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Our Top Tips for Surviving Holiday Air Travel this Year

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2017, 2:45 PM

The airlines are expecting 51 million passengers to fly in United States in the final two weeks of December, a figure that’s up 3% from last year’s record number. Break it down and that means some 80,000 more passengers a day than fly during an average day during the rest of the year. If you will be among the masses, you'll want to carefully strategize. Here are our suggestions:   Check in 2...

New Mobile App Helps You Find Workspace Anywhere in the World

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

Generally, we recommend using travel as a chance to unplug from the workaday world. But when something important comes up and that becomes simply unfeasible, there's a handy new mobile app that'll help you get work done no matter where you are in the world.  Launched in October, Workfrom recommends crowd-sourced public and private workspaces based on the reviews of other users. All you hav...

New Apps Let You Turn Your Luggage Into a Courier Service

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Airline baggage fees have turned luggage space into a valuable commodity. And now there are apps to help you sell it.  A startup called Airmule and a new rival, Grabr, connect customers in need of a delivery service with users who have space to fill in their suitcases. With Grabr, you can search to see if anybody in the city you're flying to wants anything from the city you're flying from,...

Haul My Stuff, Underwrite Your Vacation: A New App May Save Brawny Travelers Money

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/26/2016, 10:30 PM

There are many ways would-be vacationers try to make their trips more affordable. Some start special bank accounts for holiday savings, others scour the internet for hotel discounts, still others rent spare rooms in local homes and plan picnics instead of restaurant meals. And then there’s the gang that will haul stuff from your home to their vacation spot (or somewhere right near it) to ...

New App Lets You Switch Rental Cars on the Spot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:15 PM

Rental car company Avis introduced a new mobile app last week designed to give customers more control over the car-choosing process. If you're unhappy with the car assigned to you, you can pick another on the spot by swiping through images of the available inventory until you find a make and model more to your liking. You can also use the app to extend or shorten your rental agreement or summon...

App for Speeding Up Customs Process Now Live at 14 Airports

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 9:45 PM

A mobile app designed to move you through customs quickly and efficiently is now available at 14 of the country's international airports. The latest addition, Washington Dulles in the nation's capital, joins Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle; Raleigh Durham and Tampa are up next. Available ...

The Latest Travel News about Smartwatches, Hotel Apps, Airfares to Asia and Cuba, Low-Priced European River Cruises, and Healthy Vacations. Whew!

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2015, 6:15 PM

One of CroisiEurope's recently refurbished vessels in Lyon, France    In the vast outpouring of comment about Apple's new Apple Watch (a computer in the size and form of a wristwatch), surprisingly little has been devoted to the device's usefulness in travel. Maybe that's because there's scarcely any travel function the smartwatch performs that isn't already done by a cell phone (tell...

Hailo Shuts Down: How Taxi Drivers Sabotaged a Golden Opportunity and Handed Uber and Lyft the Keys

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/06/2014, 5:00 PM

Taxi, New York City, 2013   The cab-summoning app Hailo is dead.   Yesterday, it suspended operations in North America, opting to concentrate its business in Europe and Asia.   Media coverage has conflated the many e-hailing apps that enable travelers to call a car using their smartphones. Uber and Lyft, the two dominators, use a system of private cars, many unlice...

Now AT&T Will Warn You Before You Go Over Your International Limit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/17/2014, 8:00 PM

A screenshot from the AT&T International Travel App It only took more than a decade. AT&T has finally issued a tool to help customers know when they are in danger of exceeding their international usage and incurring wildly inflated fees.  Many a traveler has risked financial ruin by turning on their phone in a foreign country, where per-minute calling rates and data usage ...

Handy Discount App HotelTonight Now Offers Discounts from 9am Daily Instead of Noon

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/26/2013, 5:45 PM

The same-day hotel discount app HotelTonight has grown by leaps and bounds since its debut in 2011, going from a coverage of just a few cities to now around 200 locations around the globe. If you're not familiar with it, the app works like this: On the same day that you need a hotel reservation, you check the app to see which handful of hotels need to unload last-minute rooms for cheap. So...

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