How not to book your vacation
A new year inevitably brings about a list of resolutions, such as losing weight, saving money, living a less stressful life or taking that dream trip. Well, I can't help with the first three, but I...

When traveling, it pays to be active
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You've gone thousands of miles, so why not leave the beaten path?

Increasingly, travel is woven into our daily lives. Whether for business, pleasure or...


Get the service you deserve
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Hotel hospitality often times makes or breaks a trip

The world is not wanting for world-class museums, historical churches or breathtaking views. Nor...


Delta US Airways: No way!
After spending a week in Ethiopia with no connection to the civilized world, I returned to Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., to see the most ridiculous headline of the year: "US Airways makes $8.76...

Flying first class? Not today, sir
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When safety is more important than one person's comfort

Imagine my surprise when the ticket agent told me that I did not have a first class seat....


Make the most of your loyalty program
Deadlines are approaching: Don't miss out on your rewards

Are you a frequent flier, frequent car renter or frequent hotel guest? Have you checked the calendar lately? Important...


Are we safer now? You bet!
Don't buy into propaganda. The state of air travel has improved

By know we have all been inundated with reminders that we passed the fifth anniversary of 9/11 on Monday. Americans cannot...


A contrarian trip to Europe
Europe has not been on my list of top travel destinations this year, mainly because of the unfavorable exchange rate. My theory of "contrarian travel" generally takes me to places offering better...

Has American Express lost it?
Starting Oct. 1, 2006, American Express will eliminate a valuable point-earning scheme for holders of its Green, Gold and Platinum cards when it stops awarding double points for "Everyday Spending,"...

Gotta get me a cool car
How to get a sweet ride without breaking the bank

On a recent trip to Spain, I rented a BMW 3 Series car with Hertz's NeverLost GPS system and unlimited mileage for 92 euros a day. Yes, I...


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