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"In Danger of Capsizing": Rough Seas Continue for Historic Queen Mary Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/24/2021, 11:00 AM

Things continue to look bad for the Queen Mary, the historic British ocean liner turned Southern California tourist attraction turned floating hotel turned rotting hulk.  The ship, which has been moored in Long Beach's Queensway Bay since the Cunard Line put the vessel out of service in 1967, closed to the public in May 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The closure followed a long period of...

Cirque du Soleil's New "Drawn to Life" Is the Best Show at Walt Disney World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/22/2021, 2:00 PM

At the end of 2017, French-Canadian entertainment juggernaut Cirque du Soleil closed La Nouba, the family-friendly acrobatics spectacular that played on Walt Disney World resort property for nearly two decades. When the lights went out, Cirque promised that a replacement show was in the works. That was nearly four years ago. Cirque's custom-made arena on the West Side of Disney Springs fell eer...

For Better or Worse, Booze Will Soon Flow Again on All Major U.S. Airlines

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/17/2021, 6:00 PM

United Airlines has resumed selling hard liquor in the economy cabin on flights of at least 301 miles.  Like many other carriers, United went dry during the early weeks of the pandemic in order to minimize contact between flight attendants and passengers and to avoid giving drinkers a reason to lower their masks while on board. But the airline now says contactless payment technology and the ...

Warning: Time May Be Running Out on Your Covid Flight Credits

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2021, 6:00 PM

Forget free champagne in first class.  Starting in spring 2020, the most coveted amenities for air travelers became a flexible cancellation policy and flight credits that could be used well into the future. At the height of pandemic lockdowns, nobody knew when normal-ish air travel would resume. In order to get would-be passengers to plunk down money for a ticket, the airlines needed to show...

What's in the New Infrastructure Bill for Travelers? Lots of Great Stuff We Need

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/10/2021, 6:00 PM

Travel in the United States is about to get a lot more safe, convenient, enjoyable, and—possibly—less expensive. And it's all thanks to the just-passed infrastructure bill. Officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the legislation invests in the nation's roads, bridges, runways, rail lines, airline control towers, airports, and public transit, all of which will finally ...

Get Yourself to Europe Quick: River Cruises Are Up to 50% Off

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/04/2021, 4:00 PM

Starting on November 8, Americans are going to see a whole lot of something they haven't seen much of in ages: Europeans. That's because November 8 is the day the restrictions on nonessential travel into the United States will be lifted, and the influx of Europe-based visitors will begin. London's Sun newspaper reports that prices for flights to the U.S. from the U.K. shot up 300% overnight as ...

How Much More Expensive Is an Airbnb Than a Hotel Room? New Data

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/29/2021, 6:00 PM

This time last year, I wrote a blog post about a survey that showed that a new winner had emerged in the long-standing battle between the hotel industry and Airbnb. Thanks to social distancing concerns and a collapse of business travel, for the very first time Airbnbs became more expensive, on average, than hotel stays in the United States. Then, I wrote the finding was "just a snapshot in t...

Is It Safe to Choose Southwest Airlines This Holiday Season?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/26/2021, 1:00 PM

On the weekend starting October 8, Southwest Airlines went into an operational meltdown, resulting in a shortage of pilots and flight attendants that, the airline says, necessitated the cancellation of some 2,200 flights over several days. The Dallas Morning News, the airline's hometown newspaper, later reported that the Columbus Day cancellation tailspin cost Southwest Airlines $75 million. Ty...

If You Need a Covid Test to Fly, Be Careful—Timing Is Everything

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/25/2021, 1:00 PM

Dozens of countries, including the United States, now require each incoming air passenger to furnish a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than three days before travel. But there's a pitfall in that directive, and unsuspecting passengers are falling into it. Not that we can blame them. Most airlines have issued confusing instructions written in broad legalistic generalities and mired in a ...

Warning! Hertz Still Slapping Erroneous Fees on Innocent Customers, Paper Says

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/22/2021, 9:00 AM

Hertz may have emerged from bankruptcy protection earlier this year, but for customers of the rental car company, warning lights are still flashing. The troubled brand that Vanity Fair called a "pandemic zombie" in 2020 can't seem to stop attacking customers who thought their car rentals were safely laid to rest. The press has been full of alarming instances of renters who say they did no wr...

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