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Int'l Fare of the Day: San Francisco to Istanbul $633 round-trip, spring travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For travel next spring, fly from San Francisco to Istanbul for $633 round-trip, including all taxes, on Air Canada.

We found seats departing SFO on Monday, April 20, returning from IST on the following Monday, April 27.

Other dates are also available for travel throughout spring.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

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Int'l Fare of the Day: Atlanta to Cancun $276 nonstop, Labor Day travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For late summer/fall travel, fly nonstop from Atlanta to Cancun for $276 round-trip, including all taxes, on Southwest.

We found seats departing ATL on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, August 30, returning the following Saturday, September 6.

Other dates are also available for travel through December 17.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Seattle to Reykjavik $632 round-trip, nonstop

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fly from Seattle to Reykjavik for $632 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, on Icelandair.

As seen below, we found seats departing SEA on Wednesday, October 22, returning from KEF on Wednesday, October 29.

Other dates are also available for travel from October through March, excluding peak holiday periods.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

Similarly low fares are also available from other departure cities such as Boston $587, Denver $612, New York $587, Washington DC $587, and Toronto $604. Visit our Reykjavik KEF fare page for a complete look at current finds.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Aer Lingus Sale for Fall Travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Save on fall flights to Europe with the current sale from Aer Lingus.

Sale fares are valid for travel to Ireland from September 20 through October 31, and again from November 3 through December 14.

For flights elsewhere in Europe, travel is valid from September 21 through October 31, and again from November 3 through December 14.

Add an additional $32 for fares booked via telephone or in person at an Aer Lingus ticket counter.

All tickets must be booked by 7:00pm ET, August 5.

Fares include:

New York to Dublin $646 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Dublin $679 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Chicago to Dublin $736 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

Boston to Shannon $669 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Shannon $639 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes

New York to Edinburgh $829 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Dusseldorf $849 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Manchester $829 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Glasgow $829 round-trip, including all taxes

New York to Faro $849 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Glasgow $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Edinburgh $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Manchester $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Paris $750 round-trip, including all taxes

Boston to Bristol $829 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Glasgow $939 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Edinburgh $939 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Manchester $939 round-trip, including all taxes

Visit our fare pages for New York, Boston, and Chicago for a complete listing of deals.

Above image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Domestic Fare of the Day: Newark to Memphis $273 nonstop, weekend travel

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For travel this weekend, fly nonstop from Newark to Memphis for $273 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

Depart EWR on Friday, August 1, return from MEM on Monday morning, August 4. Travel is also valid for Saturday, August 2, or Tuesday, August 5.

For booking info, see our Fare Details.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Where to Find the Fastest Wi-Fi on the Road

Posted by Dara Continenza on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

 

If you've got a need for (Internet) speed, a new report from Wefi can tell you which airports, hotel chains, and even beaches are best when it comes to connectivity.

The company, which collects and measures mobile data, tracked 45 million hot spots from April 1 to June 15, 2014. What they found was that the biggest and most popular destinations often don't crack the top 10.

Leading the pack of airports, Detroit wins for fastest Wi-Fi, with an average speed of 4.63 mbps. (This writer can attest to the decent Internet speeds at Detroit Metro, for she once spent an entire eight-hour delay there successfully streaming Friday Night Lights.) The Red Roof Inns chain tops the hotel category, with an average speed of 4.34 mbps. And, for beach seekers who like to pack a laptop (who are you?), Clearwater Beach, Florida, is your hot spot in the sun (although beachside Wi-Fi speeds are low across the board).

Here is the complete list of airports, hotels, and beaches with the fastest Wi-Fi. Click to see an infographic with more stats.

Top Airports with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

1. Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Michigan (4.63 mbps)
2. Denver International Airport, Colorado (4.33 mbps)
3. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida (3.74 mbps)
4. Los Angeles International Airport, California (3.29 mbps)
5. Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia (3.09 mbps)
6. Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, Arizona (2.88 mbps)
7. LaGuardia Airport, New York (2.67 mbps)
8. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia (2.66 mbps)
9. Logan International Airport, Massachusetts (2.51 mbps)
10. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Minnesota (2.45 mbps)
11. McCarran International Airport, Nevada (2.41 mbps)
12. San Francisco International Airport, California (2.29 mbps)

Top Hotels with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

1. Red Roof Inns (4.34 mbps)
2. Sleep Inn (4.14 mbps)
3. Ramada (3.69 mbps)
4. Holiday Inn (3.68 mbps)
5. Best Western (3.66 mbps)
6. Aloft Hotels (3.42 mbps)
7. Studio 6 (3.22 mbps)
8. Hilton (3.17 mbps)
9. Quality Inns (3.15 mbps)
10. Four Points by Sheraton (3.04 mbps)
11. Comfort Inn (2.99 mbps)
12. Candlewood Suites (2.69 mbps)
13. Radisson (2.43 mbps)
14. Clarion (2.42 mbps)
15. Doubletree Hotel (2.32 mbps)

