Travel gift guide, August 2018

Travel in Style with These Great Gifts and Gadgets for Every Budget

The latest and greatest travel gadgets and inventions improve the way we go places. The globe-trotter in your life will love these gifts no matter your budget. 

Which U.S. Airports Are The Most Expensive to Fly From? Check this New List

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/01/2018, 4:00 PM

Where you live impacts how much you pay for air travel. That’s the finding of a new study by The Boyd Group, an international aviation consulting firm. It looked at pricing from all of the major North American gateways and came up with a list of airports that are cheaper to fly from—and ones that cost more. The study was different than those performed by the U.S. government in the past, which ha...

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American Airlines to Allow Carry-On for Basic Economy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2018, 12:00 AM

American Airlines passengers who buy basic economy tickets will each be allowed to bring a carry-on bag aboard flights, starting September 5. The news was announced by American executives this week during the carrier's second-quarter earnings call with reporters. Up to now, the luggage allowance for basic economy—American's cheapest, no-frills fare, which was introduced last year—has been just o...

What You Need to Know About the (Likely) Cost of Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/25/2018, 4:45 PM

Will it be a happy new year for vacationers in 2019? Experts are predicting some price shifts.  A number of factors should impact the cost of trips next year and beyond. If you’re planning on vacationing next year—and I hope you are!—here’s what to look out for. Airfares: “Up, up and away” is the price forecast from most industry watchers. Airfares, particularly from North America to Asia and Eu...

U.S. Airports with the Most and Least Secure Wi-Fi

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2018, 11:45 PM

You already know that airport Wi-Fi can be maddeningly slow. Did you know it also could be leaving you vulnerable to hackers? That's the conclusion reached by a new study (which you can download here) from cybersecurity company Coronet. Analyzing data from the devices of more than 250,000 passengers who had traveled through the 45 busiest airports in the United States over a five-month period, re...

Nuts! Southwest Airlines Stops Serving Them on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2018, 9:30 PM

If you were on Family Feud and Steve Harvey asked you to name a snack served on an airplane, it's a cinch that peanuts would be on the board, probably as the number-one answer.  Which is odd because peanuts aren't served on the planes of major airlines anymore, with only one or two exceptions. Delta is one—though according to Travel Weekly, that airline will "refrain from serving peanuts on a spe...

Which North American Airport Has the Fastest Free Wi-Fi?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/18/2018, 12:00 AM

Finding an airport with free Wi-Fi in the United States and Canada isn't as hard as it once was. It's still a challenge, though, to find free airport Wi-Fi that doesn't move at a pace recalling cold molasses, elderly turtles, or repairs to the New York City subway system. But the situation is improving in some terminals, according to a new report from Ookla, the company behind the Speedtest site ...

Singapore Airlines Bringing Back the World's Longest Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/30/2018, 9:45 PM

Singapore Airlines has announced plans to resume nonstop service between the Asian city-state's Changi Airport (pictured above) and Newark Liberty International Airport just outside New York City—a flight that will cover more than 10,000 miles and last just under 19 hours, making it the world's longest. The carrier previously offered this route up until 2013, when it was decided that planes would...

Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 2018 Summer Vacation

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:00 PM

Remember when summer really meant vacation? I’m talking, of course, of the time before you were able to vote, when summer meant freedom from school and adventures at camp, a fun summer job, or long lazy days doing very little. However you did it, summer was a break from the daily routine—and a welcome one. But for most of us, summer now means the same commute, the same job, the same responsibiliti...

Avoid Extra Bag Fees with This Fiendishly Clever Packing Hack

By Jason Cochran

You don't have to check a second bag. Here's a smart tip for when you've bought more souvenirs than you can fit in your luggage.

Thanks (and No Thanks) for the Memories, Bob Hope

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/21/2018, 12:00 AM

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans—truly one of the best, most thorough, and well-funded historic museums in the United States, and deeply underrated—is adding a special new exhibition through the end of 2018 and into early 2019. It's all about Bob Hope, the comic megastar whose association with the USO was a defining feature of both that war and his career. The exhibition, So Ready f...

