Monday 19 February 2018

Great Escapes: Google Glass, family-friendly Ryanair and a Leap Card for tourists...

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Specs Appeal: The Stanford Court Hotel is offering a Google Glass Explorer Package.
Specs Appeal: The Stanford Court Hotel is offering a Google Glass Explorer Package.
Prince Charles tried out the Google Glass technology.
Michael O'Leary
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Pol Ó Conghaile

What's happening in travel this week? A new departure sees hotels offer free Google Glass, a Leap Card is now available for tourists, and Ryanair continues its charm offensive with a new suite of improved services...

Room with a view...

Things are looking up for Google Glass. First Prince Charles sampled the specs on a trip to Canada, then Hotel Near Me ( launched what it claims is the technology's first hotel booking app.

If you don't fancy the $1,500 price tag, however, there's another option: a test drive with the Stanford Court Hotel's Google Glass Explorer Package.

The package offers guests at the San Francisco hotel the use of Google Glass, along with free Wi-Fi, breakfast and a quick tutorial on "how not to be a glasshole" from around $252 (€185) per night.


Ryanair's charm offensive continues with the launch of Family Extra, a new suite of improved services and family-friendly discounts. Highlights include 50% off check-in bags and allocated seating for kids, discounted priority boarding, a free 5kg infant bag allowance, two free pieces of infant equipment (buggy, booster seat or cot carried in the hold) and even... gasp... free bottle warming and baby changing facilities on board.

While many of the services wouldn't be unusual on full service airlines, it's certainly a departure for Michael O'Leary – the man who once threatened to charge passengers a pound for spending a penny.

Travel smart...

A new Leap Visitor Card has been launched in Dublin. For €19.50, visitors are entitled to 72 hours of unlimited travel on Luas, DART, Iarnrod Eireann’s short-hop zone, Dublin Bus and the return trip from Dublin Airport on the Airlink. You can pick it up from the Spar in arrivals at T1 and T2, or the CIE Tours desk in T1.

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