Airlines are giving away miles to people who donate money to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief programs
Get your “cheap” drinks in while you can.
On October 1, American Airlines is increasing prices for beer, wine and liquor by $1, according to USA Today.
A spokesperson for the airline said that in-flight beverage options have improved over recent years. While you could spend $8 to get a Bud Light, you could also opt for something like Goose Island IPA, Samuel Adams Octoberfest or Fat Tire Belgian White for the same price.
Spirits will run $9 with options like Bombay Sapphire gin, Disaronno Amaretto and Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, among several others. Wine is the same price and includes cabernet sauvignon, grenache and sauvignon blanc. Select longer flights also offer prosecco.
More from Travel + Leisure:
All non-alcoholic beverages for economy class passengers are free on American.
Passengers flying to Europe, Asia and select cities in Latin America and Hawaii can get free beer and wine. Spirits are only free for economy passengers on flights to and from Japan, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that passengers sat in Main Cabin Extra get free drinks (so do those in first and business classes). Prices for the upgrade start at $20 so, depending on how many in-flight drinks you order, the extra legroom could pay for itself.
American is not the only airline to raise menu prices this year. In March, Southwest Airlines began charging $6 for wine and beer and $7 for spirits onboard flights.
This story was originally published by Travel + Leisure.
It’s not too late to leaf-peep!
Leaf-peeping season is about to begin for many pockets of the country, making now the perfect time to plan your next great trip.
America is home to many beautiful places for marveling at the changing colors of the season, whether you’re up north, down south, or even out west. So bundle up, grab some apples and get outside to leaf-peep away at nature’s dazzling display.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Visit the beautiful Acadia National Park and scale Cadillac Mountain, the tallest mountain in the park and the tallest along the eastern American coast. Not only is this a prime place to view the sunrise, but the 27-mile Park Loop Road system that winds around the mountain offers views of the coastal forests and shoreline. Peak season for leaf-peeping is generally in mid-October, but the state has a fall foliage website that’s updated weekly, so you can determine the best time to visit. After you’ve had your fill of fall colors, head to the coastal town of Bar Harbor, full of history, shops and delicious restaurants.
The Catskills, New York
The Catskills are lovely in the autumn. View fall foliage in the great outdoors, or take a hike on one of the popular hiking trails in the Catskill Mountains. The area is also great for a scenic drive where you can see the historic covered bridges that date back to the 1800s. Be sure to see the many waterfalls in the region as well, with Kaaterskill Falls being the tallest cascading waterfall in New York State. A fall foliage report for the state can be viewed here.
YELLOWSTONE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING MAN WHO REPORTEDLY SHOT AT WOLVES
Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
For amazing leaf-peeping and a good time, head to the Pocono Mountains. Consult the fall foliage forecast before you plan your trip, and if you want to be extra sure the leaves are at optimal color, check out their live cameras. Visitors can take a scenic train ride or trail ride through the region or even an air tour to see the changing foliage. (You know you are going to a superb area for leaf peeping when they have a leaf peeping FAQ available.)
Mount Washington, New Hampshire
Mount Washington State Park sits atop the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. The area offers expansive views of up to 130-miles on a clear day, surrounded by the 750,000-acre White Mountain National Forest. If you are not looking to hike up the mountain, there is a scenic overlook with vehicle access. Note that the park (summit building) is closed from November to April. But another way up to view the area that is available through much of November is on The Mount Washington COG Railway, located in the White Mountains in Bretton Woods, N.H. This mountain-climbing train allows plenty of time to take in the views on either a historic steam train or an eco-friendly biodiesel locomotive.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennessee
Where better to see fall foliage than at America’s most visited national park, the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee. The park is home to roughly 1,500 black bears which can be viewed in Cades Cove, a popular area for touring that also offers an 11-mile one-way loop road that circles the cove for motorists. Fall color reports are available to guide your visit and offer prime viewing locations. The National Park Service also provides a guide to fall colors in the area.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Visit Shenandoah National Park to leaf-peep to your heart’s desire. Staff updates a fall color report each week so you can keep up with what the trees are doing. Visitors traveling by foot can hike on over 500-miles of trails, of which 101-miles are part of the Appalachian Trail. Motorists can take the Skyline Drive, a 105-mile National Scenic Byway, and see the park and beyond from one of the 75 scenic overlooks along the way. Or, experience the park on horseback, departing from Skyline Stables.
