What we’re reading: Death on AA, book a better hotel room, outdoor tourism in Vegas


American Airlines diverts plane from Brazil to Houston as passenger goes into distress, dies

An American Airlines plane from Brazil to Dallas-Fort Worth had to divert to Houston when a passenger went into distress and died onboard.

“There was no sign of trauma,” and no foul play is suspected, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. An autopsy will be done, she said.

How to book a better hotel room in 2013

If your travel plans call on booking a hotel room in 2013, Gadling put together some suggestions on how to get the best for less.

Scour Social Media
You’re already aware that hotels offer specials on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Make sure to follow your favorite brands and “subscribe” to these updates. It may seem like a no-brainer, but you don’t want to miss a special or promotion because the update was buried in your news feed. Don’t forget about email either – hotel’s aren’t likely to spam your inboxes, but often send out valuable promotions and alerts via traditional e-blasts.

Outdoor tourism growing in Las Vegas area

When you think about visitors to Las Vegas during the cold winter months, you’d probably think that the folks will go there just to gamble. However, if gambling is not one of your favorite activities, try going outdoors.

Forever Resorts, for example, launched a new service, the Colorado River Exploration Tour, in early December. The $199 journey includes a trip to Eldorado Canyon’s Techatticup Mine and a calm-water raft ride to Willow Beach Marina.

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