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Airbnb Reveals the 19 Destinations to Visit in 2019

Ranging from a vehicle-free island off the coast of southeastern China’s Xiamen, to the site of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary celebration next year, we’ve found that most of our trending destinations are places where the increased “healthy,” more sustainable and authentic tourism will benefit residents and travelers alike, promoting emerging locales like Accra, Ghana; supporting environmental sustainability in places like Calabria, Italy; and offering the chance to help rebuild communities after natural disasters, starting with the top-trending destination on our list: Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Here are Airbnb’s 19 trending destinations for 2019 along with a sampling of listings to stay in and experiences to try:


H/T Michael W Travels

Virgin Atlantic partners with Airportr at Gatwick and Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic has launched a partnership with Airportr, allowing customers to check in luggage at any central London address, ahead of departures from Gatwick and Heathrow.

The service costs from £30 for collection and check-in of one piece of baggage with a one-hour slot, and from £40 for four pieces with a three-hour slot.

Airportr launched with British Airways in 2016, and is available to all BA customers flying from Gatwick and Heathrow.


American Airlines and Expedia Quietly Settle Trademark Lawsuit

American Airlines and Expedia (have) agreed to settle a trademark and breach of contract lawsuit over the online travel agency’s Add-On Advantage discount hotel program.

The airline filed the federal lawsuit in Texas in October, alleging that the Expedia Add-On Advantage logo infringed on American’s long-held AAdvantage loyalty program logos and marks, and that Expedia had breached agreements with the airline in the process.


600+ IHG properties changing in price next week

IHG is changing award redemption rates at more than 600 properties effective January 14, 2019. They have not officially communicated these changes, but you can find a list here.


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