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In New York City, Rapidly Shifting Hotel Prices, Shorter Dining Hours, and More

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/12/2018, 5:30 PM

Every year at this time, I update the book Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City. This involves spreadsheets of pricing, hours, and more, meaning that I’m easily able to graph the trends that shape visits to Gotham. Here’s what I’m seeing for 2018 and into 2019: Good news/bad news on hotel rates: To track hotel pricing, I use several hotel booking engines, and I test dates for the slowest travel da...

Interest in Travel Insurance Surges Following Terror Attacks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Experts in the travel insurance industry say that consumer interest in terrorism coverage and trip cancelation policies has surged following recent attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice, and elsewhere. Despite the increased interest, however, you shouldn't be seeing rate hikes or policy changes; those things are heavily regulated. But although terrorism coverage has become standard since 9/11, make ...

Eight Airlines Granted Tentative Approval for Flights to Havana

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 11:30 PM

Seems like there's a fresh piece of Cuba-related travel news every day. The latest: eight US airlines have received tentative approval from the Department of Transportation to operate direct flights to Havana. The flights could start taking off as early as September—when they do, they'll be the first commercial US flights to Cuba's capital city in more than 50 years. Here are the winning airli...

Driver Licences From Four U.S. States May No Longer Be Accepted As I.D. at Airports in 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/14/2015, 11:45 PM

And those states are: New York, New Hampshire, Louisiana, and Minnesota. In December of 2014, the first phase of the Real ID Act from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security went into effect. It's mandate was to standardize government-issued IDs across the United States, specifically for the purpose of allowing people entry to Federal facilities. The states would have until 2...

Emirates Airlines Will Fly the Longest Route on the Planet: Tips on Surviving 17.5 Hours in a Plane

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2015, 6:00 PM

17.5 hours. That’s the length of the new longest flight on the planet, which will soon be offered by Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Panama City.   Convenient? Certainly. But is being cooped on a plane for that many hours a nightmare scenario for many travelers? Most definitely. I turned to a number of frequent long-haul flyers to find out how they make long flights bearable...

New York City’s Latest Culinary Trend Is One That Your Mother—And Your Cardiologist—Will Approve Of

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/08/2015, 10:30 PM

About five years ago came the parade of pork, in every form under the sun, the fattier the better. That trend was followed by the “Cronut” phenomenon: normally sane people getting up at 4 am or earlier to wait online in front of a tiny bakery to taste an unholy marriage of croissant and donut. But since New York City taste buds often set the agenda for what’s eaten across North America—don’t b...

Is Last Minute, Spontaneous Travel Now a Thing of the Past? Yes....And No

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/22/2014, 5:00 PM

It’s been a good several years since the airlines offered regular last-minute deals. According to a study of 180 million ticket sales by the Airline Reporting Corporation (the middleman that handles transactions between the airlines and thousands of travel agencies) the early birds are doing far better than those who delay. According to the ARC’s study, bookings 57 days in advance garner ...

Sundays Replace Tuesday As the Day to Book Airfares, and More Savvy Advice From An Expert Source

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/26/2014, 8:45 PM

You may have never heard of the Airline Reporting Corporation but you've likely purchased a ticket it has had its "virtual fringerprints" on it. That's because the ARC serves as the middleman between thousands of travel agencies and the airlines. In 2013, the ARC (according to its website) "settled $86 billion worth of carrier ticket transactions". Translation: the people who work her...

Munching Your Way Through Melbourne History: The Queen Victoria Market

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/09/2014, 2:15 AM

Sydney, The Reef and the Rock: those are the three “constellations” that shine most brightly in Australia’s tourism firmament. But there’s a good argument to be made that Australia’s second city, Melbourne—which at one time, due to an 1850’s gold rush, was the continent’s most celebrated metropolis—shouldn’t be overlooked. Built far later than Sydney (the mid-1800’s rather than the 1700’s...

Taking the Road That's Most "Emotionally Pleasing"

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/08/2014, 3:45 PM

If it’s the journey that matters and not the destination, then Yahoo Lab’s latest initiative should improve travelers’ lives. According to a recently published paper, the scientists working for Yahoo will soon release a navigation app that will suggest routes that are the most “emotionally pleasant”. By that, they mean reasonably direct routes that are scenic and quiet. The app will be ge...

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