The recent consolidation of major airlines has resulted in big changes in the availability of Bereavement, Emergency, and Compassion airfares for 2014. Earlier this week American Airlines (after merging with US Airways) announced that they will no longer offer bereavement airfares. This is a very discouraging trend, especially considering they are now the largest airline in the United States. Currently, only two airlines in the United States still offer discounted Bereavement Fares:
Miami has a reputation for being a sultry and expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet to have a great time in this chic city. The key to a low cost vacation in Miami is embodying the lifestyle of the locals and embracing the culture by hitting up all the free stuff.
Keeping your dollars in your pocket can be pretty easy—and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the beach either. The only time you’ll have to shell out money is for food and drinks and if you play your cards right you can spend only a few bucks on each meal as well.
Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free! You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]
Rain and Shine, Mystic Connecticut is a great vacation destination for the whole family. Thirty years ago we took our daughter to Mystic Connecticut on vacation. A mere hour and a half from Boston, it was a great destination for a day trip or longer. She loved Mystic Seaport http://www.mysticseaport.org (in a time before animation […]
Chip and Pin credit cards issued in the United States have been on the wish list of international travelers for quite some time now, and I, for one, am ready to sing hallelujah at the announcement that Chip and Pin cards are being introduced by several US banks.
Hotel Tonight is a new mobile app specifically designed to make booking last minute hotel room reservations a cinch. With all the disastrous winter weather plaguing the country this year, the Hotel Tonight app could be your savior when flights get canceled in Chicago, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC or San Francisco, or […]
International travelers sing hallelujah – there’s finally an easy way to phone home from anywhere in the world totally free!!! It’s fast, easy, and free. I’ve tried it and I LOVE IT! The folks at Google Labs have developed a computer to phone calling system that works from any GMail account. If you don’t have […]
Finally! – there’s a chip & pin card solution available for American travelers to Europe. For years travelers from the United States have been stymied by our ‘swipe and sign’ credit cards while traveling in Europe where ‘chip & pin’ style cards are the standard. US travelers have been unable to make purchases at train […]
Google Chrome is giving everyone an early holiday gift. From November 20 until January 2nd Google will be sponsoring free Wifi connections on all Delta, Virgin America and Air Tran domestic flights through Gogo on-board internet services. This is the second year in a row that Google has given holiday travelers a gift of connectivity. […]
For years vacationers from the United States could count on using their US dollars in Mexico without doing a currency exchange – no more! In an effort to thwart drug-related money laundering, the Mexican government has put a cap on the amount of US dollars foreigners and businesses can trade for Pesos (Mexican currency). Since […]
Momondo, Europe’s fastest growing travel booking site, should be on your short list of websites to use when making travel arrangements no matter what country you live in. In recent flight pricing standoffs, Momondo took top spot for consistently delivering the lowest fares. Not only do they search for the least expensive flights using twice […]
Conference Review Association of Travel Marketing Executives “The New Now & The New Next” Boston, June 15-16, 2010 Future Trends and Predictions Forester Research – Henry Harteveldt, Vice President Very quickly China will generate the largest number of travelers across the world and they are expected to have the largest travel spend per person per […]
Southwest Airlines has announced a triple mileage bonus for flights between LaGuardia Airport in New York, Midway Airport in Chicago, and Boston area airports (Logan, Providence and Manchester) for travel between July 2 and August 31st. Your Rapid Rewards will be piling up at an amazing rate once you register to participate at http://luv.southwest.com/servlet/formlink/f?kOHpjQSDTC. Make […]
If you’ll be taking the kids to on Disney vacation this year, here’s a fabulous App you won’t want to do without. UndercoverTourist.com (a theme park ticket broker) has introduced an iPhone App that gives users up-to-the-minute ride wait times, park and event info, interactive maps, ‘find me’ feature for locating family and friends, parade […]
The rapid pace of technological advancements brings increasing ease of communication and accessibility to travel information, as well as new conveniences for making travel decisions and reservations. There is a flip side to this equation however; new trends also provide opportunities for unintended consequences, potential new fees and electronic vulnerabilities. Here are three emerging situations […]
American Airlines has taken a bold step forward to help AAdvantage members earn miles wherever they shop. They have just announced a new program that enables you to register your favorite charge card (any credit or debit card) and earn miles whenever you shop online, by catalog or at a retail store from one of […]
How does earning 100,000 frequent flier miles as a bonus for signing up for a credit card sound??? The folks at British Airways and Chase Visa Signature, have crafted a credit card incentive that almost boggles the mind. While I’m not usually one to encourage the adding of credit cards (or credit card debt), this […]
The news from Virgin America just keeps getting better! Google has partnered with Virgin America to sponsor free Wifi on Virgin America flights from November 10th until January 15, 2010. Bring along your laptop and/or mobile device and enjoy cloud computing as you jet across America. Find all the details at FreeHolidayWifi.com.
The next time you pick up a rental car, be sure to check to see if it has a toll transponder on the windshield. Unless you plan to use the transponder, have it removed before driving the car off the lot! Problem #1 – I’ve heard from a number of folks who have been charged […]
FINALLY, some good news from an airline! As the fees for everyting from checking a bag to having a snack inch ever skyward, United has taken the unusual step of eliminating a fee and the savings are considerable. Beginning July 30th, United Airlines is eliminating the $100 fee for redeeming a milage award ticket less […]