Posts Tagged ‘app’

OMG, Tuesday, February 5th is Jello Day in the 415! Former 49er Ronnie Lott to Hand Out Free Pudding as Consolation

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Heh:

“A special website that Jell-O has set up will have a plug-in that fans can download. Once they do so, if the winning team’s name [the B*lt*m*r* R*v*ns, of course] appears in an article on a webpage, that will be blurred out.”

That’s Phase One.

Here’s Phase Two, which will go off on Tuesday:

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Thanks Jello! (I guess.)

Simple San Francisco-Based “Foodspotting” App Gets Sold to OpenTable for $10,000,000

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Foodspotting has been sold.

Seems like there’s not a whole lot of money to go around considering all the people involved, but you’d have to call this a pretty successful app.

Investors:

  • BlueRun Ventures (Jay Jamison)
  • Felicis Ventures (Aydin Senkut)
  • 500 Startups (Dave McClure)
  • High Line Venture Partners (Shana Fisher)
  • Zelkova Ventures
  • 2020 Ventures
  • Dave Morin, Founder and CEO of Path
  • Steve Lee, Group Product Manager for Location Based Services at Google
  • Derek Dukes, Founder and CEO of Dipity
  • Dan Martell, Cofounder of Flowtown

“OpenTable to Acquire Foodspotting

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2013  – OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting, an app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants, for approximately $10 million in cash pursuant to a stock purchase agreement. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

“We’re proud to welcome the talented Foodspotting team to the OpenTable family,” said Matt Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable.  ”The Foodspotting team is as passionate about dining as we are, and we’re looking forward to leveraging their unique expertise in the areas of imagery and social sharing to enrich the OpenTable experience for diners and restaurants in new and exciting ways. By adding more visually compelling content to help people decide where to dine and discover dishes they’ll love, we hope to make it even easier to find the perfect table for any occasion.”

“We’re so happy to have found a home for Foodspotting where our community can continue to thrive while our entire team continues to focus on creating great dining experiences,” said Alexa Andrzejewski, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foodspotting, who will be joining OpenTable as a lead user interface designer.  ”While working with OpenTable as partners we realized we could create more intelligent, seamless and beautiful experiences if we had the opportunity to integrate our products more deeply.  We look forward to contributing our mobile, social and design expertise in ways that will delight both diners and restaurants.”

By enabling OpenTable to deliver a richer visual and social experience for diners and provide its restaurant customers with new opportunities to showcase their offerings, the acquisition supports the Company’s focus on continuing to enhance the ways it helps diners discover and book the perfect restaurant table.  OpenTable recently added dish photos through a collaboration with Foodspotting, giving diners a small taste of the kind of enhancements that will be coming once the Foodspotting team is on board.  In addition to welcoming the Foodspotting team to OpenTable, the Company plans to maintain the Foodspotting site and mobile apps on a standalone basis.

About OpenTable, Inc.
OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating approximately 10 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 26,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 385 million diners around the world.  The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK.
OpenTable, OpenTable.com, OpenTable logos, toptable and other service names are the trademarks of OpenTable, Inc. and/or its affiliates

 

“Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend great dishes and see what others recommend wherever you go.

We started Foodspotting in 2009 when we realized that there were many restaurant review apps, but there was no easy way to find or rate specific dishes. We set out to create a new kind of local guide that is unique because:

It’s about dishes, not just restaurants.

Find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at any restaurant and learn what foodspotters, friends and experts love wherever you go.

It’s visual.

Browse photos of nearby dishes and see what looks good. We want to make finding good food as easy as looking in a bakery window.

It’s positive.

Recommend dishes by snapping photos or simply saying “Loved it!” We don’t allow negative ratings because we’re all about foods people love.

Our goal is to cover the earth with amazing food sightings, from our childhood hometowns in Pennsylvania to food capitals like Tokyo. Since launching Foodspotting in January 2010, over 2.5 million foods have been spotted around the world, but we’re counting on you to represent your city by sharing your favorite local dishes.

How it Works

To find great dishes:

  • Look up your location or move & scan the map to fine tune it.
  • Find your favorite restaurant to see what foodspotters & friends love there.
  • Search for a particular dish that you’re craving by name (noodles) or type (red velvet).
  • Follow friends and experts like Chow or Travel Channel to see what they love.
  • Bookmark foods you “Want” to try and recommend dishes you’ve “Tried” and “Loved.”

