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Carry Less, Board First: American Airlines Revises Its Highly Debatable Boarding Policies Again

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/17/2013, 2:15 AM

  Again from Pauline Frommer: Boarding a plane nowadays is like being caught in a Saturday Night Live skit. You patiently wait, as the "platinum" and the "double platinum" and the "elite this and that" passengers board, listening to announcement after announcement, swearing inwardly that there can't be another class before yours...and then there is. Well, it's about to get even mor...

Carry Less, Board First: American Airlines Revises Its Highly-Debatable Priority Boarding Policies Again

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 7:45 PM

  By Pauline Frommer Boarding a plane nowadays is like being caught in a Saturday Night Live skit. You patiently wait, as the "platinum" and the "double platinum" and the "elite this and that" passengers board, listening to announcement after announcement, swearing inwardly that there can't be another class before yours...and then there is. Well, it's about to get even more absurd....

Advice from Pauline Frommer: Don't Get Taken for a Ride in Las Vegas (Let That Cabbie Know That You Know the Score)

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2013, 2:00 PM

  15 to 20 minutes. That's about how long it should take a passenger to get from the Las Vegas Airport to their Strip hotel in Las Vegas, most times of the day. Heck, you can see the Strip right under you as you land in the plane (it's one of the great sights in aviation). The two are not far apart. And yet, according to industry news publication Travel Weekly, some 22.5% of passen...

Addicted to "Downton Abbey"? Dreaming of "High Tea" There? Virgin Vacations Will Sell You a Luxury Package to the Real Thing

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2013, 6:00 PM

  It only took until Season Four. Virgin Vacations has added to its fall lineup a visit to the United Kingdom that includes a trip to the real-life set of the upstairs scenes of PBS's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.  The seven-day trip includes round-trip flights, airport transfers, three nights' hotel in London and two in Bracknell, near the house. That's an hour west of London...

A Participant in Our Valuable "Forum" Has Unearthed a Round-trip Airfare to Paris, in June, for only $620

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2013, 6:00 PM

     From Arthur Frommer:  First, a word about our Forum.  Some users of Frommers.com are unaware of its existence.  Go to the heading "Community" at the top of our main menu page, click on it, and then click on "Forum", and you'll encounter a service that posts readers' questions and other readers' answers (including answers by editors of this website).  It's an extremely valuable method of h...

An Aviation Reporter for the Associated Press Has Condensed All of Travel Wisdom Into Six Basic Rules for Approaching a Summer Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2013, 10:30 PM

       On the Travel Show this past Sunday (see wor710.com for a "podcast" of it, start of the second hour), Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press gifted us with six all-important rules for approaching a summer vacation.  They are all so important that I'm repeating them here:      (1)  When should you buy your air tickets?  Answer:  Four to six weeks in advanc...

With the Japanese Yen Now Selling at an Astonishing Rate of 101 to the U.S. Dollar, Japan Has Once Again Become a Moderately-Priced Travel Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2013, 2:30 PM

       Yesterday was the Big Day, the time when the Japanese unit of currency--the Yen--crashed through a  longtime psychological barrier and begun trading at just a nano less than 101 to the U.S. Dollar.  It sold at 80 the Dollar (a 25% difference) just two years ago.  Following a course of deliberate inflation, a policy totally at odds with the one championed by various stodgy bankers in...

Four Vacation Packages and Cruises Lead the Travel Industry's Offerings for Departures in July of 2013

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 1:30 PM

     There was once a time when a bargain-hunter could point with excitement to packaged vacations costing less than a thousand dollars at the height of the summer season, like July.  That's pretty difficult now.  Though the U.S. rate of inflation is unusually low, the desire of overeas hoteliers to wallop the summer vacationer has never been stronger.  Today, an eight-to-ten-day packaged vaca...

Giant New Roller-Coasters Have Been Added to the Nation's Theme Parks, In Addition to a Spectacular Penguin Exhibit at Sea World in Orlando, Florida

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2013, 2:15 PM

     On yesterday's broadcast of The Travel Show (wor710.com, noon to 2, Eastern Time), the nation's foremost expert on U.S. theme parks--Robert Niles--was asked to name the most significant new theme park attractions for the coming summer--new facilities so important as to warrant a trip there.  He named three:        First, a remarkable new penguin pavilion in Orlando's Sea World--a ...

Americans Were Recently Made Aware of How Much We Spend on Air Transportation As Compared With How Little We Spend on Rail Transportation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/03/2013, 5:30 PM

     During the recent week when the dreaded Sequester caused flights to be delayed all over the nation, resuting in grave inconvenience to millions, we learned that the purpose of the hold-up was to save some 5% of the money the federal government spends each year on air traffic controllers--the people in the airport towers. That 5%, we were told, amounted to 637 million dollars, which means-...

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