The Airlines Are Blindsiding Customers by Switching Itineraries—But You Don't Have to Take It

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/25/2021, 12:00 PM

Americans may not realize it, but the pandemic has made airline schedules far less stable than they were. Travelers now have a much higher chance of getting stuck with an itinerary they don't want, either because they can’t find a convenient one or because the flight they booked falls off the schedule. Why? Although travel is on the upswing, volume is still terrible. In their recent fourth-quarte...

Munch's "The Scream" Gets a New Home Amid Arts Resurgence in Norway’s Capital

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/24/2021, 10:00 AM

Norway, the country that gave the world The Scream, Edvard Munch's iconic representation of existential anguish, was the eighth happiest place on earth in 2020, according to a recently released Gallup study. I can think of at least one reason Norwegians have to be in a good mood: the capital city's all-out embrace of art and cutting-edge architecture. By the end of next year, three new world-clas...

Frommer's New Smartphone-Enabled Walking Tour of NYC's Financial District

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 03/22/2021, 7:00 AM

We've got big news today! Frommer's has partnered with Antenna International to create smartphone-enabled city walking tours—and the first one is now available. If you've been to the Louvre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, or several dozen other world-class museums, you've likely rented a headset and taken an audio tour powered by Antenna. The company has been collaborating wi...

Two Cruise Lines Returning to Caribbean for the Vaccinated, but Will Skip U.S.

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/19/2021, 10:00 AM

If you're a fan of cruising and you're itching to get on board again as soon as possible, we can definitively say you're going to need two things: a Covid-19 vaccine and a passport. The vaccines are new to all of us, but many longtime devotees of cruising may not possess passports because when Caribbean cruises begin and end in the United States, that document isn't generally required. Today, wo...

A Massive Shortage of Rental Cars Is Confronting U.S. Travelers

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/17/2021, 3:00 PM

Thinking you’ll rent a car for your next trip? Think again. Shortages are slamming Florida right now, and industry insiders say the problem will only grow worse. Much, much worse. "It’s been really, really, really crazy," says Jonathan Weinberg, founder and CEO of the car rental discount site AutoSlash. Weinberg says staff noticed "crazy volume" in demand for the recent Presidents Day weekend—not...

Airlines Still Cashless Even Though Many Passengers Don’t Own Credit Cards

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/16/2021, 7:00 AM

Delta Air Lines has announced that as of March 16, flight attendants will be equipped to accept contactless payments for in-flight purchases such as earbuds and food. Customers will be able to use their mobile devices or credit cards enabled with tap-to-pay features, reducing touch points and speeding up transactions. That convenient change in the air follows similar developments at cash register...

All-Inclusive Cruise Line Announces July Return with All-Bahamas Vacations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/12/2021, 11:00 AM

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mulls whether to permit large cruise ships to restart voyages, another cruise line is moving ahead by bypassing America. The upscale Crystal Cruises brand intends to return to the seas in July by initiating a series of weeklong runs that begin and end in the Bahamas. The arrangement, which is a first among the major cruise brands, will ensu...

MGM Resorts in Legal Hot Water Over Resort Fee "Lies"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/11/2021, 10:00 AM

If you have traveled or shopped for travel in the past few months, you've probably noticed a vexing trend: Many hotels in the United States have drastically curtailed amenities because of the pandemic—but haven't reduced resort fees a penny. That mistake left hotels exposed to legal action. Travelers United, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., is suing MGM Resorts Inter...

New Tourism Projects in Jerusalem Will Soon Enrich Historic Exploration

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2021, 9:00 AM

In January, the The Atlantic called Israel the "world's front-runner on vaccine distribution." Recently, it was able to not only lift many lockdown restrictions but also announce its government would be sharing 100,000 Moderna doses with friendly countries. During its no-travel period, Israel was also unusually proactive in expanding some of its most important historic sites and museums for future...

Disneyland Finally Sets Reopening Target—But Don't Buy Plane Tickets Just Yet

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/09/2021, 10:00 AM

After a closure that has lasted since March 14, 2020, California's Disneyland has finally set its sights on reopening. Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced to shareholders that he hopes the park will be able to reopen to the public in late April. But there's a big caveat about who that opening audience will be, and a lot of things have to happen before the resort can meet the new, state-issued requi...

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