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A Two-Step Procedure, Ending With a Direct Phone Call to the Hotel, Is Probably Your Best Way to Obtain the Lowest-Priced Accommodations for Your Next Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2014, 8:45 AM

The evidence seems stronger every day that the best way to get a well-priced, low-cost hotel room is to place a direct phone call to the hotel itself. But you should do so, say all the travel pundits, only after you have first used an internet search engine--like hotels.com, getaroom.com, eurocheapo.com, expedia.com, orbitz.com, and the like--to learn which hotels are already offe...

From Fights About Reclining Seats on Passenger Airlines, to Deceptive Advertising of Airline Fares, There's No Dearth of Recent Travel Developments

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2014, 12:30 PM

On three different occasions in the last several weeks, planes flying in the U.S. have made emergency landings because of arguments between passengers over whether one of them is entitled to recline his or her seat. Newspapers, and radio/television newscasts, have erupted in an orgy of comment about the ethics of reclining or not reclining. Less noticed has been the fact that a mail orde...

Would You Believe $60 a Night for a 9-Night Trip on a Princess Ship? Plus Bargains Over the Holidays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2014, 4:00 PM

We periodically ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal. Remember that although it's currently hurricane season, the major lines will re-book you if a storm threatens your departure, so you can snag these deals with the...

By Springing Extra and Wholly Unexpected Fees on Their Guests, The Hotel Industry has Crossed a Line of Civility and Morality

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/29/2014, 7:15 PM

In a state of weary resignation, most of us have become used to the extra charges that airlines now routinely add to their airfares. We think nothing ill of the fee for making a phone call to an airline reservationist, or of the charge for checking luggage onto a flight, or for occupying an economy seat with two inches of extra legroom.. The reason these charges don't ...

Royal Caribbean's Newest Twist: RFID Bracelets Tracking Every Guest and Making Arrangements Quicker

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2014, 4:00 PM

RFID bracelets are officially the mark of a mass-market vacation. Walt Disney World was the biggest player to introduce its MagicBands earlier this year. MagicBands help guests link to their tickets and reservations on rides and restaurants. There, the net effect is to require many guests to do hours of pre-research and strategic planning before arriving at the resort, which I think spoils m...

A Number of Seemingly-Inconsequential Travel Developments May Have a Bearing on Your Next Vacation or Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/28/2014, 12:15 PM

Pardon the hyperbole, but to me, the biggest recent news in travel was the fight that broke out between a female air passenger who wanted to recline her seat, and a male passenger sitting behind her who attempted to block her from doing that by inserting a rigid plastic doodad into his fold-out tray. When her complaint to a flight attendant failed to cause the male passenger to remove the...

A Small Town, An Old-Fashioned Home, An Abundance of Nature, and Good Weather, Are Among the Ingredients for a Good Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2014, 10:00 AM

I have just returned to my home in New York from an unusually satisfying vacation of one week's duration. The holiday was relaxing, restorative and gratifying because it took place in (a) a small town of 500 people, (b) staying in an old-fashioned home with porch and garden. I'm not suggesting that you can vacation enjoyably in any small town of America. The town--...

There Seems No End to Constantly Increasing Airfares, And Your Recourse is to Lower Your Costs of Accommodations and Meals at the Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/26/2014, 8:30 AM

About a year ago, it became apparent that Southwest Airlines was no longer a source of consistently cheap airfares (though often the cheapest). On numerous routes on various occasions, its airfares were no lower than those of older airlines. In some instances, if it did periodically possess a price advantage, it was because it did not charge for suitcases checked aboard a flight ...

Turning Japanese in New York City: The Cuisine (and Culture) That’s Sweeping the City

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/18/2014, 5:45 PM

Bagels. Cheesesteak. Massive aged steaks, served by guys with thick Brooklyn accents and possible mafia ties. If you haven’t been to New York City lately, you might think that these culinary delights sum up the foodie scene here. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, thanks to New York City’s burgeoning Japanese population, specialties not usually seen outside of the “ Land...

At the Close of a Recent Vacation on the Coast of Maine, I Remember the Many Highlights of that State

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/15/2014, 10:45 AM

Click here for the first part of Arthur Frommer's report from his vacation in Maine. If asked to name the two most important attractions of the state of Maine,? most visitors would answer--in my recent experience--that they were (1)? Acadia National Park, and (2) L.L. Bean. The famous discount shopping ?outlet had its birth in Freeport, Maine, where its original store is a? vast, multi-f...

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