If you stayed in a Hyatt hotel between August and December of last year, check your credit card statement for unusual charges. The hotel giant said its guests were the target of a cyberattack. For a list of the hotels targeted, go to hyatt.com/protectingourcustomers/hotellist.
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On flights shorter than three hours, Americans are the least likely to pay extra for amenities, according to Expedia. For example, 15 percent of Americans would pay for "a full meal," compared with 45 percent of Chinese and 26 percent worldwide. However, 13 percent of Americans would spend money on alcohol, a bit above the 10 percent global average. Washington Post
Valentine's Day packages in romantic Paris
Paris hotels are offering Valentine's Day packages and amenities to help counter the dip in tourism attributable to November's terrorist attacks. At Hôtel Esprit Saint-Germain, couples can book the four-night Valentine's Day package, which includes a room upgrade and unlimited alcohol in the lobby lounge bar (from 1,350 euros for four nights, or about $1,415). At the Grand Pigalle Hotel, couples arrive to find their room decorated with rose petals and chocolates and get a three-course dinner, breakfast in bed and either a cocktail mixology course or wine tasting (from 330 euros a night). The Four Seasons Hotel George V is going the classic route with breakfast, a bottle of Champagne, a 100-euro spa voucher and a bouquet (from 1,560 euros a night). And Hôtel Plaza Athénée, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, wants to attract lovers with its package of Champagne and sweets upon arrival, breakfast and late checkout (from 1,290 euros a night). New York Times
Renew your expiring passport sooner than later
If you have a U.S. passport expiring anytime in 2016, the State Department has a message for you: Renew it now. Officials are expecting a flood of renewals of 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007. The latter was the year when the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect, requiring passports for Americans returning by air from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. There has also been an uptick, officials said, in first-time applications from Americans in states that have not yet complied with the Real ID Act, which includes Minnesota. For now there is no hurry for travelers if they are not planning to go abroad. But some are rushing to get passports anyway (travel.state.gov), adding to congestion in the system.
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Know when airfares shift
Rick Seaney, chief executive of the website Farecompare.com, has analyzed airfare data to calculate which dates to avoid in 2016 if you want to save money.
March 17: Airfares peak as traveler's head out for spring break.
May 17: Airlines raise fares for travelers flying for summer vacations.
June 10: Airfares jump as demand grows for summer travel.
July 31: Weekday fares for summer travel will begin to drop.
Aug. 22: Summer airfares will begin to decline.
Nov. 23 and 27: For travelers flying for Thanksgiving, avoid the high fares on these days.
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