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AAA gives legendary Beverly Hills Hotel its Five Diamond Rating PDF Print E-mail

Three Los Angeles area hotels, just a short half-hour (not during drive time) from each other were honored with the American Automobile Association’s Five Diamonds, its highest honors for excellence. In addition to the Beverly Hills are the Montage in Laguna Beach and the Four Seasons Westlake Village.

Others in the U.S. earning the honors for the first time are the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida, the Four Seasons in St. Louis, Missouri, and the InterContinental Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why it took the AAA so long to recognize the posh Beverly Hills Hotel, which opened in 1912, is a mystery. The hotel has consistently kept up its extremely high quality, including lavishly decorous rooms, tropical landscaping and luxury bungalows surrounding its pool.

Remember when: A whole lotta shakin' goin' on PDF Print E-mail

John Houghtaling, 92, recently passed away. In case you don’t recognize the name, John invented the motel miracle called Magic Fingers. Remember when you drove cross-country in the 1950s and 1960s, and needed to bed down for the night? When you checked in, tired and achy from hours on the road, that’s when John’s invention offered solace.

Next to your motel bed was a metal box with a 25-cent coin slot on top. That coin would make your bed shake for about 15 minutes, presumably to help lull you to sleep. Of course, stand-up comics made jokes about how the devices could be used for more devious means at so-called no-tell motels.

British Airways begs crews to fly with no pay PDF Print E-mail

CNN reports that cash-strapped British Airways has asked its 40,000 employees to work for a month without pay. BA’s CEO Willie Walsh explains that the airline lost $656 million in the past year, the most in the history of the airline. He admitted that if the losses continue, there must soon be severe cuts in service and employee ranks.

We know this should be no joking matter, but can you imagine what kind of service you’ll get if you’re a passenger on a BA aircraft staffed with unpaid pilots and flight attendants?

We don't do travel planning on company time: liar, liar, Windows on fire! PDF Print E-mail

According to a USA Today poll, more than half of people who should be working at their desktop computers, cell phones and just plain old office telephones are cheating their bosses. They admit they do some vacation research and actual booking on company time.

Rail Europe Offers Thalys Special 50% Discount on One-Way Train Tickets for Travel Between France-Be PDF Print E-mail
Rail Europe offers up to 50% off the regular price for one-way full-fare tickets on all routes of the high-speed Thalys train connecting Paris-Brussels-Amsterdam-Cologne. Tickets must be booked through Rail Europe by August 15, 2009 for travel through August 29, 2009.

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