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

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. In part 2 of this series, Ned Levi discusses more of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |April 7th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

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

Purchasing a summer vacation well, by carefully making vacation choices, and reservations is only the beginning of carefully considering vacation financial issues. Ned Levi discusses many of the potential financial mistakes vacationers can make and how to avoid them.
By |March 31st, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

Would you take more vacation time? Or, work more if you had the choice?

Will Americans change habits that have become ingrained over two centuries of choosing work over play and begin to take more vacations?

Would you give up sex for more vacation days? What about chocolate, TV or coffee?

Eighty percent of Americans said that vacations make them happier than marriages (and weddings), religion, cats and birthdays. Eighty-two percent of Americans get more pleasure out of vacations than possessions, and 94 percent would give up at least one of life's "prized possessions," including alcohol, video games, chocolate and favorite clothing for an entire week, in return for a single extra vacation day.

Going on a cruise? Tips to help you choose your cabin

Despite the recent bad news about norovirus outbreaks on four ships already this year, the cruise industry is still head toward 20 million or more passengers in 2014. While cruising isn't for everyone, if you're considering a cruise for the first time, Ned Levi has some tips to help you chose your cabin aboard your ship.
By |February 24th, 2014|Columns|0 Comments|

What we’re reading: EU allows mobile calling in-flight, sleeping with the fish, why people save vacation days

EU to allow cell phone calling in-flight, sleeping with the fish, why people save vacation days

Caribbean cruises: US citizens should get a passport!

Are you a US citizen thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise without having a US Passport as identification and proof of citizenship? Ned Levi suggests that would be a mistake, and that you should get a passport, even for a short WHTI country exclusive cruise.
By |September 2nd, 2013|Columns|3 Comments|

What we’re reading: TAs may get compensation from airlines for ancillary sales, Americans plan to hit the road, FBI probes missing cash

Margins have airlines selling more ancillaries through agents

Travel agents are increasingly able to sell ancillary products, so now some airlines are thinking about giving them compensation.
Sabre is currently booking ancillary services for nine airlines, with three more soon to be online and 21 more in the pipeline.

Travelport’s Agencia product enables retailers to sell all of Air Canada’s products, including its fare families. Travelport offers ancillary products from four carriers, with more in the pipeline.

Ned’s TSA holiday tips: at the airport

Last week Ned Levi discussed tips for actions you can take at home to assist you in getting through TSA security in the airport. This week Ned discusses what to do to get through TSA security with as little angst and hassle as possible once you're at the airport.
By |December 10th, 2012|Columns|6 Comments|

My dog needs to have surgery. No, seriously.

When Allan Keiter's dog needs major surgery, he's forced to cancel his Caribbean vacation. But his hotel won't let him reschedule his vacation. Why not?