In April, Denver-based Frontier Airlines went cashless: Customers now must use their credit or debit cards to pay for a cocktail on any of the carrier’s flights. Also included in the cashless offerings will be DirecTV and pay-per-view movies. Flight attendants process the inflight transactions with handheld card readers. According to the airline, the policy is expected to expedite the inflight service process.
American Airlines recently launched a website (www.aa.com/women) dedicated to female travelers. Besides offering information on business and leisure travel, the site also provides a feature called Women Connected to Each Other, where the carrier’s female passengers are encouraged to submit travel tips and book recommendations. The site also presents promotions and discounts from other travel suppliers (for example, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is offering specials through the end of the year for those who book through the site), exclusively for female customers.
Pet Travel Sites
Traveling with Fido or Kitty this summer? Check out the following websites dedicated to four-legged vacationers.
* At TripsWithPets.com you can book hotels, find out about state leash regulations, research airline policies, buy a special car seat for the critter or ask Pepper, the travel dog, for advice.
* Pet Travel Center (www.pettravelcenter.com) is a comprehensive site filled with travel tips, articles, information on airline pet policies and a vet directory, which is very handy in case your favorite animal gets ill away from home.
* Petflight (www.petflight.com) is a virtual glossary of everything related to air travel with pets: airline regulations, air-travel tips, and even an incident list that details reports of pet injury, loss or death during air travel in the United States.
Hotel Sleeping Trends
If you’ve ever spent a seemingly endless night tossing and turning in a hotel room, you might be surprised to learn that, according to a Hilton Garden Inn survey, nine out of 10 travelers say they sleep well while on the road. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted for the hotel brand by market research firm Synovate.
Among the other findings on travelers’ sleep habits:
* The side rules: 65 percent of respondents sleep on their sides. Most men prefer the right side, and women prefer the left side.
* More than 85 percent of men watch TV to relax, while more than 40 percent of women like to curl up with a good book before going to sleep in a hotel room.
* Nearly 65 percent of respondents take the hotel’s brand of bed into consideration before booking a room.
* More than 80 percent of travelers use their in-room alarm clocks, and one-third opt for wake-up calls.
Vacationing alone? You have more company than ever. In a recent survey conducted by AAA and its northern counterpart, the Canadian Automobile Association, 27 percent of 100 travel counselors polled are seeing an increase in the number of trips they are booking for single travelers.
According to the survey, travelers between the ages of 18 and 35 are the largest group of solo vacationers, accounting for 35 percent of all single travelers. The next largest group comprises those 35 to 49 (27 percent), followed closely by those ages 50 to 64 (26 percent) and those 65 or older (12 percent).
Most AAA/CAA counselors say Europe is typically the first destination they suggest to single travelers looking for advice on where to vacation. For women traveling alone, Hawaii and the Caribbean are the top vacation suggestions, while Mexico and Hawaii are the top recommendations for men.