The Blue Ridge area, Georgia
Take a trip on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, beginning in Blue Ridge, Ga., in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 26-mile trip takes you along the Toccoa River to a layover in the sister towns of McCaysville, Ga., and Copperhill, Tenn. These “twin towns” are located on the Georgia-Tennessee state line. Leaf-peeping opportunities are optimal, but you can also take a special Fall Foliage trip on the railway. If you’re in the area, be sure to see the Tallulah Gorge which has “whitewater releases” in November, when the kayakers show off their skills.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
At Lake Geneva you can do it all — and therefore, it makes a wonderful place to leaf-peep. Hot-air balloon rides are available by the lake, too: After all, where better to leaf peep than amongst the trees themselves? Or, take a Zip Line Canopy Tour which consists of “eight different zip lines, five sky bridges, three spiral stairways and a one-of-a-kind ‘floating’ double helix stairway which wraps around a breathtaking ash tree,” according to the tour company’s website.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a nice place to view fall foliage via its several trails, including the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. One great way to see the park is aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. For National Park Scenic trains departing out of Rockside station and Akron Northside station, upgrade to a Premium Upper Dome ticket for a three-hour continuous round trip adventure that allows you to view the foliage from a mostly glass ceiling. Other options include Bike Aboard! trains that run until Nov. 5, where you can bike the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and take the train the other way; as well as “Grape Escape” and “Ales on Rails” wine- and beer-tasting excursions.
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Seven million acres of trees, Great Lakes shores, lighthouses, lakes and waterfalls make a perfect place to seek out beautiful fall colors. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers a plethora of outdoor activities including mountain biking, ATV trails, birding and four state parks. Not to mention, in addition to being able to leaf-peep, you can also see the Northern Lights.
Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Denali National Park encompasses six million acres of land with different forest types and North America’s tallest peak, the 20,310-foot Denali. Get outside and take a hike, go biking or search for wildlife. The park has sled dogs, too, and you can visit their kennels year-round. (Meet the litters of sled dogs here before you go.) Be warned: You might find pleasant fall weather or fresh snow and freezing temperatures, so plan ahead.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Visit Grand Teton National Park to see amazing wildlife, lakes and terrain. While leaves have historically “peaked” in late September, there are still sights to see. It’s currently the rutting, or breeding, season for deer, and male elk bugles can be heard — just look out for sparring matches. Note that hunting occurs in the park from mid-October through early December, so take precautions and wear orange or bright colors when visiting the park.
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Designated as a National Scenic Area, one can observe the canyon where the Columbia River flows through the Cascades. The area offers mountain biking, hiking, picnicking and scenic driving just to name a few activities. Ride the Mount Hood Railroad to see the sites, and take in all of the beautiful foliage. Book a Diamond Class ticket for the full experience, which usually means that you’ll be seated in the upper portion of their Sky Dome car with panoramic views.
Both LaGuardia Airport in the New York City borough of Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey ranked last in their respective categories.
(Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images)
Airport workers around New York City will have the highest minimum wage of any public agency within the next five years.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners approved a proposal on Thursday that would increase the airport workers’ minimum wage to $19 per hour by 2023.
The increase will affect 40,000 airport workers employed across JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports.
The increase will affect 40,000 airport workers, including baggage handlers, security officers, wheelchair agents and terminal and airplane cleaners at New York’s John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.
More from Travel + Leisure:
The three airports are among the busiest in the country, serving about 65 million passengers combined in 2017.
The raise is particularly impactful for workers in New Jersey who will begin making $8.45 more per hour. New York employees will see raises from their current minimum wage of $13 per hour. The Port Authority has said that the increases are an attempt to retain employees. New York City airports see a turnover of 30 percent every year. In other comparable airports around the country, that number could be as low as 6 percent.
“There’s no doubt that this new policy will greatly benefit the traveling public,” Port Authority Vice Chairman Jeffrey Lynford said in a statement. “Better wages and benefits will result in significantly reduced staff turnover, allowing for better trained and observant employees who can assist in our overall security efforts as well as in emergency situations. It also will improve workplace morale and productivity.”
