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Is This the King of Airfare Search Sites? The Aggregator of Aggregators

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2018, 1:30 PM

For years, we've been telling you that the best places to find cheap airfare are often the "aggregators," which are search engines that scan prices from dozens of different airfare-selling websites to pick out the lowest prices and tell you which site to visit to find them.  But even though these aggregators do their best to level the shopping playing field, or at least to make the shopping game l...

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...

When Travel Vendors Demand Your Home Address, Do You Have to Give it?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/26/2014, 9:00 PM

How much do they have the right to know about you?   Because I travel so much, I use a post office box. It's a simple security trick that I recommend to everyone who travels. First, it'll hold your mail for you. But just as important, if you use a P.O. box for your primary address then it's much harder for crooks you meet on the road to realize you're not home and burgle you. ...

Now AT&T Will Warn You Before You Go Over Your International Limit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/17/2014, 8:00 PM

A screenshot from the AT&T International Travel App It only took more than a decade. AT&T has finally issued a tool to help customers know when they are in danger of exceeding their international usage and incurring wildly inflated fees.  Many a traveler has risked financial ruin by turning on their phone in a foreign country, where per-minute calling rates and data usage ...

A Quick Round of Tips for Travelers Stranded by the Polar Vortex (Or In Any Weather-Related Delay)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2014, 3:45 PM

Its ugly at the airports of America this week with tens of thousands of travelers stranded. If you're one of them, or are scheduled to travel later today or tomorrow,  here are some tips: -Keep checking your airline's website; it will be near impossible to get through be phone in many cases. And many airlines are now allowing passengers to check where the plane is coming from, so clic...

Blowing Into the Windy City: Pauline Frommer to Speak in the Chicagoland Area on January 9 and 11

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2014, 9:15 PM

I'm excited--make that thrilled--to announce that the second leg of our book tour, celebrating the launch of the NEW Frommer guidebooks, will kick off in the Chicago area  on January 9 and 11. I'm hoping that lots of Frommer's readers will brave the chill to come out and talk travel. I'll be discussing: *Sneaky strategies for saving money on all sorts of travel (from airfares to luxury...

Pauline Frommer: Lessons I Learned From My 2013 Travels

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/23/2013, 11:00 PM

The more I travel the more I learn. And sometimes the lessons that hit home are about the travel process itself. So without further ado, here are my top head-smacking realizations of the past year. 1) Wacky weather is here to stay.  As a frequent traveler, I know in a visceral way that climate change is here now and boy, does it ever affect travel. Weather delays at the airport are just th...

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 Choosing the Right Broadway Show to See

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/25/2013, 2:30 PM

During the 2012-2013 theatrical season, some 11.6 million people attended Broadway shows in New York City, more than the attendance at the games of all of the city’s major league teams combined. That statistic comes via the Broadway League, which also notes that Broadway shows netted $1.14 billion in grosses. Which leads to an admittedly rude question on my part. It’s no secret that going ...

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