Do your worst, hackers
United Airlines may be having a change of heart about hackers. A cybersecurity expert who joked during a flight about hacking into the plane's avionics computers was banned from the carrier, even though he said he was pointing out a vulnerability in the Wi-Fi system. Now United Airlines is offering rewards to anyone who can uncover a bug in the airline's website, app or other software. The "bug bounty program" offers 50,000 to 1 million airline loyalty reward miles, depending on the severity of the bug.
Reshaping the cabin
A German design company thinks the best way to cut the time it takes to board passengers on an airplane is to reshape the cabin to resemble a cigar. The idea is to make the aisles wider in the middle of the cabin where the passengers first enter and need room to shuffle around each other to find their seats.
Los Angeles Times
Don't let your workout flag on the road
Travel often means a break in fitness routines. After all, not all hotel gyms are inviting. But a number of properties around the world are now offering more compelling workout programs. Guests at the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe get a jogging map that comes with a deck of cards featuring yoga poses inspired by Parisian landmarks (the pyramid entrance to the Louvre corresponds to the downward dog; the Eiffel Tower represents the tree pose). For a getaway that lets guests get away from indoor fitness altogether, the Gates Hotel in Key West, Fla., offers free sunrise and sunset bicycle tours when visitors want a break from the in-room yoga mats and blocks, resistance bands and iPads pre-loaded with workouts. The hotel also offers paddleboard yoga, PaddleFit and beach boot camp classes, from $15 to $35. "Enjoying the tropical setting while working out keeps guests in the vacation state of mind," said Stephanie Happ, director of sales and marketing at the hotel.
New York Times
Deal of the week
Fairmont properties offer a free night
Stay at a Fairmont property by Sept. 30 and receive a free night or a room discount of up to 25 percent. The promo applies to more than 60 hotels and resorts across the globe; the offer varies by property. For example, stay for two nights at the Fairmont Tremblant in Canada and receive the third night free; price for a stay in mid-July starts at about $409, including $64 tax, a savings of about $205. The Chicago Millennium Park hotel is offering 15 percent off your stay through Sept. 30. No deadline to book, but deal is based on availability. Blackout dates apply and vary by property. Info: 1-844-440-1907, www.fairmont.com/promo/momentsoffer.
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Map your meanderings
If you want to explore a city without keeping track of every turn, yet later call up the coordinates of that quaint patisserie you passed, try these apps for tracking long strolls. Trails: This comprehensive app logs the details (including distance, duration, speed, pace, date and time) of any number of activities: walking, hiking, cycling, horse riding or driving, to name a few. Glympse: An addictive app that tracks your every move and allows you, with the tap of a single button on a map, to send a copy of it with your current location to anyone. MapMyWalk: This one has a fitness bent: It refers to the particulars of your walk as "workout details" and allows you to log your food choices and integrate music.New York Times