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Why Airlines Like to Annoy You with Credit Card Pitches—and Why It's About to Get Worse

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/22/2018, 12:00 AM

A researcher has calculated how much money U.S. airlines are making from in-flight credit card sales pitches, and the number isn't good news for peace and quiet....

My Hotel Is Overbooked! What Did I Do Wrong?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/17/2018, 12:00 AM

It happens all the time. Guests with reservations are sent somewhere else because there are no more rooms. Here's how you can avoid getting bumped when a hotel is full.

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Epic New Zealand Rail Line to Reopen After Quake

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2018, 12:00 PM

New Zealand's gorgeous Coastal Pacific rail service, which runs between Picton and Christchurch on the South Island's east coast, announced it will return on December 1. KiwiRail's popular five-hour, 335-km (208-mile) trip was halted in November 2016 after a major earthquake devastated the Christchurch area. For much of the journey, the route hugs the coast, with the sea on one side and the ...

Can We Talk About Those Ridiculous Game Show Vacation Prices?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2018, 12:00 AM

When it comes to the cost of a vacation, the price is not right on TV game shows. 

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The 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel is a Lie: That's Not Greece!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/02/2018, 8:30 PM

You may remember—or perhaps you studied it in your Great Achievements of World Cinema class—that the first Mamma Mia! movie was set in Greece. Based on the hit Broadway musical, the film was famously, dazzlingly Greek, so Greek it made Zorba look shy. Meryl Streep's American character has decamped there to run a preposterously picturesque cliffside inn, where old flames hover and neighborhood teens...

How Far in Advance Should I Book Flights?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2018, 12:00 AM

How far ahead should you buy international or domestic airfare? We've got great tips and tools to help you find the cheapest flights....

A Deadly End for the Yellowstone Daredevils

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/09/2018, 12:00 AM

Two years ago, in the spring of 2016, a few young Canadians created an international scandal by treading into forbidden, protected areas of Yellowstone National Park and recording it for their social media followers in the name of living life to the fullest. The men were famous for shooting videos of themselves doing extremely dangerous things in beautiful places. We wrote at the time: "Hundreds...

After 700 Years, Westminster Abbey Opens Secret Attic to Visitors

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/11/2018, 12:00 AM

It took five years and $30.5 million (£22.9 million) to make it happen, but Westminster Abbey in London has just made a spectacular new addition to one of Europe's top tourist attractions. Which is to say it opened something more than 700 years old. The Triforium, a medieval attic balcony that runs around the top of the Abbey's nave from 52 feet high, has been converted into the Queen's Diamond ...

For These European Sights, You Should Reserve Tickets Ahead

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/11/2018, 12:00 AM

Before you board your plane to Europe, make sure you have your tickets in hand for these attractions—or they may be sold out when you get there....

U.S. National Park Fees Leap Higher Overnight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/01/2018, 1:00 PM

When Americans woke up this morning (June 1), they discovered it would cost them a lot more to enter their national parks. Nearly all the major parks hiked their entry rates by a hefty $5. Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands (pictured), Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion—all of them, and many more, saw their prices jump $5, regardless of whether it's for a vehicl...

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