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The How-To's Of Getting Better Rest on the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2013, 2:15 AM

Is it a vacation if you can’t sleep? That’s the question many travelers confront when they head off for much needed rest and relaxation, only to find themselves becoming more exhausted from lack of sleep. Jetlag is sometimes the culprit, but many find that simply being in a strange place disrupts their zz’s, even when they haven’t shifted time zones. What can one do? Here’s the advice of two n...

Royal Caribbean Now Offers 110 Percent Price Guarantee if You Find Cheaper Airfare Elsewhere

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2013, 8:00 AM

Buying your airline tickets to meet the start of a cruise has always been a bit of a losing proposition. Booking through the cruise line is often the only way to ensure that if your flight is late and you miss the sailing, you won't have to bear the cost of meeting the ship en route. Plus, it's just easier to ask the cruise line to take care of your whole vacation package. The problem is t...

Royal Caribbean Now Offers 110 Percent Price Guarantee if You Find Cheaper Airfare Elsewhere

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2013, 8:00 AM

Buying your airline tickets to meet the start of a cruise has always been a bit of a losing proposition. Booking through the cruise line is often the only way to ensure that if your flight is late and you miss the sailing, you won't have to bear the cost of meeting the ship en route. Plus, it's just easier to ask the cruise line to take care of your whole vacation package. The problem is t...

Keep That Kindle On! The FAA Likely Will Relax Rules for On-Board Electronics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 2:45 PM

It's not a done deal. But both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times are reporting that a group working for the FAA on a study of airline safety issues is currently drafting a document that will allow the use of most electronics during take off and landing. I say "most" because that most controversial of devices, the ubiquitous cellphone, was not part of the study, so rules wont chang...

Miles and Money Now Needed to Reach "Elite" Status on United Airlines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 12:45 PM

Delta did it first, back in January, when it sent a note to its loyalty program members stating that now it would not just award "Silver" status based on the amount of miles flown, travelers would also have to reach a minimum spending level (of $2,500 during the calendar year) to achieve that status. Take a read of Delta's announcement. Well, guess what? As is wont to happen in this copy-c...

The RIGHT Way to Do Denali National Park (Get OFF The Darn Bus!)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/21/2013, 12:30 PM

In 1917, when Denali National Park in Alaska was created, just 7 hardy souls managed to make the grueling, long, roadless trek to see the wonders of the new park. Today, thanks to a highway and popular railroad, Denali is deluged with some 400,000 visitors each year, the majority in the months of June, July and August. But I would be surprised if more than 3 visitors, or even 3 park ra...

Confused About Navigating the Airport? One of Them Will Take $80 to Guide You Through It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:30 AM

More and more, airlines stand to make a lot more money when airports do their jobs inefficiently. Last month, I told you about how one airline at JFK was raking in fees for instant security-line upgrades when the TSA failed to process passengers quickly. Now, airport management itself is finding a way to cash in. Manchester, England just completed a pilot program charging customers £50, or...

While We're Discussing Fee-Free Cards, Here's One That Charges No ATM Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:30 AM

Arthur Frommer recently let you know about the United Plus Explorer card, which waives the foreign transaction fee the way the famous Capital One suite of cards does. That card (in which, I stress, Frommer's has no financial interest) is described in his blog post. But that's for a credit card. What about cards linked to savings accounts, which let you draw money you actually have rather t...

While We're Discussing Fee-Free Cards, Here's One That Charges No ATM Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:30 AM

Arthur Frommer recently let you know about the United Plus Explorer card, which waives the foreign transaction fee the way the famous Capital One suite of cards does. That card (in which, I stress, Frommer's has no financial interest) is described in his blog post. But that's for a credit card. What about cards linked to savings accounts, which let you draw money you actually have rather t...

The Elimination of Room Service, Top Sheets, and More: Worrisome Changes Coming to a Hotel Near You

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2013, 12:30 PM

Those over the age of 45 will remember when flying was a glamorous, or at least an amenity-laden activity. Attractive flight attendants would flit up and down the aisles, delivering meals, snacks, pillows and blankets, with nary a thought of charging the passenger extra for these, well, extras. Those days are long gone, of course, and thanks to recent developments in the hotel industry it ...

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