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Fewer Human Beings Will Be Manning Security Lines At Airports Soon

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/16/2016, 5:15 AM

So the question becomes: is that a good or a bad thing? Sure, it's fashionable, and even bi-partisan, to hate TSA Agents. They've been accused of everything from feeling up grandmothers to stealing Iphones to allowing weapons to float right by them and onto planes. Sometimes these complaints are fantasy, and sometimes they're dead on. But as someone who's noticed that we haven't been h...

Priceline Ditches Its "Name Your Own Price" Program for Airfares. What's the Real Meaning of This Move for Consumers?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/08/2016, 1:30 PM

When Priceline launched its “Name Your Own Price” feature for airfare some 15 years ago, the effect was electric. A major company had pulled back the curtain, letting the public in on a dirty little secret no one in the travel industry wanted them to know: that prices were always negotiable. But this week Priceline announced that it would no longer be offering bidding for airfares. Which ...

Alaska's Bearcam Is Back

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/08/2016, 12:30 AM

For the fourth summer in a row, Explore.org's highly popular and completely riveting Bearcam is up and running again. If you haven't had the pleasure, that's a live feed from several HD cameras set up around Katmai National Park in Alaska, where hundreds of bears gather this time of year to catch salmon swimming upstream. Among the things you might see: showdowns for the best fishing spots at B...

Walking in Memphis: That'll Be $10, Please

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2016, 12:00 PM

It'll cost you $10 to enter Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday nights for the time being. Following a spate of violence along the beloved thoroughfare lined with blues bars, barbecue joints, and dance clubs, the city has introduced the entrance fee as a way of keeping out underage drinkers and troublemakers. The cover charge applies only on Saturday nights after 10 p.m.—in other w...

An End in Sight for Hidden Resort Fees?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/17/2016, 12:45 PM

You know when you see a hotel rate online and then later during the booking process you find out you're going to have to pay a mandatory "resort fee" not included in the advertised rate? Makes you feel kind of cheated, doesn't it? Well, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be coming to the rescue. Sources tell the Washington Post that the consumer protection agency is looking for ways ...

A Shrine to Wine Opens in France (Where Else?)

By zkthompson

Posted on 06/06/2016, 8:30 PM

La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux (patrick janicek / Flickr) Dubbed the "Guggenheim of wine," France's brand-new La Cité du Vin, which opened last week in Bordeaux, is clearly intended as an august monument to all things wine in a country that has been producing the stuff for centuries. At the museum's dedication, French President Francois Hollande declared it an "emblem of excellence" and a "...

New Issues (And Fixes) for iPhone Data Usage

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/05/2016, 12:30 PM

It's not your imagination. Your iPhone is using more data lately. That's because in a recent update Apple quietly added a little feature that will use cellular signals rather than Wi-Fi if the Wi-Fi signal becomes weak. And it will do so even if the Wi-Fi signal is perfectly usable.  Most alarmingly: Your phone will indicate that it's pulling from Wi-Fi even when it's also drawing cell...

Starting Now, Solo Travel to Cuba Will Be Explicitly Legal for Americans

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/15/2016, 4:00 PM

The news out of Cuba is coming fast and furious. Not only are a number of airlines close to being able to offer direct service from various U.S. gateways to the Caribbean island, but Marriot and Starwood hotels will soon be housing guests there. In addition, AT&T will join Sprint and Verizon in offerring roaming service in Cuba. (For more on all these developments, take a look at this arti...

Still Hoping to Get Away for Spring Break? There Are Some Deals Out There

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/11/2016, 8:00 PM

Good things probably came....to those who booked early this year for spring break. Alas, airfares are only down 4% from last, despite much lower fuel costs for the airlines. And those trying to score a last minute deal may come away empty handed, if it involves domestic airfare, as planes are already pretty full for March and April. It your plans don't include a flight within the U.S., however...

Rising Fees Ahoy! New Gotchas From the Cruise Industry

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2016, 9:00 PM

It’s been a rough winter for the cruise industry. One of its most celebrated newer vessels was tossed around like a cork in a Jacuzzi by a major storm, and then had to return early on a cruise a month later due to threats of another serious gale. And in early March, a Texas man either fell or jumped from the deck of a Royal Caribbean vessel. With all of this happening, not many people not...

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