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Orbitz Rewards Adds Restaurants to Loyalty Program

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On the heels of Priceline’s OpenTable acquisition, Orbitz is getting into the restaurant space—the company yesterday launched Orbitz Rewards Dining, a new program that allows loyalty members to score extra perks for dining at specific restaurants. It’s the result of a partnership with Rewards Network, a Chicago-based company that maintains a database of 11,000 restaurants.

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“Dronies” Take Flight on New Zealand Slopes

Sick of the selfie? Tourism New Zealand’s new take on the trend may peak your interest. Enter the “dronie,” a video taken by a high-flying, remote control-operated drone. Through August, the company will hit the slopes with its own miniature aircraft to shoot 8-second HD clips of visitors to several South Island ski areas. The drone-toting representatives email the videos to participants, free of charge.

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Surf’s Up in Munich Airport

201408-hd-munich-airport-surfingjpgWe already know that Munich International Airport is one of the best for a long layover—and now it's even better, thanks to “Surf & Style,” an indoor wave-riding pool located between Terminals 1 and 2.

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The World's Most Epic Outdoor Cinemas

201408-hd-thrillist-outdoor-cinemajpgDinner and a movie is pretty much the lamest date idea ever. Dinner and a movie while soaking in a hot tub or sitting in a castle? Better!

Because nothing's better than watching The Goonies under the stars and drinking beer out of a Nalgene, we've tracked down some of the most stunning, scenic, or otherwise odd outdoor theaters around the globe.

SEE THE LIST AT THRILLIST

Summer Beach Essentials

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Just back from vacation to Rosewood Jumby Bay in Antigua, Jacqueline Gifford, T+L’s Senior Editor, Travel & Beauty, shares her makeup, skin, and hair musts. 

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Summer Culture Twitter Chat on Tuesday, August 5

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One of the best ways to explore a destination is through its local (or visiting) culture. From theater to the arts and performances, we're discussing Summer Culture in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, August 5th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice!

The Host:

T+L's Associate Research Editor, Maggie Suozzi, @maggiesuozzi

The Panelists:

Central Park, @CentralParkNYC

Met Museum, @metmuseum

Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., @ngadc

Eva Respini, @MuseumModernArt Curator, @CuratorOnTheRun

PBS, @PBS

Clark Art Institute, @the_clark

Julie R. Widholm of @mcachicago, @ChicagoCurator

Brooklyn Museum, @brooklynmuseum

Los Angeles Philharmonic, @LAPhil, and Hollywood Bowl, @HollywoodBowl

Amy Meyers, Director of Yale Center for British Art, @YaleBritishArt

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, @MFAH

Santa Fe Opera, @santafeopera

Michael Martin, Trumpet Player, Tanglewood/Boston Symphony Orchestra, @bostonsymphony

Jacob's Pillow Dance, @JacobsPillow

Francesca Zambello, Artisitc and General Director of Glimmerglass Festival, @FZambellow

Bryce Pinkham, Actor, "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" on Broadway, @PinkhamBryce

Alessio Bax, Classical Pianist, @alessiobaxpiano

Lucille Chung, Classical Pianist, @lucillechung

James Whiteside, Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre, @JamesBruceWhite

Robbie Fairchild, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet, @robbiefairchild

Miranda Carroll, LACMA, @LACMA

Stephen Costello, Opera Singer, @CostelloTenor

Ranaan Meyer, Double Bassist, Time for Three, @tf3

Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), @MarkCoetzee

How does it work?

1. Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 2pm ET and be sure to follow @TravlandLeisure.

2. Head over to http://twitter.com. Enter the hashtag #TL_Chat into the search bar and select the "All" search option to follow the chat in real time.

3. Remember to always add the hashtag #TL_Chat to your tweets.

4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own! 

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Pay-What-You-Want Hotel Program Launched in Paris

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Last winter, we loved Switzerland’s creative “pay what you want” hotel initiative—and for three weeks this summer, Paris is following in its neighbor’s footsteps. Now through August 10—peak high season—five Right Bank hotels in the City of Light are letting guests spend the night and then decide what they think their experience is worth.

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Star Trek’s George Takei on How He Travels and His New Documentary, ‘To Be Takei'

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Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the Star Trek TV series and films, is the focus of a new documentary, To Be Takei, which opens in selected theaters on August 22. The affable Takei, who, as Mr. Sulu, boldly navigated the Starship Enterprise where no one had gone before, is quite a terrestrial traveler, as well. In fact, he is currently on board the Cunard Queen Mary 2 as a guest lecturer. We caught up with him at a pre-sailing press conference on the ship followed by a one-on-one travelandleisure.com interview to ask him about traveling, Howard Stern, his long-running feud with Star Trek co-star William Shatner, and why he agreed to play a talking head, literally, on the animated series Futurama.

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TSA Offers $15,000 for Ideas to Improve Airport Security Checkpoints

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Think you know what it takes to make airport security checkpoints less hellish? The Transportation Security Administration has put a call out for ideas on Innocentive, asking for ways to create a more efficient screening process that accommodates all levels of travelers—standard, premier, and TSA Pre✓™—employees, flight crews, and passengers in wheelchairs.

