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Would You Believe a 10-Day Tour to Vietnam That Includes Round-Trip Air between San Francisco and Hanoi, and Yet Costs Only $1,699?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/23/2013, 3:45 PM

     He startled the travel world a few months ago by selling a week in Beijing for only $888, including round-trip airfare between San Francisco and China.  And now he's "doubling down" by operating air-and-land packages to Vietnam for only $1,699 per person, including round-trip air between San Francisco and Hanoi.      "He" is Wilson Wu, the enfant terrible of international tour operato...

The Search for Bargain Airfares is the Most Complex Task in Travel Today--So Here's Our Attempt to Clear Things Up

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/18/2013, 6:15 PM

       Learning that a person in the next seat had paid $200 less than you for the flight that you are both taking--is a painful experience that many of us have had.  "How did you do that?" you ask your seat mate.  "Easy," he responds with just a slight touch of condescension, "I booked my seat through SuperSensationalBargains.Com" (I'm making up that name).      Is it true that some a...

Starting This Coming October, We're Going to be Igniting a Second Revolution in the Publishing of Travel Guides

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/16/2013, 9:45 PM

      As you may have read in a widely-published news item that broke on Monday, we've regained ownership of the Frommer travel guides--the leading series of guidebooks sold in America.  And we're going to celebrate that event by creating a new price point for the sale of high-quality travel books.  Each of our new "EasyGuides" will sell for only $10.95 a copy, and will be--please take our wor...

The Short-Term Rental of Homes and Apartments is the Fastest-Growing Trend in All of Travel. Are Hotels a Dying Breed?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/12/2013, 4:00 PM

    *You are two couples residing in the same neighborhood, close friends, and each couple has two teenage children.  You have decided to vacation together in Orlando, Florida.  At many hotels, you will be required to rent as many as four rooms for a stiff total price, but from a vacation-home-renting organization called Rentalo.com, you can rent a four-bedroom Orlando villa with swimming pool...

Ten Questions Recently Posed by Readers, And Our Ten Answers to Them, May Illuminate Larger Issues in Travel. Did We Answer Them Right?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/06/2013, 4:15 PM

     Here are recent travel questions actually posed by readers, and our attempt to answer them.  Have we responded correctly?  Or are different answers possible?  Q.  Is it safe to travel in Turkey?  Safe to travel in Jordan? A.  Despite the recent street demonstrations against the Turkish government of Prime Minister Erdogan, and the proximity of serious fighting in Syria to Jordan, ...

Wanna Hear Recordings (Podcasts) of the Weekly Travel Show Presented by Arthur and Pauline Frommer? They're on the Main Menu Page of This Website!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/01/2013, 1:15 AM

     Click on the words "Deals and News".  A list of items will emerge, of which the fifth is "Podcast".  Click on "Podcast"--and up will appear a further list of recordings of both Hour 1 and Hour 2 of the three most recent broadcasts of "The Travel Show", as it was heard on radio stations across the country.  Click on the hour you wish to hear, and the lively broadcast--in which travel trend...

Wanna Save That $25 Baggage Charge? Avoid the 3% Foreign Transaction Fee? Get Admission to a Comfy Lounge? Enjoy Priority Boarding? We Know How!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2013, 1:15 AM

     At the risk of being accused of touting a particular credit card (in which I have no interest whatever), it's important to alert all cost-conscious travelers about the new (and rather innovative) Chase Card for United Airlines passengers.  It costs $0 the first year, $95 the second year (thus $47.50 a year for the first two years), and primariy lets you and your travel companion each chec...

On a Return Flight to the U.S. from an Overseas Trip, It Has Now Become Important to Leave Yourself At Least Four Hours for Making An Onward Connection

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2013, 1:45 AM

     The big news in travel this past week has been the virtual collapse of the customs and immigration function at several of the nation's international airports, including those in Newark, New York, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles, in particular.  The under-staffing of those facilities has become so evident that waits of two and three hours are sometimes needed to pass through immigration and...

Some Rather Spectacular Bargains Have Opened Up in Month-of-July Sailings of the Mediterranean

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2013, 4:15 PM

     In an earlier blog, I predicted that all the big cruiselines sailing in the Mediterranean would slash their prices for departures in July, once we got closer in to the month of July.  That is exactly what has happened.  If you will go to VacationsToGo.com, clicking on the Mediterranean, designating Celebrity Cruises as the line you wish to follow, and 8-to-13-night cruises in July, you wil...

When an Overseas Merchant Offers to Convert Your Credit Card Bill Into U.S. Dollars, Say No

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2013, 9:45 PM

    It's known as "Dynamic Currency Conversion", but it should be called "Dynamic Currency Cheating".  You encounter the shady offer in a Paris restaurant, a London hotel, a Tokyo department store--any number of overseas situations.  You've just made a purchase of a meal, a hotel room, a jacket or a pair of shoes, for which you present your credit card in payment.  And the local sales clerk or...

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