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.


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.


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?


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...

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