Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

Rebooking a hotel room right before heading on a trip is a way travellers can snag a cheaper rate. Keep in mind, though, the hack is still a gamble. [Lifehacker]

In-flight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

These 50 photos of 50 US states show the natural beauty and diversity of the world's third largest country. [Twisted Sifter]

The glory days of air travel are over, and it's not just about the death of free checked luggage and a bag of peanuts. These photos of flight attendant fashion through the ages will make you miss the good old days.  [Paper Magazine]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Airlines will try anything to save a buck. In an attempt to cut 30 million rupees in fuel costs, Indian airline Go Air announced it will employ only lightweight female flight attendants. Clever PR move or new method of discrimination? [Telegraph]

Fans worldwide have found different ways to pay tribute to beloved actor James Gandolfini, who died last week. For some that meant going to New Jersey for a Soprano's tour, which has seen a sharp increase in guests since the star's death. [Skift]

Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

A United Airlines crew forgot to bring toilet paper on a 10-hour flight from San Francisco to London. Eventually, they passed out extra cocktail napkins to be used instead, but passengers were not exactly thrilled. [New York Daily News]

Ride share apps like Lyft and Sidecar are at the centre of a legal transit debate in Los Angeles, where cab drivers are claiming they are illegal taxis and protesting the services. [Associated Press]

Twenty tourists were stranded in the Canadian Arctic when a 3.5 square mile sheet of ice they were on broke off and starting floating along. All were rescued and are now safely back on land. [CNN]

Taking to the road with solely a GPS system might not be the best way to travel. Apparently 63% of GPS users have been misdirected before, some of which ended up in extreme and dangerous situations. One woman was stranded for three days in Death Valley with her daughter and a friend because of faulty GPS guidance. [Today]

It’s a no-go

The Dreamliner nightmare just won't seem to go away. In the last 10 days, four Boeing 787s have been grounded for reasons ranging from brake indicator problems to broken air conditioning. [CNN]

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