Well, I was going to blog today about Virgin America's $33 sale (which ends at 5pm PDT tonight). But since I've spent the last hour not being able to get onto Virgin's site, I'm guessing that eager travelers have so overwhelmed the system that nobody's going to get those cheap flights. I'll keep watching, though, and update this blog if the Virgin website is restored.
In the meantime, Scott Mayerowitz of ABC News Travel has posted a terrific, if sobering, article on the rise in credit card theft at hotels. No, thieves aren't going to sneak into your room and rifle through your wallet. Instead, they're hacking hotel systems, and getting travelers' info from there. Since so many large hotel chains share the same booking system from property to property, one break-in can yield literally thousands of credit card numbers.
The thieves will either then go on a buying spress with your card. Or, more invidiously, they may add fraudulent charges to your hotel bill, redirecting the payments. These obviously will be harder to spot, so it's probably a good idea to keep a paper copy of the bill you get upon check-out so you can prove fraud down the line, should it happen. According to Mayerowitz, some thieves wait months to strike, meaning that hotel bill could be long gone from your mind when the new charges come in.
You can read the complete piece by clicking here.