What the end of Windows XP support means for travelers using it on their computers

Does your computer run on Microsoft Windows XP? If it does, you’re not alone. As of the end of last month, NetMarketShare reported almost 30 percent of computers world-wide are still running Microsoft Windows XP, more than three times the total number of Apple computers running all versions of OSX. As of April 8th, Microsoft […]

Cutting out the middleman may cost an airline more than it saves

This post from PhoCusWright serves to promote one of their industry studies. However, it correctly points out the importance of websites that allow consumers to compare prices across airlines. Though many airlines are experiencing a high volume of direct bookings, this study shows that many travelers shop on sites where they can compare prices and then buy directly with the airlines.

My airline’s giving me the cold shoulder

Jessie Lourey books seven tickets on Icelandair’s Website. Then it tries to bill her twice and cancels her tickets. If she wants to rebook, the new tickets will cost her $100 more — apiece. Meanwhile, there’s still a $6,897 charge on her credit card. What now?

How to book your own cruise? One do-it-yourselfer tells his secrets

Ron Saia has been on over 45 cruises, written several articles about cruising and helped many people who have never cruised before prepare and experience a great cruise vacation. He’s not a travel agent. He’s a do-it-yourself serial cruiser. This post focuses on getting a great deal. His first post for Tripso focuses on the first step, getting a great deal.

Double-booked at the Days Inn

Chan Hoe Yip booked a room in Bakersfield, Calif., and Williams, Ariz., through the Days Inn Web site. Then again, maybe he didn’t. The reservation ends us being two nights in Bakersfield and none in Williams, and now Yip is being told there’s no refund for the extra night. Is Yip the victim of a bad Web site?

Europeans can save big by booking in U.S.

Anita Dunham-PotterWith the British pound’s favorable exchange rate against the U.S. dollar, travelers in the U.K. are wondering whether they should book their cruise vacations though travel agents in the U.S. Is it smart? Is it legal? Anita Dunham-Potter gives the lowdown.