The wage increase will happen in increments, beginning with the first rise on November 1.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles airports raised the minimum wage for airport employees to $18.99 per hour, excluding benefits.
This story was originally published by Travel + Leisure.
Transportation Security Administration officials had a record day on May 3.
A TSA agent is being praised for his quick-thinking after a man collapsed after passing through the security line at the Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wis.
Tony D’Amico, a firefighter and TSA agent, said he joined the TSA after 9/11 in honor of his fellow firefighters who died that day, TMJ4 reports.
AIRPORT PAYS $7,500 FOR DOG TO CHASE BIRDS FROM RUNWAY
“I wanted to do a little more for my country,” D’Amico said.
On Wednesday morning, D’Amico said he was in an office near the security line at the airport and suddenly heard a thump.
“I heard a thump,” D’Amico said to TMJ4. “[Me and two supervisors] came out running and noticed a passenger laying on the floor with his arms fully extended.”
MOM PRAISES TSA EMPLOYEE WHO HELPED WITH HER AUTISTIC SON: SHE’S FROM ‘TSA HEAVEN’
A 70-year-old man had collapsed after going through security.
“I looked at him for a couple seconds to assess him,” D’Amico said to TMJ4. “I noticed he wasn’t breathing. Checked a pulse, no pulse. I opened his shirt to see if nay chest rise or stomach movement. I didn’t see any of that. I checked for a pulse again and immediately started CPR at that time.”
D’Amico performed chest compressions for about two minutes, the outlet reports, before he stopped and the man started to slowly regain consciousness. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and took the man to the hospital about 20 minutes after he collapsed.
TSA AGENT PRAISED FOR CLEARING SMOKING BAG AT GEORGIA AIRPORT
D’Amico said he’s happy he could be there to help the man before any irreversible damage could have happened.
“It makes me feel really good,” D’Amico said. “If that wouldn’t have happened, brain damage starts occurring after four minutes. Four to six minutes you start having brain damage.”
He wasn’t the only one feeling good about his response, Federal Security Director for the Dept. of Homeland Security Mark Lendvay called him employee of the year for his actions, TMJ4 reports.
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS
“Probably [employee] of the year to be quite honest,” Lendvay said. “Heroic efforts saving someone’s life, you don’t do that daily. And if you talk to him, he’ll just say he was doing his job.”
The TSA plans on honoring D’Amico at the end of the year awards banquet Lendvay said, TMJ4 reports.
A flag warning Cape Cod visitors of sharks blows in the wind at an entrance point to Nauset Beach in Orleans, Mass., on Aug. 31, 2018.
(John Tlumacki/Boston Globe via Getty Images)
The residents of a Cape Cod town have urged local officials to secure the safety of their beaches after a deadly shark attack claimed the life of a Massachusetts man earlier this month.
Hundreds of concerned locals turned out for a community forum at an elementary school in Wellfleet on Thursday to discuss the uptick in shark sightings along the coastline, and to learn from experts and officials what can reasonably be done to prevent another attack.
BEACH MANAGER SAYS PEOPLE WILL NEED TO USE ‘COMMON SENSE’ FOLLOWING FATAL CAPE COD ATTACK
Suzanne Grout-Thomas, the Wellfleet Director of Community Services, began by outlining the steps officials have taken to increase awareness in previous years, including more training and updated first-aid procedures, CapeCod.com News reports. Thomas, however, said there was no way to ensure shark-free waters.
Visitors to Newcomb Hollow Beach on Saturday stand near a sign urging residents to “Be Shark Smart” when entering the water.
“We cannot put anything out there that will guarantee that you’re never going to run into a shark, that no one will ever be attacked by a shark or tasted by a shark,” she said, per CapeCod.com.
Residents later pushed for officials to decrease the seal population in order to deter sharks seeking them out as a food source, either via a “birth control system” or by reducing seals’ protections, The Boston Globe reports.
Others cited the less-than-ideal cell phone service on the beaches, which could slow efforts to reach emergency resonders.
Residents, like Gail Sluis of Brewster, also took the floor to plead for drastic action.
“They’re eating our fish, now they’re eating our children,” said Sluis, according to the Globe. “No sharks or seals are worth a young man’s life — they’re just not.”
