A Rare Fee Reduction! The TSA Trims the Cost of PreCheck

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/07/2022, 4:00 PM

You don't see this very often these days: prices going down. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration and its enrollment partner IDEMIA, eager to get more travelers signed up for the queue-cutting TSA PreCheck program, have marked down the price of membership. The enrollment fee is now $78, down from $85.Members of TSA PreCheck are issued a special Known Traveler Number (KTN) valid for 5 y...

Times Are Changing: Why You Should Use Your Loyalty Points As Soon As Possible

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2022, 7:30 AM

The corporations that dominate the world responded to the aftermath of the pandemic downturn in their own ways, but there's a common impulse among most of them: recover as much lost income as possible. Since the world opened back up, businesses have been hell-bent on making back the money they missed, even if doing so puts the squeeze on consumers. That has meant flagrant price increases (contribu...

Airplane Etiquette: Survey Names the Most Annoying Behavior in the Skies

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/25/2022, 4:00 PM

What type of air traveler annoys you the most? Having recently taken a flight from Frankfurt to Boston during which I tried to watch The 40-Year-Old Virgin on a seat-back screen positioned roughly 3 centimeters from my sternum, I'm of a mind to say Full Recliners are the worst. I know this is a divisive issue, with some passengers claiming that reclining seats all the way is an inalienable right...

New Study of Millions of Airfares Reveals the Best Days to Purchase and to Fly

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/19/2022, 9:00 AM

For the fourth year in a row, a study by the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) and Expedia has named Sundays as the best day of the week to book travel—if saving money is your goal.I know, I know: You heard a decade ago that Tuesdays are the best day to purchase travel, and ever since then you've seen talking heads on local news chuckle as they say, "There is no best day." It's all superstition, ...

Are Airlines Really About to Start Banning Apple AirTags?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2022, 10:00 AM

On Friday, the airline blogosphere began publishing posts with attention-grabbing headlines: "German Flag Carrier Lufthansa is Banning Apple’s Popular AirTag Just As The Device Becomes a ‘Travel Essential'," declared one. "Lufthansa Bans AirTags: Will Other Airlines Follow?" claimed another, but there were many more.According to many of the blogger posts that were published on Friday, a spokesman f...

American Rail in Shambles: Legendary Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Closed Due to Erosion

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/03/2022, 1:15 PM

The famous Pacific Surfliner in Southern California, the second-busiest intercity rail corridor in the United States with some 3 million riders a year, has been closed.A coastal section of the route—which is shared by Amtrak, Metrolink commuter trains, and freight carriers—is now so threatened by erosion that it now poses "safety concerns," according to Amtrak, forcing authorities to shut down the ...

Frommer's Will Be Aboard the TCM Classic Cruise on the Disney Dream, Nov. 12–17

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/30/2022, 4:30 PM

For many of us, movies and entertainment play a central role in inspiring us about where to go. Some of the greatest vacations we've had came after we saw a place on screen and were instilled with a romantic desire to experience it for ourselves. But it's highly unusual to get to travel along with the celebrities that are on those screens. Themed cruises have become a big market—it's possible to...

You Can Hire Someone to Escort You Through Airport Terminals with SkySquad

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/29/2022, 6:00 PM

A little over a decade ago, Julie Melnick was trying to wrangle her rambunctious 3-year-old at the airport when she had a realization that many of us in the same situation have had: Air travel with a toddler is utter and complete hell. That was part one of her revelation. The second part was that perhaps there was a business idea there. She decided to create a company that would assist travelers,...

British Pound at Lowest Value Against Dollar Since 1985: Is It Time to Visit?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2022, 2:15 PM

This week, the United Kingdom's government, beset by financial issues, announced a slate of tax cuts for the wealthy and increased spending. The market instantly slid, and the exchange rate for the pound is hitting historic lows.The value of the British pound is now at a level that hasn't been seen for 37 years. See how the value of the pound has tumbled by more than half in 10 years on this graph ...

NYC Airports No Longer Include Newark—How the Rule Change Could Affect Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/23/2022, 6:00 AM

Newark is no longer in New York. Geographically, of course, the New Jersey city never was. But Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is so close to New York City—closer, in fact, than the Queens-based John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is to some parts of Manhattan—that Newark has previously been lumped in with JFK and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) under the same multi-airport city code of...

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