Category: Travel

Beware new hotel cancellation policies at Hilton, Marriott and Starwood

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Even occasional travelers are familiar with the wide range of rates a hotel offers for each type of room. Typically the lowest price – the one that draws you in – is a prepaid and nonrefundable rate that you have to book in advance. More flexible rates, which usually don’t require a deposit up front and allow late cancellation, inevitably cost more. It’s a rule of the travel industry that paying more buys you flexibility, whether for a flight or a hotel stay. (more…)

The Cathay Pacific First Class experience

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You know me – I’m all about getting the most value possible when redeeming frequent flyer miles. And when I say “value” I mean both the key metric, cents per mile, but also having an amazing travel experience. One of the most important aspects of frequent flyer miles is that they enable average travelers to have extraordinary experiences, ones they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. How many of us can pay $10,000 or more for an international first class ticket? (more…)

Opinion: Adapting to aviation security threats

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Over the last few days news has been emerging about a new security threat to aviation. It started with anonymous security sources in the United Kingdom, who claimed that terrorists had crafted bombs into modern electronics that could not be detected by conventional airport security screening.

Now the discussion has spread to the United States. National Public Radio has reported that American counter-terrorism officials were recently discussing the threat and how to respond to it. (more…)

Get out of line at the airport

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We’ve all been there, especially during holiday travel: very long – seemingly endless, in fact – lines for checking in, checking your bag and clearing security. I have personally witnessed lines out the door and beyond the terminal in several U.S. airports.

There are a couple reasons for this. (more…)