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It's a Match...Again! US Airways and American Airlines Receive Permission to Merge from the Department of Justice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/12/2013, 5:45 PM

First there was the marriage of Delta and Northwest. Next, Continental united with, well, United. And then Southwest got hitched to AirTran. The first of these mergers was in 2009 and according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics the cost of a flight has risen 15% in that time (the cost of holiday travel is a whopping 10% higher this year than last). Its only going to get worse, w...

Take a Vacation From Driving! A Pedestrian-Centric Website Lists Which US, Canadian and Australian Cities Are Most Walkable and Bikable

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/08/2013, 3:00 PM

Though its rankings are geared towards residents--and would-be residents--of various cities around the globe, the website WalkScore's 2014 lists are invaluable tools for tourists, as well. I think that most would agree that vacations are more, well, vacation-like when one doesn't have to deal with the hassles of traffic and/or renting a car. So without further ado, here are Walkscore's lis...

White House Tours Are On Again....For Now. Why You'll Want to Book Sooner Rather Than Later

By Pauline Frommer

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

Though it hasn't been publicly announced, word has leaked out--as tends to happen in Washington, DC--that the White House is now holding tours again. The website has been updated to reflect the change, which apparently does not have to do with any decision President Obama made. The tours were originally shuttered because the Secret Service simply didn't have the funding, thanks to the seques...

Sunday Only: Two-For-The-Price-Of-One Airline Seats from Virgin America (Newark Departures Only)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/03/2013, 11:30 AM

Tricky Virgin Atlantic! It has waited for the weekend to float one of the best deals it has offerred this year, a two-for-the-price-of-one offer from Newark to a whole slew of gateways. And at first glance it looks like the starting prices aren't any higher than their usual start rates, making this a true deal. Travel is from November 15-February 28 with some blackout dates. To get the deal, ...

A New Online Travel Agency Allows Users To Hold Airfares, Without Full Payment, For Up to 21 Days

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/28/2013, 4:15 PM

It was only a matter of time, it seems, before someone applied the rules that have long governed the “art” of Wall Street trading to the highly unstable airfare market. That innovator/madman(?) is Robert Brown, the founder and CEO of OptionsAway.com, and if the algorithms he’s painstakingly crafted actually work, he may have succeeded in creating a new form of online travel agency. On the sur...

Book Review: National Geographic Issues a Delightful New Coffee Table Tome

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/23/2013, 10:30 AM

Being in the right place at the right time. Some would say that’s the key to a good life, but the editors of National Geographic have a simpler formula: They think choosing the best season to travel will enhance your vacation immensely. Towards that end, they’ve issued a handsome coffee table book called Four Seasons of Travel: 400 Of The World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer ...

Looking to fly over the holidays? To get the best airfares book your flight soon—very, very soon

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/02/2013, 4:15 PM

If history is any guide, that is. The website Quartz recently did a study of data from booking engine Kayak.com and determined that the cheapest holiday airfares, last year, were sold in early October. In fact, for both Christmas and New Year's, the lowest airfares, for travel within the USA, were purchased on October 11. So set an alert folks! Alas, the window for Thanksgiving airfares has...

Friday Finds: A Flotilla of Cruise Bargains, From River Cruise Savings to Two-For-One Deals on Deluxe Ocean-Going Vessels

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/27/2013, 5:15 PM

I'm not sure what they're, er, put in the water, but we're seeing a number of unusually good cruise deals this week. Here's a sampling: *Danube Sailings: Virgin Vacations is always a source of good bargains, but they've outdone themselves this week with a $500 off deal on selected Danube River Cruises . The key to getting the savings is using the secret code, which is: VNB38RC500. The discoun...

A Guest Blog from David Paul Appell On What's New and Noteworthy in Miami This Fall and Winter

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/27/2013, 10:30 AM

We're proud to present a guest post today by David Paul Appell of Tripatini.com. David is also the author of the upcoming Frommer's EasyGuide to Miami & Key West, which will be hitting bookstore shelves in November. A brilliant book (if I do say so myself), written by a longtime resident of Miami who clearly loves his city, it will introduce you to sides of Miami that you've likely never en...

Why Just Take a Vacation When You Can Work Your Way Around the World....And Travel Indefinitely

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/19/2013, 10:15 PM

Travel doesn’t have to be pricey. Thanks to the internet, an entire class of working travelers has emerged, men and women who trade “sweat equity” for free room and board on the road. For short and long periods, they’re heading to destinations around the globe and spending part of the day farming, or answering phones at a hostel, or teaching English, or engaging in some other form of work, in o...

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