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    6 tips to make working with a travel agent smoother, faster and cheaper.

6 tips to make working with a travel agent smoother, faster and cheaper.

If you use a travel agent, here are six tips to make the process much easier.

The glamour of business travel?

While money and perks can take some of the stress out of travel, they aren't a complete shield. Here, admittedly under the subtitle "First World Problems," is a story that may make anyone who doesn't travel for business a little happier.
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    $900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

$900 airline change fee — three months early! Why not a sliding-fee scale?

Airlines love to excuse their change fees by simply saying that passengers should either buy unrestricted tickets or purchase insurance. But for leisure travelers, unrestricted fares are often priced out of the ballpark and insurance doesn't cover everything — like mistakes.
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    “Guaranteed late arrival” a sure thing for the hotel, less so for the traveler

“Guaranteed late arrival” a sure thing for the hotel, less so for the traveler

There was a time, not so long ago, when many hotels would allow travelers to make reservations on a “6 p.m. hold.”

Planning a vacation family trip to Europe? On Lufthansa sitting together now may cost you

Lufthansa, United's major European partner, is instituting a pay-for-long-haul-seat-assignment policy of their own. Families who get separated, will not be pleased.
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Are too many discounts and deals adding stress to travel?

These days travelers have never had a wider choice of ways to get deals. On flights, hotels, cruises, rental cars ... you name it — deals are everywhere. So it would seem to be a golden age for bargain hunters. But, it is not. What's the problem?
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When all else fails — read the darn rules

No one likes paying unnecessary travel penalties. And, travel agents and consumer advocates do our best to help when travelers are unjustly charged. Unfortunately, while suppliers can and do make mistakes, there are many times when the problem could have been avoided in the first place if the travelers actually paid attention and read the contract before they put money down.
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The best tip for a great hotel stay — get a human involved

These days, there are all kinds of commercials and online ads for great hotel websites and apps, all intimating that booking through them will get you some glorious room or suite at a good price. While certainly, there are some website deals out there on everything from the smallest rooms to suites, if travelers really care about the room they are reserving, old-fashioned human involvement could be their best bet.
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Celebrity rewards an honest cruiser with potential norovirus. Is this a model for other lines?

While, no doubt, some people know they aren't feeling well when they board, others can have symptoms come on suddenly. And, with the "it's my vacation, I've paid for it, I'm going to enjoy it" mentality, not to mention the cost of an onboard doctor's visit, many travelers may avoid visiting the infirmary. Would free medical care and refunds help?
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So is loyalty to an airline worth it? Two basic questions for every traveler

The two basic questions all travelers contemplating joining a frequent flier program and planning to commit to a single airline or alliance have to ask themselves are the same — What is my goal? Is it reachable?
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