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   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...

Princess, Holland America Cancel 2020 Summer Season—Why Not Carnival?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/07/2020, 4:00 PM

Princess Cruises and Holland America Line have announced they will not run ships for the summer season. In August, Princess will operate only one ship, Majestic Princess, on quick sailings out of Taiwan. Otherwise, nine other ships will remain off the scene until September, and those will avoid the East Coast of America and the Caribbean. Both lines canceled all departures in Europe, Alaska,...

After Backlash, Frontier Airlines Drops Social Distancing Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/07/2020, 9:00 AM

Frontier Airlines has abandoned plans to charge passengers extra to fly next to empty middle seats on flights, according to news reports.  The move was made following widespread (and well-deserved) criticism of the fee from social media users, media commentators—including Frommer's—and even members of Congress.  The $39 empty-seat charge, which was set to go into effect on May 8 and last thr...

Adorable Canine Instagrammer Has NYC’s Top Tourist Sites to Himself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2020, 1:00 PM

By now, you've probably seen plenty of eerie photos showing normally crowded tourist sites looking desolate amid the pandemic lockdown.  You know what makes them look less desolate? Parking a deadpan yellow lab in the foreground.  In New York, that cityscape-brightening service is being provided by an Instagram account started by Craig Karpel and starring his dog, Farley.      ...

Texas Gets a Temporary Drive-Through Zoo

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2020, 11:00 AM

Las Vegas has drive-through wedding chapels. Memphis has a drive-through convenience store. A Connecticut law firm located in a former fast food restaurant even uses its drive-up window for legal consultations.  But it took "corona creativity" to convert a regular zoo into a pop-up, drive-through zoo. The San Antonio Zoo in Texas decided to create a driving route through the facility for a w...

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