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More Airports Share Holiday Cheer

Yesterday, we shared news of the Holiday Petting Zone and photo opp station at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Here’s a round-up of some more fun holiday events and activities we’ve spotted happening at airports.

Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) having fun with those holiday lights.

Gifts – and Robots – are on deck at CVG Airport

Also, Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) now has two robots on duty delivering food and retail items from the Tripadvisor store operated by Paradies Lagardere in Concourse B.

Passengers can order items from the store and have one of the fully autonomous delivery robots from Ottonomy, called Ottobots, make the fully contactless delivery to their location in the airport.

Customers receive status updates on their phones and a unique QR code. They can then scan by the robot’s top camera to open the secure compartment and retrieve their food. No attendant travels with the robots, which can deliver two unique orders per trip.

SFO’s Holiday Giveaway Still Happening

Delayed Xmas Flights? Vizzy Wants to Help

 Airports and air travel are expected to be quite hectic this season so keep an eye out for brands promising to ease your journey with their promotions.

Hard seltzer Vizzy will be doing just that December 21 – 23 with a Vizzy on us promotion.

Vizzy will host a pop-up at Denver International Airport at Concourse C near Gate C29 to provide travelers with drinks and will be offering Vizzy samples at Midway Airport at Concourse A near Gate A7.

During those days, travelers 21+ can visit www.vizzyholidelaydrinks.com to enter for the chance to receive one of 5,000 instant $8 prepaid cards for Vizzy Hard Seltzer drinks.

New tools for making sure you get the best travel deal

An airline mileage sale convinced me that now was a good time to visit London.  But I’ve been spinning my wheels trying to find a hotel I can afford.

Then, moments after I fork over my credit card number for a non-refundable rate that still feels a bit high, I get this email from the folks at Yapta.com about the launch of a new feature:

We’re launching the first hotel price tracking service that will enable travelers to monitor prices on more than 110,000 hotels around the world.  Unlike the “opaque” accommodation booking services (i.e. Hotwire.com) which do not allow travelers to see the specific hotel property they’re bidding on, Yapta enables travelers to designate the hotel they’re most interested in and then sign up to be automatically alerted when the rate drops.

Thanks, guys! One day too late for me to test it in real time for my trip, but a good thing for everyone to know about now that hotels in many cities are fighting to get our business.

Yatpa’s hotel tracking service isn’t the only fresh tool on the market. Tripadvisor recently launched a new flight search tool and Travelzoo just launched Fly.com.

Let’s go!

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