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Will the U.S. Government Finally Stop Airlines from Separating Kids and Parents?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/13/2022, 12:15 PM

We can all agree that kids should sit next to their parents on flights, right? And we can also agree that parents shouldn't have to pay an extra fee or higher fare to sit next to their kids on those flights, right? Evidently, U.S. airlines aren't so sure about either of those propositions, especially the second one. Last week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has issued a n...

Can't Get Global Entry? Skip Airport Lines with Mobile Passport Control—It's Free

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/08/2022, 3:00 PM

With airports busy again, travelers are seeking ways to dodge cumbersome lines. Some of the worst queues stack up at the Border Protection desks at entry points to the United States. Frequent international travelers know that five-year, $100 memberships to the Global Entry program grant passengers access to a speed lane past the hordes waiting to get their passports stamped. But starting a Globa...

European Vacations Went Cashless Fast. Are You Prepared?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2022, 8:00 AM

I spent all of May in the United Kingdom. And as incredible as it sounds, I didn't go to an ATM once. When I entered the country, I had £40 in my wallet, plus a little loose change. I struggled to find anyone who would accept it.The pandemic, which in its early days had people furiously disinfecting money and groceries, hastened a change that was a long time in coming, solidifying a new era of cash...

Airlines Messed Up 2022. All Your Travel Plans Should Be Cancellable Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/23/2022, 3:00 PM

However you slice it, the airlines messed up this summer. They overpromised and can't deliver, and we're the ones paying the price.More than 14,000 U.S. flights were canceled or delayed over the holiday weekend last week. Some 900 flights were canceled outright on Sunday alone. The carriers simply can't get a handle on their own staffing and scheduling shortcomings, and yet despite such teetering u...

New Travel Warning: Hefty No-Show Fees for Missed Reservations

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/13/2022, 3:30 PM

If there's one thing the modern travel industry is good at, it's penalizing customers for its own dysfunctional systems. Squeezing so many bodies on planes there's no longer enough space in the cabin? Charge passengers for bags! That decision causes a traffic jam for early boarding at the gate? Charge passengers to go first! And so on. Travel sellers no longer have much compunction about creating ...

9 Ways You Can Save Money on Summer Travel in 2022

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/09/2022, 2:15 PM

Hard truth: Even if you follow every money-saving tip I'm about to give you in this article, you're still likely to spend more on your 2022 summer vacation than you did in 2021—and possibly in 2019. The sharp uptick in travel costs in just the last few months has been stunning. But that shouldn't keep you at home. If there's a lesson to be had from the pandemic, it's that life can change on a dime...

Cruise Lines Are Now So Understaffed They're Turning Customers Away and Cutting Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2022, 4:00 PM

In early 2020, the problem with cruises was people were forbidden to get off them. But now that Covid is more manageable, cruises have a new problem: People can't get on them.Travel infrastructure around the world is trying to cope with depressed staffing levels that lag far behind the explosion in pent-up passenger demand. Those worker woes are a big reason airfare is up some 25% and packed hotels...

Traveling to Cuba Gets Easier for Americans—but Big Obstacles Remain

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2022, 8:30 AM

In late 2019, the Trump administration banned U.S. airlines and chartered flights from going to any cities in Cuba other than Havana. This week, as part of Pres. Biden's stated aim to "support the Cuban people" by easing some of his predecessor's restrictions, the U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted the only-go-to-Havana rule for U.S. airlines and chartered flights. The move was made i...

Instagram-Based Booking Account @hotel Debuts—And Its Prices Are Pretty Great

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/02/2022, 5:30 AM

Help has arrived for travelers hoping to book affordable hotel rooms. But people won’t be turning to a website for that aid. Surprisingly, they'll use Instagram. The trip-planning app Tripscout just launched what has potential to be a game-changing new social media business called @hotel. It’s rough around the edges—very—but for the most part, it seems to be able to deliver on its promise to signi...

America’s Best Beach—for Now. What’s the Point of This Annual Ranking?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/28/2022, 2:00 PM

Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach (pictured above), a pristine, 16-mile stretch of sand and grass-covered dunes on a tiny island in North Carolina's Outer Banks, is the best beach in the United States, according to an annual ranking released by coastal scientist Stephen P. Leatherman, aka "Dr. Beach." Around Memorial Day every year since 1991, Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University, ...

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