Thursday’s meeting comes following the death of 26-year-old Arthur Medici, of Revere, who succumbed to his injuries after being attacked by a shark off Newcomb Hollow Beach on Sept. 15. His death is believed to be Cape Cod’s first fatality attributed to a shark in 80 years.
In a news release issued shortly afterward, Cape Cod National Seashore confirmed that Wellfleet’s beaches – including the Newcomb Hollow Beach, where Medici was attacked – were “closed to swimming,” though surfers and paddleboarders were spotted in the water the same day.
SCARY VID SHOWS TOURISTS RUNNING FROM COLLAPSING CLIFF AT GREEK BEACH
Warning signs had also been placed at beaches across Cape Cod in the weeks prior, around the time a 61-year-old man was attacked at a beach in the Cape Cod town of Truro.
Thomas had also said in a statement to Fox News that the town would “have to rely on people’s common sense and will to survive” in order to prevent similar attacks.
Officials placed signs telling visitors beaches were closed following Medici’s death.
(Merrily Cassidy/The Cape Cod Times via AP)
Thursday’s forum ended with officials vowing to fund safety improvements and technologies that may help detect sharks, and even said they would look into the possibility of using drones to monitor waters, as per a suggestion from a local, CapeCod.com reported.
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS
Officials were also open to the possibility of another forum, the Globe reported.
It’s not all about Barbados and Antigua – there’s more to the Caribbean than you might think
Standing on the beach at Baracoa, I felt like I had arrived somewhere important. It wasn’t just that I had crossed – by car and bus – east to west, almost the entirety of Cuba – a stringy island 777 miles long. It was also because that morning, Oscar, the guide I’d hired to take me on a hike to a coffee farm, had mentioned in passing that Columbus “came here before anywhere else – and he said it was the most beautiful place in the world.”
As soon as I could get online – and this being Cuba, it wasn’t that soon at all – I looked it up. It was true, even if the exact date of the landing was open to interpretation….
This summer we not only begin a new year, but a new decade and experts say it’ll will bring about an entirely new set of travel trends.
Website Booking.com has released research that analysed data from more than 22,000 travellers and over 180 million verified guest reviews, to find out what trends we can expect in the new year.
The rise of the ‘second city’ traveller
Second-city travelling is when someone opts to visit lesser known destinations in an effort to reduce the effects of tourism on more popular areas.
Would you consider visiting a ‘secondary’ city? Photo credit: Getty Images
Over half of global travellers involved in the research said they want to play a part in reducing over-tourism, while 51 percent would swap their original destination for a lesser known but similar alternative if they knew it’d leave less of an impact on the environment.
There was also a significant amount of people who said they would use a website or an app that was based on recommending more eco-friendly destinations and activities.
Tech-spect the unexpected
Technology will continue to play a massive role in the travel industry in 2020.
Apps that can guide you, advise you and update you are believed to become more popular, with particular growth in crowdsourced travel information and feedback.
More tech, more travel. Photo credit: Getty Images
Travel feedback websites are common, but more and more niche apps are emerging to cater to travellers passionate about certain things, such as history tours or conservation.
Nearly two-thirds of the people surveyed also liked the idea of an app deciding their holiday activities for them completely at random. You just push go and all of a sudden, you’re booked to go bungee-jumping.
Slo-Mo is the new fomo
Instead of suffering from FOMO and racing through every possible activity or Instagrammable moment at your holiday destination, in the 2020s you may take your foot off the pedal and slow down.
Take your time and enjoy your surroundings. Photo credit: Getty Images
Of those surveyed, 61 percent said they would prefer to take a longer route to their destination, allowing them to experience more of the journey itself.
Different types of transportation will be used on slow-mo travel such as bikes, scooters, trams and boats. More than half liked the idea of a historic experience, such as a steam train ride, like the Flying Scotsman or the Orient Express.
Another expected trend is time-poor travellers wanting to experience as much as possible in a short amount of time in destinations that have a variety of experiences all within a short distance of each other.
The perfect holiday attraction for fans of diggers. Photo credit: Diggerland
For example, someone who wants a taste of French culture may choose a smaller town rather than Paris, allowing them to experience the food, wine and lifestyle all within walking distance and without the long queues of tourists.
Making great memories with ‘grand’ getaways
2020 is believed to be the year of the ‘grand’ as more grandparents are expected to take epic vacations with just their grandkids, leaving the middle generation behind.
