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Companies Have Emerged that Claim to Double or Triple the Value of the Mileage or Points You Earn on Airline and Credit Card Programs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/12/2015, 9:45 AM

Its name is AwardMagic.com, and it's potentially the most useful travel service of which you've never heard. It is not alone in what it does--ThePointsGuy.com, FlyerTalk.com, and numerous others claim to accomplish the same substantial increase in the value of the travel you enjoy by earning frequent flyer mileage or credit card points. But AwardMagic.com was the company that firs...

Does the Recent Outbreak of Measles Mean that Enlightened Americans Should Cancel Travel Plans, and Thus Avoid Exposure to the Malady in Crowds?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/12/2015, 9:30 AM

When a traveler with measles paid a visit recently to Disneyland in southern California, he/she not only set off a rather small epidemic of the disease in the United States, but caused a great many Americans to cancel their vacation plans. In particular, some of our frightened fellow citizens felt that they ran a particular risk by going onto a crowded cruise ship, or into a bus wi...

Drop That Towel! Hotels Get Serious About Foiling Linen Thieves

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/03/2015, 10:15 AM

Is hotel check out about to become a much more emberrassing ritual? It might if you're one of the 5 to 20 percent of hotel guests who steal towels, robes and other linens each month from hotels around the world. CNN is reporting that hotels in Miami, Chicago and New York City are the first customers of a new company called Linen Tracker that tags linens with waterproof, radio-transmitter chip...

Last-Minute Deals on Hotels Are Getting Better and Better! Here’s Why

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/30/2015, 1:15 PM

Speak on a mobile phone instead of text? That’s considered a rude act nowadays in many circles. But while mobile technology has, arguably, made us less social, many in the travel industry say it has sparked spontaneity like nobody’s business. In just the last two years, a number of major travel companies have spent millions to launch app-only booking tools geared towards folks who have no idea ...

The Luck (And Deals) Of The Irish: A Head-Turning Fare Sale from Aer Lingus to Ireland and Beyond

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/28/2015, 10:15 PM

Head across the pond for a quick, and inexpensive, pint of Guinness The euro is currently trading at a jaw-dropping $1.12. Just a few months ago, Americans paid $1.45 or more, meaning that those who head to Europe will experience a 30% savings on the ground. The problem has been how to get to the ground in Europe inexpensively. A...

A Major Airline Drops the Hated Fuel Surcharge! So Why Won't the Rest of the Industry Follow?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2015, 2:45 PM

One of the greatest lies foisted upon the American public—right up there with "this won't hurt a bit" and "New Coke will be better"—was crammed down travelers' throats a half decade ago. Fuel prices were rising. The airlines put out a tear-jerking sob story in the press, appealing to our better natures to help them survive. They told us that to stay alive, they had to start tacking extra cha...

Planning a Quick Trip to Havana? The "Casa Particular" May be the Answer to Your Housing Needs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/21/2015, 6:45 PM

The new and greatly broadened rules that permit Americans to make trips to Cuba have just gone into effect, and a great many of our fellow citizens are now considering the trip. But though they quickly find that they can get there easily on various Caribbean airlines flying to Havana from Jamaica, Mexico (Cancun) or the Bahamas, they face a more difficult task of finding accom...

By Converting the Norway Pavilion to a 'Frozen' Attraction, Epcot's World's Fair Concept Dies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/16/2015, 2:45 PM

On his deathbed, Walt Disney had a dream for his ultimate legacy. He wanted to create a living community in Central Florida where companies could use residents to try out new technology, prove it worked, and export it to the planet, making life better for everyone in the world. But he died in 1966, and by the time EPCOT Center (the letters stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorr...

In a Momentous Development, Regulations Have Just Been Announced That Will Greatly Expand the Number of Americans Able to Visit Cuba

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/15/2015, 1:00 PM

The floodgates have opened. Starting now, any determined American will be able to travel, without hindrance, to Cuba. That’s the meaning of the regulations just announced by the Treasury Department, which remove the requirement that travelers apply for a specific license to undertake such trips. And though numerous commentators will claim that barriers still exist, it’s obvious t...

Decisions, Decisions: Here Are Some That Will Confront You As You Plan Your Forthcoming Vacation Trip

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/14/2015, 11:45 AM

In travel, there’s always an alternative to consider when you plan your next vacation. Here are some of them: (1) Cruises vs. all-inclusive resort hotels: Strictly from the standpoint of cost, the all-inclusive resort hotel is increasingly felt to be the less expensive of vacation choices. That’s because the all-inclusives don’t charge extra for numerous daily needs for wh...

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