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Four Smart Tips For Navigating Airport Security Now

Here, a selection of useful hints at the start of another holiday weekend:

1. Go to Tsa.gov. For up-to-date travel information, check with the Transportation Security Administration. Though airport and airline measures vary, the TSA is still the best resource.

2. Be prepared. Security lines will be longer than usual, so arrive extra early. For international travel, that means getting to the airport at least three hours before your departure time. Don't forget to check-in online: not only will you bypass the lines at check-in, you'll also pay less for checked baggage.

3. Stay organized. Security check points are guaranteed to be hectic. Avoid wearing lots of jewelry, opt for slip-on shoes, and be thoughtful when packing your carry-on.

4. Expect the unexpected. To avoid potential threats, airline staffers are purposefully trying to confuse the public. Be relaxed and understanding—these security measures are for your safety, after all.

For more on the new security rules and procedures, watch T+L's features editor, Nilou Motamed, on NBC's Today show.

Sarah Kantrowitz is an associate editor at Travel + Leisure.

Behind the Scenes: My Favorite Place, Jason Reitman

Selecting celebrities for T+L’s back page column, My Favorite Place, is no easy feat: we want to highlight notable people who have interesting stories to share. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you director and screenwriter Jason Reitman on the back page of the January 2010 issue.

Many of you know Reitman as the director of Juno, and you’ll surely hear about his newest project, the film Up In The Air, based on the novel by T+L contributor Walter Kirn and starring George Clooney. (T+L hosted a special screening in New York this November.)

Before he started filming, Reitman visited airports around the country and stayed in numerous business hotels (in fact, Hilton was a partner on the film).

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Hot Hotel Deals and More in Beverly Hills

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Beverly Hills, 90210 may remind you of all sorts of things: Rodeo Drive, Bentleys, even a recently-reinterpreted television show on the CW. What likely doesn’t come to mind are hotel deals, which is what all the buzz was about during my recent visit.

The Thompson Beverly Hills on the corner of Wilshire and Crescent, brings Stephen Brandman’s chic-and-shiny aesthetic to LA. The hotel is home to the West Coast’s only BondSt sushi outpost, has a rooftop pool with panoramic views, and easy access to the shops on South Beverly. Rooms are sexy, with beds dressed in Frette linens. And the rate? A wallet-friendly $199/per night.

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Virgin America's Awesome New Sundries Bag + $100 Cross-Country Fares!

200910-b-virginjpg I already know that Virgin America is a favorite airline of our readers—it scored No. 1 in the domestic airline category of T+L’s 2009 World’s Best Awards—but I’m happy to report that Richard Branson’s company is continuing to impress with new deals and fun in-flight amenities.

Here's a selection of some of its latest low fares:

$109 one-way from San Francisco to Virgin’s newest destination, Ft. Lauderdale
$100 one-way from Los Angeles to Boston
$40 one-way from San Diego to San Francisco (cheaper than a tank of gas!)

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Must Meet: The Senior Bellman at Boston’s Lenox Hotel

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If you’ve read the October issue of Travel + Leisure, you may have noticed the debut of a new column, "The Scoop," penned by our preeminent hotel guru, Shane Mitchell. I’ll leave out the details on the new and exciting properties  we’ll be covering next, but I will let you in on my own "Must Meet," a hotel staffer with an unusual story.

Jimmy Fisher, 85-year-old bellman at the Lenox Hotel (doubles from $189) in Boston’s Back Bay, has been working at the family-owned boutique hotel for 60 years. When I visited the glamorous address last month, I asked him for his expert tips.

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A Street Food Upgrade in LA

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This summer, I've been on the lookout for exotic and far-flung experiences within the U.S. And I have another find for you, dear reader: the casual new Los Angeles restaurant Street, where chef Susan Feniger serves up dishes inspired by the food at casual stalls and markets around the globe. (You may know her cooking from LA restaurants Ciudad and Border Grill, but this is her first solo venture.)

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Bing.com’s Bright Ideas

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Have you visited Bing.com yet? I mentioned it briefly on Weekend Today a few weeks ago, but if you’re unfamiliar, Bing.com is Microsoft’s new search site—and its travel section is my current obsession.

I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to booking a flight, I get a little anxious. Is this the best fare possible? Am I going to get an Airfarewatchdog deals email and see that my $357 round-trip to Miami is now $275? Don’t fret: Help is on the way.

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London Fashion Comes to New York City

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I’ve been trying to get back to London for years now, but other travels (to Paris, Avignon, New Mexico, L.A.) keep getting in the way. So I was thrilled to learn that the chic British neighborhood of Newburgh Quarter is literally coming to my backyard.

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Affordable Dubai?!

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Looking for an exotic vacation that's also within reach?  It’s likely you haven’t considered the United Arab Emirates, a country known to be the epitome of over-the-top luxury and conspicuous consumption. But with the debut of the country’s first low-cost airline, flydubai, (launching this week) and two new boutique hotels, there’s plenty of proof that the UAE—and Dubai in particular—are ready to welcome a new type of visitor: the budget traveler.

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Editor Finds: Where to Dine in New Mexico

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On a recent trip to Santa Fe (I was there to review a still-undisclosed hotel for this year’s It List… shhh!), I took a quick post-arrival detour and grabbed a table at La Fonda Del Bosque Restaurant, a sun-filled spot just four miles from Albuquerque International Airport. Set in the National Historic Cultural Center (below), a museum and event space devoted to the arts of the 200905-building-smalljpgSouthwest, the adobe restaurant is known for its tostados (corn tortillas with spicy pork in adobo sauce) and its airy take on New Mexico’s finest side dish, the sopaipilla (fried dough). 1701 4th Street SW; 505/247-9480; nationalhispaniccenter.org; lunch for two $25. Here, are a few more favorite spots I discovered along the way:

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