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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: 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: 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…

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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…

Travel Tip: New Apps & Sites that Can Help You Book a Hotel Room
Apps & Technology / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Apps & Sites that Can Help You Book a Hotel Room

Looking for a great hotel rate? A number of new apps are now competing to give you instantaneous quotes. These are not just on rates, but on other things you… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why This is a Good Time to Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles
Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why This is a Good Time to Use Your Frequent Flyer Miles

Are you a member of an airline’s frequent flyer program? The chances are good, and possibly you’re a member of more than one program. So, you’re probably sitting on a… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Often Travelers Actually Use the Hotel Pool and Gym
Health & Fitness / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How Often Travelers Actually Use the Hotel Pool and Gym

If you listen to most travelers, they’ll tell you in just about every survey that they make their hotel reservations based on whether the property has a great fitness center…. Read More…

Travel Tip: What the Travel Ban Means for Americans
Airlines & Airports / Passport, Visa & Customs / Travel News / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: What the Travel Ban Means for Americans

It’s been a little more than a month since President Trump signed the first executive order that created a travel ban for citizens of seven separate countries. That was successfully… Read More…

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Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Using a Smartphone While You’re Traveling Internationally

Here’s a little news bulletin. Just because you have a smartphone, it doesn’t make you smart—especially when you travel outside the U.S. International calling charges on cell phones remain the… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: More Airports Offer Helpful Apps for Travelers

The world of apps has landed at the airport. In fact, 90 percent of airports worldwide are now developing individual information-driven apps. Fifty percent already offer them. More and more… Read More…

Travel Tip: New Survey Finds the Best Rewards Programs for Hotel Chains
Hotels & Accommodations / Mileage & Reward Programs / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: New Survey Finds the Best Rewards Programs for Hotel Chains

Are you a loyal member of a hotel frequent stay rewards program? With more consolidation in the hotel industry, which rewards programs are the most generous—and the least? Consider this:… 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: 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 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…

Travel Tip: Travel Apps You Can Use on the Road
Apps & Technology / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Travel Apps You Can Use on the Road

It’s time to celebrate my favorite new travel apps. First, a shout out to Delta. Its app doesn’t just list airline schedules. It tells you all about your flight during… Read More…

Travel Tip: How the U.S. Dollar is Making Travel More Affordable
Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How the U.S. Dollar is Making Travel More Affordable

Right now, there’s a worldwide buyer’s market when it comes to travel, and you can thank an incredibly strong U.S. dollar for that. The U.S. currency’s value is up 4.3… Read More…

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Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why More Americans Should Use Their Vacation Days

Have you ever heard of something called vacation deprivation? Well, you should take note. Many Americans are victims of this—not taking full advantage of their allocated number of vacation days…. Read More…

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Shopping / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: The New World of Shopping Tourism

The Black Friday madness is over. But in many cities around the globe, welcome to the brave new world of shopping tourism. It’s in England, France, and even Minnesota. There… Read More…

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Money, Currency & Credit / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Why ATM Fees Should be Included in Your Travel Budget

There are about a dozen costs associated with just about every trip you might take, and most of us are either not aware of them or forget to account for… Read More…