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American Airlines Cracks Down on Support Animals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/15/2018, 7:00 PM

Emotional support insects are no longer welcome on American Airlines flights. Whoever heard of an emotional support insect, you ask? We have two words for you: Jiminy Cricket. In addition to keeping your helpful, devoted, and musically gifted bugs from the passenger cabin, the carrier's newly revised animal restrictions, which go into effect July 1, ban goats, hedgehogs, amphibians, ferrets, rep...

Another Airline to Sell Transatlantic Fares from $200: What's the Deal?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2018, 12:00 AM

You've heard of Norwegian, XL, and WOW—three low-cost, Europe-based airlines that have made their fame by selling affordable, no-nonsense transatlantic flights from the United States. In what's undoubtedly good news for people looking for yet another affordable way to get over the ocean, one more European low-cost carrier is joining the fray. It's 15-year-old Primera Air, and as of this month, its...

United’s Updated Pet Policy: Ban Certain Breeds

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/02/2018, 9:30 PM

United Airlines has updated its pet-carrying policy following a comprehensive internal review in the wake of a disastrous couple of weeks in March.  First a French bulldog died on a plane after a flight attendant instructed the owners to put its pet carrier—with the dog still inside—in the overhead compartment. Then the airline sent two separate dogs toward the wrong destinations; one wound up in...

40 Tips for a Cheaper Vacation in London

By Jason Cochran

See London on a budget with these priceless tips for saving money. The British pound may be expensive, but don't let that keep you from having a fun and affordable vacation.

What Fresh Hell Is This? Standing Airplane Seats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2018, 12:00 AM

Just when you thought the aviation industry couldn't possibly find a way to cram more people onto an airplane—short of stashing passengers in the cargo hold or overhead compartment (like there's any room up there anyway)—some evil genius has devised the abomination pictured above.  What you're looking at is the Skyrider 2.0, which was introduced by Italian company Aviointeriors at the Aircraft In...

Biased Metrics? Concerns Over Privacy and Race in Airport Face Scans

By Zac Thompson

The Department of Homeland Security plans to scan the face of each passenger leaving the United States, citizens included. Should we be worried—and is the technology fair?

TSA to Make You Remove Snacks from Your Carry-On—Except When It Won't

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2018, 3:00 PM

The next time you go through airport security, you could be asked to remove all food from your carry-on luggage, along with all the other stuff that gets removed—your shoes, your laptop, and, should you be selected for an invasive pat-down, your dignity.  Then again, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) might let you keep that Snickers bar or bag of Cheetos in your bag as it slides al...

Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

Singapore Airport Named World's Best for Sixth Consecutive Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2018, 2:45 PM

In its well-regarded annual ranking of the world's best airports, Skytrax has named Singapore Changi Airport number one for the sixth time in a row.  Relying on millions of customer surveys filled out by travelers around the globe, the terminal trackers found the Asian city-state's airport exceptional in its cleanliness, service, shopping, dining, security and customs processing, transit options,...

Arthur Frommer: A Major Softening of Transatlantic Airfares Seems Underway

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 1:45 PM

When my 15-year-old granddaughter was asked where she wanted to spend her springtime school break, she quickly answered “Paris.”   And my daughter and her husband, not wanting to discourage the young one’s travel urge, set about to study the cost of transatlantic airfare. To their surprise, they quickly found a round-trip fare of only $400 between Newark and Paris.  Now it is true that this ...

American Airlines Adding Basic Economy Fares to Transatlantic Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/02/2018, 12:00 AM

Starting in April, American Airlines is selling bare-bones "basic economy" tickets on some flights to Europe.  The move seems an obvious effort to compete with low-cost transatlantic carriers such as Norwegian Air Shuttle, Iceland-based WOW air, and Level, a recently launched Spanish entrant in the cheap-flights-to-Europe race.  Closer to home, Delta Air Lines has also begun selling no-frills ba...

This New Budget-Priced Transatlantic Airline Is Probably News to You

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/22/2018, 5:45 AM

Most everyone by now has heard of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which flies the Atlantic at rock-bottom prices. Although Norwegian suffered a loss in 2017, it has struck fear into the hearts of the so-called “legacy carriers,” like British Airways, Iberia Airlines, and others. Result: A consortium of established airlines—British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and others—have recently created a brand-new ...