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Which Credit Card Points Program is Right for You?

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It’s pretty much indisputable that airlines are making frequent flyer miles harder to use. Across the board, we’ve seen programs increase the amount of miles needed for awards—all while restricting the amount of seats available at the lowest level and adding new fees. However, it isn’t all doomsday. Luckily, credit card bonuses are extremely lucrative and there are now more ways to earn miles than ever before. Whether from online shopping or dining out, you should be getting miles for almost every purchase.

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Delta Airlines to Roll Out Free In-Flight Entertainment

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In a move that dramatically challenges the monetized world of inflight entertainment, Delta Airlines announced that all classes of passengers on domestic and regional flights longer than one and a half hours will be able to access movies, television shows, music, and video games for free.

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New App Targets Last Minute Flight Deals

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Last week during our Twitter chat on Best Apps & Websites for Travelers, we asked participants what travel app they’d invent, if given the opportunity. The resounding ask? HotelTonight for flights. Dear readers: ask and you shall receive.

This week, Hopper, a data-driven fare finder that’s largely flown under the radar, is jumping into the spotlight with its new Flight Tonight app. Available for iOS 7 devices, the app aggregates last-minute fares and offers a snapshot of where you could go if you wanted to—quite literally—fly by the seat of your pants. Today’s searches pulled up flights from New York to Savannah for $280, Los Angeles to Vancouver for $352, and Miami to the Bahamas for $282—all round trip fares.

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Finnair Opens New Helsinki Airport Lounge Complete with Finnish Sauna

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On August 4, Finnair is upping the airline lounge ante with a new Premium Lounge at Helsinki Airport, open to Platinum and Gold Finnair Plus members and other oneworld top-tier customers. Set near Gate 36 in the non-Schengen area, the space has interiors by dSign Vertti Kivi & Co—and includes everything you’d expect from the design-forward carrier: Eero Saarinen’s renowned Tulip and Womb chairs, Marimekko tableware, and Iittala Ultima Thule glasses—originally created for the airline in 1968. Other perks: private shower suites and a Finnish sauna, complete with Finland-made toiletries that incorporate forest berries.

Brooke Porter
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

 

Photo courtesy of Finnair

Hawaiian Airlines Update: New Premium Economy Seats, Inter-Island Flights, and More

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Hawaiian Airlines—one of T+L's World's Best Airlines for food (and the only U.S. carrier to still serve complimentary meals in coach)—is the latest to invest in a new premium economy class, launching today. Installed on all A330 aircraft, the Extra Comfort seats have five more inches of legroom for a total 36 inches of pitch (on par with most other domestic carriers, though Virgin America and JetBlue both have 38 inches). Other benefits include priority boarding; free on-demand, in-seat entertainment; and personal power outlets. On international flights, travelers will also receive a souvenir pillow and blanket and premium meals.

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What Customers Need to Know Before Booking with Airbnb

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Apartment and house sharing services like Airbnb are only becoming more popular. T+L's Sarah Spagnolo shares what travelers need to know about the site.

A Boogaloo Road Trip Playlist

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Ever heard of Latin Boogaloo? I'm crazy about this spicy fusion music genre from the 1960s; it's having a moment again. The Boogaloo Assassins, LA's hottest crossover band, is playing in New York City at Nublu on August 1 during Fania Records 50th anniversary celebration. Drop by or download this road trip playlist they've created exclusively for T+L. Vamos!

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CheapTickets Loyalty Program: $75 Back on Any Flight

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The OTA wars rage on. Last week, CheapTickets.com launched a loyalty program so worthwhile, we had to do a double take. The proposition: sign up for free at checkout, and you’ll automatically get money back on each booking—the rewards are paid out in the form of credits that can be applied to your next transaction. What you get: $50 back on any flight you book on the website, $75 for any flight booked on mobile, $25 for any hotel booked online, and $50 for hotel bookings on mobile. Unlike almost every other OTA, CheapTickets puts the emphasis on unbundled bookings—the only non-eligible purchases are package deals. And there’s no minimum spend, either, so a $150 ticket from New York to Nantucket would remain eligible for a $75 kickback if booked on mobile. This makes CheapTickets the second OTA to incentivize in-app bookings—Orbitz similarly offers roughly twice the rewards points for bookings made by smartphone.

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Hilton Rolls Out Mobile Room Selection

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Hilton is taking a page out of the airline handbook. This week, the hotel giant announced a plan to open room selection for members of the brand’s HHonors loyalty program—for the first time ever, this would allow guests to review floor plans of open rooms and pick their favorite before check-in. Roll-out is expected for over 650,000 rooms at 4,000 hotels across the Hilton portfolio—including its Waldorf Astoria and Conrad brands—by the end of the year, with limited availability piloting by the end of the summer.

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Want to Eat in a New York Chef’s Home? EatWith’s New Series Makes it Happen.

