FareCompare Travel Tips & Advice

This week is filled with deals and tips for Election day getaway travel and holiday travel.

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The campaigns are done, election day is here, and maybe, just maybe, you’d like to get out of town. We have some suggestions.

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This week, let’s look at some practical travel tips that are essential for the holidays but useful any time of year. If you haven’t book your holiday flights yet, do that now, then follow these 6 tips to make your trip a whole lot smoother.

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The New Year is coming and there are several celebrations all over the globe here are a few.

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Rick & Anne take a question from a customer in Virginia about travel to Europe.

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Rick and Anne discuss airfare sales, Thanksgiving and New Years and even answering a question from you.

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Ah, Black Friday: Crazy shoppers, angry crowds, packed parking lots. The madness we endure to score a giant-sized TV. But what about cheap flights?

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It’s broken record time: If you haven’t purchased Thanksgiving airline tickets yet, please don’t wait another day.

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A customer question about using credits on an airline.

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Learn about Africa’s most exciting New Year’s Festival featured on Eventurist

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Rick is back this week talking thanksgiving fares, Cancun, Cuba and more.

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Are you paying more or less for Thanksgiving plane tickets this year? Depends what city you live in, according to FareCompare‘s analysis of average airfares for 2015 and 2016. The good news is, many of us may find cheaper flights this year.

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I’ve talked with a lot of pilots over the years, men and women who fly for major carriers like American and British Airways; they always have interesting stories and always have good travel tips. I asked them what they’d put on a list of ‘5 things your pilot wishes you would not do’ and here’s what they said.

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Carrie Gatlinburg TN wants to know about all inclusive destinations like Cancun.

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Afro-Cuban music festival with Cuban and Latin Jazz Concerts, workshops, and debates around the genre of Jazz world-famous musicians Chucho Valdés, Christian McBride Trio and Terence Blanchard

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This week's video podcast discussions about Thanksgiving travel, airfare hikes of 2016 and a great event. Check it out.

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In 2015, airlines tried to raise ticket prices five times but that’s nothing compared to this year. Can you guess how many hikes and hike attempts for 2016?

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Nov 1-30, in Hong Kong, a month-long series of gourmet happenings offering dining and other delightful culinary events.

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Bob from Chicago wants to know about a future trip.

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Haven’t bought your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now. When it comes to Turkey Day travel, any delay makes already expensive fares worse. Also, fly the cheapest days during the Thanksgiving holiday, which can save as much as 65% on more expensive itineraries.

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This week's video podcast is all about saving for the holidays. Including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check it out.

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The Event of the Week is Ondalinda in Puerta Vallarta. 

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Question from a customer about Thanksgiving destination ideas.

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Halloween today is a global phenomenon and big business; in 2015, an estimated $7 billion was spent on the holiday in the U.S. alone. Destination ideas for an extra-special Halloween are based on personal recommendations, advice from tourism experts and our own Eventurist app.

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The holidays are coming up and if you want to go somewhere, book yesterday. OK, that’s not necessarily true for all deals for all holidays — but if you haven’t made plans for Thanksgiving yet, get going.

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This simple yet practical guide to avoiding disaster isn't a cure-all, but it can help. I call it the seven-item travel checklist.

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Tyler from Jalisco, Mexico, wants to know when airfares go down, does the decrease typically affect all classes of fares? 

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A play on Halloween, this event in Florida draws adults and families alike for the Halloween weekend with music, art shows, blind disco, and more.

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Hurricane Matthew, which CNN calls a “ferocious” storm, is expected to pummel the Bahamas and Haiti and affect other regions of the Caribbean and as expected, airlines are canceling flights and waiving change fees. Most of us have had a flight cancelled or delayed on us but is there something more we could be doing to get a better outcome? Yes, and it’s actually pretty simple

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Most recent presidential debate brought up the subject of crumbling "third world" airports here in America. Rick talks about the challenges of the system.

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Customer asks how to get great deals for travel during the school year. Rick & Anne come to the rescue.

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Airlines attempted to raise ticket prices five times in 2015 which may seem like a lot but not compared to this year. So far this year, FareCompare has detected 14 broad increases, with 4 successful hikes. Here is the a quick overview of the 2016 Airfare Hikes

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The entire month of October is spent celebrating Salem’s Haunted Happenings enjoying the Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights, various costume balls, continuous live music, and the list keeps going. Find the perfect event for you or your family, whether it is the Little Pumpkin Duathlon, Annual Psychic Fair and Witch Expo, the Salem Food Truck Festival, or a bit of all of them! Just plan ahead, so you don’t miss any hair-raising traditions!

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Rick and Anne discuss, Five Ways to Cut Travel Costs by $50 to $300 and cheap flights to Europe this Fall. They also talk to a customer about spring break travel and the Eventurist event of the week.

