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Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets....

Three Budget-Priced Airlines Are Currently Offering Cheap Flights Across the Atlantic to Europe

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

When it comes to transatlantic flights, these low-cost upstarts are giving major airlines a run for their money. ...

Barter for a Free B&B Stay in Italy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

Here's a chance to stay in any of a multitude of B&Bs in Italy without spending a penny—though you do have to pay. From November 14 to 20, the country's Barter Week—or, if you prefer, La Settimana del Baratto—lets visitors exchange various goods and services for accommodations at thousands of participating inns.  You can either enter what you have to offer on the event's website, o...

Virgin's New Cruise Line to Be Called Virgin Voyages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

The upcoming cruise line from the Virgin Group has a new name.  Ever since the venture was announced last year, it's been called Virgin Cruises. But henceforth it shall be known as Virgin Voyages.  Explained Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at a Miami Beach press conference: "I've never fancied going on a cruise ship, but I do fancy going on a voyage." So there you have it. Upd...

New Regulations Proposed to Address Airline Passenger Complaints

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

The Obama Administration has proposed several new rules designed to address issues that airline passengers frequently complain about.  Chief among them: a regulation requiring airlines to refund checked-baggage fees when luggage is "substantially delayed." The Administration hasn't defined, however, what constitutes a substantial delay. The airline industry argues that the rule is unne...

California Man Fined $9K for Woodrow Wilson Monument Built Unwittingly on Federal Land

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

In 2012, Southern California resident Din Kossova, working alone, completed the construction of a 20-foot stone and concrete tower he intended as a monument to his favorite U.S. president, Woodrow Wilson (an Albanian immigrant, Kossova reveres Wilson for arguing for Albania's independence at the end of World War I). Standing amid the desert of the Coachella Valley, the tower is a touchingl...

In the Works: Robot Airplane Pilots

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

We all know that self-driving cars are well on their way to moving into the mainstream. Now there's an equivalent in aviation.  The Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System, otherwise known as ALIAS, is a program being developed by the government and a private contractor to replace airplane pilots with robots.  At the moment, ALIAS requires a human copilot in the cockpit to punch in ...

Delta Considering Adding Bare-Bones Fares to International Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/19/2016, 4:00 AM

Delta Air Lines may be considering adding supercheap, no-frills airfares to international flights.  In an earnings call with reporters last week, executives from the country's second-largest carrier said that revenue from transatlantic flights had declined of late, partly due to competition from low-cost international airlines such as Norwegian Air International. When asked how Delta p...

How Thailand's Mourning Period Will Affect Travelers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2016, 4:00 AM

After Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej died at age 88 on Thursday, the government declared a full year of mourning. That could affect your travel plans in the country, especially if your visit coincides with the first 30 days of the mourning period, when residents have been asked to wear black and avoid "festivities." Consequently, some entertainment venues, restaurants, and bars may be ...

Airlines' On-Time Performance Worsens in Latest Figures

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2016, 4:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the scorecard for airlines' on-time performance in August, and it turns out they did a pokier job of it than in the same month of the previous year.  Nearly one in four domestic flights were late in August, while 77.6% of them arrived on time, down from 80.3% in 2015.  Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate (nice weather helped). ...

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