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How Much More Expensive Is an Airbnb Than a Hotel Room? New Data

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/29/2021, 2:00 PM

This time last year, I wrote a blog post about a survey that showed that a new winner had emerged in the long-standing battle between the hotel industry and Airbnb. Thanks to social distancing concerns and a collapse of business travel, for the very first time Airbnbs became more expensive, on average, than hotel stays in the United States. Then, I wrote the finding was "just a snapshot in time, ...

JetBlue's Current Flash Sale Is Impressive—But Has Big Limitations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/27/2021, 7:00 AM

OK, I'm writing this blog post quickly since this sale ends soon—at midnight on Friday, October 29, to be precise. But if you can get your fall/winter plans in order by that time, you could be winging your way to a top destination for as little as $31, including government taxes and fees. Sorta. You see, the problem with this promotion is that it's for JetBlue's lowest fare class, Blue Basic, wh...

In New York City, You Can Climb Up the Exterior of a 1,200-Foot Skyscraper

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2021, 1:00 PM

The cityscape of New York is a breathtaking sight. But to see it from the most elevated spots, Manhattan's five observation decks will charge you around $40 a pop. Consequently, most tourists opt for the experience only once during the course of their visits. That has set off a kind of arms race among the skyscrapers competing to be the go-to observation deck. Earlier this month, the newest en...

Pauline Frommer: Atlanta Is One of the Best Places in the USA for a Weekend Getaway

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/22/2021, 5:00 AM

In National Geographic’s latest 3-inch-thick coffee table book, 1000 Perfect Weekends: Great Getaways Around the Globe, the city of Atlanta doesn’t appear once. Not once. I know because I have a copy of the book, which I bench-press to build my triceps. OK, actually, I have one because soon I’ll be doing an interview with its editor, Allyson Johnson, on my podcast. Do you think it would be rude t...

Hawaii Welcomes Tourists Back Starting in November

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/20/2021, 12:00 PM

The state of Hawaii will open once again to nonessential travelers. That may be an odd statement considering it never technically closed. But on August 23, Governor David Ige made a very public plea asking would-be vacationers to stay away because of the state's spiking Covid-19 rates. This week's announcement was a happier one. "I think we are all encouraged by what we’ve seen over the last sev...

Princess Cruises Expands Onboard Gambling—To the Entire Ship

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2021, 1:00 PM

According to the North American Foundation for Gambling Addiction Help, 2.6% of adult Americans, or about 10 million people, struggle with a gambling addiction. For them, a Princess Cruises vacation may now be a non-starter. This week, the line announced that its first passenger placed a real-time bet using the new Ocean Sportsbook aboard the Majestic Princess. The new wagering service, which Pri...

When to Buy and When to Fly for the Cheapest Airfare in 2022: New Research

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/13/2021, 11:00 AM

Many annual traditions have been pushed aside by the pandemic, but not one of this writer's favorites: the annual joint report by the Airline Reporting Corporation and Expedia. Why am I so enamored of this bit of travel arcana? Because of the huge amount of research behind it. The Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the group that links all of the world's major airlines and all of the world's ...

Getting the Most Out of a Visit to NYC's New SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Observation Deck

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/12/2021, 4:15 PM

The pitfalls and must-dos at SUMMIT One Vanderbilt, New York City's dazzling new observation deck....

New York City Puts Hotels, Shows, and Museums on Sale for October

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/05/2021, 7:30 PM

Fall is normally New York City's most busy and expensive season, with hundreds of thousands of travelers descending on the city for business meetings, Broadway show weekends, the Halloween parade, the New York City Marathon, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, pre-Christmas shopping, and much more. But, as we all know, nothing is normal anymore. Which is why the city's official tourism department,...

Strategies for Finding Affordable Holiday Car Rentals in 2021

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2021, 1:00 PM

Although we're no longer seeing headlines blaring "Rental Car Apocalypse!", should holiday travelers still be worried about rental car prices? Sadly, yes. Rental cars remain in short supply because of low inventory at the agencies, compounded by a backlog of factory production of new vehicles. "I liken right now to the calm before the storm," says Jonathan Weinberg, of the car rental website Aut...

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