Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: International Traveler

Newspaper article International New York Times

Briefly: International Traveler

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As compiled by editors of The International New York Times.

New smartphone app offers last-minute guidance on flights

Travelers who like the spontaneity that services like Hotel Tonight afford will be happy to hear that the last-minute booking game has expanded to flights as well.

Flight Tonight, a new application from Hopper, provides travelers with a single search service to help find the most affordable flight leaving from a nearby airport in the next 24 hours.

For instance, if Friday's long lunch turned into a long weekend, a search would turn up flights leaving in the late afternoon, early evening and throughout the night. A happy-hour-inspired search might show late-night flights and those leaving early the next morning.

The app was designed to factor in a two- to three-hour buffer so that travelers can pack and get to the airport on time.

In its first weeks, the app turned up flights on some popular routes, like Dallas to Denver and Houston to New Orleans, for less than $200, Patrick Surry, Hopper's chief data scientist, said in an email. It also revealed some fares of less than $250 on more exotic getaways, like Newark to Montego Bay.

Flight Tonight includes data on international flights as well as flights within the United States and is currently available for iOS 7 devices.

Hotels satisfy guests' curiosity about an expanding universe

With a growing interest among travelers to better understand the galaxy, a number of hotels and resorts are creating ways for guests to appreciate the expanding universe.

Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park, Va., has partnered with Greg Redfern, a member of the NASA Solar System Ambassador volunteer program, who gives 30-minute guest lectures through October on astrophotography, meteorites and stargazing. "When the sky is clear, we even go up on the mountains and use a laser to point at celestial objects," Mr. …

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