Top Beaches with the Fastest Wi-Fi:

1. Clearwater Beach, Florida (2.9 mbps)
2. Atlantic City, New Jersey (2.8 mbps)
3. Mission Beach, California (2.1 mbps)
4. South Beach Miami, Florida (1.9 mbps)
5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (1.8 mbps)
6. Santa Monica, California (1.8 mbps)
7. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii (1.6 mbps)
8. Newport Beach, California (1.2 mbps)
9. Hermosa Beach, California (1.1 mbps)

Readers, do you choose destinations based on Wi-Fi connectivity?

(Photo: Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title Where to Find the Fastest Wi-Fi on the Road.

Follow Dara Continenza on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

Int'l Fare of the Day: Washington DC to Johannesburg $817 round-trip

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fly from Washington DC to Johannesburg for $817 round-trip, including all taxes, on Delta Air Lines.

We found seats departing DCA on Wednesday November 19, returning from JNB on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27.

Other dates are available for travel from September through November. Flights connect via Atlanta.

For booking info, see our Fare Details. This fare is also available for departures from San Francisco SFO.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Weekend Fares from American, US Airways, and United

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Here's a quick look at what's available for weekend travel on American, US Airways, and United. Most are valid for departure on Friday or Saturday, returning the following Monday or Tuesday, either this weekend or the next.

Check our Fare Details for rules and restrictions.

Seats tend to go fast, so hurry!

Newark to Washington DC $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Houston $326 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Pittsburgh $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Columbus $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Dayton $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to Louisville $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Newark to San Antonio $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Cleveland to Tampa $278 round-trip, including all taxes

Atlantic City to Houston $326 round-trip, including all taxes

Denver to Bismarck $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Tucson to Los Angeles $168 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to San Diego $168 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Austin $328 round-trip, including all taxes

San Francisco to Kansas City $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Ft Lauderdale to Cleveland $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Indianapolis $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Huntsville $185 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Tulsa $201 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Little Rock $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Chicago to Oklahoma City $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Las Vegas to San Francisco $168 round-trip, including all taxes

Portland to San Francisco $228 round-trip, including all taxes

Washington DC to Oklahoma City $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Washington DC to Tulsa $328 round-trip, including all taxes

Los Angeles to Colorado Springs $276 round-trip, including all taxes

Dallas to New Orleans $121 round-trip, including all taxes

Dallas to Omaha $210 round-trip, including all taxes

Dallas to Moline $262 round-trip, including all taxes

Above image via Shutterstock

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Int'l Fare of the Day: Newark to Hamilton, Bermuda $270 nonstop, Thanksgiving

Posted by Tracy Stewart on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

For travel over the week of Thanksgiving, fly nonstop from Newark to Hamilton, Bermuda for $270 round-trip, including all taxes, on United.

We found seats departing EWR on Monday, November 24, returning from BDA on Friday, November 28.

Similar fares available for travel from New York JFK for travel through late April 2015.

Visit our Hamilton, Bermuda BDA fare page for a complete look at current finds.

To learn more, visit Tracy Stewart's profile on Google+

Hotels with the Best Views in America

Posted by Caroline Costello on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

 

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California (Photo: Preferred Hotel Group)

A perfect view is a priceless hotel amenity. It allows you to enjoy a perspective of a landscape or monument that's, for the time being, yours alone. You get to maintain a visual connection to your destination even after you've retreated to your room with a bottle of wine and the room-service menu. And it affords the opportunity to take some pretty impressive pictures without battling crowds of camera-wielding tourists.

Some of the greatest views of America's most spectacular sites—the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, the rugged beaches of California's Central Coast—are available from the guest rooms of hotels. Here are 10 U.S. properties that overlook superb vistas and offer guests a picture-perfect point of view.

 

(Photo: Ian A Gratton via flickr/CC Attribution)

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, New York City, New York

New Yorkers are knee-deep in marvelous views, from teeming Times Square to the high-flying city skyline to the emerald-green expanse of Central Park. But at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park, telescopes in harbor-view rooms help you get a special perspective on one of America's icons: the Statue of Liberty. One of two Ritz-Carlton properties in New York City, the Battery Park Ritz property is located about 100 yards from the harbor, giving guests an unobstructed look at Ellis Island. Plus, the port for Statue of Liberty tours is a stone's throw away.

 

(Photo: Grand Canyon NPS via flickr/CC Attribution)

Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The astonishing views are what draw many to the rim of the Grand Canyon. So why not stay in a place that's as close to the powerful landscape as you can get? The Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim is the only lodging inside the park that's located at the North Rim. (This means you should book your stay far in advance.) The lodge consists of cabins and motel rooms; the prime spots to book are the cabins close to the rim of the canyon. For best results, be sure to ask for a cabin with a North Rim view.