To share great dishes:

  • Share a great dish by uploading a photo or simply saying you “Loved it!”
  • Connect Instagram and tag your photos #foodspotting. Be sure to include location!
  • Keep track of what you want, try and love and organize dishes using Guides.
  • Become a dish expert by spotting 5 or more foods in the same category.
  • Earn reputation points for making quality contributions to the community.

About the Company

In January 2010, Foodspotting launched the first and leading mobile app for finding and rating dishes. Today, you can use Foodspotting to see what foodspotters, friends and experts like Chow, Travel Channel and Wolfgang Puck love wherever you go.

Featured as App of the Week in both the iPhone and Android app stores, Foodspotting has received attention from The Today Show, The Cooking Channel and Inc Magazine and was named one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Apps of 2012 and a Top Travel Application by Travel + Leisure. Foodspotting is backed by Blue Run Ventures, Felicis Ventures, High Line Ventures, 500 Startups and Zelkova Ventures as well as a syndicate of angel investors including Dave Morin.

Based in San Francisco, Foodspotting has built a worldwide community of foodspotters who love to find and share interesting dishes wherever they go.”

Attention News-Gatherers: Now You Can Buy a News-Gathering Drone for $290 at Costco #144 – Control with Cell Phone

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

It’s kind of  new, it’s totally for you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

I told you all about this contraption before, but at the time it was only available online. These days, you can head on down to the SoMA Costco (America’s First Urban Costco) and get one for less than $300.

Then, you train your new pet to listen to simple commands from your cell phone (yes, there’s an app for that) and then you’re on your way to a Pulitzer:

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Turns Out That You Can’t “Win” Strava “King of the Mountain” in the Marin Headlands Without a Lot of Speeding

Friday, September 21st, 2012

You know, on your bike, on Conzelman, coming down from Hawk Hill at an average speed of 31 MPH.

See?

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What’s the limit on Conzelman, uphill or down? 25 MPH.

Do people get tickets from the park police for speeding on Conzelman? I don’t know, but I know people driving cars do.

Is that San Francisco-based Strava app affecting how people behave?

Uh, Ricky Gervais Invested His Money in a Marin County App Maker? Introducing “The Just Sayin’ App” – Really?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Uhhhhhhhh:

Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”

Uhhhhhhh:

“Producer & Comedian Ricky Gervais Introduces The Just Sayin’ App, Bringing Voice Conversations To Social Media - The Web 2.0 Social Voice Revolution

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2012 — Today, September 19th 2012, “The Office” creator and comedic innovator Ricky Gervais launches the Just Sayin’ app (app store), the first-ever voice conversation application for social media. The free iPhone app allows users to converse with voice and share the recorded conversation to their social media profiles, allowing followers to listen in and reply back. Created in partnership with voice-technology company, CloudTalk, Just Sayin’ users can also post any combination of voice, text, photos, and video to their respective Twitter and Facebook profiles. Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”

CloudTalk CEO David Hayden, credited for launching one of the world’s first search engines, Magellan, and the email hosting service, Critical Path, began building cloud-based voice technology in 2009. Ricky Gervais immediately grasped Hayden’s vision for Just Sayin’ when the two met earlier this year, and aided in refining the app’s overall direction. “Making the human voice a natural part of any social web experience is the next big thing,” says Gervais. “Voice as a monologue is narcissistic, voice as a dialogue is social; social media is a place where people desire to be both.”

Just Sayin’ voice conversations are shared as asynchronous audio messages in the user’s social media profiles. Users can talk one-on-one, or one-to-many, and can invite others to join the conversation. Hayden believes, “Voice has been the missing link to a person’s online persona. Social media interaction is widely silent and we know text has its limitations, sentiments can be difficult to express in 140 characters.”

Just Sayin’ is a mobile-first solution, compatible with any iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, including the new iPhone 5 and IOS 6 and is accessible by desktop at www.justsayinapp.com. While voice-centric social media grows rapidly in Asian markets, these services are primarily SMS tools and are heavily fee based; alternatively, Just Sayin’ is a free cloud-powered app. Just Sayin’s Android app will be made available in the Google Play marketplace by year’s end. Hayden predicts, “Just Sayin’ has the potential to become the new medium of all media, the question is not ‘who will adopt this medium’, but ‘who will take it the farthest?’”

Just Sayin’ is especially valuable to celebrities whose fans demand personal and authentic content; politicians, athletes, comedians, and musicians can use Just Sayin’ to better engage their fans. The app’s technology enables news outlets to utilize social media for voice interviews, celebrities can now engage with fans in dialogue, and the general public can communicate online as they would offline: by speaking. In a beta version released earlier this year, 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, soccer star Brandi Chastain, and musical talents Cavo, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Crossfade, and IKILLYA, were able to use Just Sayin’ to speak directly to fans. Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx shares, “I use the Just Sayin’ app as a way to further close the gap between fan and artist.  Not only do the fans get to hear my voice directly but I get to hear theirs as well.  I love it.”

