International airline change fees are out of control!

Airlines are in business to make money. I get it.

But, increasingly, they make money not on air tickets themselves, but on fees. And, the biggest fees are often international change fees. Read more “International airline change fees are out of control!”

Never say this to your travel agent

Travelers who book all their own travel can skip this post. But anyone who uses a travel agent, especially the first time they use one, should read on. Leaving these five forbidden words out of requests to any travel agent will save both traveler and agent a lot of time. (For travel agents reading this, these are some of the words all travel agents dread hearing.) Read more “Never say this to your travel agent”

If you want to check into your hotel early, you must read this story

Red-eye flights are hard enough. But when you’re heading to a hotel after a marathon trip, all you probably want to do is drop your bags and sleep, even if just for a few minutes. Will your room be available? Read more “If you want to check into your hotel early, you must read this story”

The murky world of airline upgrades

As airline travel becomes increasingly less pleasant in economy class, upgrades are looking increasingly appealing to travelers. Understanding how the deck is stacked will help with any attempted upgrades. Read more “The murky world of airline upgrades”

Why it’s time to stop reading online reviews

It wasn’t that long ago that travelers who wanted to read up before their trips were limited to paper guidebooks and novels featuring the destination. Read more “Why it’s time to stop reading online reviews”