Travel

At Hotels in America’s Priciest Cities, You Pay for the View

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry, Lodging, Vacation Planning David L. Moore – HIM/AlamyThe Grand Wailea Hotel is in one of America’s priciest spots for accommodations. Travelers to California, Hawaii and Florida saw the highest hotel rates for the first half of 2014, with all but five of the top 20 cities in those popular vacation spots experiencing price increases from ...

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Amazon Adds Hotel Rooms to Its Everything Store

Filed under: Amazon.com, Travel, Travel Industry, Deals Alamy By Robert McGarvey Amazon has quietly dipped its toes into selling hotel accommodations. And the deals can be stellar. Usually with the Everything Store, a publicity machine is at full volume — think of the ill-fated Fire Phone — but not so with hotel rooms where, quietly, the company began slipping them ...

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Gas Prices Surge but Still Way Lower Than Last Year

Filed under: Energy, Personal Finance, Travel, Gas Prices, Economy Wilfredo Lee/AP By Jennifer Saba The average price of regular grade gasoline rose 21 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to $ 2.54 a gallon, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices bottomed out on Jan. 23. However, the price for gasoline is still lower by 97 cents ...

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The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys

Filed under: Consumer Ally, Personal Finance, Travel, How to Save Money, Financial Education RosaIreneBetancourt 4/Alamy By Mikey Rox Your defenses are down when you enter the airport. You’ve got money to burn, time to waste and you’re in a state of euphoria because you’ll be on a tropical beach in less than five hours. But, beware, ye of many impulses: ...

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How to Prevent Your Miles from Expiring

Filed under: Personal Finance, Travel, Travel Industry, Airfare, Financial Education By Julian Mark Kheel How long do frequent flier miles last? Unfortunately, not long enough. Among U.S. airlines, only Delta (DAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) promise that your miles will never expire. A few hotel chains also offer no-expiration loyalty program points, but most airlines and hotels have time frames that ...

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When Gas Prices Drop, America Goes on Vacation

Filed under: Travel, Vacation Planning, Spending, This Built America Shutterstock / paffy By Evelyn Cheng When gas prices fall, the U.S. consumer spends more in the stores. That much is clear. But when they plummet-like they have during the last three months-consumers get even more excited, hitting the road, plane, or boat for vacations to the Caribbean and Las Vegas, ...

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Hilton and Marriott to You: Be Sure You’re Coming

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry, Vacation Planning Alamy By Robert McGarvey Mark your calendar: Jan. 1. That is when both Hilton (HLT) and Marriott (MAR) stop permitting same-day hotel reservation cancellations. That may mean you will be paying for rooms you never set foot in. This is why you now need to know your other, better options that will save ...

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Gas Prices Drop Below $2 a Gallon in Texas, Oklahoma

Filed under: Energy, Travel, Transportation, Gas Prices, Saving By KEN MILLER OKLAHOMA CITY — Gas has dropped below $ 2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that’s proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming ...

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Gas Prices Jump 13 Cents a Gallon; Could Go Higher

Filed under: Travel, Transportation, Gas Prices, Oil & Gas Industry, Consumer Issues CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $ 2.20, ending a sustained drop. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that a rebound in the price of crude oil caused the run-up at the pump. ...

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12 Ways to Save on Last-Minute Holiday Travel

Filed under: Travel, Saving By Maryalene LaPonsie If going home for the holidays — or escaping from home — is a part of your December plan, you may think it’s too late to score a deal. After all, aren’t we always told to book in advance for the best prices? While it can be easier to find deals if you ...

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