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Longest-Ever Around-the-World Cruise to Set Sail in Summer 2019

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/08/2018, 9:15 PM

If you've seen a map of the world, you've seen the itinerary for the latest offering from Viking Ocean Cruises: a truly epic, ridiculously expensive, globe-girdling voyage that will leave Greenwich, London on August 31, 2019, and return to the city from the other direction eight months later. That's 245 days in total, making this the longest continuous cruise ever undertaken.  By the time the t...

The U.S. Dollar Continues to Soar Against Virtually Every Foreign Currency, Cutting the Cost of Rooms and Meals Abroad

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/29/2016, 12:00 AM

There's an update to changes in the world currency markets, and the news is excellent for travelers considering a vacation abroad this year....

Record Low Exchange Rates Suddenly Make These Five Places Record Super-Bargains

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2016, 10:30 PM

Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa Going where the bargains are can feel a bit like surfing, metaphorically speaking. You hang out nowhere in particular for a while, keeping an eye out for ripples, and when you spot an ideal change in the swell, you ride it for as far as you can.  Kowabunga: Surf's up! In the past few months, these currencies have taken a dive, so if you ever wanted...

Travelers Carrying AmEx Face Tough Changes

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/26/2015, 8:45 PM

It's been a tumultuous month for American Express, and that turbulence is about to be transferred to travelers who use the credit cards. Many travelers choose the card because of its long history with overseas service and thanks to its allowances for no foreign transactions, but its benefits are about to erode. * Most importantly, the card issuer has summarily raised rates by an average of...

Marriott Urges Guests to Tip Housekeepers to Overcome the Shortfall of Inadequate Wages—Say What?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/07/2014, 3:00 PM

Marriott is placing pre-printed envelopes in 160,000 rooms to encourage guests to express "gratitude" to its workers in the form of cash. The initiative, called The Envelope Please, purports to be about making hotel workers feel "seen and validated" and less "overlooked." In its press releases touting the initiative, Marriott did not exactly say that we ought to tip because its workers are...

Three American Express Credit Cards Drop Foreign Transaction Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/22/2014, 3:45 PM

For years, most travel experts recommended Capital One for its industry-bucking policy of not charging a foreign transaction fee every time customers made a purchase outside the United States.  Capital One Venture's dominance among travelers is being challenged, though: American Express has uncharacteristically announced that three of its products will not charge foreign transaction fees a...

Delta's Big Announcement: Mileage Awards Will Soon Be Tied to Money Spent Rather Than Miles Flown

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/26/2014, 8:30 PM

Delta Airlines announced a game-changing move today: instead of giving award miles based on the number of miles a passenger has flown, it will link mileage to the cost of the ticket. "The introduction of a new model for earning miles will increase rewards for those who spend more as well as differentiate the SkyMiles frequent flyer program for our premium travelers," said Jeff Robertson, Delta...

Decoding Three Common Travel Tips on Dining, Timing and Packing

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2013, 2:45 PM

When it comes to tips on how to travel better and more affordably, there are some old-chestnuts that always apply. But though they sound obvious, many actually require insider knowledge to use effectively. I’m here to supply that, so here goes. Tip 1: Travel in the off-season to save money: Yes, that’s correct, but when exactly is the “off-season”? Truth is off-season varies greatly from d...

The How-To's of "Couch Surfing" From a True Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/05/2013, 9:30 PM

Last September, I got a call from a dear friend who’d just gotten a job playing harp in the orchestra of a Broadway touring production. Erin was hoping to save money on the road by staying with friends or friends of friends, but was having trouble finding the right connections. I suggested she try the website Couchsurfing.org, which introduces travelers to friendly people all over the world wh...

While We're Discussing Fee-Free Cards, Here's One That Charges No ATM Fees

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/21/2013, 8:30 AM

Arthur Frommer recently let you know about the United Plus Explorer card, which waives the foreign transaction fee the way the famous Capital One suite of cards does. That card (in which, I stress, Frommer's has no financial interest) is described in his blog post. But that's for a credit card. What about cards linked to savings accounts, which let you draw money you actually have rather t...

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