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Yelp Listings Are Replacing Restaurants' Real Phone Numbers with Fee-Charging Numbers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/14/2019, 11:15 AM

Businesses' real phone numbers are being swapped with ones run by the app's partners, so be careful if you use Yelp to research dining options and call for reservations....

Why Universal Orlando's Just-Announced Theme Park Is a Game Changer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/01/2019, 10:30 AM

It's official. Universal Orlando is building a third Florida theme park. Universal's Epic Universe, officially confirmed Thursday morning, is being built on 750 acres about four miles south of UO's existing complex. An opening date has not been announced, but the land is clearly being prepared—a lone palm tree stands in the spot that Attractions magazine believes marks the center of the new park. ...

Frank Lloyd Wright's Glorious Hollyhock House, LA's First World Heritage Site

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/26/2019, 3:00 PM

Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House in Hollywood, California, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After years of neglect and decay, much of it has been restored, and it has reopened to tourists. Take a look around with us....

How to Figure Out the Name of That Anonymous Hotwire Hotel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/25/2019, 12:00 AM

No need to agonize over clues like Sherlock Holmes to deduce the name of a mystery hotel in Hotwire's Hot Rates. These elementary tricks are all you need.

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Yosemite's Historic Names Restored: Company Holding Them Hostage Relents

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/19/2019, 12:00 AM

One of the most asinine instances of overlawyering in a genuinely asinine age has finally come to a resolution. In 2016, the year the National Park Service marked its centennial, California's Yosemite National Park reached the end of its contract with Delaware North, the vendor that had been running the onsite hotels and services. The company was not rehired. In a fit of legal pique, Delaware...

Find the Name of That Secret Priceline Hotel with This Canny Tool

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/18/2019, 12:00 AM

Priceline hides the identities of its best hotel deals, but there's a browser extension that pinpoints the property you're bidding on before you buy.

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High Boarding Group Number? Don't Panic—The Airlines Are Messing with You

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/18/2019, 12:00 AM

Are you in Group 7 again? No need to fret. The airlines are trying to stress you out so you'll pay more.

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Florida Finally Gives Tourists a Way to Avoid Rental Car Rip-Offs on Cashless Roads

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/29/2019, 12:00 AM

After years of paying extortionate fees from rental car companies to use cashless toll booths, tourists finally have a solution—if they know about it.

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Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/21/2019, 12:00 AM

Royal Caribbean's $250 million upgrade to its private island in the Bahamas is impressive. But it requires some planning....

Hey, Airlines! Maybe We Don't Want to Watch TV on Our Phones

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/05/2019, 12:00 AM

The airlines have stripped coach passengers of nearly every vestige of dignity—our legroom, our food, our free checked bags. But they're not done yet. Now they are taking away seatback entertainment systems. Last year, Alaska Airlines took over Virgin America, one of the world's top-rated airlines for customer service. Virgin had a devoted following. Customers loved the carrier's sassy style an...

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