Social Media Recap: News, Contests, Promos, Trends and More

Feb 5, 2014

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Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions. Here’s a look at the latest interesting trending topics and more on social media from the week.

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Here are some of the biggest news stories and promotions that everyone has been tweeting about this week.

Some tips to avoid catching the Norovirus on your upcoming cruise.
Some tips to avoid catching the Norovirus on your upcoming cruise.

How To Avoid Getting Sick On Cruise Ships: With so many cases of the norovirus springing up lately on cruise ships, it’s normal to be concerned about getting sick during your cruise. @Frommers tweets some tips on how to avoid getting sick on your vacation. Some of them are more obvious, like washing your hands as much as possible, especially before meals. Others are lesser known, like don’t bother changing ships if the one you are about to take had an outbreak, as you will rarely see vessels repeat with large cases of the virus.

A cool new tray table addition.
A cool new tray table addition.

New Airline Tray Table Designs Make Using Technology Easier: A company called SmartTray International is partnering with Northridge-based Satterfield Aerospace to develop tray tables for airplanes that will have new features, tweets @LATimesTravel. Some of the new features consist of a groove in the tray table to place your tablet in, or a clip to add your tablet into the tray’s upright position (making it easier/safer to use to takeoff/landing).

Romantic hot spots for Valentine's Day.
Romantic hot spots for Valentine’s Day.

15 Most Romantic Getaways Around The World: With Valentine’s Day approaching, @FodorsTravel tweets about romantic getaways around the world for you and your sweetheart to visit. Some of the destinations included are quaint spots like Brugges, Belgium or Charleston, SC; beautiful beaches such as Bali or Maui, or sexy, exotic spots like Buenos Aires or Istanbul.

Check in podiums at the new United Global Services Reception.
Check in podiums at the new United Global Services Reception at Newark.

United Airlines New Global Reception Service Lobby At Newark: United Airlines opened their new Global Services reception lobby at Newark Liberty International Airport. The new service lobby offers personalized check-in and travel services to members of United’s Global Services program and to customers traveling on long-haul international flights in United Global First. For these elite customers lucky enough to gain access, entry is through the lobby area via the Premier Access entry point at Door 4 of the Terminal C mid-level departures area.

Things to do when you first arrive in your hotel room.
Things to do when you first arrive in your hotel room.

Eight Things You Should Do Upon Checking Into A Hotel: Whether you are staying at a budget hostel or a five-star luxury resort, there are some things you should do upon your check-in, tweets @HuffPostTravel. Some of these items include a simple check for bedbugs, or unplugging the alarm clock in case a previous guest set it for a 4 am wakeup call. Others are a little more intense, like sanitizing doorknobs and handles with antibacterial wipes or studying the fire map in case of an emergency.

Las Vegas
Cool alternatives to the typical tourist routine in Las Vegas.

What Not To Do In Las Vegas: @CNTravler tweets about what NOT to do in Las Vegas, and offers insightful alternatives instead for a more unique trip. For example, the article advises not to take the airport bus which makes several hotel stops along the way, and instead opt for a cheap and quick taxi to your hotel, complete with tips on telling the taxi driver which route to take to avoid overcharging. Or, instead of going to Starbucks that you can always visit it your own hometown, get your cup of joe plus pastries from Jean Philippe Patisserie.

Enter Qatar's #Destigram contest to win airline tickets or miles.
Enter Qatar’s #Destigram contest to win airline tickets or miles.

Win Flights on Qatar With Their #Destigram Contest: Enter the Qatar #Destigram contest to win a variety of prizes, like two Qatar business class roundtrip tickets, two Qatar economy roundtrip tickets, or  200,000 Qatar Airways Privilege Club Qmiles. To enter, you must follow Qatar on Instagram, and then share a photo on Instagram with hashtags #destigram and the airport code of one of the eight participating cities, for example, #MIA for Miami. You can also add your photo on Twitter and tag @QatarAirways and put the hashtag #destigram. This contest is global and open to people over the age of 18. You have until 23:59 PM Doha Time on 19th February 2014 to submit your entries.

Win a trip worth $100,000 to Spain and Morocco.
Win a trip worth $100,000 to Spain and Morocco.

Win A Trip Via The Travel Channel To Spain & Morocco: Win a trip to Spain and Morocco worth $100,000 with the Trip Sweepstakes hosted by the Travel Channel. There are various ways to enter. First, you can visit the Travel Channel website and submit the online entry form. You can also apply by liking the Travel Channel Facebook page and filling out the provided information. You are allowed to submit one entry per day via the website and one entry per day via the Facebook page during the promotional period, which ends at 5:00 pm EST on March 24, 2014. You must be over 21 and a US resident to enter.

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