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5 grinches of holiday flight boarding

Many people love to go somewhere over the holidays. Few love the travel process. Flights are full and lines are long. Plus, in the Northern Hemisphere, winter can play havoc with flight schedules. Lately, with all the hassles and issues, one of the worst parts of airline travel, to my mind, has become the boarding […]


Consumer Traveler Newsletter – November 10, 2014

Thank you for reading Consumer Traveler’s weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to our daily email newsletter here. Is there still a holiday airport crush or is it just different? This upcoming holiday season seems to be getting the same headlines as those we have always seen, but there is something far different this time around. There […]


Should airlines pay us for schedule changes when they change them?

At this point, travelers are pretty much resigned to paying change fees when they change any sort of discount airline tickets. Even on Southwest, which has no fees, you can end up paying a much higher fare when your plans change. And fair enough, as the airlines say, they DO sell refundable and changeable (albeit […]


6 tips for procrastinators searching for a warm weather holiday vacation

The problem with vacationing at the end of the year — everyone else wants to do it. While most travel agents have some clients who book almost a year in advance to get exactly what they want, not everyone thinks that far ahead. And, in the fall, options are already very limited. Here are six tips for those who wait until the last minute.


Survey shows holiday travel rising this year

The TripAdvisor® annual December holiday travel survey shows, despite the current economic climate, 76 percent of respondents say the economy has not impacted their December holiday travel plans. Forty-three percent are planning to travel over the festive season this year, up from 38 percent who did so in 2010.