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Amtrak Nearly Halves the Price of Its USA Rail Pass for Summer Vacationers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/08/2021, 4:00 PM

And it's time for another impressive sale from Amtrak. Over the last six months, the national railway has rolled out one discount after another, but this one should be particularly appealing for summer travelers. It's for the USA Rail Pass, Amtrak's answer to Europe's Eurail pass. The Amtrak version lets passengers take 10 rides within a 30-day period for one single price.  For this deal,...

How to Get Free Flights on United Airlines Just by Getting Vaccinated

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/07/2021, 3:00 PM

Beyond protection from a horrific virus that has killed nearly 4 million people worldwide (incentive in and of itself, one would think), vaccination will now provide a potent perk for some lucky folks: free travel. United Airlines has launched a sweepstakes called Your Shot to Fly, which gives five lucky winners up to 26 flights for two, in any cabin, and on any route the airline flies, to be u...

Wanna Go to Sicily? The Italian Island Will Help Pay for Your Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/28/2021, 1:00 PM

In April 2020, I told you about a plan Sicily hatched to restart its tourism industry. The government announced it had set aside millions of euros to pay 50% of visitors' airfares and give travelers who booked two nights of hotel accommodations a third night for free. A different bill promised free entry to museums and historic sites around the island when tourism returned. Problem was, there w...

Thanks to Plummeting Hotel Costs, This Could be New York's Most Affordable Summer in Years

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2021, 5:00 PM

Hotel rates and Broadway show tickets have long been the two most expensive parts of most visitors' trips to New York City. But on Wednesday, May 19, some of those expenses were chipped away. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that his city will waive the usual 5.875% hotel room tax for the months of June, July, and August. That will save travelers roughly $6 for every $100 they spend at hotels....

Travel Prices Will Rise Sharply in the Coming Weeks, Warns a New Report

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/18/2021, 12:00 AM

I've always said that one of my main jobs as a travel writer is to make really stupid mistakes so I can warn my readers about what not to do. Glory be, I made one such mistake in early April—and it turned out to be a bigger error than I knew at the time. On April 1, I researched a round-trip flight from New York City to Michigan, went to the airline website to buy, and then missed the final ste...

Masks Are Coming Off but Not on Public Transportation—with One Exception

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2021, 11:00 AM

Science has spoken! Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Covid-19 vaccines have been so effective that fully vaccinated Americans can return to unmasked life, both indoors and out. "Today, CDC is updating our guidance for fully vaccinated people," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 briefing. "Anyone who is fully vaccinated ...

New Flights—and Cheaper Airfares—from the U.S. to Italy Coming This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/13/2021, 4:00 PM

In April 2013, the way Americans planned Italian vacations underwent a seismic shift. That was when the Emirates airline announced plans to start flying from New York City to Milan. That might sound like a small development, but the downward pressure the carrier put on what had been a very closed market meant that, for the first time, transatlantic U.S.–Italy airfares to Milan were often cheape...

Rome Is Adding a New Stage Inside the Colosseum for Gladiator's-Eye Views

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2021, 11:00 AM

It's hard to imagine Italy getting any more magnifico than it already is for visitors. But the nation has been impressively proactive about improving access to its ancient wonders during the pandemic—moves that will make visiting the Boot even more fascinating in the near future. In Rome, the tomb of the first emperor has opened to the public and the site of Julius Caesar's assassination will s...

With the Return of Travel Comes the Return of Robocall Travel Scams

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2021, 6:00 PM

If the pandemic had one silver lining, it was that, from March through August, the number of robocalls of all sorts dropped precipitously. Like everyone else, the employees of the call centers where many phone scams originate were unable to go into work, which meant blessed peace for the rest of us—for a while.  But as you've likely noticed, the annoying spam calls are back—and many are trav...

Club Med's Current Sale Nearly Halves Vacation Costs

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2021, 9:00 AM

Activities for the kids, booze and beach for the adults, plus endless meals and snacks, all at one prepaid price—these are the reasons many families choose all-inclusive resort vacations. They're just so easy. And Club Med, a pioneer of this type of travel, is making pandemic-era vacations even easier by offering testing onsite plus a travel insurance policy with "coverage for emergency medical...

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