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Travel Tip: What You Should Know Before Traveling with a Credit Card

What are the odds that your credit card could be hacked when you travel? Sadly, those chances are increasing in probability. Bank of America loses about $600 million a year… Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Prepare in Case a Hurricane Affects Your Cruise
Cruise Travel / Hurricane Season / Travel Insurance / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How to Prepare in Case a Hurricane Affects Your Cruise

Thinking of taking a cruise? How much do local weather conditions and the time of year influence your decision? What should you know before booking that cruise, especially during the… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Ways to Bid on a Seat Upgrade
Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Ways to Bid on a Seat Upgrade

When it comes to booking airfares, everyone wants an upgrade, but they’re not always available. Even when they are, you may not always have the mileage status on that airline… Read More…

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Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: When Credit Card Hackers Target Hotels

Computer hackers hit 20 hotels in 10 states. What did the hackers get? Credit card account numbers, expiration dates, three-digit security codes, and the ability to then use those credit… Read More…

Travel Tip: Changes for Frequent Flyer Miles Affect Stopover Flights
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Changes for Frequent Flyer Miles Affect Stopover Flights

One by one, some great frequent flyer mileage perks are disappearing. We already know it’s harder to earn as well as redeem miles. But some airlines had some great options… Read More…

Travel Tip: Using a Credit Card When You Check In to a Hotel
Hotels & Accommodations / Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Using a Credit Card When You Check In to a Hotel

When you check in to a hotel, you’re probably already used to the routine. You walk up to the front desk and announce yourself as having a reservation. Generally, the… Read More…

Travel Tip: Rules for Frequent Flyer Programs Continue to Change
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Rules for Frequent Flyer Programs Continue to Change

As the airlines continue to change the parameters of their frequent flyer programs—none of which benefit you—you can still play the mileage game if you know all the rules. For… Read More…

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Health & Fitness / The Travel Detective® Blog / Travel News

Travel Detective Blog: The CDC Zika Virus Travel Alert in Florida

The CDC Zika virus travel alert for Florida is being called unprecedented. At the very least, it’s certainly unusual. But it is a strong indication of how fast the problem… Read More…

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Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: A New Tool to Help You Get Around Europe

There are literally dozens of apps out there that can search for the best airfares. Others can find cruise bargains. There’s even an app that measures the agony index of… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Health & Fitness / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The Dirtiest Places on an Airplane

What are the dirtiest places on an airplane? Which areas are worse than others? One survey tested four flights and five airports. Surprisingly, the dirtiest spot is not the bathroom…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Are TSA Delays Covered by Travel Insurance?
Airlines & Airports / Travel Insurance / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Are TSA Delays Covered by Travel Insurance?

It’s been the summer of long lines at the TSA. In many cases, passengers missing their flights because of those long lines. The financial fallout to some travelers has been… Read More…

Travel Tip: Travel Apps That Can Help You at the Airport
Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Travel Apps That Can Help You at the Airport

Getting to—and through—airports is getting tougher, especially if you value your time. If you’re like me you want to get to an airport, check your email, and board the flight… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Using Frequent Flyer Miles to Book Stopover Flights

Every airline frequent flyer program is different, which means some are still more (or less) generous than others. There’s a time and a place to redeem those miles—if you can…. Read More…

Travel Tip: When Exchange Rates Can Help You Save on Plane Tickets
Airlines & Airports / Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: When Exchange Rates Can Help You Save on Plane Tickets

You don’t have to be an international money trader to take advantage of currency fluctuations between countries, especially when it comes to buying airline tickets. If the U.S. dollar is… Read More…