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We first wrote about EatWith—a website that connects locals with amateur and trained cooks for private, home-cooked meals—last year, when we identified “eating with a local” as one of the most important travel trends of 2014. While the company continues to champion its original vision, last month it launched a chef series in New York, inviting guests into the homes of professionals.

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Priceline.com Introduces FunRides, For (Guaranteed) Luxe Car Rentals

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A few weeks back, we got word that Priceline.com was bringing high-end car rentals to the masses via a new program called FunRides, in partnership with a variety of big name rental companies (Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt among them). With a summer trip to Florida already in the works, we took the program on a test drive.

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4 Easy Breezy Beachfront Hotels

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Four hotels that put the beach within reach.

Ambergris Cay, Belize: All 26 candy-hued, thatched-roof casitas at Matachica Resort & Spa sit right on the sand, with hammocks in matching colors. Book a Sea-View Cabana room—the Caribbean is just 125 feet from your door, with Belize’s famous barrier reef just a two-minute dive-boat trip beyond. $$

San Diego: The new 78-suite Pier South Resort has balconies with sweeping views of the Pacific and California’s southernmost beach. Our two favorite ways to chill out here? Surfing lessons and a Green Flash (jalapeño-infused tequila, pineapple juice, and Midori) by the waterside fire pit. $$

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The Verdict on Amazon's Fire Phone

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The Amazon Fire phone is officially on shelves—and we’ve taken it for a test drive. The verdict? It’s unquestionably a first-generation product with room for improvement, but it succeeds at bringing something new to the table for travelers.

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Say Hello to the Bio-Dome Airport

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First impressions of a new country are inevitably colored by the airport you arrive in -- landing in JFK feels hugely different from, say, Denver International. Which is why Singapore's Changi Airport, one of the busiest in the world, has decided to raise the bar with a $1.5 billion facility expansion. 

SEE MORE AT THRILLIST

Photo courtesy of Safdie Architects.

August Vacation Deals

Buenos Aires: 42% off Tango on the Terrace

Hub Porteño package includes:

• 3 nights in a suite in Hub Porteñoa Belle Époque gem with insider access to the city’s arts and culture scene.
• A private tango lesson on the hotel’s outdoor terrace
• Daily breakfast
• A bottle of wine upon arrival; non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the mini-bar
• Cocktails on the terrace

Cost $736 ($245 per night)

Book now for travel through September 30.

For more information or to book, please visit Hub Porteño with booking code TYL; additional room categories available.

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New York City Supper Club Transports Diners To London

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The English supper club troupe Shuttlecock Inc.—known for Mile High, a series of surrealist experiences that transport diners using elaborate sets and intricate menus—will soon cross the pond. The first stateside performance, Destination: London, in New York’s Lower East Side, will be a bawdy air travel-themed comedy paired with Bath chaps, pigeon, clotted cream ice cream, and that subversive, Monty Python charm.

New York City; Sept. 24 – Oct. 4, 2014; shuttlecock-inc.com.

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Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Shuttlecock Inc.


Four Unexpected Places To Stay Cool This Summer Video

Watch this video for four unexpected summer activities that keep you out of the summer heat.

1. Summer Camp for Adults

At Wisconsin’s Camp Wandawega, about 90 minutes from Chicago, “campers,” or adult travelers, can take dips in the cool, shallow lake between breezy naps on a hammock.  Another favorite spot for grown ups is Camp Grounded, north of San Francisco in the shade of towering Redwoods, where there’s rock climbing and sign-alongs—and no cell phones allowed.

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Improve Your Dating Life While You Travel

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If dating at ground level has proved difficult, perhaps it’s time to set your relationship sights a bit higher. About 30,000 feet higher.

Like your mother, airlines and social entrepreneurs have taken an interest in your love life.  But thanks to social media, a handful of tech tools, and a high-security environment with few exits, they may actually be able to help you.  

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T+L's Social Summer

What's better than summer? Together with @foodandwine and a few other sister brands, we want to see how you're enjoying the season. Whether it's from this summer or your favorite throwback, share photos on Instagram and include the hashtag #howisummer for a chance to be featured on T+L’s Instagram.

See full social media terms.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Check it Out: Google Street Art Gallery

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Google Cultural Institute has added a street art travel treasure hunt to its online gallery of cultural projects that already includes art museums, world wonders, and historic monuments. 

Street Arttraverses the globe from Sasketchawan to Buenos Aires, Stockholm, Sydney and Mongolia, cataloging more than 5000 murals and projects that visitors can step right up to.

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The Newest Great Thrill Ride Of The Summer Is Here

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This summer has seen plenty of new thrill rides (watch our Top 6 New Roller Coaster Rides video), and the openings continue. Last week New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure unleashed the Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, a three-towered attraction for up to eight adrenaline junkies who are hoisted 415 feet into the sky, hover for a handful of seconds to take in the panoramic views, and then drop at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The entire ride takes less than a minute, but luckily, the euphoria endures.

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