Hello and happy November, travel friends, both near and far. Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, so we’re passing them along.
- There have been plenty of changes to travel loyalty programs announced recently. While most of them aren’t due to start for several months, Hyatt rolled out off-peak and peak pricing for its award nights. After searching a few hotels, my quick take was that this would cause mild to moderate pain for Hyatt fans. Now we know how bad it is since Frequent Miler compared rates at several hotels over various dates and crunched the numbers for us.
- Schedule changes are a part of travel planning and will be for a while until the airlines figure out their staffing and reconfigured route networks. We’d been lucky on the few flights we took but we finally got a major change to our Delta itinerary and an efficient trip to Hawaii now has a 4-hour layover in LAX. I wasn’t happy about it but a commenter said that I’d need that much time to connect in LAX because of what a mess the airport is at the moment. After reading this post, the reasons for the delays at LAX are many and they’re not going away anytime soon.
- When flying, you never know what’s going to happen. You might get lucky and have an uneventful flight with a polite seatmate. Then again, you might be sitting next to a manspreader (and here are 3 easy steps to reclaim your space if you are.) However, there are times when you’re on a flight and the unexpected happens. For example, Southwest offered surprise in-flight concerts, which would only be enjoyable if you happen to like the band. These are on hold because of COVID. There was also the all-LGBTQ flight on Virgin Atlantic with a DJ and drag queens, but everyone on that flight knew in advance what they were booking. Recently, unsuspecting passengers boarded a Southwest flight from Reno to Denver with a large group returning from the national Furries convention.
- The more things change, it’s nice to see that some things stay the same. I just read a review of the Wingtips lounge at JFK airport and not much has changed since we visited there this summer. I didn’t think the lounge could get worse but I think it’s even more disappointing than before.
- A few years ago we visited Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York. I’m glad we got a chance to visit but we didn’t think it was all that. In a rarity for a classic steakhouse, there were only 2 locations, both in New York. That was, until now, since a new location has opened in Tokyo, Japan. Located in Ebisu, the three-story building copies the red brick exterior of the original Brooklyn location. However, the inside decor is nothing like New York, opting for a classic modern steakhouse feel. Despite COVID restrictions in Japan limiting restaurant and bar hours, the restaurant is already booked up until the end of the year.
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