Grandparents feel younger after spending time with their grandchildren. Photo credit: Getty Images
The survey showed 72 percent of grandparents agree that spending time with their grandkids keeps them feeling young and 71 percent believe that parents need alone time, without their children.
Pair that with the fact that today’s older generation is generally healthier, more adventurous and more keen to stay young and active than ever before, it’s likely we’ll see ‘grand’ vacations that offer an array of active experiences for both generations to take part in becoming even more popular in the year ahead.
What trends do you hope to become more popular, or disappear altogether? Let us know on our Facebook Travel Tips and Tricks group.
The video features one of the most popular bands in Korea. Credits: Korean Air
Korean Air has released a new safety video that has become an instant hit thanks to capitalising on the enormous popularity of K-pop.
The video, starring boyband SuperM, began playing on all Korean Air flights from Monday and online has racked up millions of views within hours.
It features a specially composed song by renowned songwriter Kenzie, with lyrics explaining the safety features of the aircraft.
After a string of popular safety videos from airlines including Air New Zealand, Korean Air’s latest is the first to star a massively successful boyband.
“Safety does not have to be serious or boring,” a Korean Air spokesperson said.
“We hope to deliver clear safety messages to our passengers through the brand-new safety video.”
The safety video song from SuperM, entitled ‘Let’s Go Everywhere’, will be released as a single later in the month, with all profits going to a group focused on ending extreme poverty, climate change and global inequality.
Korean Airlines flies between Auckland and Seoul up to seven times a week.
Kellyanne Conway just flat-out rejected democracy. Here’s what that means for the Trump team’s impeachment plan
I’m not sure there’s any other way to put it. A few minutes ago, Conway told Chris Wallace, on Fox News Sunday, that she—presumably on behalf of Donald Trump—rejects democracy. Wallace brought up the White House’s policy of seeking to prevent potential witnesses from testifying in the House impeachment inquiry, and then asked whether that would continue now that the “full House” has authorized the process.
“Fact check,” Conway replied. It wasn’t the full House, but only the Democrats, she said. Let that sink in a minute. Last time I checked my copy of the Constitution, when a majority of our elected representatives votes in favor of a matter, that means that body has passed it—even if no one from Kellyanne Conway’s party is on board. I wonder if she’d also say that the “full American people” didn’t elect Donald Trump, given that only 46% of voters cast a ballot for him, and given that he lost the popular vote by 3 million. I’m waiting for her to connect those dots. Not really, of course.
The point is this: remember that nothing, ever, that goes against the interests of Donald Trump will be pronounced legitimate by anyone who works for Donald Trump—at least if they want their employment to continue. There is no principle of democracy or constitutionality they won’t throw overboard in service to their overlord. Any journalists interacting with a Trump employee who don’t recognize that will be unable to do their job effectively. And that describes too many in our media today.
Ian Reifowitz is the author of The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump (Foreword by Markos Moulitsas)
Fox News’ Chris Wallace torches Kellyanne Conway for blowing off testimony about Trump’s quid pro quo
Combative Kellyanne Conway took her show on the road to Fox News Sunday this morning where she battled host Chris Wallace over testimony given by officials in Donald Trump’s administration.
Sitting down with the persistent Fox host, Conway once again said she saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, only to have Wallace note the multiple high-level presidential appointees who have testified that is exactly what they saw in the president’s talks with Ukraine’s president.
“All of them top foreign policy officials to this president have all testified about repeated instances where they saw the support for Ukraine dependent on Ukraine investigating the Bidens,” Wallace began. “Isn’t that the definition of a quid pro quo?”
“The fact is Ukraine has that aid, they’re using that aid as we sit here ” Conway shot back.
“You’re missing the point,” the Fox host protested. “The aid was withheld until –” as Conway cut him off to claim, “The Ukranian president says he has no idea the aid was withheld.”
With host Wallace asking if “it mattered” that the top diplomat to Ukraine admitted that a quid pro quo was involved, Conway retorted that she questioned the diplomat’s “interpretation.”
On FOX News Sunday: Kellyanne Conway reacts to a new report that some GOP members are ready to acknowledge quid pro quo. #FNS #FoxNews pic.twitter.com/TcRxk0NWhP
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) November 3, 2019