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TripAdvisor Adopts No-Touching-Wild-Animals Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2016, 4:00 AM

As of yesterday, TripAdvisor is no longer selling tickets to attractions that allow customers to come into physical contact with wild, captive, or endangered animals.  That means no more swimming with dolphins, riding elephants, or petting tigers—at least not through the travel-review site's booking firm, Viator.  The move was welcomed by conservation groups and animal-welfare activist...

Airline Facing Complaint for Weighing Passengers Before Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2016, 1:00 PM

Two businessmen from American Samoa have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation because they were weighed before boarding a Hawaiian Airlines flight in Honolulu. The passengers were then assigned seats so that the plane’s load would be evenly distributed.  The airline says it was merely following the manufacturer’s guidelines for safely flying a Boeing 767 aircraft in...

Goose Poop Piling Up in Boston

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2016, 10:15 AM

Boston has a problem with goose poop. The birds may add to the natural beauty of the city’s parks and playgrounds, but here’s something else they add: the inevitable results of eating 4 pounds of grass each day.  The primary offenders are Canada geese—a federally protected species with no natural predators in the area. Though the fowl are typically migratory, more and more of them are ...

Celine Dion Marks 1,000 Vegas Shows—With More to Come

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/12/2016, 10:15 AM

Celine Dion performed for the 1,000th time in Las Vegas on Saturday—and shortly thereafter added 24 more concerts in 2017. The Canadian singer began a highly lucrative residency at Caesars in 2003. Since that time, an estimated 4 million people have seen her show at the resort’s Colosseum arena. If you’d like to join that throng, you’ll have plenty of chances next year. Tickets for man...

Airlines Now Award Points for Airbnb Stays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

  As if the hotel industry didn't have enough reasons to quake in its boots over falling popularity, the airlines are now encouraging frequent flyers to choose Airbnb rentals by offering them points for stays.   Quartz reports that this week, Qantas and Virgin America notified customers that they will earn points for stays booked through their websites.    No one is going t...

VIDEO: Hero Warns Travelers Away from Prague Tourist Trap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

Janek, we love you.    This guy, who runs the Honest Prague Guide, stood in front of a money exchange office in Old Town Square, near the world-famous Astronomical Clock. His sole mission was to warn tourists that the joint is locally known for giving tourists a lousy rate. As he explains, the place sells the local currency for 15 to the euro when the actual rate should be more like 27...

VIDEO: Hero Warns Travelers Away from Prague Tourist Trap

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

Janek, we love you.    This guy, who runs the Honest Prague Guide, stood in front of a money exchange office in Old Town Square, near the world-famous Astronomical Clock. His sole mission was to warn tourists that the joint is locally known for giving tourists a lousy rate. As he explains, the place sells the local currency for 15 to the euro when the actual rate should be more like 27...

Airlines Now Award Points for Airbnb Stays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 10:00 PM

  As if the hotel industry didn't have enough reasons to quake in its boots over falling popularity, the airlines are now encouraging frequent flyers to choose Airbnb rentals by offering them points for stays.   Quartz reports that this week, Qantas and Virgin America notified customers that they will earn points for stays booked through their websites.    No one is going t...

Out-of-Network ATM Fees Hit New High

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2016, 8:00 AM

Feel like withdrawing cash when you travel is getting more expensive? You're right.  Without comprehensive consumer protection laws to restrain them, out-of-network ATM fees have hit new highs for the 10th year in a row, according to the 19th annual survey by Bankrate.     The average per-transaction cost of using an out-of-network cash machine is now $4.57. That's a combinat...

Hurricane Matthew: Airline Change Policies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/05/2016, 9:00 PM

With Hurricane Matthew scraping across the Southeast U.S. coast, the airlines serving the region have issued change fee waivers to help travelers get out of the way.    These could change as conditions do (and they may, since one prediction track has Matthew potentially looping around to strike twice), so click the name of any airline to be taken directly to its updated policy page: ...

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