Pic Or It Didn’t Happen? Hey, we get it. So does Dirty Bones, an American restaurant in London. They’re giving diners Instagram kits upon request so you can perfectly capture your avocado toast.
Have Baby, No Travel? Never fear, new parents. Alaska Airlines is now granting Parental Leave to new-parent frequent flyers with elite status. At least it won’t be your flight benefits keeping you up during those sleepless nights.
Dolla Make Me Holla! Looks like Honey-Boo-Boo was onto something. The other Honey, the web browser extension that brings savings at checkout, has launched Honey Travel for exclusive deals on hotels - up to 55% off normal booking rates.
When You Just Can’t Find The Words: Too. Many. Letters. Kayak rolled out a new app feature allowing travelers to search their destination by emojis. Don’t know where to go but know you want a beer? There's an emoji, and now a destination, for that.
Champagne Taste on Bud Light Budget... The lifestyles of the rich and famous are just a smidge more attainable at BWI airport in Baltimore, Maryland. For just $50 a day, you can enjoy a new pre-flight lounge that includes snacks, cocktails, and a full service gym (shower too, of course).
IN OTHER NEWS....
Know Before You Go: Marriott, Starwood, and Hilton hotels have new cancellation policies. Marriott, and its recently acquired Starwood branded hotels, rolled out their new policy last month which now requires 48-hour notice for cancellation in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Hilton’s new policy applies to bookings starting at the end of this month. Hotels say the move is to free up room availability for more travelers, while corporate travelers are concerned about getting penalized for last minute changes outside of their control.
NY Times provides some tips on how you can get around it if you have a legit reason to cancel in a short window.
DEALS OF THE WEEK
Island Thai-me: Amazing package for 8 nights in Phuket, Thailand in 5 star accommodations (Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa) plus airfare starting at $817 per person.
Los Angeles ($817-$893)
New York ($873-$953)
San Francisco ($878-$948)
Third Time's The Charm: Major US - Europe sale is back for the third week in a row. Travel August 2017 - May 2018 on American Airlines and partner airlines.
Departure Cities include:
Washington DC/Baltimore/Chicago/Boston/Miami/Los Angeles/San Francisco
Arrival Cities include:
Barcelona/Madrid/Ibiza/Palma de Mallorca/Valencia/Bilbao, Spain
Mexi-food-coma: Explore a little less beach and a lot more culture and amazing food in Mexico City, with airfare starting at $206 RT.
Travel on United Airlines August-September from: Atlanta/Detroit/Minneapolis/Salt Lake City/Seattle (with layover in Houston)
Travel on Delta Airlines September-October from: Washington, D.C. (layover in Atlanta)
Azores, Portugal: Nonstop flights from Boston to Terceira, Portugal for $499 per person (double occupancy) includes 7 nights in a 4 star hotel, daily breakfast, airport transfer, and all taxes and fees.
If you're looking for an island adventure that could rival Kauai or Iceland (think beaches, dramatic cliffs, walking inside a volcano, and natural lava-rock swimming holes) but for a fraction of the cost and number of tourists, book this amazing deal!
Travel Dates: October - December. Deal also available January - April for +$100.
*TravelZoo Weekly Top 20 is now live.
*Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are going MexiCaliRica! Flights starting at $99 one way to/from California, Mexico, and Costa Rica* are calling your name. Book by July 24, travel Sept - Nov. Let's go, beaches.
*Southwest Airlines sale posted last week is still live through July 27, but reminder that seats, travel dates, and markets are limited. Travel generally valid from 8/22 - 12/13 (i.e. get your Labor Day and Thanksgiving plans sorted soon).
*Hawaiian Airlines back on sale from 11 mainland cities to Honolulu or Maui (or Kauai* from Los Angeles) starting at $397 RT. Book direct by tomorrow, July 20 for travel Mon - Thurs Aug 21 - Nov 14.
*tip: TravelZoo Top 20 includes sale on an oceanfront Kauai hotel - starting at $109 a night; or $199 a night for Costa Rica Villa with Plunge Pool and Breakfast.
SO WHAT DID I MISS...?
Deals posted on Facebook this week...
$300s-$400s RT many US cities to Europe (twice!)
$799 RT West Coast U.S. to New Zealand and Fiji
Check our website and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for short-lived fares like these throughout the week.
WHERE TO GO....
The Royal (Flower) Crown: While we don’t think the queen will be swapping hers in anytime soon, you can still experience all things floral in the Royal city at London’s flower pop-up bar coming to Soho Square July 27 through July 29. And who better to host than the floral liqueur experts, St Germain. Admission is free and includes one free drink per guest. We’re following up to see if they’ll also be handing out Claritin at the door.
UP: While we can’t guarantee any flying houses, we can promise a whole lot of hot air balloon action in Readington, New Jersey this month. The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, running in the Garden State Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30th, is the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in North America.
So Fetch: On Wednesdays, we wear pink...sand. Stop trying to make black or white sand beaches happen and choose one of these destinations for a beach vacay before summer ends.
Toasting With The Fishes: Is it really wine tasting if you have to wait in line in a crowded tasting room for an overpriced sip of wine? This summer, take it up a notch… or under rather. Head under the sea to Croatia’s newest winery, Edivo Vina, where the wine is made at the bottom of the Mali Ston Bay. Haven’t got your sea legs yet? Edivo Vina has a shop for you land lovers, or explore some lesser known, but equally delicious, wine regions like Portugal or Upstate New York.
Bon Appetit: Nothing quite says summer like a road trip across America. And nothing quite says America like fast food. This summer turn that cheat meal into a cheat month and indulge in a culinary tour of the United States unlike any other. Go on, make Guy Fieri proud.
BREAK IT DOWN...
AARP Rejoice! ICYMI, after the Supreme’s said A-OK to parts of the TTB (Trump Travel Ban), everyone has been trying to figure out what exactly that means. Yesterday, the State Department cleared that up and clarified that grandpa and grandma are in fact covered under the “bona-fide relationship” rule. Good news for bingo halls...
Can’t Have Nice Things: Last week we brought you the pristine shores of Palawan, Philippines, Travel+Leisure’s #1 ranked Island in the world. This week, we’re here to say that if you bought a ticket you may want to proceed with caution. The State Dept. has issued a travel warning for parts of the Philippines, including Palawan due to threat of tourist kidnappings. Guess some people just can’t handle the pressure at the top.
If you’re concerned about safety, Travel+Leisure has rounded up top 10 safest destinations.
Meanwhile… you are now free to use your laptops about the cabin.
Where’s The Salt? Wanna be wasted away again in Margaritaville? So do we. Lucky for all of us, VinePair is giving away roundtrip airfare, two nights accommodations, and VIP passes for two people to a Margarita Festival in Santa Cruz or Houston.
Literally Can’t: Everyone’s favorite satire site, Betches, is giving away a free 4-day trip for two to Tulum, Mexico with all-inclusive accommodations and flights included. The catch? Use the hashtag #summerofbetches on those instagram shots when doing all things ‘basic’ to win. Starbucks and leggings not included.