New York City Clamps Down on Illegal Airbnb Rentals

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/09/2021, 5:00 PM

The New York City Council approved a bill today requiring hosts using Airbnb and similar online platforms to register with the city before renting out their homes for less than 30 days. The measure, which is modeled after regulations in other communities such as Boston and Santa Monica, California, is being put in place to give some teeth to an already existing law in New York that bars most renta...

The Glitchy Genie+/ Lightning Lane System Arrives at Disneyland

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/08/2021, 4:45 PM

In October, Florida's Walt Disney World rolled out its paid version of the formerly free FastPass system, now called Lightning Lane. The Disney company had delayed expanding the new fee system to California's Disneyland resort—but as of Wednesday, December 8, the Genie is out of the bottle. Genie+ and Lightning Lane have arrived in California. Vacationers at Disneyland's two theme parks will now ...

U.S. Extends Mask Mandate on Planes and Shortens Testing Window for Border Arrivals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2021, 2:00 PM

Passengers will need to continue masking up on U.S. planes, trains, and buses through at least March 18, 2022, the White House announced today. The country's mask mandate for public transportation, which also applies to airports, railway stations, and bus terminals, was set to expire in January, but Pres. Joe Biden extended the requirement as part of a larger plan to fight the ongoing Covid-19 pa...

On Cruises, the Hated Muster Drill Is Dying Out. We Love What's Replacing It

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/01/2021, 11:00 AM

The most hated fixture of cruising—the mandatory in-person safety presentation before departure—is becoming a nuisance of the past. Everyone who has cruised in the United States knows the drill, which is required by law: Just when you've excitedly boarded the ship, settled into your cabin, and found the ideal cocktail bar for a pre-vacation toast, the service windows slam shut and all on board, cr...

"In Danger of Capsizing": Rough Seas Continue for Historic Queen Mary Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/24/2021, 6:00 AM

Things continue to look bad for the Queen Mary, the historic British ocean liner turned Southern California tourist attraction turned floating hotel turned rotting hulk. The ship, which has been moored in Long Beach's Queensway Bay since the Cunard Line put the vessel out of service in 1967, closed to the public in May 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The closure followed a long period of negl...

Cirque du Soleil's New "Drawn to Life" Is the Best Show at Walt Disney World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/22/2021, 9:00 AM

At the end of 2017, French-Canadian entertainment juggernaut Cirque du Soleil closed La Nouba, the family-friendly acrobatics spectacular that played on Walt Disney World resort property for nearly two decades. When the lights went out, Cirque promised that a replacement show was in the works. That was nearly four years ago. Cirque's custom-made arena on the West Side of Disney Springs fell eerily...

For Better or Worse, Booze Will Soon Flow Again on All Major U.S. Airlines

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2021, 1:00 PM

United Airlines has resumed selling hard liquor in the economy cabin on flights of at least 301 miles. Like many other carriers, United went dry during the early weeks of the pandemic in order to minimize contact between flight attendants and passengers and to avoid giving drinkers a reason to lower their masks while on board. But the airline now says contactless payment technology and the feedb...

Warning: Time May Be Running Out on Your Covid Flight Credits

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2021, 1:00 PM

Forget free champagne in first class. Starting in spring 2020, the most coveted amenities for air travelers became a flexible cancellation policy and flight credits that could be used well into the future. At the height of pandemic lockdowns, nobody knew when normal-ish air travel would resume. In order to get would-be passengers to plunk down money for a ticket, the airlines needed to show that...

What's in the New Infrastructure Bill for Travelers? Lots of Great Stuff We Need

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2021, 1:00 PM

Travel in the United States is about to get a lot more safe, convenient, enjoyable, and—possibly—less expensive. And it's all thanks to the just-passed infrastructure bill. Officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the legislation invests in the nation's roads, bridges, runways, rail lines, airline control towers, airports, and public transit, all of which will finally recei...

Get Yourself to Europe Quick: River Cruises Are Up to 50% Off

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2021, 12:00 PM

Starting on November 8, Americans are going to see a whole lot of something they haven't seen much of in ages: Europeans. That's because November 8 is the day the restrictions on nonessential travel into the United States will be lifted, and the influx of Europe-based visitors will begin. London's Sun newspaper reports that prices for flights to the U.S. from the U.K. shot up 300% overnight as tra...

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