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The Airlines Are Trying to Shut OTAs Down

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/27/2015, 5:45 PM

Ryanair, the infamous cheapie European carrier, is always making headlines for doing something outrageous, and this week, it's because its upcoming website redesign will do something no other airline does: It will also display rates from its competition. Ryanair's head, who previously tried to get a rise out of passengers by pretending he would start charging to use the lavatory, is trying...

Marriott Gives Up Trying to Block Your Wi-Fi—Other Hotels Better Not Try, Either

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/30/2015, 10:30 PM

Marriott tried very hard to get the government to allow it to block your Wi-Fi signal. The hotel brand attempted to justify the act as a "security" measure, but in practice, doing so forced guests to purchase its own expensive signal if they wanted to get online while on Marriott premises. Last fall, the federal government has slapped Marriott with a $600,000 fine for blocking guest Intern...

Iceland is Hot! New Flights, New Airlines, New Campaigns Make the Little Country Cheap to Visit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/23/2014, 5:00 PM

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik Iceland is having quite the moment. The small, mostly treeless volcanic island nation in the north Atlantic has always been breathtakingly beautiful—powerful falls of pure water, otherworldly vistas of onyx volcanic stone, geysers, crisp light and air—but this week it's suddenly the center of attention again, and that means tourists may begin to flow the...

Rooms in New York City and Los Angeles Reduced to $100 to $200! Here's How and When to Book

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2014, 3:30 PM

  A well-known travel industry public relations firm has once again announced the deals in its annual Hotel Week promotion, which drums up business for its clients during low season weeks that are normally quiet. Compared to last year's promotion, more hotels are charging $200 instead of $100, but if you know anyone about New York City, you know that $200 is still a very agreeable rat...

A 5-Night Vacation Next Month for $159! Plus a Bunch of Other Cruise Deals for National Cruise Vacation Week

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2014, 2:30 PM

Coral Princess at night. Photo credit: Princess Cruises   We periodically ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Most of these vacations are for after the turn of the new year, but there's one for a 5-nig...

How Much Does an Orlando Vacation Cost? A New Tool Does the Math

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2014, 12:00 PM

One of the most common questions for me as the author of Frommer's Orlando is, "How much does a vacation there cost?"   Well, a new online tool helps you figure out how much an Orlando theme park vacation will hit you for.   It's clean and easy to use. Want to go to Walt Disney World for three days with the Park Hopper option? Check the boxes. Want to follow that with two...

Hotel Tonight is No Longer Just for Hotels Tonight

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/29/2014, 4:45 PM

The handy and ever-growing booking app Hotel Tonight has officially made its name only somewhat true. From now on, you can book a discounted last-minute hotel room for tonight or you can book a room for anytime in the next seven days. What has always made Hotel Tonight a little different is it hasn't simply yanked prices from a common database the way so many hotel booking apps do. It nego...

Not Using Your Vacation Costs America Dearly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2014, 2:45 PM

Ten points for the always excellent CBS News Sunday Morning for recently airing this pithy commentary by its contributor Faith Salie.  Salie calculates how much the American economy loses when people don't use up their vacation days—and what it costs if we don't give workers time off to begin with. Some Americans believe that the fact our workers don't receive much vacation time (compa...

Not Using Your Vacation Costs America Dearly

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/26/2014, 2:45 PM

Ten points for the always excellent CBS News Sunday Morning for recently airing this pithy commentary by its contributor Faith Salie.  Salie calculates how much the American economy loses when people don't use up their vacation days—and what it costs if we don't give workers time off to begin with. Some Americans believe that the fact our workers don't receive much vacation time (compa...

London's Tourist-Unfriendly Policies Are Flummoxing Visitors on Public Transit—Be Prepared!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/05/2014, 8:30 PM

Getting out of the London rain? Better not be using cash.   London's transit system is in flux, and tourists are getting the worst of it. All spring, the Underground was plagued by strikes (and the constant threat of them) because Transport for London, which governs it, announced intentions to close most of the Tube's staffed cashiers' windows. Instead, TfL said, everyone would si...

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