About Just Sayin’: Just Sayin’ is a product of Ricky Gervais, and CloudTalk Inc., a Delaware corporation. CloudTalk built the first cloud-based platform for hosting apps that deliver voice as the central part of the user’s social media experience. The platform works for smartphones and the web, and the Company offers a rich API set that enables applications for feature phones and email as well.  CloudTalk is headquartered in Mill Valley, California.

SOURCE  CloudTalk Inc.”

Uhhhhhhhh…..

Attention Bay Area Media: Buy a Drone – Built-In Camcorder – Operate with iPhone – $320 at Costco – Do It

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s new, it’s you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

Your Android or iOS device, which you already have, can run an app to tell this thing where to go.

Then you can get video like this.

Oh, and they throw in an extra battery for you.

And don’t worry too much about any legal hassles.

Get with the times, people.

Teachable Moments for San Francisco Chronicle Writer CW Nevius: A Lesson in Journalism from Matt Smith

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

You see, Nevius? Here’s the deal. You wrote this:

SF police get new crime fighting tools: computers

But you should have written this:

Police department has no budget for smartphones for touted mobile app – Group donating money for app is also pushing for change in payroll tax

Do you see the difference, Chuck?

It’s the difference between being just another City Hall Megaphone and being, you know, an actual journalist.

Chuck on a good hair day:

Class dismissed.

USF is Wrong, There IS a Moral Compass App – It’s This: Vote the Opposite of How SPUR Tells You to Vote

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

You see, my new moral compass app will crawl through the website of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) to find out its election endorsements. Then it will advise you to vote the opposite.

So, in regards to the the recent Prop A, SPUR told you to vote against ending San Francisco’s archaic and wasteful garbage monopoly.

And on the recent Prop B. SPUR told you to vote for the RPD.

My moral compass app would have advised you to favor both props. See how that works?

D’Accord? D’Accord.

Hey SPUR! Maybe everything our City Family wants isn’t “good?”

Hey SPUR! Maybe you have nothing at all to do with promoting “Good Government.” Maybe you just like promoting the government we have.

How wrong you are, University of San Francisco bus ad:

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All right, what aboot the next election coming up, mmmm. Hey SPUR? Why not let’s fix the mistake our City Family forefathers made with Hetch Hetchy? How does that grab you?

Oh, here’s the answer:

Why We Need Hetch Hetchy More Than Ever

 Now, realize, SPUR, I’m not saying that it would be easy or cheap for San Francisco to change things at the Hetchy Hetch, I’m just saying, you know, maybe, at least as a goal for the far off future, maybe we could think about taking a look at what we did to the Yosemite area. Yes, we were able to bully other municipalities a century ago, but was that fair? You know, cause the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee and the LA Times and a bunch of others favor looking into changing things at Hetch Hetchy, right?

So don’t you want to think about this? You know, use your own in-built moral compass?

God damn, SPUR, you don’t have any moral compass at all.

Who the Hell put you in charge of Good Government in the 415?

Oh well.

In closing:

SPUR, you suck!

Anyway, here’s some more on Hetch Hetchy, Dear Reader. Leaving you with this:

Drain the Dam!
San Francisco Examiner
February 16, 2012

Will San Francisco Vote to Drain Hetch Hetchy?
Sacramento Bee
February 15, 2012

San Francisco Water Ethos Goes Only so Far
Sacramento Bee
January 25, 2012

Los Angeles Times – Editorial on Hetch Hetchy
Los Angeles Times
January 15,2012

Historical New York Times Articles:

The Only Bay Area Transit App Worth Having is the Brand-New “511 Transit App” – Find It In Your Android Market for Free

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

(You know, someday I’ll have to explain why my aging Samsung smartphone is better than your brand-new iPhone 4S, you know the one that has that big “Apple” chip inside that’s made by, um, Samsung? My phone cost $40-something, the sales tax was $40-something, the monthly bill is $40-something (plus San Francisco’s rather high tax scheme, which means I’m paying $50-something per month), I talk as much as I want, I download as much as I want (but no texting, texting is not in my plan, oh well, someday I’ll tell you why that’s sometimes a good thing), I have a bigger, better screen, I have a lighter phone, and before the year is up, I’ll get another brand-new phone. And BTW, what’s the Apple “experience” about? Is it the experience of choosing between the unreliable network (AT&T) and the slow network (Verizon)? Why is it that my phone never drops calls and gets double-digit scores on the same test that you see in the previous link? It’s like 11 Mbps indoors in the Financh. That’s like an order of magnitude faster, right? Not that I care, really, but what am I missing but not paying extra for an iPhone? The phone I have is faster, better, harder, stronger than any iPhone. And, as a bonus, it’s way cheaper. Just saying.)

