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The Changing Situation of Married vs. Unmarried Folk Is Affecting Tours

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/06/2017, 6:00 PM

In a surprising announcement, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that fully 50 percent of America’s adult population now consists of unmarried single people. And because another smaller percentage of the population is married people who nonetheless prefer to travel alone, the result is that more than half of our adult population are persons who travel without a spouse. That interesting f...

Their Sailings Sold at Major Discounts, the River Cruise Industry is Apparently Overbuilt With Too Many Ships

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/12/2016, 4:30 AM

       River cruises are perhaps the hottest current topic in travel, and you will find countless articles about them in newspaper travel sections, travel magazines and travel websites.         But what you won't find, in my view, is a subtext:  that river cruise boats are currently overbuilt, leading to an unprecedented number of discounts offered to the public by the river c...

Teachers Get 25% off B&Bs This Summer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2015, 8:15 PM

BedandBreakfast.com, an established one-stop booking site for family-run B&Bs, has launched its annual discount program for teachers on summer break. The site has collected some 300 bed and breakfasts in 44 U.S. states and 23 other countries, all of which have promised to grant discounts of 25% or more to teachers. Conveniently, the deals are posted on a single page, which can be f...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and All Those Travel Deals: Which Are Worthwhile (and Which Can Be Skipped)? We Have a Little List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/24/2014, 10:45 PM

According to the shopping experts who gab away on morning TV, TODAY will be the best day to shop if you're in the market for the usual gifts (sweaters, gadgets, toys, jewelry, what have you). But those shopping for travel will likely do better to wait until Friday or Monday. That's when the deals are popping, along with the marketing ploys masquerading as deals. We've sorted the wheat fro...

New App Finds Last-Minute Airfare Price Drops

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/30/2014, 3:30 PM

Inspired by (actually very inspired by) the last-minute hotel booking app Hotel Tonight, a newcomer called Flight Tonight hopes to help travelers find those instances in which airlines suddenly slash fares at the very last minute. Humane last-minute fares are not easy to find, as anyone who has ever had to attend a faraway funeral or an unexpected meeting has discovered. But the app makers...

Bye, Bye Bereavement Fares: American Airlines Announces It's Ditching That Program Ahead Of Its Union With US Airways

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2014, 2:15 PM

In a move that can be seens as either sensible or callous, American Airlines announced last week that it would be adopting the policies of its soon-to-be partner airline US Airways, and getting rid of bereavement fares. Is that a huge loss for consumers? Not necessarily. The sad fact is that bereavement fares usually save consumers very little money and are a hassle to obtain. United Airli...

Best Western is Discounting until February 2, and That Includes the Holidays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/15/2013, 6:45 PM

Best Western has announced a sale that lasts until February 2, 2014, and surprisingly it includes rooms over the busy holiday period.  A 20 percent sale in the middle of Christmas and New Year's would be a very useful promotion, but like so many publicized sales, it's a bit squirmy about the specifics. "Guests can save up to 20 percent off at participating hotels," it claims. Wording l...

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...

Introducing Wanderu, the Site that Streamlines the Search for the Cheap Shuttle Bus Services

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/21/2013, 7:00 PM

It had to happen: Kayak for cheapie shuttle buses. New website Wanderu stops budget travelers from having to hunt through multiple sites for cheap bus fares. It grabs search results from a multitude of other sites—the back-end technology is a lot more complicated than you'd think—to bring bus options, including Megabus, Bolt Bus, Go Bus, DC2NY, and other modern shuttles, to a single s...

New Hotel Bidding Site Stayful.com Cuts Out the Chains and Slashes Rates on the Boutiques

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/20/2013, 5:45 PM

Although the big Web hotel reservations booking engines are undoubtedly helpful and convenient, they also tend to favor the same old corporate chains. But a newly launched booker aims to tap into consumer restlessness and cut those cookie-cutter Sheratons and Marriotts out of the running, giving boutique properties a leg up in pitching for last-minute business. It’s called Stayful.com...

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