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"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...

Arthur Frommer: Let’s Hope the American Queen Paddlewheeler is Past Racist Messages

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2019, 10:00 AM

The travel press is currently full of happy articles about the popularity of river cruises within the United States.     Apparently, such paddlewheelers as the famous American Queen are full of eager passengers, especially for cruises leaving New Orleans and proceeding northward along the Mississippi River through states of the former Confederacy.   Though I hate to throw cold water on...

Arthur Frommer: Collective Retreats are the Latest in Glamping

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Instead of erecting expensive, multi-story hotels on equally expensive land, why not simply pitch large tents capable of containing twin beds or queen-sized beds?     Why not service those tents with nearby personnel (chefs) capable of delivering meals?   Those are apparently the questions answered by the persons who have recently inaugurated the "glamorous camping" vacation housing ca...

Arthur Frommer: If Thomas Cook Can Go Belly-Up, Consumers Must Protect Themselves

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2019, 12:00 PM

The recent shutdown of service by the venerable Thomas Cook company in Great Britain, stranding tens of thousands of tour passengers, is a wake-up call for all of us.     It means that we cannot rely on the sterling reputations of airlines/tour companies, no matter how long they have been in business (Thomas Cook was more than 150 years old).   The other object lesson? It has become ne...

Arthur: For Gay Americans, Some International Travel Is Exceedingly Dangerous

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/04/2019, 12:00 PM

Like many standard Americans, my business relations include dealings with gay men, and I know a pair that recently had a same-sex wedding. They have asked me to recommend a post-nuptial trip, and I have responded by telling them nearly all the Middle East and Africa is too dangerous for their plans.     In that giant area of the world, homosexuality is often regarded as a crime to be punishe...

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