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W Hotels and Jennifer Hudson Ask Americans to "Turn It Up For Change"

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It’s not every day you see an Academy Award-winning actress, a Top Chef, a hardcore punk singer, and a drag queen sitting at the same table watching two transgendered dancers battle it out in heels.
 
But that’s what happened at the W New York Union Square this week, when Jennifer Hudson, joined by Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, and Lady Bunny, among others, judged a voguing dance-off.
 
It was the city’s first look at Turn It Up For Change, a new initiative from W Hotels and the Human Rights Campaign, with Jennifer Hudson as the program’s ambassador. Each month, W hotels across the country will host concerts and DJ parties promoting marriage equality in the United States.

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Google Uses a Camel to Capture Street View of Dubai's Desert

Google Street View has taken us inside cruise ships and museums, down famous boulevards and nameless alleys, and now, thanks to some surprisingly low-tech help, across the Arabian peninsula’s Liwa desert, in Dubai.

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What Gay Marriage Means for Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada, Wedding Capital of the World is now handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. For a city that markets itself as a free-spirited wedding destination, the change could mean big business.

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New Video Announces Virgin Hotel Chicago's Perks

While we eagerly await Sir Richard Branson to take us all to space on Virgin Galactic, a more imminent expansion of the Virgin travel empire is keeping us grounded.

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New Virgin America Ad Targets "Blah Airlines"

No weekend plans? You might want to consider watching a new 5 hour and 46 minute advertisement from Virgin America

In a genius attack on its competitors, it recreates a flight, populated by manequins traveling from Newark to San Francisco on “Blah Airlines” (read: every airline that isn’t Virgin).

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A Closer Look at Etihad's $43,000 Residence Suite

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Spread across 125 square feet of the A380’s upper deck, Etihad’s extravagant, two-person Residence suite takes in-flight luxury to a new level.

The living area includes a supple, Poltrona Frau leather sofa and 32-inch HDTV.

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Denver Hotel Launches Brewery by Bike Tour

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In a city famous for both its outdoorsiness and its booming craft beer scene, it seems only natural that the two combine. Denver’s recently-renovated Hotel Teatro has done just that, with its new Brewery-by-Bike tour.

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Lufthansa Partners with Grocer to Deliver In-Flight Meals Home

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I may be in the minority on this, but I absolutely love in-flight dinners. They’re usually the first meal of a trip, and, to someone who remembers vacations by their foods, that matters a lot. I feel a certain energy bubble up in me as I twist open my mini wine bottle and take the tin-foil cover off my reheated “gourmet” cuisine.

Now I’m hoping that a new service from Germany’s Lufthansa takes off stateside. The airline—still dealing with striking pilots—has partnered with online grocer Allyouneed.com to launch Air Food One, delivering airplane food to households once a week.

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Cincinnati's Red Bikes and an Update on Destination Bikeshares

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Visitors to Cincinnati now have access to a collection of 200 bikes at 30 stations around the Ohio city’s central neighborhoods. With its new Red Bikes rentals, named after the hometown baseball team, Cincinnati is just one of an ever growing list of cities to embrace bicycle sharing programs.

While often designed primarily for locals, the hourly bike rentals serve travelers equally well. Here’s a quick update on the state of two-wheeling in America’s cities.

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Air France and Lufthansa Pilots Strike: What You Need to Know

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Welcome to airline strike season in Europe. Air France canceled half of its flights today as pilots expressed their opposition to the airline's plan to shift focus to a lower-cost (and lower-paying) subsidiary. Thousands of travelers across Europe have been impacted—a number that will surely increase if the strikes continue through the week as planned.

And in Frankfurt, Lufthansa pilots declared an eight-hour strike set for Tuesday, which will disrupt the airline’s long-haul flights. In negotiations regarding Lufthansa’s early retirements packages, the pilots union has led strikes (at the budget subsidiary Germanwings) and walkouts since August.

Both airlines have worked proactively to minimize the strikes’ impact on travelers, rebooking with partner carriers and offering hotel-stays in the event that no alternative flight is found.

While strikes can throw a wrench in anyone’s travel plans, there are a few ways to lower your risks, as detailed by T+L’s Trip Doctor, Amy Farley. Here's what you need to know: 

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