The LG Weekly News Roundup: 11.12.09

Air, Featured, Hotels & Resorts, Train, Weekly Travel News — By on November 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm

by Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….

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Riding the free rails
Way to go, Amtrak! The broke and sometimes busted train service is finally taking steps to snag passengers from airlines and cheap-o bus companies – by adding free in-ride WiFi to its Acela trains in 2010. Many of the newer Amtrak cars already have outlets and big enough tray-tops to actually fit a normal laptop, so this seems like a savvy next step. The only question: Is a lengthier trip worth some uninterrupted email (or, um, Hulu) time?
Source: Bloomberg

Good giving
If the last time you counted volunteer hours was for high school graduation, check out Sage Hospitality’s “Give a Day, Get a Night” program. Any guests who have completed at least eight hours of community service for a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit by March 29, 2010 are eligible for 50 percent off – or even a free night – at more than 50 hotels across the U.S. Now that should give you the warm fuzzies.
Source: Sage Hospitality

Hotel peepshow
Who says print media is dead? A Rare World, a new luxury hotel travel magazine, is betting on a resurrection. The 10-times-a-year publication boasts a steep $200 subscription tag and claims to offer peeks inside the exclusive world of really, really, rich travelers. Check out a preview edition online (https://arareworld.com/) and decide whether armchair travel is worth $20 a month.
Source: Hotel Chatter

Fly safe
Here’s a policy to stand behind: Lawmakers want to pass a bill that will prohibit the use of laptops and other electronic devices in airline cockpits. The proposal comes after a Minneapolis-bound Northwest Airlines flight missed the Twin Cities by 150 miles because the pilot and co-pilot were fiddling with a new crew schedule on their laptops. Electronic devices, such as MP3 players, DVDs and laptops, are not yet specifically banned from cockpits. Given how difficult it can be to even walk and text, let’s hope for a confident “aye!” on this one.
Source: USA Today

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