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Finding the right credit card for a free vacation

NEW YORK – Many frequent fliers are buzzing about the latest travel rewards credit card – one that comes with a hefty $450 annual fee but offers a juicy 100,000 point bonus at sign-up. Rewards cards lure us in with dreams of a free trip to some warm tropical beach. You’re going to spend money …

The great road trip returns this summer thanks to cheap gas

NEW YORK—Grab your sunglasses, a giant cup of coffee and prepare to hit the highway: 2016 is shaping up to be the summer of the road trip. Cheap fuel prices have left many American families flush with spare cash, which they now plan to spend on vacations. And with summertime gas prices predicted to be …

Cruise ship food: 10,680 hot dogs just tip of the iceberg

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—It’s still dark out at this industrial port. Most passengers aboard the Oasis of the Seas are sound asleep in their staterooms. But below deck the crew of one of the world’s largest cruise ship is preparing to turn the vessel around. They have just ended a week-long voyage taking 6,222 people throughout …

Insider Q&A: Choice Hotels Steve Joyce sees monster summer

LOS ANGELES—Cheap gas prices are good for summer vacationers, especially those taking road trips. That’s one of the reasons that Steve Joyce, CEO of Choice Hotels, is optimistic about this year. Yes, he says, there is fear over the presidential election, China’s economy slowing, the stock market and falling oil prices. But most Americans still …

Save money on vacation: 5 tips to find the cheapest airfare, car rentals and lift tickets

NEW YORK—Vacations are a great way to relax, reconnect with family and escape the daily grind of work. But they can also quickly drain your savings account. So here are five of our favourite tips to save a bit of cash on your next trip.   Search for just one airline ticket Airlines set aside …

Airlines are getting better at handing bags but winter remains the worst time for lost luggage

NEW YORK—Heading into winter, fliers should take extra precautions with their checked luggage—December and January are traditionally the worst months for lost bags. To avoid problems, arrive at the airport early enough to let your bag get to the plane, and print out a copy of your itinerary from the airline’s website and stick it …

Making Thanksgiving flying easier: tips to surviving the holiday madness

NEW YORK—If you’re braving the airports this Thanksgiving, you won’t be alone. Airlines for America, the lobbying group for several major airlines, forecasts 25.3 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines during the 12 days surrounding the holiday. That’s up 3 per cent from last year. To help ease you though your travels, here are …

More travellers this Thanksgiving; tips to avoid being stranded at the airport

NEW YORK–A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travellers can expect more congested highways this year. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 0.6 …

The suite life: Tour the most-exclusive ways to travel

NEW YORK (AP) — For those with unlimited bank accounts, travel has never been so glamorous. Hotels, airlines and cruise ships are catering to a new group of super-rich travelers who seek privacy and one-of-a-kind amenities most can only dream of – and don’t think twice about spending $20,000 a day or more to get …

We might hate airlines, but here’s what they’re doing to improve our flights

NEW YORK — Packed planes Less legroom. Fewer frequent flier miles. Is that all summer travellers can look forward to? Thankfully, no. Amid the unpleasantness, there are a few bright spots where airlines inject a bit of humanity back into our journey. And with a record 222 million passengers expected to fly on U.S. airlines …

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