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Why Alaska Airlines' New Subscription Service May Not Save You Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/17/2022, 2:45 PM

Like much of the traveling world, I'm a big fan of Alaska Airlines. The mid-sized carrier consistently ranks in the top five or in the number-one spot for customer satisfaction and on-time arrivals and departures. It's doing a lot right. So I was excited when the airline announced that it will start a new subscription service for frequent travelers starting at just $49 per month. Problem is, the...

A Wonderful Reason to Vacation at Dollywood This Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/14/2022, 12:30 PM

Country music icon Dolly Parton has a long history of good works, not the least of which was donating $1 million to help speed the research and development of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine. The latest angelic act associated with the singer's name? Starting February 24, Dollywood will pay for employees at Dollywood can have their college tuition funded by their employer. The company that operates th...

The CDC Issues Even Stricter Covid Guidance for Cruise Ships

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2022, 4:00 PM

Much of the world has been easing pandemic restrictions lately, with European countries dropping strict entry requirements and U.S. governor after U.S. governor announcing the end of indoor mask mandates. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to be bucking the trend when it comes to cruise ships. This week the federal agency released guidelines for its new voluntary Cov...

Which World Cities Have the Latest Closing Times? Someone Did the Research for Night Owls

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2022, 12:00 AM

My mother spent most of her life in the Australian time zone—from her apartment in New York City. She usually rose an hour or two before the sun set and only hit the sack while most of her neighbors were breakfasting. When I was in high school, no matter how late I got home, she would be up and waiting, which may be why I never got into any real trouble in my teen years. (That was both a curse and...

How to Sleep Better in a Hotel: Advice from Scientists

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/09/2022, 2:00 PM

Getting real rest on the road can be difficult. We spoke with two sleep experts for advice. 

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Another Idyllic Caribbean Island Gets Nonstop Daily Flights from the USA for the First Time

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2022, 1:30 PM

Earlier this week, we shared the news that the peaceful Caribbean island of Anguilla will soon be served by daily nonstop commercial flights from the United States for the first time. But that lovely island will have some competition in the previously-hard-to-get-to-but-so-wonderful-to-visit islands category. The other place that will now be much easier to discover is Dominica. Once again, the ...

Take a Road Trip to Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Visited by Guy Fieri

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/04/2022, 1:00 PM

A Change.org petition to change the name of Columbus, Ohio, to "Flavortown" in honor of Guy Fieri, the excitable celebrity restaurateur born in Columbus in 1968, has, as of this writing, garnered more than 130,000 digital signatures. Until that measure passes, the closest you'll probably come in real life to visiting Fieri's oft-extolled Flavortown—described by Food Network as "a mythical place, ...

No-Frills Airline Play Adds New York Departures—But Its Discounts Disappoint

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/01/2022, 3:15 PM

Is Play playing consumers? Today the new airline announced that it will expand in the United States, adding flights from New York. Play's website announced the route with a photo of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, but in reality planes will land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, roughly a two-hour drive north of New York City. Play recently started selling airfares from Baltimore and Boston to...

New Nonstop Flights Put This Quiet Caribbean Paradise Within Easier Reach

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2022, 12:45 PM

As the crow flies, Anguilla is only a few miles from the Dutch/French island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin. But the two isles couldn't be more different. While Sint Maarten is a major stop for cruise ships—with the crowds, shops, and congested roads to prove it—Anguilla prides itself on the serenity of its powdery white beaches. Mind you, there's lots to do there, including those remarkably empty ...

The Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in Spring

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2022, 9:00 AM

Things to do in March, April, and May at the great American national parks...

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