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Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

Heathrow Airport to Expedite Passport Controls for U.S. Citizens, Others, with Fast Track

The United Kingdom will offer travelers from the United States and “old Commonwealth” countries faster immigration clearance with separate fast-track passport lanes after the Olympic Games.
Damian Green, the country’s immigration minister announced the change, which will also apply to Japan and New Zealand, two other “low-risk countries.”
Green told members of parliament that this will give these visitors “a better experience at Heathrow” and further restated a pledge to have, starting …

Club Carlson Offers 50% Off Award Redemptions, Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion

Club Carlson Offers 50% Off Award Redemptions, Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion

Club Carlson announced its Two Nights. 10,000 Points Promotion for stays of two or more consecutive nights through September 30, 2012 at any Carlson Rezidor hotel in the Asia Pacific region.  This includes Radisson Blu, Radisson, and Park Inn Hotels.
Registration is required and the bonus is on top of the 20 Gold Points earned per dollar during the stay.
In addition, Club Carlson is offering a 50% discount on award stays …

T-Mobile Launches Open Europe Business Traveler Plan

T-Mobile Launches Open Europe Business Traveler Plan

T-Mobile USA announced T-Mobile Open Europe, a a flat-rate data plan for intended for business travelers.  The new offering will be available starting in August.
T-Mobile Open Europe offers unlimited data at $50 per line, per month, with no roaming fees. The first 500 MB of data are at full speed, after which the service may be throttled.
The service will be available in 28 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, …

Online Guide to U.K. and Ireland Michelin Star Restaurants Launched

Online Guide to U.K. and Ireland Michelin Star Restaurants Launched

A U.K. website, thetrainline.com, has created an online guide to all restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland that have earned at least one Michelin star.
The guide uses a Google Map showing the locations of the restaurants. You can select all restaurants, or display those with one star, two stars, or three.
The guide also lists inexpensive prix fixe lunches at various restaurants. Two courses at the Hand and Flowers in Marlow …

Virgin Atlantic to Offer In-Flight Mobile Calls

Virgin Atlantic to Offer In-Flight Mobile Calls

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will offer in-flight calls, texts, and email from mobile phones on flights between London and New York aboard its new Airbus A330s.
In-flight calls will cost users $1.56 (£1) a minute, and $0.31 (£0.20) for sending a text message. As bandwidth is limited onboard flights, only ten people at a time will be able to use the mobile service.
Mobile phone usage will still be banned during …

Passengers Experiencing Long Lines at U.K. Passport Control

Passengers Experiencing Long Lines at U.K. Passport Control

Passengers arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport are facing hour-long delays to clear passport control.
The problem was first reported on April 13 by a member of the FlyerTalk online travel community posting on behalf of his brother:  “Just landed but still queuing for border control and have been 1hr 15m already – absolute farce! They have no idea what they’re doing and queues are backing up fast.
Since then, the delays have …

Starwood Plans to Open 70th Aloft Hotel By 2013

Starwood Plans to Open 70th Aloft Hotel By 2013

Starwood has announced plans to open its 70th Aloft hotel worldwide by 2013.
Aloft is a brand geared towards Generation Y travelers, and focuses on modern design (such as their re:mix lounges and w xyz bars) and affordable rates.
The brand focuses on conversion of former hotels, as well as adaptive-reuse. The Aloft San Francisco Airport, which will open in fall 2012, was formerly a Clarion. Aloft Detroit Downtown, which will open …