 

(Photo: Hotel Vitale)

Hotel Vitale, San Francisco, California

The Golden Gate isn't the only San Francisco bridge worth looking at. Last year, an enormous installation comprised of 25,000 LED lights was hung on the Bay Bridge, which connects San Francisco to Oakland. The Bay Lights make up the world's largest LED sculpture. And Hotel Vitale, which sits on the San Fran waterfront across from the Embarcadero promenade, offers guests perfect Bay Bridge views. When booking your stay, ask for a bridge-view room. You'll get to see the Bay Bridge sparkling with more than a mile of glittering lights from dusk until dawn, right from your room. Some guest rooms also offer views of the Ferry Building Marketplace along the Embarcadero.

 

(Photo: Preferred Hotel Group)

The Chanler at Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island

Enjoy a view fit for a gilded-age baron in … where else but the former home of a gilded-age baron. There's little argument that this gorgeous historical property offers the best ocean views in Newport. The Chanler at Cliff Walk, a mansion constructed in the 19th century by Civil War-era congressman John Winthrop Chanler, is the only hotel located on Newport's celebrated Cliff Walk. It's perched directly on the trail that snakes between the Atlantic Ocean and a sequence of ornate gilded-age manors. Grab an Ocean Villa to enjoy unforgettable views of the ocean and the historical town of Newport directly from your room.

 

(Photo: Far View Lodge)

Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

This hotel's name says it all. The only lodging available inside Mesa Verde National Park, Far View Lodge sits amidst miles of arid sagebrush-blanketed wilderness on the Colorado Plateau. All rooms at the lodge have private balconies from which guests can stargaze, search for wandering Rocky Mountain elk, black bears, or coyotes, or simply enjoy the rolling cuesta landscape that seems to extend forever.

 

Corner Executive Suite (Photo: Swissotel)

Swissotel Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

This Magnificent Mile property affords views of the best of both Chicago worlds: Lake Michigan and the city skyline. Certainly, the finest viewpoints are available via Swissotel Chicago's corner king rooms; these accommodations have wide windows that allow guests to enjoy full views of water and city in two directions. Need an excuse to work out? The property's fitness center, located on the 42nd floor, also offers panoramic Windy City views.

 

(Photo: Ryan Harvey via flickr/CC Attribution/Share Alike)

Enchantment Resort, Sedona, Arizona

Tucked amidst the multihued red rocks of Sedona, Enchantment Resort has a well-deserved reputation for stunning views. The property is located on 70 pristine acres at Boynton Canyon, where a mix of forest, desert, and canyons forms a unique and visually stunning ecosystem. Trails are accessible for those who want to explore the extraordinary natural setting. Or you can order room service from one of a handful of on-site restaurants and dine on your own private terrace in full view of the Sedona scenery. For the best perspective, request a room with a view of the canyon face or a room on a higher floor.

 

(Photo: Four Seasons)

Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii

The secluded Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay is one of just a few hotels on Lanai, so you won't see any other properties from your window; that equates to pristine, unobstructed views of red lava cliffs and blue ocean. Even if you don't snag a room with an ocean view, you won't have to worry about getting stuck with concrete high-rises in your visual field. There's not a bad view in the house: You might have a view of the sea. You might have a view of the property's lush tropical gardens. Either way, you'll be hard-pressed to spot any signs of commercial development from your accommodations on this calm, quiet island.

 

View from Peak House Guest Room (Photo: Preferred Hotel Group)

Port Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

At Post Ranch Inn, secluded cliff-side dwellings offer expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Take in the sea view from a private porch, a living room warmed by a crackling fire, or a roomy jetted tub positioned before a wall of glass. (The windows facing the ocean hang above a steep incline, which supplies the requisite privacy for large-windowed bathrooms.) You'll also find amazing views in the property's restaurant, Sierra Mar, where walls and floors made entirely of glass extend over the sloping cliffs, creating the perfect visual setting for an unforgettable meal.

 

(Photo: brianandjaclyn via flickr/CC Attribution)

Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, Montana

It's generally agreed upon that Many Glacier Hotel offers the best views of all the lodgings in Glacier National Park. And what views they are: Lake-facing windows at this Swiss-style property provide a flawless perspective on glacier-carved mountainous landscapes. See the jagged peaks reflecting onto the clear water of Swiftcurrent Lake right from your room. But book early. There are only a handful of hotels within the national park, and lake-facing accommodations fill up especially fast.

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This article was originally published by SmarterTravel under the title 10 Hotels with the Best Views in the U.S.

Follow Caroline Costello on Google+ or email her at editor@smartertravel.com.

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