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This Holiday Season, Cruising May Be the Most Affordable Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2021, 11:00 AM

Global supply chain woes are increasing the cost of gifts, a return to air travel is causing airfares to balloon from 2020's lows, and rental car rates are rough at the end of December. But this year, there's no inflation when it comes to cruising. Those who book a sailing for the holidays are finding discounted rates that, in 2021, mirror prices for non-holiday weeks. The prices also look to be,...

Our Newest Guidebook, "Frommer's New York City Day by Day," is Now on Sale

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/23/2021, 5:45 PM

You know the moment in just about every rom-com when the montage sequence shows the happy couple bathed in golden light while laughing, smiling, and running around doing cute things? Looking back, the winter of 2019–2020 feels like that to me. I was engaged in my favorite pursuit: researching and photographing guidebooks, and doing so in the most glamorous, exciting, vibrant city on the planet, m...

Will There Be an Airport Holiday Staffing Mess? The TSA Updates the Situation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2021, 3:15 PM

The Biden administration has announced that 90% of the federal workers who were required to be vaccinated by November 22 have now received at least one dose. What's more, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had an even higher rate of compliance: 93% of its staff has gotten the jab. Federal workers who remained unvaccinated were at risk of being removed from their posts. So I am happ...

What Does Marriott's Court Settlement Over Resort Fees Mean for Travelers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2021, 2:00 PM

As we've reported, the hotel giant Marriott was sued by the attorneys general of both Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania over deceptive resort fee practices. On November 19 a settlement was reached by the company and Pennsylvania, one that both parties are stating will make the hotel booking process far less opaque not just in that state, but across the USA. Pennsylvania's suit zeroed in on the way ...

That Tempting Travel Deal Could Be a Rip-Off. Tips for Spotting a Real Bargain

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/18/2021, 10:00 AM

Promoted travel deals are often just marketing—and sometimes scams. Here's how to find the actual values.

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This Thanksgiving Season's Busiest Airports—and When They'll Be Most Crowded

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2021, 1:00 PM

When should you get to the airport to fly home for Thanksgiving this year? A lot depends on which airport you'll be flying from. Which is why we're thankful for Hopper. The travel-booking app has released a granular and very helpful look at when major U.S. airports will be at their busiest—not just the days of the week but the times of day as well. Let's get the obvious out of the way first: As...

Warning: Time May Be Running Out on Your Covid Flight Credits

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2021, 1:00 PM

Forget free champagne in first class. Starting in spring 2020, the most coveted amenities for air travelers became a flexible cancellation policy and flight credits that could be used well into the future. At the height of pandemic lockdowns, nobody knew when normal-ish air travel would resume. In order to get would-be passengers to plunk down money for a ticket, the airlines needed to show that...

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

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/12/2021, 1:00 PM

These U.S. national parks are uniquiely appealing—not to mention less crowded—in the months of December, January, and February.

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What's in the New Infrastructure Bill for Travelers? Lots of Great Stuff We Need

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2021, 1:00 PM

Travel in the United States is about to get a lot more safe, convenient, enjoyable, and—possibly—less expensive. And it's all thanks to the just-passed infrastructure bill. Officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the legislation invests in the nation's roads, bridges, runways, rail lines, airline control towers, airports, and public transit, all of which will finally recei...

Which New York City Skyscraper Observation Deck Is the Best?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/02/2021, 7:00 AM

Manhattan has five tall buildings showing off views of the skyline. But which tower towers above the rest?

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