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Now You Can Order Airplane Food at Home for Some Reason

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2020, 5:00 PM

Stir-craziness among some grounded travelers has evidently grown so acute that they've developed a hankering for airplane snacks.  Imperfect Foods, a grocery delivery service that reduces food waste by hooking up online users with surplus stock and misshapen though perfectly safe produce, has begun selling JetBlue snack packs. The airline's containers of cheese, dried fruits, and drier crack...

Iceland to Reopen June 15 Using Testing and Tracing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/12/2020, 5:00 PM

Update, June 30: Iceland has updated its policy to conform to recommendations by the European Union. Americans are no longer welcomed. For complete information, see our feature about the rules of entry for most European countries.  Iceland, one of the most popular but least populated European countries, is ready to reopen its borders to outsiders again. On June 15 at the latest, the country's ...

2020’s Ranking of the World’s Best Airports (Remember Airports?)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/12/2020, 8:00 AM

Do you miss airports? We've been in lockdown so long, we've even started to develop nostalgic feelings for LaGuardia.  For those of you who also yearn to stuff your toiletries into plastic baggies again, Skytrax has released its well-regarded annual ranking of the world's best airports, based on surveys taken between September 2019 and February 2020 from customers from over 100 countries.   ...

A Blow to Broadway: Shows Won't Reopen Until September 6

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2020, 7:00 AM

The show must go on—except when there's a global health crisis. The Broadway League, the trade association for the theatrical industry, announced that the lights in New York City's Theater District would stay dimmed for a few more months. All Broadway performances will be canceled until September 6—at least. Ticket holders should get an email before May 18 with instructions on how to get ref...

Marriott Offers 20% Off a Future Stay if You Buy a Gift Card Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2020, 5:00 PM

With their cash flow negative, hotels are getting creative about ways to put some funds in the coffers until this storm has passed. We told you about "hotel bonds," which some properties are selling. With those, if you pay a certain amount now—say, $100—then later on, when you're ready to start traveling again, you can cash in the bond's value plus interest. That way, your investment of $100 no...

United Airlines Revokes Promise to Keep Middle Seats Empty

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2020, 3:00 PM

Many news outlets reported that several airlines, United included, had announced they would keep the middle seat empty to help passengers practice social distancing.   United Airlines took that step on April 22, saying that the restriction would remain in effect until the end of May. But here it is May 11, and having gotten that good publicity, United is already going back on its promise. T...

In Vienna, Pay An Extra $200 to Get Out of Quarantine

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2020, 2:00 PM

If you're lucky enough to be able to fly to Vienna right now—flights from the United States and other places with bad Covid-19 outbreaks have been canceled—you're still asked to quarantine when you get there. All visitors arriving to the Austrian capital must enter a two-week, self-supported quarantine unless they can show officials a negative test result for the coronavirus. And the test resul...

America's Favorite Destination Restaurants Are Being Saved by Cross-Country Delivery

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/11/2020, 6:00 AM

We all have our madeleines, don't we? I'm talking about the spongy little cookie that Marcel Proust turned into shorthand for any food that triggers memories. In his novel Remembrance of Things Past, the narrator dips a madeleine into a cup of tea and is immediately thrust into the past—a memory journey that lasts seven massive volumes. Food is such a potent link that a business was created ...

Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: The Future of Cruising and Far-Flung Adventures

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/11/2020, 3:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.   Cruise news is the primary subject of our first show this week. Cohosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran consider Carnival Cruise ...

Delta Cuts a Slew of Smaller Airports From Its Schedule

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2020, 8:45 PM

I used to have a roster of travel tips that I could pull out when the occasion demanded. One was always this: When you can, use smaller airports, where security lines will be a breeze and airfares will likely be lower. But as the airlines do their darndest to stay upright, wee airports are an early casualty. Today it was announced that Delta Air Lines is suspending all upcoming flights to ne...

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