MEDIEVAL Innsbruck was a key stopping point between Europe’s north and south. Now extended far beyond its original walls built in 1420, the alpine city is one of Europe’s most popular skiing and hiking destinations. With miles of mountain ranges, children here are hurtling down ski slopes almost before they can walk. Merging picturesque landscapes with lively crowds fuelled by local bars and restaurants, Innsbruck offers variety at a price that won’t break the bank.How's the food? All that exercise and fresh mountain air gives you an appetite. Luckily, Austrian portions skew large and restaurants are relatively inexpensive. Cafes sat on almost every corner, serving traditional fare, from schnitzel to strudel, cheese raclette and käsespätzle (a kind of Austrian mac and cheese). If you have a sweet tooth, Café Sacher is a must-go to try the world famous Sachertorte, a decadent chocolate cake invented in the 1800s to satisfy the appetites of Prince Wenzel … [Read more...] about Innsbruck is Austria’s Alpine gem and perfect for a festive city break
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Nerdwallet Published 12:02 AM EDT Sep 17, 2018 Credit cards that are affiliated with brands – such as American Airlines, Uber, L.L. Bean and Ikea – are suddenly amping up rewards for everyday purchases at restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores. These rewards cards, co-branded by the issuer and a retail brand, were formerly one-trick ponies that were best for purchases at a single merchant only. But with better rewards, the cards are now becoming more useful for consumers. Now, co-branded card issuers might offer double or triple points – or more – every time you swipe at the pump or hand your card to a waiter or store clerk. Ikea even offers bonus points for spending on utilities. Traditionally, co-branded credit cards offered a mundane 1 percent back on purchases made outside the brand. Now, Uber’s card, for example, offers a whopping 4 percent back on restaurant purchases. “This is a golden age of rewards for consumers,” said John … [Read more...] about Shoppers cash in with branded credit cards
Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (September 14, 2018): how to book Singapore Airlines’ First Class suites with points & miles? Flying in a Singapore Airlines‘ (SQ) First Class suite is one of the world’s most sought-after premium travel experiences (read here my trip report in First Class onboard SQ’s newest A380 aircraft). Unfortunately, SQ’s First Class ticket comes with a price tag that matches its exceptional reputation. Return tickets between Singapore and Europe, the USA or Australia are mostly priced well above $5000 USD, limiting access to the phenomenal product to the lucky few. However, you can also book a seat in SQ’s First Class cabin using points & miles (like I did), although these awards seats have limited availability as they are extremely popular among mileage geeks (which consider them to be the Holy Grail of premium flying). In this … [Read more...] about Tip: how to book Singapore Airlines’ First Class suites with miles?
If you’re thinking about a last-minute European getaway, but you’re short on cash, don’t worry. A new report has recently revealed the most affordable city in Europe to visit this fall.While previous reports listed Vilnius, Lithuania, as the cheapest European destination, a visit to the Serbian capital of Belgrade will actually cost you much less. The news comes from a recent report called the Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer.RELATED: Airport secrets travelers should know 40 PHOTOS 40 airport secrets only insiders know See Gallery 40 airport secrets only insiders know 1. Global Entry and TSA PreCheck Are Totally Worth It While many travelers are enduring long waits to get through security these days, insiders are taking advantage of Global Entry ($100) and TSA PreCheck ($85) for faster screening. “Global Entry is a must for anyone who travels internationally and includes TSA PreCheck for your domestic … [Read more...] about This is the least expensive European city to visit this fall
Published 9:01 am CDT, Thursday, August 16, 2018 Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. (BPT) - We’d love to take our daily commute for granted. Except, we can’t. It is essential that we continue to make public transportation as efficient as possible for commuters. Over the decades, as a nation we have put investing in our transportation infrastructure, particularly our bus and rail systems, on the back burner. The result: Today’s public transit backlog sits at $90 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. This is a missed opportunity to make our public transportation systems more efficient and our cities more productive, and it has serious economic implications. Recommended Video: Now Playing: "Venezuelans are starving to death" The number of Venezuelans crossing the Colombian border has become a daily flood. and this is triggering what the UN warns is a humanitarian crisis. Fleeing their country hungry, … [Read more...] about Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities