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Do mobile payment systems like ApplePay make sense for travelers?

Everyone’s likely read about ApplePay recently. If you haven’t, it’s a mobile payment system in which iPhone users can make credit card payments for purchases via their iPhones instead of whipping out their credit cards to “swipe” or “dip.” They hold their iPhone (6 or 6 Plus only at this time) near the payment terminal, […]


Travel theft: smartphones are the #1 target

When we travel, we often take valuable gear to better enjoy our trip, work while away, capture the memories we make in exotic lands and be prepared to handle emergencies. We bring music players, game devices, laptops, tablets, still and video cameras, and, of course, smartphones. In fact, smartphones for travel, especially international travel, have […]


Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 2

With summer vacations not far away, many are actively investigating new vacation plans, while other are finalizing the details for their upcoming travels. Last week, I spoke about a number of important measures for vacationers to employ to help ensure that once home, the great memories of their vacation aren’t ruined by financial blunders made […]


Don’t make financial mistakes which can ruin your vacation, part 1

April arrives later this week. Summer vacations start just a few months from now. Many are actively investigating summer vacation plans, while others are finalizing their travel plans. There are, of course, many ways to lower one’s costs of vacation and increase their enjoyment too, but there are also many important measures vacationers can and […]


Are e-checks a safe way to pay for travel?

As she paged through Viking River Cruises’ glossy brochure one recent afternoon, Diane Moskal noticed a new way to save money: If she booked the Waterways of the Tsars itinerary sailing from Moscow to St. Petersburg with something called an e-check, the cruise line promised to knock $100 off the fare.


Keep us posted on that refund

American European Travel’s nine-day ancient Turkey tour looked like the perfect birthday gift for David Olson’s wife, Barbara. With stops in Istanbul, Ephesus and Pamukkale, it fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting the old Ottoman Empire.


When your credit card gets compromised at a hotel

A day after Sheilah Reardon checked into the Bellagio Las Vegas, she received an e-mail alert from American Express warning that her credit card had been compromised. Among the fraudulent charges: a $67 bill from an online memorabilia store.


Don’t be a pickpocket victim in Paris and the Louvre

The Louvre Museum was shutdown by a walkout of employees protesting the aggressive gangs of pickpockets targeting both visitors and staff. Ned Levi discusses pickpocketing in Paris generally, and how to avoid being a pickpocketing victim.


When you check in, your privacy may check out

Hotels may have compromised much credit card information. At least one government agency shares that concern. The FTC claims, hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers fall into the wrong hands, leading to millions of dollars in fraud-related losses.