There are simple things you can do to increase your chances of getting an upgrade on your next flight, hotel stay, or even when you rent a car.
1. Choose Your Frequent Flyer Program Carefully When picking an airline frequent-flyer program, it can pay to choose an airline that isn't headquartered in your city (there will be fewer elite passengers to compete with for an upgrade).
2. Check-in Later Check in to your hotel late in the day; you're more likely to get an upgrade if it looks like a better room will otherwise sit empty.
3. Stay at a New Hotel Stay at a new hotel; staff are more likely to want to woo new guests and spread good word of mouth. You could also think about staying at a large hotel—large hotels with tons of rooms offer a better chance of getting you upgraded.
With each new year comes new places to go and new ways to travel. Rising destinations, cutting-edge apps, and travel industry trends will surely make headlines in 2013. To predict what we'll all be buzzing about, Travel + Leisure has enlisted a panel of experts, who will offer their insight on topics ranging from the splashiest hotel openings and buzziest emerging destinations to the most essential new tech tools. And you're invited to listen in.
The tweet-up will take place TODAY, Wednesday, January 23, from 2–3 p.m. EDT.
The Hosts Amy Farley, Travel + Leisure news editor (@afarles)
Peter Frank, Travel + Leisure director of editorial product development (@pfrank1)
The Panel Barbara Delollis, hotel blogger for USA Today (@barbdelollis)
Jason Clampet, co-founder and head of content at Skift.com (@jasonclampet)
Stacey Small, president and founder of Elite Travel International (@EliteTravelGal)
Over 4,200 beautiful portraits of people around the world were submitted to the final monthly photo contest of 2012, but only 10 images made the cut. Voting ends January 21, so vote now and vote often for your favorite shot.
Your votes will determine which of these semi-finalists will win a Swann SportsCam, a mini camera & DVR combo housed in a rugged waterproof case.
Whether you want to ski or swim, we have some fun and affordable ideas for your getaway this season.
Caribbean Beach: Martinique Stay:Plein Soleil Located 25 minutes from the airport, this chic collection of airy villas faces Thalemont Bay; the pool overlooks the inlet, too. The pretty, soft-white bedrooms here have linen-draped chaise lounges and Koi fish live in the ponds on the terrace. Dine at the open-air restaurant for spicy crab farci and local fruits marinated in mint. American Airlines offers connecting service through San Juan, Puerto Rico from many U.S. gateways. Doubles from $219/night.
If your 2013 resolution is to travel more, watch T+L's feature editor Nilou Motamed reveal the 13 places you have to see in 2013 on the TODAY show, from Puerto Rico and Uco Valley, Argentina, to Amsterdam and Charlevoix, Quebec. See the full list of the Hottest Travel Destinations of 2013 here.
Ever wonder what travel editors do on vacation? Get the scoop on the moments that resonated most with the T+L staff in 2012—and see photos of us on location. Happy holidays, and here's to more travel for everyone in 2013!
Attention San Francsico foodies: a wave of new restaurants is hitting Hayes Valley in time for the opening of the neighborhood’s $60 million SFJAZZ Center(pictured), slated for January 2013. Dobbs Ferry is a new bistro that marries West Coast cuisine with old school, small-town New York style. (Owners Scott Broccoli and Danny Sterling hail from Dobbs Ferry, New York and the restaurant pays homage to their East Coast roots).
Thai classics are served up at Lers Ros, which has a robust menu featuring unexpected dishes, like garlic frog and chicken entrails with basil. Classic cocktails and seasonal-inspired small plates are the rage at Two Sisters Bar and Books. For the area’s best bread pudding, Schulzies(pictured), an outpost of the Venice location, is a must: the bread bar offers 108 different flavors of the dessert.
Photos courtesy of Mark Cavagnero Associates and Schulzies