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Travel Tip: Common Issues with Hotel Rooms
Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Common Issues with Hotel Rooms

There are three things that anger me about hotel rooms and hotel design and function: lighting, connectivity for my electronic devices, and the in-room thermostat. My room is either too… Read More…

Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: When Airlines Merge & Change Brand Identity

Many of you may have read the news that Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America last year. These are two great (but very different) airlines, with different route structures and different… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Much Airlines Can Offer You on Overbooked Flights

There are two lessons to be learned in the wake of the United Airlines overbooking incident. One is all about denied boarding compensation, and it’s all about bumping. It goes… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Cruise Destinations You Can Visit This Year
Cruise Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Cruise Destinations You Can Visit This Year

Welcome to a boom year in new cruise ships—and cruising to new destinations. Twelve new liners will debut this year, and the newest ship, the Silversea Cruises Silver Muse, has… Read More…

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Know Your Rights When You’re on an Overbooked Flight

In the immediate aftermath of the United Airlines fiasco—I can’t call it anything else—when a passenger was dragged off the plane in Chicago, most folks wanted to learn about rights… Read More…

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Destinations / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Travel is Affected by the Perception of Safety

The world of global uncertainty and fear—when it comes to travel—can have a staggering economic impact. Like lost jobs, lost tax base, and lost revenue, the economy feels the sting…. Read More…

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban
Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Safety & Security Concerns Over the Electronics Ban

The recent security rule banning gadgets larger than cell phones in passenger cabins on flights from countries in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf has created a growing backlash with… Read More…

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You
Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What Auctions on Seat Upgrades Mean for You

As travelers, we’re all in constant competition for that coveted seat upgrade. For years, you got an upgrade if you had enough miles. Or, if you’d achieved a high frequent… Read More…

Travel Tip: Which Countries are Considered Safe Destinations Right Now
Destinations / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Which Countries are Considered Safe Destinations Right Now

Welcome to the brave new world of safe haven travel. What does that mean? In an environment of perceived global instability, security issues, and terrorism, a growing number of people… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel Safety / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Is It Legal for Customs to Inspect Your Electronics?

A growing number of U.S. citizens returning from trips abroad are being stopped at entry points by customs and immigration officers, and are being asked to surrender their cell phones,… Read More…

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720
Airlines & Airports / Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What You Should Know About Tax Form 720

Consider this scenario: you buy a nonrefundable airline ticket but you don’t use it. What happens to the taxes and fees you paid on a ticket you never used? Shouldn’t… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why the Electronics Ban Isn’t Just About Inconvenience

The recent laptop rule targeting a number of destinations in the Middle East and Persian Gulf prohibits passengers from bringing their laptops in passenger cabins as carry-on items. These items… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport
Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Access to Countries Varies Depending on Your Passport

Which countries have the most powerful passports in the world? That question actually comes down to which countries have the least amount of visa requirements for their citizens to travel… Read More…

Travel Tip: Two Domestic Airlines Add More Routes to Smaller Airports
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Two Domestic Airlines Add More Routes to Smaller Airports

For a number of years, many U.S. airlines have been cutting back their domestic routes and shrinking their capacity. As a result, a number of U.S. cities have seen their… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Airline On-Time Performance is Measured
Airlines & Airports / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Airline On-Time Performance is Measured

How is airline on-time performance measured or determined? The answer might surprise or even anger you. If a plane pushes back within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure time, it’s… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Travel News / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: International Travel Continues to Drop After Travel Ban

Many of you have seen or heard reports about the drop in travel from foreign visitors to the U.S. since President Trump signed the first executive order on immigration and… Read More…

Travel Tip: How the Leggings Ban is a Reminder of Airline Dress Code
Airlines & Airports / Etiquette / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How the Leggings Ban is a Reminder of Airline Dress Code

Many of you might have seen the story about the two passengers on the United flight who were denied boarding because they were wearing leggings. The attire apparently violated an… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Ways You Can Claim Compensation When Things Go Wrong

There are now some sophisticated apps and services to help you claim compensation when things go wrong. Is your flight delayed? Did your bags go missing? Were you bumped? Was… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Best & Worst Food in Domestic Airports

A recent study revealed the nation’s best and worst airport food. Guess who came in last? LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark sat at the bottom of the list. What was the… Read More…