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Where's Andy Now? » US Travel http://www.wheres-andy-now.com Blog of Travel & Food Writer Andrew Bender Thu, 07 May 2015 19:10:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 United Airlines Sued For $5 Million Over $8 In-Flight TV Charge – Forbes.com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/united-airlines-sued-for-5-million-over-8-in-flight-tv-charge-forbes-com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/united-airlines-sued-for-5-million-over-8-in-flight-tv-charge-forbes-com#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 19:10:04 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6239 DirecTV coverage areaThere are nuisance lawsuits, and then there are lawsuits that make you want to cradle your head in your hands, rock back and forth, and moan. The latter: a $5 million suit against United Airlines because a passenger’s $7.99 in-flight DirecTV service didn’t work.

It all started on February 21, 2015, when one Cary M. David of West Orange, N.J. purchased DirecTV service on board a flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Newark. The suit, filed in United States District Court in the District of New Jersey, alleges that Ms. David was never informed during the purchase process that DirecTV would not work over the Atlantic, and that the broadcasts didn’t kick in until the last 10 minutes of the four-plus-hour flight.

Read the rest of the story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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Uber’s Astounding Rise: Overtaking Taxis In Key Markets – Forbes.com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/ubers-astounding-rise-overtaking-taxis-in-key-markets-forbes-com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/ubers-astounding-rise-overtaking-taxis-in-key-markets-forbes-com#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 20:22:55 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6227 Uber vs. taxisBased on expense reports from business travelers in the first quarter of 2015, Certify says that “an average 46 percent of all total paid car rides were through Uber” in major markets across the U.S. That’s a steep rise from a mere 15 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, the percentage of rides in taxis, limos and shuttles fell from 85 percent to 53 percent over the same period.

Read the full story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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Washington’s Never-Ending Controversy: What To Call Its Airport – Forbes.com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/washingtons-never-ending-controversy-what-to-call-its-airport-forbes-com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/washingtons-never-ending-controversy-what-to-call-its-airport-forbes-com#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 23:41:36 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6174 Chart: Washington Post Express

Chart: Washington Post Express

Forget Obamacare, the federal budget and Iran. The most enduring controversy in Washington may be what people call the airport.

To illustrate, here’s a pop quiz. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates two airports: Dulles International Airport and ________.

What people call the fill-in-the-blank airport depends largely on political affiliation, and as with so much else in our nation’s capital, the schism is deep. An article just published by the Washington Post Express found that 72 percent of Republicans refer to the airport using “Reagan,” while 64 percent of Democrats call it “National” or by its airport code, “DCA.”

Read the rest of the story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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48 hours in Downtown LA – Lonely Planet http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/lonely-planet/48-hours-in-downtown-la-lonely-planet http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/lonely-planet/48-hours-in-downtown-la-lonely-planet#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:13:34 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6191 DTLA ChinatownThink of Los Angeles and you probably think of Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice and Beverly Hills, with Downtown barely registering on the where-to-go radar. And until about a decade ago, you’d have been right – back then this area of the city was a ghost town nights and weekends after office workers went home. These days though Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA to its friends) deserves a few days exploration in its own right. The city’s historic core, seat of government, cultural center, regional hub of business, commerce, law, finance and transportation and ethnic crossroads, is now one of its coolest neighborhoods too.

Read more at LonelyPlanet.com
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Classic Bars of Los Angeles – Lonely Planet http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/lonely-planet/classic-bars-of-los-angeles-lonely-planet http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/lonely-planet/classic-bars-of-los-angeles-lonely-planet#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:44:02 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6196 The Standard - DTLAIf the great bars of Los Angeles could talk, they’d tell stories as intriguing and colorful as any collection of movie shoots on the city’s packed studio lots: dinky dives to glam diva dens, connoisseur cocktail bars, kitschy piano lounges, tiki temples and terraces with soaring views. Some are thick with old Hollywood history, while at modern-day classics you might expect a Real Housewife to saunter right in.

Read the full story on LonelyPlanet.com

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Why Airlines Will Regret The Transparent Airfares Act – Forbes.com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/why-airlines-will-regret-the-transparent-airfares-act-forbes-com http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/why-airlines-will-regret-the-transparent-airfares-act-forbes-com#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:27:54 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6148 At the end of last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, but let’s be blunt: the bill does the opposite of what the name implies, at least from the passenger point of view. If enacted, it would allow airlines to quote airfares excluding taxes and fees, which in some cases can come to nearly 50 percent of the ticket cost. Where’s the transparency in that?

The airline industry has been pushing the bill for a while now, and I get why: When tickets cost more, airlines sell fewer of them. And the airlines don’t want to look like the bad guys raising fares, when all they’re doing is passing along government-imposed taxes and fees.

