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New Hotel Bidding Site Stayful.com Cuts Out the Chains and Slashes Rates on the Boutiques

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/20/2013, 5:45 PM

Although the big Web hotel reservations booking engines are undoubtedly helpful and convenient, they also tend to favor the same old corporate chains. But a newly launched booker aims to tap into consumer restlessness and cut those cookie-cutter Sheratons and Marriotts out of the running, giving boutique properties a leg up in pitching for last-minute business. It’s called Stayful.com...

An Oversupply of Luxury Hotel Rooms in Prague is Rewarding Tourists with Major Bargains

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/18/2013, 11:30 PM

Prague seems to have gotten a little ahead of itself, at least where luxury hotels are concerned. In the summertime, its nicest four- and five-star properties are fairly full, but in winter, the tourist trade contracts. What's more, one of Prague's most reliable markets, tourists from Germany, often treats Prague as a quick getaway of a night or two. Hoteliers are left eager to extend barg...

The First of Our New "Easy Guides" Have Reached the Bookstores and Are Now on Sale--And Awaiting Your Reviews!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/17/2013, 4:45 AM

     Earlier in the year, we chronicled the adventure known as "The Re-Launch of the Frommer Travel Guides"--a project occupying the lives of my daughter and myself on a seven-day-a-week, dawn-to-midnight basis, throughout those months.       As you may have heard, we re-acquired these books, and have now worked together with the best of our authors--almost always persons living in the cit...

In a Step that May Lead to Many More Delightful Offerings, the Free-of-Charge Walking Tour Has Come to America (And Most Recently to New Orleans)

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2013, 6:15 PM

     Starting now, visitors to New Orleans may enjoy a free-of-charge, two-hiour walking tour of the city's highlights, conducted by an historian of that town's exotic history.  Instead of introducing you to what are probably inaccurate and untrue tales of ghosts and vampires, New Orleans' new walking tour is a serious but highly entertaining exploration of the actual events that resulted in t...

Though the D.O.J. Claims that Cheap Airlines Will be Helped by the American Airlines/U.S. Airways Merger, We've Heard That Song Before

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2013, 4:00 PM

In a sad development for the traveling American, the Department of Justice has dropped its opposition to the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways, settled the lawsuit it had brought against that combination, and announced it would permit this further monopolization of our skies.  When that same proposal was first announced several months ago, it seemed inconceivable that the two c...

A Study Suggests That the Benefits of Educational Travel Are Far More Far-Reaching Than Most Realize

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/14/2013, 5:15 PM

In 2000, Reid Bramblett, a writer and long-time scout leader in Pennsylvania, took 9 members of his Boy Scout troop to Europe for nearly a month (along with two other adults). One of the participants was a 16-year-old who suffered from dyslexia, never had done well in school, and worked part-time a gas station. His goal was to go to a technical school after high school and become a mechanic. ...

Just Like Our Guides, Our Twitter Username is Now Easier to Use: @Frommers!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/14/2013, 4:45 PM

We've been making everything easier to use at Frommer's. Our guides are now more selective, which makes them light enough to carry on vacation. They're also priced lower—the cover price of our EasyGuides is just $10.95—making them easier to buy. Now our Twitter username has been shortened from @FrommersTravel to simply the name you know so well: @Frommers. (After all, when you're goin...

Pay-As-You-Use Budget Hotels: Growing Worldwide, But Still Foreign to Americans

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/13/2013, 6:00 PM

Tune Hotel Asoke, Bangkok A few years ago in Europe, a new breed of budget hotel began to emerge, epitomized by Lindemann's hotels in Berlin. Although it was a generally affordable property, it was also what is often called a "design hotel," meaning its decor and style were crafted by architects and designers to capitalize on a younger, trendier clientele than at the conservative corp...

Valet Padding: Another Trick Hotels Use to Suck More Cash Out of You

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/13/2013, 4:30 PM

Fairmont Newport Beach: One of many hotels with mandatory valet Pretty much everyone thinks resort fees are slimy. Yet the consumer uprising against them has merely simmered for years. It hasn't really boiled over to the point where hotels across the board are embarrassed to charge them.  Add to the "resort fee" a rising trend among hotels: the forced valet parking. Even at hotels...

It's a Match...Again! US Airways and American Airlines Receive Permission to Merge from the Department of Justice

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/12/2013, 10:45 PM

First there was the marriage of Delta and Northwest. Next, Continental united with, well, United. And then Southwest got hitched to AirTran. The first of these mergers was in 2009 and according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics the cost of a flight has risen 15% in that time (the cost of holiday travel is a whopping 10% higher this year than last). Its only going to get wors...

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