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Broken finger to fake snow, Chevy Chases dishes on ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

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Photographer Amy Haehl made Christmas movie magic when she recreated scenes from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” with adorable babies.

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Spoiler alert — all that snow isn’t real.

Chevy Chase says of all the questions he gets about the now-classic holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” surprisingly the white powdery surroundings top the list.

“The answer, of course, is no. I hate to say it, but the very first thing we shot was the tree, that was snow and we did get Randy (Quaid) and me on a hill that was in Colorado and I did have to go down this damn trail they built for me. It was scary, but it was fun,” he recalls.

Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” (Photo: WARNER BROS.)

 “But that was the first couple of days. The rest of the time we just made it look like snow around the house and stuff.”

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What was real about the movie?

The legendary actor’s reactions in the infamous Christmas lights scene, where Chase’s character Clark Griswold gets so frustrated he resorts to hitting the decorations around him. 

The problem is he whacked one character — “that wasn’t in the script, but I was so angry I did it” — so hard it broke his finger.

“Oh boy did that hurt,” he said. “I thought it might melt or something, but no, it was a good, hard plastic.”

“I just went on with the scene,” he said. 

Naturally.

“These things happen. You have to be strong.” 

Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) are hosting an online salute to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tickets, $25, are available through New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The pair will share behind-the-scenes stories and memories, as well as take part in a live audience question-and-answer session.

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Chase says he’s looking forward to the trip down memory lane even though it will be held virtually this year, enjoying in-person events every holiday season.

“When I’m on stage there with the audience, it’s usually about 3,000 people or whatever, and I’m loving it because it’s very rare that a guy that makes movies or TV shows ever gets to see his audience,” he said.

He says he even enjoys the “wise guys” who shout remarks from the seats.

“I can take anything and I can give it back better,” he said. 

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Chase says he never expected the 1989 film to attain the holiday tradition status that it has.

“One always hopes,” he said. “I never come away from something like ‘we’ve got a hit’ but I always give it my best shot and I can think

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Your guide to Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection



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Elite status with a hotel chain can make travel much more comfortable. But not all of us can hit the high requirements for top-tier hotel elite status. Fortunately, select credit card holders can get elite-like perks by booking through programs such as American Express’ Fine Hotels and Resorts and Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection.

Both programs provide valuable perks. And booking through these programs often doesn’t cost much, if any, more than booking directly with the hotel. I’ve previously written about Amex’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program. So, today I’ll take a closer look at Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection program so you can decide whether to use it for your next hotel booking.

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What is Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection?



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The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen is bookable through Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection. (Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection is a booking method that offers select Chase cardholders elite-like benefits at more than 1,000 hotels, resorts, lodges and spas worldwide. The properties bookable through Chase’s Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection program are a mix of branded and independent lodgings. But all of the properties are well-rated, and Chase says they are among the world’s finest.

Related: Amex vs. Citi vs. Chase: Which booking portal is best for hotels?

Main benefits and perks

Booking through Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection is rarely the cheapest option. However, the perks you receive when you book through the program and use your Chase card to purchase your stay may make up for any price difference. With every Chase Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection booking you receive:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A unique benefit worth up to $100
    • Unique to each property, but often includes lunch or dinner for two, a spa treatment, golf green fee waivers, a welcome gift or airport transfers
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A room upgrade, if available
  • Early check-in and late checkout, if available

As you might expect, the breakfast and unique benefit perks vary in quality and value. Although Chase provides various examples for the unique benefit, most properties offer a $50 or $100 credit for use during your stay. Some properties, however, offer less-valuable unique benefits. For example, Virgin Hotels Chicago only provides a $25 food and beverage credit.

You can maximize your Luxury Hotel & Resort Collection bookings by targeting hotels that offer unique amenities that will provide value to you. For example, here are a few unique amenities that I found interesting:

  • Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago provides daily access to the Westin Executive Club
  • Sukhothai
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Thailand Chases Travel Bubble Pact With China to Boost Tourism

(Bloomberg) — Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry.

The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more than a quarter of Thailand’s tourist arrivals before the pandemic, will be the first low-risk country the Southeast Asian nation will sign up for quarantine-free travel, he said.

The current mandatory quarantine will be replaced by coronavirus testing and a mobile tracking application for the Chinese visitors if the return of foreign tourists does not lead to fresh Covid-19 outbreaks, Phiphat said. About 11 million Chinese holidaymakers visited Thailand in 2019, netting the country about $17 billion, official data show.



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Thailand has struggled in its efforts to reopen its borders to tourists due to opposition from a section of the local industry and concern among the public that the government is ill-prepared to deal with a second wave of infections. But a pact with China may open the door for similar travel agreements with countries such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, Phiphat said.

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“It can be a very happy new year as Thailand’s travel high season is the perfect time to allow people into the country,” Phiphat said in an interview in Bangkok on Thursday. “Most Chinese visitors come to Thailand for a week, so being quarantined would not be worth the trip for many.”

READ: Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble to Reopen Financial Hub Links

The minister expects tourist arrivals to total between 5 million to 10 million next year, compared with an estimated 7 million this year. While Thailand has weathered the virus outbreak better than most other Southeast Asian nations, the pandemic has devastated its tourism industry, which netted more than $60 billion in revenue from about 40 million visitors in 2019.

“China has about 800 million people in 22 provinces that have been free from infections,” Phiphat said. “If we can attract even just 1% of those people to travel here, that would already be plenty.”

The first group of visitors from China under a previously announced long-term tourist visa program will arrive in Bangkok on Oct. 20, the minister said. The government expects to issue about 1,200 visas a month under the program to help the industry that’s reeling from no foreign tourists arrivals for five months in a row.

“Thais don’t have enough money to boost the industry, so either way we have to find a way to bring in foreign tourists,” Phiphat said. “If we don’t receive any foreign tourists, our economy will suffer a heavy contraction.”

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