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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...

Be a Kid Again: Download Free Coloring Pages from Great Places

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/06/2020, 7:00 AM

Adult coloring books. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? But in recent years, this tot's activity has become popular among those well past puberty as a way to express creativity and soothe nerves. Breaking news: Travel is experiencing an uncertain period. Museums and destination marketing organizations alike want folks to keep their cities, parks, countries, and regions in mind until we're all mov...

The First Disney Park to Reopen Returns May 11 with Special Rules

By Jason Cochran

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

One of the first Disney theme parks to close, Shanghai Disneyland, ceased operations in January. It is now scheduled to reopen on May 11, and its operational changes will inform how the American parks will look when the lights come back on. Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek has announced that because of encouraging signs of recovery in China, the company will unlock the gates on its newest park. Some ...

Frontier Airlines Will Let You Socially Distance—for a Price

By Zac Thompson

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

One thing you can always count on from the airlines: They will never run out of excuses to charge extra fees.  Now an airline is charging passengers more if they want to observe CDC recommendations. This latest example of nickel-and-diming ingenuity in air travel comes from Frontier Airlines.  Yesterday, the Denver-based carrier unveiled its new "More Room" seating option in response to fly...

Listen to Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Road Trips and National Parks

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/04/2020, 4:15 PM

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.   Our first show this week hits the road while sheltering in place. Cohosts Jason Cochran and Pauline Frommer invite listeners to sha...

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Social Distancing Rules

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2020, 12:00 PM

Southwest Airlines has introduced new social distancing measures at airport gates and in the skies.  As of May 2, the airline is following a temporarily modified boarding process and is limiting the number of passengers per plane.  With regard to boarding, at the airport gate 10 people at a time will now be called in sequential order based on the numbered boarding position on their tickets. ...

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