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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology

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
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Mileage & Reward Programs

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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Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology

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?
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

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
Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

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
Travel Tips / Apps & Technology

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
Travel Tips / Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

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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Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

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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Travel Tips / Shopping

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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Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

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…

Travel Tip: Which Hotel Loyalty Program is the Most Generous?
Travel Tips / Hotels & Accommodations / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: Which Hotel Loyalty Program is the Most Generous?

While the airlines are making their frequent flyer programs tougher—both in earning miles and then trying to redeem them—many hotels seem to be making their frequent stay programs easier to… Read More…

Travel Tip: How Hackers are Targeting Frequent Flyer Miles
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Mileage & Reward Programs

Travel Tip: How Hackers are Targeting Frequent Flyer Miles

It’s hard to earn airline frequent flyer miles, and even harder to redeem them. But now you need to protect your hard-earned miles from theft. Frequent flyer miles have become… Read More…

Travel Tip: Banks Crack Down on Credit Card Churners
Travel Tips / Mileage & Reward Programs / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: Banks Crack Down on Credit Card Churners

You see these offers all the time—sign up for a new credit card, and get a 30-, 40-, or 50,000-mile frequent flyer bonus. Enter the world of churners—that’s what they… Read More…

Travel Tip: Why You Should Read the Policies on Travel Insurance Plans
Travel Tips / Travel Safety / Travel Insurance

Travel Tip: Why You Should Read the Policies on Travel Insurance Plans

There’s been a surge in travel insurance sales in the wake of terrorism, disease, and extreme weather. In 2008 Americans spent over $1.5 billion in travel insurance. Last year it… Read More…

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Travel Insurance with Repatriation & Medical Evacuation Coverage

Travel insurance remains one of the most confusing aspects of the travel process. Are you covered, for what, and for how much? Now most people know—or think they know—about something… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Destinations / Budget Travel / Money, Currency & Credit

Travel Tip: The Most Expensive Cities Around the World Right Now

Before you take your next trip, it might help to know the world’s most expensive cities. Thanks to The Economist, the results are in. Are you traveling to Los Angeles?… Read More…

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Travel Tips / Money, Currency & Credit

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
Travel Tips / Cruise Travel / Hurricane Season / Travel Insurance

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
Travel Tips / Airlines & Airports / Apps & Technology

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…