Carry Less, Board First: American Airlines Revises Its Priority Policies Once Again

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 3:30 PM

Boarding a plane nowadays is like being caught in a Saturday Night Live skit. You patiently wait, as the "platinum" and the "double platinum" and the "elite this and that" passengers board, listening to announcement after announcement, swearing inwardly that there can't be another class before yours...and then there is. Well, it's about to get even more absurd. American Airlines today announc...

New York City Subway Stations Get Tricky Free Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2013, 10:00 AM

After years of waiting, 36 stations in the New York City subway system, including the stations most popular with tourists (Times Square, Rockefeller Center) have been equipped with free wi-fi and voice calling. Trains themselves are not equipped, so visitors will need to conduct their business on the platforms and in the stations. We spent the past few weeks testing it out. The system is not ...

Frommer's Forum Reader Unearths Round-trip Airfare to France in June for $620

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 12:15 PM

Eagle-eyed Frommer's community member Travel Rob has spotted some incredible summer airfare rates on XL Airways to France for June. Normally, rates top a grand, but he has found a method for finding some incredible bargains. He posted word of a $620 New York-Marseille round-trip ticket in our forum: "Just like I thought, XL is continuing to offer deals, even for June.... Most [booking] webs...

Virgin Vacations sells luxury packages to the real Downton Abbey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 11:00 AM

It only took until Season Four. Virgin Vacations has added to its fall lineup a visit to the United Kingdom that includes a trip to the real-life set of the upstairs scenes of PBS's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle. The seven-day trip includes round-trip flights, airport transfers, three nights' hotel in London and two in Bracknell, near the house. That's an hour west of London in Berkshire, ...

Harry Potter expansion confirmed for Universal Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/09/2013, 2:00 PM

Well, it's true. Universal Orlando finally confirmed what has been an open secret for months: It is building a second section of its blockbuster Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The massive show building for the new section has been under construction for months, but it took until now for the official announcement to be made. The theme park isn't saying much beyond the fact it will open at Un...

Don't Get Taken for a Ride in Las Vegas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 7:15 AM

15 to 20 minutes. That's about how long it should take a passenger to get from the Las Vegas Airport to their Strip hotel in Las Vegas, most times of the day. Heck, you can see the Strip right under you as you land in the plane (it's one of the great sights in aviation). The two are not far apart. And yet, according to industry news publication Travel Weekly, some 22.5% of passengers are be...

Zipcar is Zipping Home From the Airport

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2013, 9:30 PM

Getting home from the airport may just have gotten cheaper and easier. Last week, car-sharing firm Zipcar ( announced that it will parking vehicles at major airports around North America. If you book in advance online, you can skip car rental lines and head directly to the parking lot. This new development could drop the cost of getting back from the airport significantly, ...

Gettysburg is booked for its 150th anniversary, but there are ways

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/06/2013, 9:30 PM

The hotels around Gettysburg, PA, are already jammed for the massive 150th commemoration of the seminal Civil War battle of 1863. There will be a huge re-enactment on July 4 to 7, and tparticipants snapped up lodging months ago, meaning that even a room in the Super 8 can hit you for $250 a night. You can still participate in the once-in-a-lifetime re-creation, though. The city has set up a t...

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