Sorry iPhone owners, the Only Bay Area Transit App Worth Having isn’t out yet for Appleland, but you Android users should step right up and type “511 transit” into your “Market” icon thingy.

MUNI sucks, of course, but 511 Transit works awesome with MUNI. Try it and you’ll see.

See?

All the deets:

“GPS-Based Trip Planning Available for more than 30 Bay Area Transit Agencies

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 22, 2012  – The Bay Area’s 511 traveler information system is now offering its first smartphone app for transit users. The free 511 Transit App is a multiple-agency public transit trip planner using GPS-based location tools for smartphones. Ideal for a daily commute, weekend errand or occasional trip, the app serves both residents and visitors who are planning transit trips within the nine-county region.

“We are pleased to offer this unique and powerful tool for transit riders in the Bay Area,” said Adrienne J. Tissier, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). “Now you can use one app to plan trips on more than 30 public transit agencies, accessing the most complete coverage for the San Francisco Bay Area.”

The free 511 Transit App can be downloaded through the Android Market (search for: 511 Transit). A version for iPhone 4 will be released soon. The new app provides door-to-door transit trip planning and scheduled departure times for transit routes near your location or from a location you specify. It includes information for 720 routes and more than 23,700 transit stops throughout the region. An interactive, dynamic map shows routes and stops along the way, as well as your current position while on the move. Walking directions to and from stops and fares (including transfers) are also displayed.

“Smartphones and on-the-go trip planning are becoming increasingly common, and 511 is now extending its Bay Area transit planning tools to these faster, more compact platforms,” said Tom Spiekerman, 511 Transit project manager. “Currently, 511 customers plan more than one milliontransit trips per month using the popular website version of the 511 Trip Planner. The new app brings core features of this tool to customers on the go.”

Additional app features include:

–  Recently viewed locations and trips are saved automatically, as well as
favorites.

 –  GPS positioning enables users to set their current location as a
starting point for a trip, or to find nearby stops and transit routes
with scheduled departure times.

–  The app incorporates transit agency announcements that may affect a
trip’s itinerary.

511 Transit App customers are able to provide feedback on the new app by clicking on the “Help/Info” button to send an email to the 511 Team.

The new app complements numerous options people already have to access 511 traveler information. Smartphone and other mobile phone users may access many of 511′s most popular features through the mobile 511 site (m.511.org), by calling 511 from any Bay Area phone, or by receiving real-time transit Departure Times texts (SMS).  Desktop users can access the information from 511.org.

The 511 Transit App includes data from SF Muni,  BART, AC Transit, VTA, SamTrans, Caltrain,  Golden Gate Transit, County Connection, Vallejo Transit, LAVTA, Sonoma County Transit, VINE (Napa County) and more than a dozen additional agencies. For a complete list of all transitagencies included in the 511 Transit app, please visit the trip planning page at 511.org.

For more information, please see the 511 Transit App for Android Fact Sheet.

About 511
511 is a one-stop phone and web source for up-to-the-minute Bay Area traffic, transit, rideshare and bicycling information. It’s free of charge and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the nine-county Bay Area. Call 511 or visit 511.org. 511 is managed by a partnership of public agencies led by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the California Highway Patrol, Public Transit Agencies, and the California Department of Transportation.

SOURCE  511″

Today’s $1 LivingSocial “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff is Actually Pretty Good – See What’s Left Right Now If You Want

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Remember yesterday? I do, good times.

Anyway, this post from July 12th, 2011 foretold of LivingSocial’s “Instant Deals” Lunchtime Kickoff in the 415 and, well, now it’s here.

Something like this looks to be a fair bargain:

But act fast before the better deals in your area are gone. And this is for today, July 13th, only.

Just saying, Bro.

Ah, memories:

“Remember back in the day, back when those social deals were good deals? I do. It was the Golden Age of Groupon – it lasted for about three months last year.

Remember Visa Day, when you could get a second 50% off deal paid for by Visa and then you referred a couple friends to get yet another 50% off deal at a decent place? Good times.

