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United Airlines, Matching Its Competition, Hikes Checked Bag Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/23/2024, 8:30 PM

What's the point of having "competition" among airlines if they all raise prices in lockstep?Perhaps United Airlines believed that it could minimize news coverage of the deed by announcing it on a Friday. But we caught it: The airline has hiked baggage fees for all flights in North America, from $35 to $40.That's for one bag. If passengers need to check a second bag, United jacked up the price of t...

Find Out How Your Airport Will Spend Its Share of $1 Billion in White House Grants

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/20/2024, 7:00 AM

Late last week, the Biden administration announced that it will earmark nearly $1 billion—$970 million to be precise—to make major improvements at 114 airports across the United States. The funds come from an existing $5 billion grant program enabled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed by President Joe Biden in 2021. The grants a...

Flights to Ireland Plus a Car for a Week for Just $599! How Is It Possible?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/15/2024, 7:30 AM

Frommer's has been around since 1957, so we've seen quite a few things change in travel—and not all of them for the better. (Can we just admit that airline deregulation did not deliver on its promises?)But now and then, we find a straggler from travel's easier, more affordable days. And on those occasions, it pays to pause and shine our spotlight on money-saving strategies that have somehow persist...

More Trouble for American Queen Voyages: Now Agents Are Boycotting It

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 02/12/2024, 5:15 PM

Update:, Feb. 23, 2024 American Queen Voyages has ceased operations. Find out more about that here.Even though American Queen Voyages' small-boat, multi-day cruises on the waterways of the United States are well-reviewed by many of the customers who book them, choices by its management have not been as warmly received—and now the line in trouble. Some of the most powerful travel advisors in the co...

Camping at Woodstock Festival Site Now an Option—Minus the Mud and Bad Acid (We Hope)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2024, 7:00 AM

August 2024 marks the 55th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival, a landmark event of baby-boomerdom dedicated to peace, love, mud, and a once-in-a-lifetime musical lineup that included, across 3 days of performances, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, Joan Baez, and, for some reason, Sha Na Na. The festival unfolded on the grounds of a dairy farm in Beth...

'The White Lotus' Season 3 Hotels in Thailand Are Reportedly Revealed

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/26/2024, 8:00 AM

Among TV shows that inspire travel, HBO's The White Lotus arguably holds the top spot, even though the luxury vacations depicted in the first and second seasons of Mike White's acclaimed series have involved significantly less happiness than ennui, deception, narcissism, and murder. Sicily saw such a surge in interest after appearing as the setting for the show's second season (which we discussed ...

Can I Get a Turbulence Forecast for My Flight? Check This Free Online Map

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/24/2024, 7:00 AM

Scientists have determined that flights are getting bumpier and that climate change could make the skies even choppier in years to come. If that prospect gives you the jitters about an upcoming flight, at least there's now a way to find out what you're in for. Turbli is a handy website designed to supply travelers with free turbulence forecasts based on the "same data sources that pilots and ai...

New Apple Update Allows Travelers to Finally Stream from iPhones or iPads to Hotel TVs

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/19/2024, 2:30 PM

There are some 136 million iPhone users in the United States, yet most televisions in hotels and on cruise ships are not configured to allow guests to stream from Apple devices.Android users have enjoyed more widely accepted accommodations that give them the ability to break free from the limited entertainment offerings on in-room TVs, but Apple's proprietary system software has prevented the easy ...

New Tulum International Airport Connects Mexico Hot Spot to These U.S. Cities

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/15/2024, 7:00 PM

Reaching Tulum, Mexico, from the United States will get a lot easier this spring. The brand-new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport—aka Tulum International Airport (TQO)—is scheduled to receive its first flights from points north of the U.S. border on March 28, when Delta Air Lines launches service from Atlanta. The airport officially opened December 1, 2023, but so far only Mexican ca...

Turkey Drops Visa Requirement for North Americans, Granting Free Entry

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/05/2024, 3:00 PM

In a flash of good news that got lost in the shuffle of holiday celebrations and grim headlines, one of the most exciting destinations in Europe has decided to stop charging Americans and Canadians for tourist visas.Between April 2023 and the end of that year, Turkey required tourists from the U.S. to register ahead and pay about $51.50 to obtain an entry visa good for stays of up to 90 days in any...

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