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Travel Tip: Airports Include More Services for Traveling Families
Airlines & Airports / Family/Kids Travel / Travel Tips / Travel with Pets

Travel Tip: Airports Include More Services for Traveling Families

Most airports have never been known to provide real, common sense services for travelers. But now, a number of them are coming to their senses. Many airports now offer very… Read More…

Travel Tip: How More Hotels are Incorporating Unique Art Pieces
Culture / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How More Hotels are Incorporating Unique Art Pieces

If you’re like me, most of the art you find at hotels, especially in guest rooms, is downright awful. It’s just something—anything—the hotel can find to hang on the wall. Thankfully,… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Resources You Can Use for Air Travel Mishaps

If necessity is truly the mother of invention, then help may be on the way if you miss your flight connection—or an airline loses or delays your bags. Freebird is… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Phone Travel Scams
Travel Scams / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Phone Travel Scams

We’ve all heard about the growth of phone scams, but nowhere is that more prevalent than in the world of travel. Twice in the last two weeks, I’ve received a… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: More Airlines Embrace Basic Airfare

If it looks like some airfares are decreasing, they are. If you’re only interested in getting on a flight, don’t care where you sit, have no baggage, or don’t want… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Deals for Booking a Hotel Room by the Hour
Budget Travel / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Deals for Booking a Hotel Room by the Hour

Are you trying to book a hotel room? Rather than looking at the day you want, you might want to look at a specific time window instead. There are now… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Some of the Craziest Items Seized by the TSA

Most air travelers remain concerned about which items they can carry on the plane that won’t violate security rules. This includes everything from pocket knives, scissors, nail clippers, and even… Read More…

Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Are Mileage Runs Actually Worth the Cost?

It happens every year. Travelers look at the frequent mileage they’ve accrued during the year, and if they’ve fallen short of elite status, many of them go on something called… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Hotel WiFi
Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Hotel WiFi

WiFi at hotels remains a common source of traveler complaints, and it’s usually about the cost. More often than not, hotel WiFi is a negotiable charge, and you should ask… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Year’s Resolutions for the Travel Industry in 2017

It’s a new year, so it’s time for my 2017 travel resolutions—or, my hopes for the travel industry in the upcoming year. I’d like some truth in scheduling. Ask any… Read More…

Travel Tip: Have a Fear of Flying? These Aids Might Help
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Have a Fear of Flying? These Aids Might Help

Are you afraid to fly? A surprising number of people report they are still terrified of flying, despite the best 15 years of aviation safety in history. In fact, the… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: FAA May Reconsider Use of Cell Phones on Airplanes

It’s the news that frequent flyers like me hoped would never come. There has been an announcement that the FAA is considering allowing in-flight cell phone calls from airplanes. For… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel News / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: United Airlines Introduces Basic Economy Fare

I’ve argued for years that the branding message for many airlines should be “we’re not happy until you’re not happy.” Just about every time we turn around, the airlines are… Read More…

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Budget Travel / Destinations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Hotel Rates in International Cities Get More Affordable

What are the world’s most affordable cities? For the first time in recent memory, based on the average daily rate of a hotel room, things are looking up for travelers… Read More…

Travel Tip: Space on Airplanes Continues to Shrink
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Space on Airplanes Continues to Shrink

In the last few years, airlines have reduced the pitch—the distance between the back of the seat in front of you and your knees. Many narrowed the width between coach… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About ATM Skimming
Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About ATM Skimming

Have you ever heard of ATM skimming? It’s a financial crime aimed at travelers who use ATMs, and skimming is a way for criminals to gain access to your ATM… Read More…

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Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What are the Real Threats When You’re Traveling Abroad?

What are the real threats to your safety when you vacation? Shark attack? Getting hit by lightning? Disease? The answers might surprise you. The U.S. State Department tracks the number… Read More…

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Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Questions to Ask Before Booking a Vacation Rental

Are you thinking of renting a vacation property this year? Lots of people do—it’s a $100 billion industry and is often a viable alternative to hotels. But before you agree… Read More…