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Airline fees to avoid, cheap destinations, and more.

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The short answer is, don’t pay them. In reality, that can be tricky unless you know these simple strategies that make avoiding fees easier.

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Some people focus on the exotic, but I think London, Paris or Rome can be exotic if you’ve never been and so can L.A. or New York. And, of course, it's good to be able to do this without breaking the bank.

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Traveling to the Dominican Republic this Spring Break. Tips and Advice from Rick and Anne.

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Destination music festival experience with music on two stages, swimming pools, yoga, food vendors,champaign bat, live painting, henna, souk marketplace.

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The temperature may say summer but start thinking autumn so you’ll be in the mood to do what you have to do: plan Thanksgiving travel.

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The inexpensive times to travel are called Deal Zones. Find out more.

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Customer wants to know how to get a cheap upgrade at the airport for her next international flight.

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that is certainly true when it comes to the State Fair of Texas.

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How many times have you heard this at the baggage carousel – or said it yourself?

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Update: The Southwest Effect – the drop in airline ticket prices when the Texas-based carrier enters a new market

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A customer inquires about what to do if he needs to change or cancel his ticket.

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Gulf Shores Beach is hope of the National Shrimp Festival

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This week's video podcast, cheaper flights, holiday travel and free stuff.

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If you thought summertime was great, you’re going to love the fall with 10-20% cheaper flights.

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Minneapolis hosts the annual men's golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States.

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A common customer question.

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It seems we pay a fee for almost everything connected to travel these days, but there are still a few bargains – and even a freebie or two.

 

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This week's video podcast.

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In other words, fly when people don’t like to travel on planes.

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Perfect getaway for dreamers, doers, artists, music lovers, optimists, outliers and compassionates. 

 

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Customer wants to know, how to book that perfect trip to Hawaii

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If any of this sounds familiar, the Delta mess comes less than three weeks after massive computer problems temporarily took down Southwest’s system.

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This week's episode of the video podcast.

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Barcelona celebrates - La Mercè, patron saint of the city, and its Festa Major. “The festival of festivals”

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When to book if your dates are flexible.

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Interesting topic of warnings about traveling to US.

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The DOT says lowest prices in 6 years, we say there's an airfare hike brewing.

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FareCompare Video Podcast Episode 45

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America’s number one beer tasting event, offering over 3,500 different beers from over 700 of the finest breweries to choose from.

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A customer asks how to decrease last minute travel expenses for flights. The answer is brilliant.

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If getting to the Rio Olympics is your dream, here is information that will help but you must act now.

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Call it what you like: screw-ups, snafus, massive fails, messy situations. They happen to all travelers but if you know the potential problems to look for – and how to fix them – your trip will not be ruined.

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Anne & Billy discuss finding cheap flights to Europe, weird things allowed through security. Plus a customer question and eventurist.

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We've been looking ahead at ticket prices for Fourth of July holiday weekend flights and has good news to report: Some fares are cheaper than last year’s.

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It’s vacation time again, so pull out your bag and start packing. But first check out this list of ‘do not pack’ items.

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Q&A with Rick Seaney about standby tickets. Take a listen.

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The world’s largest camel fairs is held over 5 days

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Business has been good for the airlines; last year’s profits were record-breakers. For passengers, that’s brought some good news, too.

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As USA Today reports, six U.S. airlines been approved by the Department of Transportation to begin flights to Cuba, which will begin as early as this fall.

 

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Customer asks about the possibility of traveling without photo ID.

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is biannual, one-of-a-kind event has drawn the most celebrated and influential ballet dancers worldwide to perform at the neobaroque Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso since 1960.

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One airline is offering free onboard entertainment while another is dropping bag fees. Good news for a change.

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Here’s what you should know if you’re traveling with kids.

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Great question from a customer about a family vacation over Thanksgiving and when to buy. Take a listen.

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Ever dream of riding a gondola in Venice? Or better yet, do you see yourself cuddling up to a classic Venice movie? All of this plus more can be found at the Venice International Film Festival

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Ever wonder about how to travel with your cat or dog?

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This summer proves to be pretty bad for lines outside of TSA and PreCheck for children might help.

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The cheapest dates to fly for summer, and we thought it would be fun to show you proof in the form of recent deals.

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Long lines at security have been a fact of life at U.S. airports for months now, here are some answers for you.

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Question from customer traveling to Asia with a group of family.

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An adored gastronomic experience worldwide involves trying an assortment of favorite bite-sized tapas dishes, Spain’s most renowned custom.

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TSA lines are long. They have been long for months now and will continue to be long during summer vacation because there are simply not enough screeners.

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The airfare hike launched last week has succeeded.

