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New York City Subway Stations Get Tricky Free Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2013, 10:00 AM

After years of waiting, 36 stations in the New York City subway system, including the stations most popular with tourists (Times Square, Rockefeller Center) have been equipped with free wi-fi and voice calling. Trains themselves are not equipped, so visitors will need to conduct their business on the platforms and in the stations. We spent the past few weeks testing it out. The system is not ...

Frommer's Forum Reader Unearths Round-trip Airfare to France in June for $620

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 12:15 PM

Eagle-eyed Frommer's community member Travel Rob has spotted some incredible summer airfare rates on XL Airways to France for June. Normally, rates top a grand, but he has found a method for finding some incredible bargains. He posted word of a $620 New York-Marseille round-trip ticket in our forum: "Just like I thought, XL is continuing to offer deals, even for June.... Most [booking] webs...

Virgin Vacations sells luxury packages to the real Downton Abbey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 11:00 AM

It only took until Season Four. Virgin Vacations has added to its fall lineup a visit to the United Kingdom that includes a trip to the real-life set of the upstairs scenes of PBS's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The seven-day trip includes round-trip flights, airport transfers, three nights' hotel in London and two in Bracknell, near the house. That's an hour west of London in Berkshire, ...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 12:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around India, who have ...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 12:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around India, who have ...

14 Things You Should Know about the Norwegian Breakaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/10/2013, 1:15 PM

Norwegian Cruise Line has been feverishly building its brand for the past decade. What was once a side player in a big industry has evolved into a major name that's been betting it all on big new ships. . The newly built Breakaway leaves from the Hudson River in Manhattan, just a few blocks west of Times Square, and she will call on Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, depending on th...

14 Things You Should Know about the Norwegian Breakaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/10/2013, 1:15 PM

Norwegian Cruise Line has been feverishly building its brand for the past decade. What was once a side player in a big industry has evolved into a major name that's been betting it all on big new ships. . The newly built Breakaway leaves from the Hudson River in Manhattan, just a few blocks west of Times Square, and she will call on Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, depending on th...

Harry Potter expansion confirmed for Universal Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/09/2013, 2:00 PM

Well, it's true. Universal Orlando finally confirmed what has been an open secret for months: It is building a second section of its blockbuster Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The massive show building for the new section has been under construction for months, but it took until now for the official announcement to be made. The theme park isn't saying much beyond the fact it will open at Un...

Airlines Make You Miserable to Maximize Profits, And It's Unfair to the Crew

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2013, 9:45 PM

On U.S. Airways, boarding announcements are like a comedy sketch. Gone are the days when getting on a plane was a simple matter of passengers who need extra time, then first class, then everyone else. Nowadays, it's a ridiculously confusing, hard-to-hear, multi-tiered hierarchy of status level members, credit card holders, fare class purchasers, and beyond that, umpteen "zones". At U.S. Airw...

Zipcar is Zipping Home From the Airport

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2013, 9:30 PM

Getting home from the airport may just have gotten cheaper and easier. Last week, car-sharing firm Zipcar (www.zipcar.com) announced that it will parking vehicles at major airports around North America. If you book in advance online, you can skip car rental lines and head directly to the parking lot. This new development could drop the cost of getting back from the airport significantly, ...

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