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This week: Vegas for The Travel Goods Show, a funny mix-up at the Aria, a huge SPG bonus, our Hawaii contest, and more.
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Where's Johnny Jet?


Greetings from Las Vegas! I’m here for The Travel Goods Show—and this time I brought my wife and dad! We're having an incredible time staying in the Tower Suites at the Aria hotel (here's my post on the hotel). We just arrived last night and leave in a few hours but stay tuned for more photos and information about our trip!
If you're following me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or Periscope, you know that over the weekend I was in San Francisco speaking at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show. My wife and I went in a couple nights early to take advantage of a gift certificate I'd won at a media event last year. It was for a two-night stay at the lovely Inn at the Presidio. It’s a historic hotel that opened in 2012. Walking in, we were reminded of one of our favorite hotels, Cavallo Point, which is just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. It turns out that the Inn at the Presidio used the same designers. We loved the location, free breakfast, wine and cheese, and the fireplaces. However, we did not like their alarm clocks.
That’s because a few hours after going to sleep, we woke up to what we thought was the smoke alarm because we'd left the fireplace on (it was a chilly night). But it turned out to be the hotel’s alarm clock, which I couldn't figure out how to turn off. Needless to say, we didn’t have a very good night's sleep and in the morning, when I walked into the lobby with the clock in my hand, the receptionist cringed and said, "Did it go off in the middle of the night?" It seems like we aren’t the only guests to have this happen to us. Moral of the story: Make sure you check the alarm clock before you go to bed. 
A Johnny Jet mix-up
On Saturday, we drove an hour down to Santa Clara, where I was speaking at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show. It was pretty funny checking into the Santa Clara Hilton, which is right across the street from the convention center and Levi’s Stadium where Super Bowl 50 took place. The show organizers put the reservation under "Johnny Jet" and not my real name. So when I handed the hotel clerk my ID, she said she couldn’t find our reservation. I asked her to check under "Johnny Jet," and sure enough it was registered—but she said I needed a photo ID with "Johnny Jet" on it. When my business card wasn’t good enough, I walked over to the edge of the desk and grabbed a poster advertising the Travel Show off the easel. I was featured as one of the speakers and said, "Does this work?" It sure did, and we all had a good chuckle.

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Win a trip for two to Hawaii!
Our latest JohnnyJet.com contest is heating up! Enter here for a chance to win 140,000 HawaiianMiles (enough for two roundtrip tickets between Hawaii and any one of Hawaiian Airlines' North American gateway cities) plus a two-night stay for two at Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina.
 
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Travel Deals


This week's deals include: 
-R/T flights to Istanbul from 9 cities
-12-day Singapore & Bali getaway with air from $1,999
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Travel News


This week’s news includes: 
-U.S. airlines vie for limited routes to Cuba
-Emirates plane completes world’s longest non-stop flight
-First Boeing 727 makes final flight
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Website of the Week


With the free service offered by MyPermissions, it takes two minutes to find out which apps are accessing your information and clean up your permissions.
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Travel Style


Amy Stark is a marketing manager at an accounting firm by day and travel blogger at A Traveling Broad in her free time.
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Tip of the Week


These days, anyone can hack into a hotel safe, as seen in this video.
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Video of the Week


TODAY's Matt Lauer recently "interned" at New York’s JFK as an air traffic controller. This video will give you a new appreciation for this difficult and stressful job. 
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Product of the Week


If you want to give would-be pickpocketers the slip, you need to check out these pickpocket-proof pants available at TravelSmith.
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Instagram of the Week


If you're a lover of the outdoors, check out Dylan Furst, an adventure and lifestyle photographer from the Pacific Northwest with close to 500K followers.
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App of the Week


Beditations is an iOS app that delivers guided meditations designed to relax you into a quality sleep and later gently wake you at your desired time.
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Travel Contests


-Win 140,000 HawaiianMiles and a 2-Night Stay at Four Seasons O’ahu!
-Win a trip to San Diego
-More contests >>

Webcam of the Week


If you've been to Alberta, you know it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Here's a webcam of Alberta’s most famous attraction: Lake Louise!
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Contributor stories


|Travel Book of the Week|


Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot by Mark Vanhoenacker is “a poetic and nuanced exploration of the human experience of flight that reminds us of the full imaginative weight of our most ordinary journeys—and reawakens our capacity to be amazed."

The Winter Wonderlands of New York and Vermont—Where the Snow Sticks


Bruce Northam and his daughter Bella ventured into two getaway-worthy winter wonderlands of New York and Vermont: Whiteface and Stratton.
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Natalie's Corner


For many, Los Angeles is a dream destination in and of itself. But if you’ve got lots of time in the City of Angels or if you’re a local looking for a weekend escape, Natalie has five getaways to consider.
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