Oracle CEO Ellison to buy Hawaiian island, resorts – USATODAY.com

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison – one of the world’s richest men – has agreed to buy 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai, Bloomberg reports.

When Ellison visits the small island, he won’t have to look far for a nice place to store his suitcase.

The deal with the island’s current owner, 89-year-old billionaire David Murdock, includes not one, but two luxury resorts run by Four Seasons – including the posh Four Seasons Lanai at Manele Bay. The beachfront resort borders a marine preserve and was built atop a rugged red-lava cliff above a stretch of white sandy beach. The cheapest room for check-in on Friday, June 29 will set you back $399 before taxes and tips.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Ellison is the sixth-richest man on the planet with a net worth estimated at $36 billion.

Looks like the Hawaii’s Lanai Island will be having a new owner. I’m quite curious how much it costs to purchase the island. It only mentions Larry Ellison’s net worth at $36 billion.

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Faster pre-boarding for airlines – chicagotribune.com

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These U.S. sprinters should be getting on the plane first. (Tribune Photo by Nuccio DiNuzz / June 13, 2012)

I love the photo for this news article about letting the fast people board planes first instead of families!

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How to Fly V.I.P., Perk by Perk – NYTimes.com

Don’t fly enough to earn elite status on an airline? There are plenty of other ways to buy those perks and preferred treatment, either à la carte or through the right credit card. Here is how you can fly like an elite passenger, even for one trip a year, on several airlines. (Carriers without an elite program were not included.)

A list of the vip perks for 5 popular US airlines, and how much it will cost you. very good list to help you maximize your upgrades.

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A Scandinavian Summer: The Ultimate Frugal Challenge? – NYTimes.com

A Scandinavian Summer: The Ultimate Frugal Challenge?

05frugal oslo blog480 A Scandinavian Summer: The Ultimate Frugal Challenge?   NYTimes.comTomm W. Christiansen/Bloomberg NewsBy at least one account, Oslo is the most expensive city in the world. Does it have a frugal side?

Can a destination be so expensive it forces you to rethink your underwear philosophy?

Such is the fear that Scandinavia strikes in the hearts of budget travelers like me. The statistics are everywhere. Three Scandinavian capitals rank among the world’s five most expensive cities in a 2011 UBS report: Oslo at No. 1, Copenhagen at No. 4 and Stockholm at No. 5. Oslo and Stockholm also made a recent top-10 list for hotel costs. Copenhagen is home of the world’s No. 1 restaurant (if you go for that sort of ranking), which can’t be keeping dining costs low.

Scandinavia is expensive if you want to enjoy the city the same way you would in other European areas. Most of the advice I’ve read is going to the grocery store and buying your lunch there, or feasting on lunch buffets at restaurants. The entrance fees to attractions, day tours, excursions, transportation, and accommodation are pretty difficult to cut on costs on.

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Strolling the streets of modern Kyoto | Travel | The Seattle Times

In Japan, anything goes.. including seafood on a stick! Just watch out for the still – LIVE seafood wiggling on a stick, cooking over an open fire. Vegetarians and Vegans brace yourselves.

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Hats on, it’s off to the races for the Royal Ascot | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times

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I love the hats at the Ascot races. Definitely on my bucket list of places to go. The fascinators are the best part!

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World Traveler Jenny Video – Jager Bomb train

During the Topdeck UK & Ireland tour, we joined New Europe Tours Pub Crawl for a night. At the last venue we saw an awesome Jager Bomb Train at a club in Edinburgh, Scotland. What a way to end the night!

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Most Common Travel Airport Mix ups

Melanie Marken was headed to her hotel to rest up for a business meeting in Bloomington, Ind., last month when she made a discovery.

She was in the wrong Bloomington.

Marken’s travel agent had mistakenly booked her on a flight to Bloomington, Ill. And she had to drive nearly five hours to make her meeting in the Indiana city with the same name.

This happens far too often. The state should always be mentioned just in case. Kansas city in MIssouri? or Kansas city in Kansas? Talk about a travel nightmare. Here is a list of commonly mistaken cities.

1. Sydney, Australia or Sydney, Nova Scotia

2. Vancouver, Washington or Vancouver, British Columbia

3. Kansas city, Missouri or Kansas city, Kansas

4. St. John’s, Newfoundland or Saint John, New Brunswick

5. Antigua Island or Antigua, Guatemala

6. San Jose, California or San Jose, Costa Rica

7. Panama city, Florida, or Panama city, Panama

8. St. Petersburg, Florida or Saint Petersburg, Russia

9. Venice, Florida or Venice, Italy

10. La Paz, Mexico or La Paz, Bolivia

11. San Antonio, Texas or San Antonio, Chile

12. Santo Domingo, Chile or Santo Domingo, Cuba

13. Santa Clara, Cuba or Santa Clara, Panama

14. Melbourne, Australia or Melbourne, Nova Scotia

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Making the most of travel-reward credit cards | Travel | The Seattle Times

Making the most of travel-reward credit cards

Finding the right reward card for your lifestyle — and travel

An example of how credit cards can pay for travel. Not recommend for anyone who has a shopping or spending problem or carries a balance on their credit cards.

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Apps that can make traveling easier | Travel | The Seattle Times

Apps that can make traveling easier

From airfare deals to taxi bookings, apps can do almost everything except pack your bags.

A list of popular apps to make travel easier. Kayak, Hipmunk, Bing Travel, Seat Guru, Priceline, BetterBidding, Jetsetter, FlightTrack, FlightPlus, Tripit, GateGuru, Yelp, Zagat, Uber. I don’t own a smartphone and haven’t made much use of these apps. But maybe someone out there can.

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