Where You Can Still Book Short-Term Rentals Under Honolulu's Strict New Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2022, 5:45 PM

Honolulu is changing the rules for what qualifies as a short-term vacation rental on the Hawaiian island of Oahu—and the term isn't very short. By a vote of 8–1, the Honolulu City Council passed a controversial bill last week that would extend the minimum booking period for a short-term rental from 30 days to 90 days in residential areas. That's effectively a ban on short-term rentals on most of...

Travel Influencer Sued for Telling "Increasingly Bold Lies" to Build Her Brand

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/14/2022, 6:00 PM

A travel influencer with more than half a million Instagram followers and more than 207,000 TikTok followers is being sued by the consumer protection group Travelers United over allegations that she told "increasingly bold lies" to amass followers and seduce investors into lucrative sponsorship deals. Cassie De Pecol, a onetime contestant on Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid, is the target of t...

Say Aloha Again to Hawaii with These Expert Picks from the Latest Frommer's Guidebook

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 04/14/2022, 8:15 AM

After finally lifting some of the pandemic's strictest domestic travel restrictions, Hawaii is undergoing what Frommer's author Jeanne Cooper calls a "semi-return to normal." And just in time to help visitors navigate the new (semi)normal comes the release this week of Frommer's Hawaii, the latest edition of our comprehensive guide to the land of leis and luaus. Coauthors Cooper and Natalie Schac...

Airlines Might Lose Your Seat Fees When You Change Flights—How to Get Refunds

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/12/2022, 8:00 AM

Covid brought the world a lot of conflict and consternation, but it also brought one change that made travel much easier: the end of airline change fees. But don't be fooled. The airlines have found ways to make money when you alter travel plans, even if carriers no longer collect penalties of $200 and up for changes. I almost learned that the hard way last week when I changed an upcoming United...

Car Renters Force Customers to Bring Fuel Receipts—but It's Not Always in the Contract

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/08/2022, 5:00 PM

American rental car companies have been doing it for more than a decade now. When customers rent vehicles, clerks frequently say that if the car is returned with a full tank of gas, then the renter will be required to produce a receipt for the gas purchase. More specifically, the receipt must be from a gas station within a certain distance from the rental agency. It first happened to me in 2011 ...

Which U.S. Airports Have the Longest Security Wait Times?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/08/2022, 8:00 AM

If you need to fly out of South Florida at any point this summer, you might want to leave for the airport now. Miami International Airport (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) were found to have the longest wait times for security checks and passport clearance among the busiest airports in the U.S., according to an analysis of recent data provided by the Transportation ...

Why Now Is a Great Time to Visit Italy's Most Popular Cities

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 03/29/2022, 9:00 AM

Rome, Florence, and Venice have signaled that they're ready to welcome visitors again after the pandemic lull—though residents understandably prefer the sort of measured tourism that boosts local economies without resulting in unaffordable housing or drunk people in fountains. It remains to be seen whether those ills of overtourism will return or local government leaders can find a better balance...

Are Avis and Hertz Fixing Rental Car Rates? Congress Is Demanding Answers

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/23/2022, 4:00 PM

As excoriating letters from members of Congress go, these made little effort to soften accusations. "Hertz appears to have used its market position to raise prices substantially even as total expenses fell, resulting in the largest profits in company history."If you've tried to rent a car lately, you know that rings true. Rental car rates in many places have doubled since 2019, and the added expen...

Biden Creates His First National Park Unit: Amache in Colorado

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/21/2022, 3:00 PM

Last Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden signed the paperwork that created his first contribution to the National Park Service: the former Camp Amache in southeastern Colorado, about a three-hour drive from Colorado Springs. It was another American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who signed the deeply regrettable Executive Order 9066 in February 1942. That edict, a low for American values, lega...

New Law Signals a Coming Boom in South Dakota Vacation Options

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 03/17/2022, 2:15 PM

At the end of South Dakota's just-completed legislative session, state lawmakers cleared the way for a merger of sorts between the state's two biggest industries, agriculture and tourism. The result could be very good news for travelers. It's a bit complicated, but South Dakota has changed its liability laws to be in line with those of 39 other states, and the revision will help the development of...

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