Read the full story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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High-Low: Pittsburgh – Westways Magazine http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/high-low-pittsburgh-westways-magazine http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/high-low-pittsburgh-westways-magazine#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:20:31 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6144 Pittsburgh skylinePittsburgh may be nicknamed the Steel City, but nowadays, it runs clean and green on education, medicine, and high-tech industries. World-class cultural institutions, ethnic dining, and natural and architectural beauty create additional surprises for visitors.

Worth It: The Andy Warhol Museum offers seven floors of exploration into the life and cutting-edge art of Pittsburgh’s favorite son, from Warhol’s humble beginnings to his vastly more than 15 minutes of fame. Admission, $10–$20. (412) 237-8300. The Mattress Factory has ever-changing, ever-challenging art installations, such as the room of mirrors, mannequins, and hot-red polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. $10–$15. (412) 231-3169.

On the Cheap: For $2.50 each way, the funicular Duquesne Incline, built in 1877, whisks passengers 400 feet up Mount Washington in about 180 seconds for breathtaking views of the riverscape and skyline. (412) 381-1665.

Read the full story on the website of Westways, the Auto Club Magazine of Southern California (scroll down for story)

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The New Technology That Could Cut Public Restroom Wait Times By 50% http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/the-new-technology-that-could-cut-public-restroom-wait-times-by-50 http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/the-new-technology-that-could-cut-public-restroom-wait-times-by-50#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:17:00 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6132 TooshlightsThe annual 4th of July fireworks won’t be the only light show inspiring awe at the Hollywood Bowl this week. Concertgoers at the iconic Los Angeles venue are also ooh-ing and ahh-ing over new technology called Tooshlights, which is reducing restroom wait times.

It’s a simple yet elegant solution to the bane of concert, theater and sports event attendees everywhere. A light above each restroom stall glows green when the stall door is open and turns red when the door is locked, instantly showing which stalls are available.

Read the full story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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5 Great Escapes from Orlando’s Theme Parks – Forbes http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/5-great-escapes-from-orlandos-theme-parks-forbes http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/5-great-escapes-from-orlandos-theme-parks-forbes#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:40:22 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6123 Gators - photo credit WikipediaI love Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland Florida as much as the next 10 million guys, but it’s kind of the way I love chocolate fountains, dirty martinis and the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.” There’s a fine line between “Awesome!” and “Please Lord, make it stop!”

Take heart. There’s a whole other World, an alternative Universe, a different Land, in and around Orlando. Step away from the parks, hop into the rental car, and you’ll find a very genuine central Florida, worth a visit in its own right at prices a fraction of the theme parks’.

Read the full story on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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In Oklahoma City, re-imagined landmarks on the menu – Los Angeles Times http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/los-angeles-times/in-oklahoma-city-re-imagined-landmarks-on-the-menu-los-angeles-times http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/los-angeles-times/in-oklahoma-city-re-imagined-landmarks-on-the-menu-los-angeles-times#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:38:35 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6155 Red Prime SteakOklahoma traces its contemporary history to pioneers who populated the prairies. Now, new urban pioneers are repopulating the capital, Oklahoma City, as restaurateurs re-imagine landmark buildings and create new communities around them.

They could hardly have come at a better time: The local economy is booming, and Forbes ranks OKC as the nation’s eighth-fastest-growing city, thanks to thriving oil, gas and wind-power sectors as well as fracking.

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

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10 Great Gifts For Travelers – 2013 Edition – Forbes http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/10-great-gifts-for-travelers-2013-edition-forbes http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/10-great-gifts-for-travelers-2013-edition-forbes#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:35:27 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6072 Chinon LegatoJust in time for 2013 holiday gift giving, we present this year’s hand-selected list of some of the newest, coolest stuff for the travelers in your life.
This year’s theme is ingenuity, thankfully still alive and well in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Some items are almost necessities (scarf that conceals your valuables, stainless steel wallets to block RFID scanners), others are envy-inducing nice-to-haves (Swiss train watch, wooden acoustic speaker for your iPhone, New York pastrami sandwich or Texas pecan pie shipped to a far-off place), while others are why-didn’t-anyone-think-of-these-befores? (caffeinated shaving cream in TSA-friendly tubes). What all these products have in common: they made us sit up and go “Whoa!”

Read the full story – and see the slide show – on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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In-Flight Videos Starring Betty White, Ninjas, Santa Claus Are Making Airline Passengers Pay Attention http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/japan/in-flight-videos-starring-betty-white-ninjas-santa-claus-are-making-airline-passengers-pay-attention http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/travel/japan/in-flight-videos-starring-betty-white-ninjas-santa-claus-are-making-airline-passengers-pay-attention#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:09:56 +0000 andy http://www.wheres-andy-now.com/?p=6034 Betty WhiteFlying these days can be a drag, right? But this month has seen a rush of airlines using comedy and hot dance numbers to spice up that dreariest part of the flight, the safety video.

Read the full story and see the videos on my Forbes Seat 1A site.

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