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Arthur Frommer: The New Direction of Richard Branson’s Unusual Cruise Ship

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2020, 3:00 PM

Sir Richard Branson’s new and unusual cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, is presently heading across the Atlantic to Miami, where it will commence actual sailings with passengers in late March.     After that, Branson’s second of four eventual new ships, to be named the Valiant Lady, will be launched in 2021.     Journalists have now been permitted aboard the Scarlet Lady to witness the wa...

Trump is Battling the Residents of New York State. Arthur Frommer Asks: Will Your State Be Next?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/24/2020, 12:00 PM

The nation has become quite familiar with conflicts between the Trump White House and various state officials. But somehow, nothing has reached the awesome level of the current war between Trump and New York.     In an edict of a month ago, Trump has declared that residents of New York State will no longer be permitted to enroll in the Global Entry program that permits Americans to speed the...

We're Asking If It's Wrong to Recline When We Should Be Furious with the Airlines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/17/2020, 3:00 AM

Once again, Americans are going after each other. And once again, the infighting is misplaced. Today's battle, like so many other battles these days, confuses the real source of the friction: We're being squeezed for cash from above. You might have heard this week about the video circulating on social media in which an airline passenger fights back against a reclining seat by raining blows again...

Trump's Global Entry Ban for New Yorkers Doesn't Add Up, and It's an Outrage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2020, 1:00 AM

“New York hates you,” a heckler shouted, part of the crowd that gathered in Manhattan when Donald Trump went to his polling place in 2016 to vote for himself (according to BBC.com). It looks like Trump is now returning the raspberry. And then some. Last night, on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News TV show, Chad Wolf (the acting Secretary of Homeland Security) announced that residents of New York State wil...

"Basic Business Class"? Emirates Quietly Shakes Up Airfare Structures

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2020, 3:00 AM

Last summer, with no fanfare whatsoever, Emirates changed the rules of business travel. It took what was a signature product—its well-rated business class service—and decoupled it from some of its perks, in effect creating a version of Basic Economy for the “lie flat” jet set. When online bookers click on Emirates' “Saver” or “Flex” business class fares, they can nab a roomy, horizontal-at-will...

At JetBlue, a New High in Baggage Fees Brings a New Low for Customers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/22/2020, 12:00 AM

Which U.S.–based airline charges customers the highest fee for their first checked bag? As of this week, it's JetBlue.  The airline hiked its baggage fee by $5—it's now $35. That's the second increase in two years. JetBlue's charge for checking a first bag is now higher than the rates at United, Delta, American, and Alaska. A second checked bag will now cost JetBlue passengers a steep $45...

The Rules for Planning an Affordable, Fun Spring Break in 2020

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/17/2020, 12:00 PM

The breaking travel news right now? That would be spring break, which is just around the corner. And then around the corner again. And again. That’s because this popular holiday period is based on school vacations, which vary from region to region, and so it has an unusually large footprint. In 2020, it runs from the end of February through April 12 (Easter Sunday). That generously long seaso...

Many Vacationers Will Want to Attend Dubai’s Expo 2020, writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/20/2019, 9:00 AM

If you haven’t yet made plans for an international vacation in 2020, you might want to consider going to Dubai late in the year.     Starting on October 20 and continuing until April 10, 2021, Dubai will host the Middle East’s first World’s Fair, called Expo 2020.     Although Americans will want to postpone their departure until after the early November election, they’ll have plenty o...

Arthur Frommer: The Reaction to Brexit Directly Impacts the Cost of Travel to Britain

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/18/2019, 10:00 AM

You needn’t be a scholar to know that the value of foreign currencies goes up and down depending on the health of a nation’s economy.     If things are going badly, the currency drops; if times are booming, the currency soars. But how can you predict the direction of a particular money note—especially a foreign one?   Those questions are currently asked by people in the travel industry...

Pauline Frommer: I Was Just in the Dominican Republic and There's Never Been a Better Time to Go

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2019, 12:00 AM

This post is being written from a plane, and I have plenty of elbow room. None of the middle seats are occupied, and a few passengers even have a row to themselves to stretch out. A miracle, right? Not quite. You see, I’m flying home from a short trip to the Dominican Republic, a country that became the focus of a media frenzy last spring that torpedoed its tourism industry. It has yet to recov...

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