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American to Dump Orbitz

As of December 1 there will be no American Airlines flight listings on Orbitz. Why? American wants more money from Orbitz sales. Currently there is an intermediary that handles the search and booking between the two entities. American wants a direct connect so their costs are reduced. As I see it, one problem from Orbitz’ […]

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The Best Travel Insurance

There are many solid reasons to buy travel insurance – lost luggage that is poorly reimbursed by a carrier, illness that requires transportation back home, an emergency evacuation, a delay that costs you for a hotel and meals, a broken leg a week before departure, medical costs not covered by your usual insurance, or even […]

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How to Fly Free Business Class

(And Other Perks of Mega Miles in Your Frequent Flyer Account) My freebie travel guru, Frugal Travel Guy, gives me the ammo I need to rack up the miles for free trips, almost always business class. Those that amass a zillion miles on business flights and attain some kind of elite status are doing it […]

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Travel Insurance Coverage for Luggage

Lost or Damaged Luggage – Who Pays? It was such a great purchase, an absolutely beautiful retro-designed suitcase covered in tweed fabric with a leather belt around it. There were 9 flights ahead of me and a lot of checking in and out over a month long trip. I was confident that this was the […]

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The Nook as a Multi-Task Travel Companion

Being able to consolidate some of my packing into smaller devices is incredibly helpful in dealing with weight limits and sheer bulk when traveling. It was one of the reasons that I was excited about my new Nook. It turns out there are many more reasons that the Nook is a great travel device. While […]

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Easy Jet is Tough on Carry-on Baggage Sizes

Read the fine print. EasyJet has stringent restrictions on carry-ons. Unlike other airlines who usually allow a personal item such as a computer bag or handbag plus a carry-on suitcase, easyJet only allows one carry-on. The size is very restrictive, as I remember, 50 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm. We were very careful […]

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Swine Flu and Traveling

By this time practically everyone knows someone who has had the H1N1 virus. Question is: are you more likely to catch the bug when traveling, particularly in close quarters on an airplane or on a cruise ship? Logic would indicate that is the case. What do you do when you are seated near someone hacking […]

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jetBlue Credits Airfare Reductions

What a happy note in today’s airline customers-are-dirt-under-our-feet attitude! Airfares reductions after you book on jetBlue can be credited to your TrueBlue account. If you book a flight on jetBlue, make sure you have signed up for a TrueBlue account. Sign up for airfare alerts on Yapta and AirfareWatchDog for your flights. You will be […]

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