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Whoa. WOW Air Collapses, Cancels All Flights—What Should Ticket Holders Do?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2019, 3:00 PM

Low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW Air abruptly announced that it has ceased operations today.  All flights have been canceled, according to a "travel alert" on the company's website, and passengers are advised to "check available flights with other airlines." Which is not very helpful at all for the estimated 10,000 people that this sudden collapse left stranded and no-doubt panicked at airports aw...

Venice Has Adopted the Ultimate Means for Reducing Crowds: Admission Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/29/2019, 12:00 AM

Just about everyone will agree that the worst current problem in travel is overtourism—the crowded conditions in the world’s most popular cities and destinations.  In places like Barcelona, Dubrovnik, and the Cinque Terre, there are just too many visitors in high season, harming the pleasure of both residents and visitors. But though everyone will agree that overtourism is growing, due to th...

Smoke on a Carnival Cruise and You Could Get Kicked Off the Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM

Carnival Cruise Line is getting stricter with passengers who light up at sea.  The company has updated its tobacco and marijuana smoking policy to include the possibility of removal from the ship for guests caught smoking in staterooms, suites, or on cabin balconies.  Any other passengers staying in the offender's room will have to leave, too, and nobody will get refunds for unused cruise fare. ...

Another New Fee, Courtesy of United Airlines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/21/2018, 4:00 PM

About five years ago, Saturday Night Live scored some laughs with a skit that parodied "priority boarding" announcements at the airport gate. A uniformed Tina Fey and Taran Killam stood behind a podium and called upward of 20 different categories of flyers before they got to "Group 2" as their SNL castmates grew comically agitated waiting to board. Back then, it seemed like the madness at the gate...

Arthur Frommer: National Parks Devotees Can Utter a (Brief) Sigh of Relief

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/25/2018, 12:00 AM

In the early months of the Trump administration, it was widely rumored that the new head of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, would propose a doubling of the entrance fees to some 100 national parks that charge admission.   The reaction to that drastic proposal was so negative, and from both sides of the aisle in Congress, that it was since assumed that a far milder increase would be ...

New Zealand to Start Taxing Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2018, 5:30 AM

The price of a vacation in New Zealand is about to go up.  The country's government has announced plans to charge a new tax on tourists, expected to go into effect in the middle of 2019. International visitors staying less than 12 months will be charged somewhere in the range of NZ$25–35 (US$17–24). Citizens of Australia and most Pacific Island Forum countries will be exempt from the fee.  Acco...

"White-Collar Trickery": Arthur Frommer Blasts Las Vegas for Hidden Fees

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:45 PM

By now, most Americans are aware of the “resort fees” that numerous greedy hotels add to their bills, even though the hotel in question is by no means a “resort.”  Most of us simply groan in exasperation at this bit of white-collar trickery—and then we pay the padded bill.   But would you believe that in Las Vegas nowadays, numerous hotels, restaurants and nightspots are now routinely adding...

Arthur Frommer: A Journalist Produces the Definitive Report on Disney Cruises

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/26/2018, 12:15 PM

Most parents are aware of the ever-expanding Disney cruise line, which enables them to join their young children on a sailing designed to fascinate. Disney currently operates four big cruise ships, and two more are reaching completion in European shipyards. Impartial descriptions of those cruises are hard to come by. Persons who write for the newspapers are loathe to criticize the powerful Disn...

Disney World Now Charges for Parking at Hotels, Decreasing Their Value

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2018, 4:00 PM

It used to be one of the great courtesies of staying in a Walt Disney World resort hotel: You got free parking, and then you could take Disney transportation for free. It was touted as one of the perks and a big incentive to choose a Disney hotel over a room located outside the resort property's gates. Since Disney hotels are two or three times as much as a room of comparable quality a mile away, ...

Resort Fees Are a Tax Dodge: Why They're Destructive for Us All

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/21/2018, 12:00 AM

Americans despise resort fees. But in a shockingly short span of time, about a decade, we became blasé about them. Appallingly, the people once reknowned for feisty individualism and a testy spirit of fairness have rolled over like docile lap dogs—we sigh and pay hidden charges as if staying in hotels had always been this way. It wasn't. This is not normal. Can you remember how terrible you felt ...

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