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Great question by a customer, submit yours here: customer.service@farecompare.com

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If open water swimming with dolphins in crystalline blue Caribbean waters sound like something right up your alley.

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On This weeks episode: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Fly, Summer Airfare Forecast: Mostly Flat, with Some Cheaper Cities, Eventurist: Event of the Week - Detroit Fireworks

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What should you know before you fly? Here are five questions and where to find answers.

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Good news for U.S. vacation travelers this year.

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Great question from a customer asking about the difference between visa and passports.

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Aka: The Detroit Fireworks is a great event to celebrate independence day with a weeks worth of activities. Check it out and download the app from android and iPhone app stores.

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Here is what you need to know about planning a trip with kids.

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the US Open, cheap summer destinations, and first class tickets along with a customer question are on todays podcast. 

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Eventurist: Information about the US Open, what is it, how to get there and more info on our app Eventurist.

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Good news: There are deals for summer. Bad news: They’re not for everyone.

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5 Ways to Get Cheaper First Class Tickets

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Rick answers a question from a customer about using their phone internationally.

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Rick & Anne talk Southwest and lousy flights, and finish up with a question from a customer.

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Question from customer asking which country is cheapest to originate an around the world ticket and more details.

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If you know anything about Southwest Airlines, you’ve probably heard about the Southwest Effect, the drop in ticket prices when the Texas-based airline enters a new market.

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You’re all excited and why not – you’re going on vacation! – but did you think of everything? 

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Getting ready for a long flight? Here are some must bring things for your long travels.

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Traveling with large, oversized luggage, like a bike for instance? Here is what you do.

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U.S. airlines have a message for all passengers: Get to the airport early! And that message is for anyone traveling now or anyone planning on traveling during the peak summer travel months of June, July and August.

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This is news. An airline actually dropping a fee. Nice one, Delta but you’re not the only airline that doesn’t charge for phone reservations.

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This week, amazing deals, Airline fee increases, and ways to get better seats on airplanes.

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At 6am this morning, we spotted an impossible fare to Auckland NZ. Here's how and why.

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The EarlyBird fee was raised March 14 but according to a Southwest spokesperson, it was the first time in several years the price went up

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We have seen no ‘traditional’ flight-only airfare sales from American Airlines since December. What’s up?

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How was your last flight? If it was a tight squeeze, here’s some good news: More and more airlines allow you to pay just a little for a roomier seat or at least a more comfortable experience. 

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Rick Seaney answers a customer about their recent circle ticket fare and getting it cheaper.

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Rick Seaney takes questions about traveling to and from smaller airports and how to find a great deal.

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Merger mania is not over and Alaska and Virgin merger is ultimately about money and competition.

 

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Ever find yourself needing a one-way ticket? If so, there are things you should know.

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A couple great travel advice questions answered by the one and only Rick Seaney.

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All discounts for airfare has mostly disappeared except for some of the special discounts. Are they still special?

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With Barack Obama’s visit to Cuba, individual tourist travel from the U.S. to Cuba is closer than ever.

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Traveling to Cuba, Airline Discounts and questions from customers. Submit your questions at customer.service@farecompare.com

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Q&A With Rick Seaney Non-stop flights and luggage recommendations

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With summer coming on fast, this seems like a good time to review using real ticket prices.

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If you think packing for a trip is a chore, this is for you: A list of essentials plus two useful how-to videos that will turn you into a packing pro.

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This weeks episode talks about the must pack items for your next trip and the things you need to know about summer travel. as always Rick answers customers questions. 

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Topic on this week's video podcast we cover
✔ Airlines with Most Loyal Passengers: bit.ly/1oP7hDi
✔ Spring Break - Which Destinations are Cheaper, Which More Expensive: bit.ly/1Qmtsdj

✔ Q&A With Rick Seaney - July holiday travel and Italy tours.

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If you haven’t purchased tickets for a Spring Break trip, hurry; the longer you wait, the higher the price. The good news is some hot spots are significantly cheaper this year.

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Do you have a favorite airline, one you fly whenever possible? That’s not the way to find the cheapest flights (because no airline always has the best deal) but it can help rack up points in miles programs. So which airlines foster the most loyalty?

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This week we discuss another airfare hike, Sprint drops bag fees and avoiding Crappy Food When Flying

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Rick answers a customers question about when to fly in 2016.

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Not all junk food is bad, not all healthy food is dull, and crappy food can be avoided.

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According to the Military Times, as of Feb. 19, ultra-discount airline Spirit has dropped bag fees for active-duty military.

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Yet again in 2016, the latest Southwest-initiated airfare hike has not rolled back, we are calling it a success.

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Last week the third airfare hike of the year was launched and it has succeeded. Prices were raised $6 round-trip.

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If you plan to travel in the spring or summer, there are three things you should do now.

