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VIDEO: Hero Warns Travelers Away from Prague Tourist Trap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

Janek, we love you.    This guy, who runs the Honest Prague Guide, stood in front of a money exchange office in Old Town Square, near the world-famous Astronomical Clock. His sole mission was to warn tourists that the joint is locally known for giving tourists a lousy rate. As he explains, the place sells the local currency for 15 to the euro when the actual rate should be more like 27...

Airlines Now Award Points for Airbnb Stays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

  As if the hotel industry didn't have enough reasons to quake in its boots over falling popularity, the airlines are now encouraging frequent flyers to choose Airbnb rentals by offering them points for stays.   Quartz reports that this week, Qantas and Virgin America notified customers that they will earn points for stays booked through their websites.    No one is going t...

Out-of-Network ATM Fees Hit New High

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 8:00 AM

Feel like withdrawing cash when you travel is getting more expensive? You're right.  Without comprehensive consumer protection laws to restrain them, out-of-network ATM fees have hit new highs for the 10th year in a row, according to the 19th annual survey by Bankrate.     The average per-transaction cost of using an out-of-network cash machine is now $4.57. That's a combinat...

Hurricane Matthew: Airline Change Policies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 9:00 PM

With Hurricane Matthew scraping across the Southeast U.S. coast, the airlines serving the region have issued change fee waivers to help travelers get out of the way.    These could change as conditions do (and they may, since one prediction track has Matthew potentially looping around to strike twice), so click the name of any airline to be taken directly to its updated policy page: ...

Cruise Lines Ban Galaxy Note7 Use

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 8:00 PM

A few weeks ago, the FAA issued an advisory that warned airlines about a surprising tendency for newly released Galaxy Note7 phones to catch fire.    The problem still isn't solved. Although airlines were warned about the risk, they weren't required to ban the phones, and on Wednesday morning, a Southwest Airlines plane was evacuated on the ground in Louisville after a Samsung phone wa...

Which Airlines Respond Quickest on Twitter?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 8:00 AM

If you find yourself in a pickle at the airport, don’t expect your airline to respond quickly to your tweets for help. Some do much better than others.   Conversocial, a software company that tracks social media interaction by major brands, recently completed a test that determined that when it comes to Twitter communication with customers, North American airlines are much more respons...

App Reveals Passwords for Airport Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 8:00 AM

We're just going to leave this right here. Don't know if this is legal, but it exists. Computer engineer Anil Polat, writes Condé Nast Traveler, compiled a list of crowdsourced Wi-Fi passwords valid for access at airports around the world. His app, WiFox, can download them all to your phone so you'll have them when you need them. As Traveler reports, it's a little stronger on airport W...

Should Hitler’s Birthplace Be a Tourist Draw?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 8:00 AM

During the Third Reich, the former pub on a corner in Braunau-am-Inn, not far north of Salzburg, was a pilgrimage site for Nazis. People would gather there to chant slogans.   That’s because on April 20, 1889, Adolf Hitler was born there. Or at least it’s thought; though some people think he was born in a long-since-demolished building next door, it’s agreed that his family lived in to...

Petition: Chinese Theatre Footprints at Risk

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/04/2016, 8:00 AM

Concerned preservationists took the TCL Chinese Theatre to task for dragging souvenir stalls over its prized collection of celebrity footprints in concrete. The furor began late last week when Vintage Los Angeles, a civilian-managed Facebook page, posted a photo of the slabs for Jean Harlow and Lana Turner covered by a cart “full of souvenir junk.” The resulting uproar inspired a petition ...

Science: Noise Makes Airplane Food Awful

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/04/2016, 8:00 AM

An academic named Professor Barry Smith, who founded something called the Centre for the Study of the Senses in the Philosophy department of the University of London, had an idea on a flight.     He flew British Airways round-trip to Istanbul both with and without noise-cancelling headphones, and he ate the food.   That’s adventurous enough, you might say. But the learned man c...

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