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Power Outlets Coming to An Airport Near You Thanks to a New Initiative From United Airlines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/31/2014, 9:45 AM

The hunt for power outlets at the airport is about to get easier, at least for the passengers of United Airlines (the second largest carrier in the US). Last week it announced that it would be adding 500 new charging stations to its gates in major hubs across the United States. The Chicago stations should be up and running by now (each of which contains 6 outlets and 2 USB ports). In the com...

Jogging While on Vacation Just Got Easier Thanks To Two Helpful Websites

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2014, 12:00 PM

The spring before last, I headed to France and to a series of hotels that didn't have usable gyms. So though I have a love hate relationship with running---sometimes I love it, more often it gives me hives, quite literally, on my darn legs (Why IS that?)--I hit the pavement. All went fine in Nice, a city I know well, but on my second outing in Aix en Provence, I came back to one of the round...

Service Vacations Can Be an Educational and Character-Building Experience for Teens and Tweens

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2014, 9:15 AM

Add “community service” to reading, writing and arithmetic. It’s one of the requirements that many high schoolers must fulfill in order to get their diploma. But even those young people who don’t have to prove they’ve done good to graduate are finding that they want to have more meaningful vacations. And this has led to an explosion in the number of “service vacations” that are being offered to...

To La Dolce Vita! Airfares from the US to Italy Just $438 in April and May

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2014, 7:15 AM

Thanks to the Points Guy for spotting this excellent bargain. It seems that, on a number of dates this spring, airfares from New York's JFK to Milan are being prices at as little as $438 round-trip. There are some catches: You'll have to fly Emirates or Alitalia. And you'll have to bring your significant other along, as this is a deal for doubles not solo travelers. For complete details ...

You Only Live Once, But You Get to Serve Twice: The Low Down on Tennis Vacations from An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2014, 7:45 PM

Billie Jean King once said “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” And for many it’s that dichotomy, grace vs. sweaty exertion, that makes tennis the ideal vacation activity. With spring and summer just around the corner, I thought it was the right time to grill an expert on tennis vacations. Roger Cox is a long-time sports ...

A Primer on Travel Insurance: When You Need It (And When You Don't), Misconceptions About Coverage, and New Trends

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/06/2014, 2:30 PM

If there’s one lesson travelers have learned this winter it’s that even the best-laid plans can go badly wrong. Thanks to a season of unrelenting storms some 1 million flights were cancelled in United States this year. Not surprisingly, the number of people buying travel insurance also went up this year, dramatically. Allianz Travel Insurance, one of the major players in the field, is repo...

Bye, Bye Bereavement Fares: American Airlines Announces It's Ditching That Program Ahead Of Its Union With US Airways

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2014, 9:15 AM

In a move that can be seens as either sensible or callous, American Airlines announced last week that it would be adopting the policies of its soon-to-be partner airline US Airways, and getting rid of bereavement fares. Is that a huge loss for consumers? Not necessarily. The sad fact is that bereavement fares usually save consumers very little money and are a hassle to obtain. United Airlines...

The Low Down on Shore Excursions: What You Need to Know Before Heading Off On An Ocean-Going Cruise

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2014, 10:30 PM

Cruising is, for the most part, an easy, breezy style of vacation. Or at least that holds for the time on-board ship. But many cruisers, especially first-timers, find that shore days can be stressful. The crowds in port, the limited time, the many choices for activities and sights--it all can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Below are some of the major issues that confront cruise...

Delta's Big Announcement: Mileage Awards Will Soon Be Tied to Money Spent Rather Than Miles Flown

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2014, 3:30 PM

Delta Airlines announced a game-changing move today: instead of giving award miles based on the number of miles a passenger has flown, it will link mileage to the cost of the ticket. "The introduction of a new model for earning miles will increase rewards for those who spend more as well as differentiate the SkyMiles frequent flyer program for our premium travelers," said Jeff Robertson, Delta'...

When's the Best Time to Book Airfares? A Major Search Engine Comes Out With Some Very Specific, And Helpful, Advice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/20/2014, 9:45 AM

It's one of the most asked questions in travel: When should I book my airline ticket? According to the mega-airline search site Kayak there's no one simple answer. Or perhaps I should say, there are dozens of simple answers. Kayak looked back at a year's worth of transactions, and found that the following booking windows yielded to lowest airfares: Travel from the US to Europe: 8-10 weeks ...

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