. There are more than 70 miles of beach to explore in Barbados with no shortage of water sports. Snorkel with sea turtles, go jet-skiing or just drift in a small sail boat. The most pristine beaches are in the south, while surfers will find paradise in the east at Bathesheba.

2. Go to the Oistin’s Fish Fry. Everybody is there on Friday nights, so don’t be the only one to miss out on some of the best food the island has to offer. Stop by Pat’s for the fried or grilled flying fish platter for a mere $10. Have a Banks, the local beer, to wash it all down, then stroll around the open food and craft market and join in the dancing to reggae and soca beats. READ MORE

By  The Lost Girls

The Lost Girls in Time Square

Soaring ticket prices, delayed/canceled flights, bumper-to-bumper traffic and misplaced luggage—all part of the festive homecoming experience—can turn even the most put-together Lost Girl into a cheerless Grinch.

Here are just a few of the ideas that we’ve tried and traded amongst ourselves…all of which have helped us sidestep the most frustrating seasonal travel hassles. And if you wouldn’t mind sharing your own tips and strategies in the comments below, we’d consider it your holiday gift to us! 

Amanda’s Tips

Holiday Saver #1:  Don’t accept the first price—from any online source: For the longest time, I figured all airline ticket search engines, spit out the exact same fares for identical flights. Not so! After finding the “lowest-possible” (but still expensive) fare on a round-trip flight over Thanksgiving weekend on my favorite booking engine, I did a little more digging—and realized I could save nearly $100 by booking a series of one-way tickets on my airline’s own website. Because you can also cancel online reservations, penalty-free, within 24 hours of booking, I was able to make the change—and book the least expensive flight home. READ MORE

By Robin Bennefield

Tony in Singapore

Barbados’s appeal has nothing to do with its sizzling 80 to 90 degree temps, but everything to do who’s going there — and why. Celebrity chefs like Top Chef‘s Tom Colicchio and Top Chef Masters‘ Marcus Samuelsson have discovered the tiny Caribbean island and claimed it as their food paradise, bringing the foodies who love them along for some fun in the sun. Today marks the close of the second annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, a weekend-long event featuring 20 food-focused activities all around the island.

Beautiful Bajan beaches and Barbados’s best resorts were the backdrop for cooking demonstrations by Colicchio and Samuelsson, as well as Ming Tsai, Mark McEwan and Bruno Loubet. On Saturday night, the chefs served up some of their best fare to well-dressed fans at a party at an exclusive polo estate, as wine, rum and champagne flowed.Tsai joked with guests as he plated and passed out tastes of ahi tuna, while Colicchio posed for pics and Samuelsson and his model wife made the rounds. READ MORE

Tony in Singapore

We hope you’re as excited about the first episode of The Layover as we are at Travel Channel. There are only 3 days left to go! To get you ready for the premiere, we’ve pulled together a selection of our favorite Tony Bourdain travel tips and trivia from his Singapore layover. Did you know prostitution is legal in Singapore? Or that noodles for breakfast is totally normal? Speaking of noodles for breakfast … check out this clip from the show, where Tony meets his friend K.F. Seetoh to sample the food at Sinapore’s Changi Village Hawker Center.

Also, make sure you watch the sneak peek and click through our behind-the-scenes photos to get a taste of where else Tony’s layovers will take him.

Thanksgiving Traffic on the Road

Despite a troubled economy and high gas prices, more Americans will hit the road for Thanksgiving weekend this year, according to American Automobile Association.

This means that you or someone you know will join more than 38 million Americans on the road. AAA officials said that’s up 4 percent from last year and the highest increase in holiday traffic since 2007.

Over the last 3 years, families, who resisted traveling during the busiest travel season of the year, are more likely to rethink their decisions this year.

A recent AAA forecast said some 3.4 million — up 1.8 percent year-over-year — would fly over the Thanksgiving weekend, bringing the total number of holiday travelers to 42.5 million.

So before you hit the road or take to the friendly skies, be sure to check out our tips and info to help you prepare for Thanksgiving and the shopping crowds on Black Friday.

More Holiday Content:
Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel
Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Macy’s Parade Hotels
10 Luxury Shopping Spots
Top 10 US Shopping Malls

Anthony Bourdain's The Layover

We’re 6 days away from Anthony Bourdain’s  all-new series, The Layover. Between now and Monday, Nov. 21, we’ll release 1 new clip from the premiere episode — Singapore. Today’s new clip is Tony Enjoys Claypot Rice. Tony recommends Geylang Claypot Rice for a tasty local dinner.

Watch the premiere of The Layover on Monday, Nov. 21, at 9|8c.

Anthony Bourdain's The Layover

Have you seen Travel Channel’s website today? Well, don’t be shocked, but you’re in the right spot. We just relaunched the website to help improve the user experience and provide fans more options to delve into numerous pages of Travel content.

TravelChannel.com is the first stop to view video, slideshows and other content related to our top TV shows, including Bizarre Foods, Man v. Food Nation, Ghost Adventures and Anthony Bourdain’s new show, The Layover. Check out the new TV show features, including the Top Picks module where fans can view popular TV show videos and photos.

Just looking around the site, you’ll notice a few changes. On the new site, we’ve changed the “Places and Trips” section into 2 separate categories, “Destinations” and “Interests.” Our Interests section provides travelers with vacation ideas for the holidays, cruises and mancations,  as well as info about the best hotels to stay and much more. Travelers looking for the perfect destination to get away can take a look at a few of our featured destinations — and escape to Singapore, Spain, Paris or closer to home, NYC, California or Orlando. We also offer links to options of what to do and where to stay in selected cities and countries. So check it out!

On your journey around the site you may notice a few glitches here and there, but we’re working hard to correct minor issues and improve the site over the next few months. Not only that, we will continue adding new content to TravelChannel.com, providing you and other Travel enthusiasts and fans with more content about your favorite TV shows, popular destinations and coverage of hot topics important to travelers.

So we hope you enjoy the new look and feel of TravelChannel.com. Kick start your virtual journey and travel here!

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