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Car Rentals Through Firefly, a New Brand, are Dramatically Cheaper than Others, So What's the Catch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2013, 4:00 PM

Firefly, a discount car rental brand, begins arriving at American airports this month. You might think it's a new competitor. As it turns out, everything about it is older than you think. Hertz created Firefly, a lower-priced offshoot, in Europe last spring, in part to fill the price gap that was left when it sold off the Advantage car rental brand. Now there are 40-odd locations there, in...

In late October and Throughout November, A Two-Week Cruise of the Mediterranean Aboard the Spectacular Queen Elizabeth Can Cost Only $999

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/02/2013, 2:30 AM

     If you're like me, you receive a dozen repetitive e-mails a week from cruise brokers and cruiselines offering one week sailings of the Caribbean or Mediterranean for $499, two weekers for $799.  Cruises are undoubtedly the top vacation bargains in travel today.      But though the ships are fine, quality vessels, they are no different than what we've come to expect  on an ocean cruise...

A Nightmarish Incident on a Recent Cruise May Cause Vacationers to Rethink Buying Insurance Directly from the Cruise Line

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/31/2013, 8:45 PM

By now, you likely have heard the story of elderly couple who were put off an Azamara Cruise ship in a small town in Turkey, when the 89-year-old husband fell and broke his hip. Complaining that they’d been abandoned by both the cruise and the insurance company, the couple was finally helped by their U.S. Senator, and transferred to a more adequate hospital in Istanbul. Here's a link for furth...

Safety is Currently the Major Issue Affecting Travel to Numerous Overseas Destinations. Here's How We Come Out on That Issue, for Several Countries

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

      Is it safe?  That's the most frequent question put to travel advisers as they are asked to plan an international trip.  Is it safe to travel to Israel or Jordan, to Turkey or India?  Is it safe to travel to Mexico, to Nicaragua or Bali?  And the answer can sometimes change in a day, as terrorists or drug lords create havoc in a particular part of the world.  So the response t...

Offended by Political TV in Your Hotel Lobby? Your Hotel Manager Chose The Channel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

Hotel companies spend millions of dollars creating warm-and-fuzzy feelings about their brands and crafting the sensation that a stay there will make customers feel welcome and comfortable. Good hospitality is all about making someone feel at home. Yet the instant you walk into many hotels, the jagged tones of discord are thrust in your face. Given the fevered level of partisan rhetoric pol...

Offended by Political TV in Your Hotel Lobby? Your Hotel Manager Chose The Channel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2013, 5:00 PM

Hotel companies spend millions of dollars creating warm-and-fuzzy feelings about their brands and crafting the sensation that a stay there will make customers feel welcome and comfortable. Good hospitality is all about making someone feel at home. Yet the instant you walk into many hotels, the jagged tones of discord are thrust in your face. Given the fevered level of partisan rhetoric pol...

New Kiosks Cut Border Control Waits By a Third, But Your Airport Must Ask for Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/28/2013, 8:30 PM

In June, Chicago's O'Hare installed 32 kiosks that scan documents for incoming passengers. Right away, despite the fact summer travel was at its peak, wait times were chopped by 33%. The technology is called Automated Passport Control, or APC, and it's the latest effort of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use technology to cut paperwork and frustration. O'Hare is the first American ai...

Brooklyn's New, Ultra-Gourmet Dining Scene: Pauline Frommer Reviews Three Hot Spots

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2013, 12:45 PM

The dish felt like a dare. “Fried pigs blood with [unpronounceable Scandinavian] berry,” the waiter said placing a small slab of wood with a fried ball in front of me. And then he gave me a second look and a grin, as if to say, “So, are you really going to eat that?” Welcome to the extreme foodie Brooklyn restaurant scene, one that many diners think is currently eclipsing Manhattan’s. In j...

Though None of it Made the Headlines, There was News Last Week of Some Importance to Travel

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2013, 6:30 PM

     Last week was a fairly busy time in travel, though none of the developments was well covered in the press.  Here's our attempt to bring you up-to-date.      First, one of the largest of the airfare search engines, Expedia, acquired--for all intents and purposes--that other large search engine called Travelocity.  Though Travelocity will technically remain a separate entity, it will pe...

What’s the Best Vacation For Your “Stage of Life”? How Age Can—and Should—Affect Your Travel Plans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/25/2013, 2:15 PM

“Man is by nature a social animal”, wrote Aristotle. And though he wasn’t commenting on vacations, his observation certainly applies:  who one travels with can be as important to the success of a trip as where one goes. Certain types of travel, as well as certain destinations, attract wildly different demographics, after all. Head to spring break-central, Panama City, Florida in March or A...

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