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Today's travel intel

By Sean O'Neill
updated February 21, 2017

Book a stylish, centrally-located London hotel at a discount. Budget Travel recently introduced readers to the Hoxton Hotel, which debuted last fall in London's financial district. Each of the hotel's 205 rooms feature "wood paneling, down duvets and pillows, and a fridge filled with free mineral water and milk." (See article here.) Turns out that the EuroCheapo blog has discovered a trick for booking a stay at this cool hotel at a discount. Simply sign up for the hotel's email newsletter, which offers exclusive sales. You'll find rooms available for between $10 and $160 a night. (Even a $160 a night room is still a deal in London, because of the watery value of the U.S. dollar agains the British pound.) Details here. And for more suggestions for cheap hotels in London, click here.

Good-bye, seatback TVs on airplanes. Hello, personal media players....

...American Airlines will be offering passengers multi-media devices with Bose noise-canceling headphones to passengers on selected long-haul flights out of Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles. The devices come pre-loaded with a dozen feature films, up to 15 hours of TV programs, and hundreds of hours of popular tunes, according to this press release. American will charge a fee to coach passengers who want to use the device. The airline hasn't announced the exact fee, but the rumor is that it will be about $5 a flight. First-class and business passengers will get to use the devices for free, of course. If the test is successful, American will make the devices available on all of its long-haul flights.

Readers offer their own photography tips. This Just In recently directed readers to this slide show offering advice on "How to take better pictures of your friends." Reader Ed Fitzgerald offers the following additional tip: "What you didn't say was that you also moved in closer and got rid of that competing background that had that awful flash highlight that is distracting. Most people do not crop close enough in the camera when they are taking people pictures." Consider yourself warned.

For more reader tips on traveling smarter, click here.)

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