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  • Best Hotels In Las Vegas

    Best Hotels In Las Vegas
    Going to Vegas? Pick the Best Hotel For You Ask any Sin City enthusiast, and they?ll tell you straight up: to have the best time in Las Vegas, you gotta stay on the strip. But, if you?re willing to venture away from the action, you?re bound to run into a treasure or two. And for […]
  • Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don?t?

    Which Americans have passports, and which Americans don?t?
    30% of Americans have passports. But where do those Americans live? New Jersey takes the prize for the highest percentage of passports issued: 68.36%. At the low end: Mississippi, with just 19.86%. Via C.G.P. Grey, see the graphic below: For the “yes, but…” file: This dataset actually reflects addresses for issuance, not ownership of US […]
  • Double up? Citibank?s American AAdvantage Visa comes with a connected Amex

    Double up? Citibank?s American AAdvantage Visa comes with a connected Amex
    The Citibank envelope that was in the mailbox when I returned home today contained two new American Airlines AAdvantage linked cards. But, in a first for me, I received both a replacement Visa and a new American Express. Huh? When I signed up for the card, it was just a Visa. How did I now […]
  • Liquid scanner update: Maybe next year?

    Liquid scanner update: Maybe next year?
    Some optimism for you on a Friday afternoon: Researchers at the University of California at Davis seem to have come up with a liquid scanner that can tell explosives from hand creams or beverages. Good news, but it’s not ready for implementation yet, as the video below details. I particularly enjoy the two beverages that […]
  • Do we really need smartphone apps for individual hotels?

    Do we really need smartphone apps for individual hotels?
    Perhaps it was inevitable: Smartphones now control about 35% of the US market, and in response to that growth, hotels are creating dedicated apps for their guests. But I’m not referring to apps by broad-based chains, like a Starwood or a Hilton app. No, individual hotels are contracting with programmers to create single-property apps. I […]