Anyway, LivingSocial wants you to download their smartphone app (and I guess you can get in on this via a PC as well) so that you can get in on the big $1 lunch special on July 13th, 2011 all over San Francisco. I cautiously endorse this offer and beseech you to seal the deal tomorrow AM just after your manservant wakes you from your slumber by gently rapping on your bedroom door.

And then, come lunchtime, you’ll be as happy as a Golden Gate Park squirrel with its own peanut butter samwich:

All the deets:

LivingSocial Instant Deals to Enter San Francisco and Entice Eaters With $1 Lunch

Instant Deals Expanding to Third Major U.S. Market in Three Months

WASHINGTON, July 11, 2011 – LivingSocial today announced plans to tempt diners with $1 San Francisco treats from more than 100 local merchants on July 13 to celebrate the city’s launch of LivingSocial Instant Deals. Earlier this year, LivingSocial was the first to market with this breakthrough in local commerce, enabling consumers to find immediate deals at nearby restaurants and attractions. Once the fun of $1 lunch day is done,LivingSocial Instant Deals will continue serving up scrumptious Instant Deals offers to help those who live or visit The Golden Gate City find the best local values.

On Wednesday, July 13, eager eaters in San Francisco will need only a free LivingSocial account and a smartphone with the LivingSocial app or a computer to partake in Dollar Lunch Day. Starting just after sunrise, members can log into the app or go online to www.livingsocial.com/instant, select Instant Deals and marvel at a mass of $1 lunch offers within walking distance.

LivingSocial $1 lunch vouchers will be available for purchase beginning at 6:00 a.m. PT and will be available for redemption from 11:00 a.m. PT to 2:00 p.m. PT(1) on Wednesday, July 13, only.

How to nab the best bargains by the Bay:

   –  Step One: Download the latest version of the LivingSocial mobile application(2) to your iPhone, iPad or Android device. When the app opens, click on Instant Deals. Or, visit the LivingSocial Instant Deals website and select “San Francisco” as your city.
   –  Step Two: Take your pick from the list of available Instant Deals near your current coordinates, and pay one dollar per voucher.
   –  Step Three: Hoof it to the merchant location and display your Instant Deals voucher on your mobile device (or print a hard copy from your computer) at check-out.

Drum roll, please. Take a gander at just a few of the fine establishments who are signed on for San Francisco’s $1 lunch day:

   –  Bistro Burger
   –  San Francisco Soup Company (Multiple Locations)
   –  Kyoto Sushi
   –  Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Curry House
   –  And many more!

More deets after the jump.

San Francisco is the third LivingSocial Instant Deals rollout this year. In March, LivingSocial Instant Deals was introduced in Washington, D.C. and a month later more than 27,000 $1 lunch vouchers were sold within a 14-mile area. In June, LivingSocial members purchased more than 15,000 $1 lunch vouchers within approximately four square miles in Midtown Manhattan celebrating the arrival of Instant Deals in New York City.

“We are excited to launch LivingSocial Instant Deals in a city known for both cutting-edge technology and fantastic food,” said Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. “Dollar Lunch Day is a perfect way to bring foodies, early adopters and LivingSocial members together to scour old stomping grounds and discover new favorites throughout San Francisco.”

As the source for handpicked deals at a great value, LivingSocial invests in members and merchants in every market in which the company operates. Merchants are aligned with a local, knowledgeable contact who lives, works and plays in their city. Sales and marketing personnel work closely with merchants to craft deals and determine the most profitable and marketable offer structure.

LivingSocial Instant Deals revolutionizes the way merchants market their businesses and consumers discover the best experiences in their neighborhood. Local merchants work with LivingSocial’s team of on-the-ground local commerce experts to craft deals and optimize traffic through their doors. Unlike LivingSocial daily deals, which are live for 24 hours, Instant Deals are live for a short period of time, providing increased opportunity for businesses to enhance their customer base.

LivingSocial plans to roll-out Instant Deals in more U.S. locations soon. For a full list of LivingSocial cities or to subscribe, go to livingsocial.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/livingsocial, or join us on Facebook atfacebook.com/livingsocial.

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial adds surprise to every calendar with handpicked daily deals you can share with friends. Members enjoy at least 50 percent off on the coolest, local experiences. Local business owners get an easy and cost effective marketing tool to attract new, loyal customers. In 2010, one of the fastest growing companies in the space expanded withLivingSocial Escapes offering a “vacation in a box” for easy weekend trips at great value. Based in Washington, D.C., the international company has saved nearly 39 million subscribers more than half a billion dollars in more than 20 countries on 6 continents.

(1)  Offerings and hours of operation may vary by location and the price tag includes sales tax (gratuities not included.)

(2)  Members must download the latest version of the mobile application