Resolve to travel more this new year? CNN lists 10 exciting attractions opening in 2015

The first of the top 10 most exciting attractions opening in 2015 was the Hello Kitty Park in the Zhejiang Province, China. Hello Kitty’s adoring fans lined up on New Year’s Day to enjoy the 11 themed facilities, including: performance venues, amusement rides, a luxury resort and a grand mahjong hall. The project cost $215 million and is the first Hello Kitty theme park outside of Japan. It is expected to attract one million visitors per year.

If you love music, be sure to check out the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, opening later this year. Other attractions include the world’s largest archeology museum, the biggest eco-park, a video game museum, and several culture and art galleries.

Check out the full list here.

What’s the deal with hidden-city ticketing?

You’ve probably heard all over the news the last few weeks about the lawsuit between Skiplagged.com’s founder (22-year-old tech whiz kid Aktarer Zaman) vs. United Airlines and Orbitz, who are suing for reimbursement of lost revenue and other remedies. Zaman designed the website to show people how to find fares using an insider strategy that’s been around for years, and with all the controversy surround the matter, you may be wondering exactly how it works.

What is it?

“Hidden-city ticketing” or “point beyond ticketing” is when a passenger plans to fly to a hub destination, but saves money by booking a flight for a connecting destination (via the hub) and skips the last leg of the journey. Here’s an example: A non-stop fare from L.A. to Dallas could be over $300 one-way, but a fare on the same airline from L.A. to Austin with a stop in Dallas might be $150. So the passenger would buy the flight to Austin and get off in Dallas.

What’s so bad about it?

For airlines:

  1. It reduces their revenue
  2. It reeks havoc with computer programs designed to estimate how many people won’t show up for flights
  3. It can delay flights if used too frequently

For you:

  1. It’s prohibited by many airlines
  2. It can increase ticket prices for the last leg of the flight (that passengers are skipping) for those who want to travel between only those two cities
  3. The last leg of the flight may appear to be “sold out” for passengers who want to travel between those two cities, even though the plane has open seats
  4. It could raise fares to help airlines compensate for lost revenue
  5. It can backfire if your flight gets rerouted to a different connecting hub
  6. You could get kicked out of your frequent-flier program
  7. You can’t check bags

Get the full story here.

But first, let me take a selfie

U.S. consumers made the selfie stick (an item that repeatedly went out of stock leading up to the holidays) the gift of the year in 2014. On December 25th, the hashtag #selfiestick trended on social media platforms as users posted pictures of themselves using their selfie stick, further highlighting the items popularity.

If Santa didn’t bring you the selfie stick you asked for this Christmas, you can buy one for $10-$30

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