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Airfare is About to Rise. Here's Why

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/01/2017, 6:00 PM

American and Southwest airlines have both sent signals that their airfares are about to go up. Why? Simple: They're making more money, so they don't need to put flights on sale as often. The message came in the form of Q3 earnings reports, says the Chicago Tribune, in which major carriers reported a rise in "revenue per mile," which is the monetary metric that all airlines use to judge your busin...

One More Airline Adopts Basic Economy Pricing

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/31/2017, 9:45 PM

Monkey see, monkey do. The biggest airlines have now instituted new, bare-bones "basic economy" fares that strip passengers of the automatic right to checked bags or seat assignments unless they pay extra charges. Now Sun Country Airlines, a long-running Minneapolis-based airline that covers the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, has jumped on board. Its pricing structure is even more com...

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National Park Fees May Triple, Become Unaffordable

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/26/2017, 11:00 AM

Entrance fees at many of the country's most popular national parks could soon go way up. To address a backlog of maintenance needs and infrastructure improvements, the National Park Service has proposed increasing admission charges to $70 per vehicle at 16 sites, up from the current fee of $25 to $30 depending on the park. That would mean more than doubling—or, in the case of the $25 fee, almos...

One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

Norwegian Cruise Line Drinks Package Now the Priciest at Sea

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/05/2017, 10:00 PM

Norwegian Cruise Line has raised the price of its Ultimate Beverage package, covering all alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks that a passenger consumes while on board the ship (except drinks priced higher than $15, which have to be purchased separately).   Up from a previous fee of $79 per day—and, as recently as 2014, $54 per day—the package now costs $89 per passenger, per day.  But with a "serv...

Tonny Trust: Resort Fees are Immoral, But More Hotels Are Imposing Them

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/28/2017, 12:00 AM

At a large and growing number of U.S. hotels, final room prices have recently risen by thirty to sixty dollars because of "resort charges" billed to hotel guests. This has happened despite the fact that these hotels are not resorts by any stretch of imagination. And guests are being charged for indoor swimming pools, fitness rooms, vending machines and parking—the usual justifications for resort c...

The Undeniable Drop in Incoming Foreign Tourists Will Gravely Affect Our Economy

By Tonny Trust

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Disturbing reports from a number of reliable sources have shown, beyond doubt, that the number of incoming foreign tourists to the United States has fallen dramatically in the past several months.   Those reports are not simply from private sources, but also from federal government agencies that would be the last to challenge the Administration’s claims of a healthy economy. The fall-off in forei...

Rental Car Rates Could Zoom Sky-High Thanks to Lobbyists

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/13/2017, 3:15 AM

Today, the American Car Rental Association (ACRA), a lobbying group for the car rental industry, is wrapping up its annual Washington, D.C. "Legislative Conference," during which it plots its political agenda and schmoozes lawmakers to help make it happen. But some of its battles against consumer protections have already been won on the state level. AutoSlash, the discount car rental aggregator, r...

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8 Things You Didn't Know About New York City

Don't feel bad: most locals don't know about these 8 items either. But each can improve your Big Apple vacation in ways large and/or small.

Do Travelers Lose Something by Using Airbnb's Premium Services?

By Pauline Frommer

Airbnb wants to snag business travelers with listings that have the latest in luxury fittings and are regularly inspected. Why I (might) object

How to Protect Your Phone from Hackers (And Other Bad Stuff) When You Travel

By TouRest Editors

We asked a travel tech expert for the lowdown on the apps to download and security features to enable so that your favorite carry-on device stays useful—and safe from prying eyes—while you're on the road.

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Where to Travel in Europe While the Dollar Is Strong

A strong dollar and cheap transatlantic flights make this a great time for Americans to travel to Europe. Here's where your money will stretch the furthest.

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

By Tonny Trust

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

Though the Unusual Current Strength of the U.S. Dollar Is Harmful to the U.S. Economy, It Greatly Benefits the U.S. Traveler: A Moral Issue

By Tonny Trust

Across the globe—in Central America, Asia, Europe, and beyond—a dollar goes awfully far these days.

For Americans, the Conditions for International Travel Are Better Now Than They Have Been for Years

By Tonny Trust

From plunging airfares to a strong dollar, things couldn't get much better for Americans abroad.

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Travel 101: How to Get the Most Out of Hotel Loyalty Programs

Groucho Marx famously opined that he wouldn't want to be a member of any club that would have him. But he may have made an exception for hotel loyalty programs...some of them. Here's what you need to know before—and after—you join.
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How to Save in Expensive Cities

How to get the most out of New York, Paris, London, and five more great cities while spending the least.
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Save on Hotel Rooms: How to Use Loyalty Rates

Hotels now say they offer the lowest rates when you book directly with them. Is that true and what does it mean for you?

Places You Can Use the U.S. Dollar Instead of Local Currency

By Juliana Shallcross

As a symbol of financial strength, the U.S. dollar is accepted in many places worldwide—both officially and unofficially. If you're going to these places, you can expect to be able to fall back on your greenbacks.

How to Keep Your Smartphone—And All the Data That’s Stored On It—Safe On the Road

By Pauline Frommer

Plus which tourist destinations are the most popular among seasoned hackers.

How to Beat the High Prices of Best Buy's Airport Kiosks

By Jason Cochran

When you learn how easy it is to slash the high prices of Best Buy's electronics vending machines at airports, you may not be afraid to use them anymore.

How to Tip on a Cruise Ship

By Laura Brothers

A standout cabin steward, attentive waiter, or superior bartender can make a big impact on your cruise. But how should you compensate them for their hard work? Tipping on a cruise ship depends on the line.

Is it Worth it to Buy a Cruise Line Drink Package?

By Laura Brothers

You may have noticed that cruise lines offer drink packages and wondered whether they're a good deal. The answer is simple but requires some math on your part: It depends on how many drinks you typically consume in a day. Here is a breakdown of what each cruise line offers, from water to soda, beer, wine, and liquor. Check it out, and then divide the package price by the cost of individual drinks to see how many you have to order a day before the savings kick in:

When is the Best Time to Cruise?

By Simon Duvall

There is no one-size-fits-all answer for when to sail: It depends on your own personal priorities. Whether you’re looking to avoid the rough seas or score a bargain deal, there’s a time of year that’s best for you. If you’re looking for low prices, shoulder season — the time between peak and low season — is a great option, but it may come with trade-offs like rainy weather or fewer wildlife sightings. Check out our breakdown of the best time to cruise based on destination, weather, and price: