Category: Travel

Newport, Rhode Island – Most Expensive American Destination

A new survey from reveals that Newport, Rhode Island is the United States’ most expensive destination when it comes to hotel accommodation costs. According to the survey, which compared hotel rates for all destinations in the USA for the period of June through August 2012, visitors to Newport will have to shell out, on average, $319 per night to stay in the cheapest available double room. At this price tag, the Rhode Island resort is living up to its nickname, “Queen of the Summer Resorts,”

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Airlines step up luxury to keep rich flyers

Flying has never been so good for those who can splurge.

While most holiday travelers will fight for overhead lockers and go hours without a snack or room to stretch their legs, life in first class is stress-free. It has always been a special place on the other side of the curtain. Now, it is getting even cushier.

US airlines, profitable again after a disastrous decade, are spending almost US$2 billion (NZ$2.6 billion) to upgrade amenities for their highest-paying customers.

On the most profitable international routes, high flyers are being treated with pre-flight champagne, flat-screen TVs and seats that turn into beds. Staff greet them by name, hang up jackets and serve meals on china.

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