In case you missed something, following are the biggest travel stories and best deals covered this past week. Check ’em out! Tip Your Uber Driver, or Else Uber really wants you to tip your driver; failure to do so has consequences. WalletHub Says Delta’s Is the Best Frequent-Flyer Program. Is It? A new study picks Delta’s SkyMiles as the best U.S. mileage program. Really? Millions of Travelers Think These Are the Best Hotels Wondering where to stay on your next trip? TripAdvisor has plenty of recommendations. Airbnb Offers Split-Payment Option Split payments for Airbnb stays? Yes, please! You Can Thank United for the Next Airfare War United’s expansion plans may be bad for the airlines, but they’re good for air travelers. Think Millennials Prefer Airbnb? Think Again It’s been widely assumed that millennials overwhelmingly preferred Airbnb-type lodging to traditional hotels. Wrong! Here’s How a Government … [Read more...] about The BIG Stories: Delta’s Is the Best FFP? + Best Hotels + Better Tip the Uber Driver + Fare Wars Coming
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You have your favorite frequent-flyer program. I have my favorite. And WalletHub has its favorite. The difference is that WalletHub has analyzed the 10 largest U.S. programs across “23 key metrics,” bringing a level of scientific rigor to their comparison that’s missing in individuals’ preferences. Whether that gives their findings extra weight is debatable. Weighty or not, their findings are interesting. Related:Should Airlines Get Rid of Reclining Seats? This One Is First, the overall scoring, based on a maximum of 75 points: Delta – 49.62 JetBlue – 42.64 American – 40.78 United – 37.60 Southwest – 33.31 Sun Country – 30.51 Alaska – 29.78 Hawaiian – 27.27 Spirit – 26.46 Frontier – 21.34 Those scores do not take into account program members’ spending; there are separate scores for light, average, and heavy spenders, which in some cases reorder the rankings. Presumably in the interest of … [Read more...] about WalletHub Says Delta’s Is the Best Frequent-Flyer Program. Is It?
United States closed its national parks, monuments and museums coincides with Golden Week, designated by the Chinese government as a time for its citizens to travel.Haybina Hao, director of international development for the National Tour Association, whose tour operators and other members focus on travel into and within North America.“Many Chinese visitors have saved for years to take the trip of a lifetime to our country. They wanted to see Yellowstone, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon,” Hao said. “But they’re seeing none of it. They are extremely frustrated and confused by U.S. politics.” “I had a group of 25 Chinese visitors who planned to visit Yellowstone this week, but they cannot get in,” said Sonny Sang of California-based ACC America China Connection, a member of NTA’s China Inbound Program. “I re-routed them to another destination, but I’ll lose $10,000 on this group. And I have another group of 22 arriving … [Read more...] about U.S. tourism misses golden opportunity with Chinese visitor