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That Rumor About the Easy Availability of Free-of-Charge Travel Insurance, is Only Partially (And Very Partially) True

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/03/2013, 8:30 PM

       How it began, heaven knows.  But a great many rumor-mongers are telling their neighbors that they can obtain free-of-charge travel insurance for their next trip by simply signing on for the right kind of credit card.  I was a target for that kindly advice on our recent radio travel show.  One listener after another phoned in to say that if you equipped yourself with a certain brand ...

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, 8:15 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 airfare...

Government Shutdown: What Travelers Can Still Do, and What's Closed

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2013, 8:15 PM

There are lots of long, explaining articles about what's causing the shutdown, but they don't make it easy to figure out what's closed for travelers and what's open. We'll make this short and sweet.   Here's what's closed:   * National Park units are closed. That means everything, even outdoor monuments. Overnight lodgers have until Thursday to vacate. (In what appears to be a ...

JetBlue Upgrades Its Standard Seats: Power Outlets, Bigger TVs, Triple the Channels

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2013, 10:00 PM

At a media event on the roof of its New York City headquarters today, set-price airline JetBlue, which since it inception has been a one-class airline, unveiled an overhaul of its seating. Ostensibly, the event was to promote Mint, a new top-tier seating category designed to poach business from rival carriers on the NYC-LAX route—and, so far, only on that route. Starting at $600 one-way cr...

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, 9:15 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 disc...

Hilton Is Killing Room Service at Some Large Hotels, And Look at The Replacement

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/27/2013, 3:30 PM

Last spring, Hilton cemented a new trend among major hotel brands when it killed all room service at its 2,000-room New York Hilton Midtown, Manhattan's largest hotel, joining its Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. The belt-tightening move cut 55 jobs in New York. Meet its replacement. It's called Herb n' Kitchen. As Hilton puts it, it gives guests "the choice of restaurant dining at their leisu...

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, 2:30 PM

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 e...

TodayTix: A Promising New Source for Scoring Deep Discounts on Broadway Show Tickets

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2013, 7:30 PM

Broadway is huge business, and a major tourism industry. Last season, which ended in May, raked in a staggering $1.14 billion in grosses for New York City's theatres. In the same way that Avatar managed to become the highest-grossing movie of all time because its tickets came with a bloated 3-D surcharge, Broadway is able to hit massive numbers like those because its tickets cost big bucks...

Cutting Travel Costs by Using "Shared" Accommodations, Car Rentals, and Meals, Has Suddenly Become a Major Goal of Many

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/26/2013, 2:30 PM

"Sharing" has become the latest big trend in travel. In the destination cities, residents "share" an asset they already own, with travelers passing through, and thus augment their incomes. So they "share" their apartments, their cars, and even their home-cooked meals.  Everyone (other than hotels, car rental firms and restaurants) benefits. The owner of such assets earns money, and the travele...

Guess What New Tropical Location is Being Touted for Tourism? El Salvador? Yes, El Salvador.

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/25/2013, 11:15 PM

     When I recently heard that travel writer David Paul Appell was planning a journalistic trip to El Salvador (he's co-editor of the well-regarded Tripatini.com), I was startled, to put it mildly; El Salvador is not often regarded as suitable for tourism.  But David has a high reputation for uncovering new destinations, and his talents and experience are awesome.  So, holding my breath, I in...

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