Online Renewal of U.S. Passports Reopens for a Limited Time

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/16/2022, 2:45 PM

Update: The portal for renewing U.S. passports online has reopened as of October 11. In September, the window was open for less than two days before slots filled up. After October's window closes, it will reopen again in November on an unspecified date. The story we ran when the window opened in September follows:At 11am Eastern time Friday morning, the U.S. State Department reopened applications f...

Frommer’s Ireland: The Top New Attractions and Where to Go with Limited Time

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/14/2022, 4:00 PM

Ireland remains a destination where travelers can escape the chaos of contemporary life, according to Frommer's author Yvonne Gordon, whose comprehensive and freshly updated Frommer's Ireland just hit bookstore shelves. Traumatized by traffic, packed airports, and hordes of selfie snappers? In Ireland, "you can sometimes have a whole hiking trail or beach to yourself," Gordon told us. Of course,...

Find Out What You're Owed for a Canceled Flight with This New Online Tool

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/06/2022, 10:30 AM

UPDATE, September 6: This post, originally published September 3, has been updated below. As we reach the end of a summer travel season plagued with flight delays and cancellations, airlines and the federal government are at last doing more to keep passengers better informed about what they're owed when their planes don't leave on time—or at all. Just in time for the busy Labor Day weekend, the ...

Lawsuits Against Hertz/Dollar for False Rental Car Arrests to Reach the "Hundreds"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/24/2022, 5:00 PM

The Hertz Corporation, the rental giant that also owns Dollar Rent A Car, is facing a growing tsunami of lawsuits after having hundreds of customers arrested. NewsNation, the Chicago-based nationwide news channel that used to operate as WGN, has been closely tracking the scandal. Investigative journalist Rich McHugh broadcast a report on August 17 that was particularly damaging. McHugh obtained ...

What Will Fall Foliage Be Like in 2022? Predictions from an Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/23/2022, 11:00 AM

We've got encouraging news for leaf peepers—and it comes from a real expert. Aimee Tucker, the digital editor of Yankee magazine and, told me on this week's edition of the Frommer's Travel Show podcast that the publication's chief meteorologist and tree expert, Jim Salge, has been using the word "spectacular" to describe what the fall foliage will be like in most of New England thi...

$500 for Oysters? How Tourists Can Avoid Big Overcharges at Restaurants

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/13/2022, 7:00 AM

A beach restaurant on the Greek island of Mykonos (pictured above) has garnered a lot of negative attention this summer for allegedly charging tourists prices that make LaGuardia Airport's notorious $27 beer look reasonable by comparison. Several high-profile complaints have been lodged against the business, a seafood joint called DK Oyster. A pair of Canadian honeymooners claimed the place charg...

The FAA Wants Your Thoughts on Airplane Seat Sizes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/02/2022, 5:45 PM

If you think airplane seats are too small—and it's hard to imagine anyone this side of Smurf Village who wouldn't feel that way—the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would like to hear from you. The transportation regulatory agency is seeking comments from the public relating to the safety of cramped cabins. Anyone can respond for 90 days after the request for recommendations is publishe...

5 Things You Can Do to Avoid Flight Delays and Cancellations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/29/2022, 1:00 PM

In the summer of 2022, when friends tell us they're about to fly somewhere on vacation, the typical reaction isn't so much "I'm jealous" as it is "Wow, good luck with that." It scarcely bears mentioning how badly the world's airlines have fallen apart this year. Most of us are all too miserably aware of the meltdowns. When you enter an airport, you're always putting yourself at the mercy of the t...

Experts Say Airfares Are Falling This Fall—How to Save on Autumn Air Travel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2022, 7:00 AM

Good news in air travel has been hard to come by this summer, what with the surges in cancellations, delays, lost luggage, and ticket prices. Unfortunately, we can't promise things will improve before the kids head back to school, but we can give you a reason to look forward to autumn: Travel analysts expect the price of airline tickets to drop significantly in the coming weeks. As reported by AB...

Europe Responds to Travel Chaos by Bringing Back Sleeper Train Routes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2022, 11:00 AM

Europe may be more affordable for Americans now than it has been for 20 years, but that doesn't mean travel is smooth sailing there. When it comes to its airports, the European continent is in as much disarray as North America is—maybe even worse, with Lufthansa canceling nearly all its flights on Wednesday and multiple major airports instituting new limits on the number of flights they are able ...

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