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Airline seat fees are becoming more common but you may not even know you pay them.

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Rick answers questions about the jet stream and skipping a leg of your flight. Submit questions at customer.service@farecompare.com

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Rick answers a question about traveling on long trips to Europe.

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Maybe you remember United Airlines dropping its pre-boarding policy for families four years ago. Families weren’t happy. It took a while but United ultimately got the message.

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Valentine’s Day almost here. If you need something special for someone special you might want to check with your favorite airline.

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Airlines tried to hike airfares last week and failed, heres some insider thoughts.

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Here’s the truth: $19 deals do exist  but not all these super-cheap fares will work for everyone.

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United is bringing back free cookies and crunchies in economy class. Apparently, other airlines have noticed and are upping their snack game, too.

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Expert travel advice from yours truly Rick Seaney. 

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It’s getting late. If you do not have tickets for your Spring Break trip yet, check out the tips below and buy your tickets now.

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$19 Airfares, snacks on planes and spring break destinations.

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Questions from customers answered by Rick Seaney.

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Check out our new video podcast from Youtube with news and travel advice topics and even questions from customers.

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Each week Rick answers travel advice questions from customers, submit your question now, at customer.service@farecompare.com 

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That’s right, fares for Newark-London in February on two major U.S. airlines for one dollar round-trip. There’s a catch, of course: $1 was the base fare.

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Let's try to cut through the confusion of up and down airfare but no - it is not a scam. Just business.

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I've been getting a lot of questions about Disney trips lately so I thought I'd answer a few here.

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Two questions from customers this week, one about Europe and another about Golf destinations. Take a listen as Rick Seaney gives the perfect advice.

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There are lots of ‘best airline’ lists but we like the new one from the Wall Street Journal because it focuses on the things important to travelers.

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According to a new report on the state of airline Wi-Fi, passengers around the world now have “at least a chance of inflight Wi-Fi” on about 36% of flights.

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Our annual Magic Dates to Fly podcast gives you the best dates of the year to travel. 

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Did the holidays empty your wallet? Welcome to the club! But that doesn’t mean a mini-break or longer vacation trip is out of the question.

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Traveling to a foreign country and not sure how to navigate the difference of currencies, well neither does Stevie.

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We are ringing in the New Year with an airfare hike. It all started yesterday when Delta Air Lines launched the first hike of 2016. 

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Here's a look at the list of imaginative passenger excuses to avoid baggage fees.

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Don’t believe everything you read...yes, you can still use a driver’s license as ID at TSA security checkpoints in U.S.

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Customer asks, where to go and when to buy for a trip to Europe this summer.

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Rick loves to get travel advice questions from customers - email customer.service@farecompare.com

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Today is the first day of winter and there could be some good deals for you.

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American Airlines “expects to submit a U.S.-Cuba service proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation” which the carrier hopes to lead to flights sometime in 2016.

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Got someone a hoverboard for Christmas and figure you’ll pack it in your suitcase? Think again!

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It's that time of year where airfare expert Rick Seaney gives us his predictions for 2016

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Airlines have been making radical moves lately. Some ape competitors they might have sneered at a few years ago while others try to morph from frog to prince. 

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We didn’t see this one coming but we are delighted. Who would have thought free snacks would return to economy class? Apparently, United did.

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If you’re looking for airline flights that take off when they’re supposed to, or airports known for punctual planes, these latest on-time lists from FlightStats are a must-read.

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Rick answers travel advice from customers.

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Well Christmas is around the corner and if you haven't booked your travel, then you are a procrastinator. Here's some tips just for you.

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Just like the weather changes, so do the rankings for the top ski resorts in North America. We’ve made our inaugural list based on research of snowfall trends, good flight deals to get you there.

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Beginning March 1, 2016 Delta Air Lines will no longer accept pets for transportation as checked-baggage

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When traveling remember, baggage fees are optional and paying them can be something of a gamble. Here are some bets you should try to avoid.

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Travel problems are time and money wasters. Let’s fix them before they spiral out of control.

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The January deal zone is just around the corner and that makes this the perfect time to give the gift of travel.

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If you plan to fly in early January, watch out for yo-yo airfare. The first week of the new year is a perfect microcosm of the sometimes wild fluctuations of airline ticket prices.

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The recent terrorist attacks in France have translated into tighter security around the world. The U.S. Embassy in Paris released a statement saying, “We strongly urge U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security.”

 

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According to Orbitz, anyone flying in or out of Los Angeles International (LAX) will not be lonely! The site reports the Southern California hub will likely be the busiest airport in the U.S. during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel season.

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Every week on our podcast, we take travel and advice questions from customers. Email us at customer.serviceWfarecompare.com and keep listening and watching the podcast and I will answer all your travel questions. 

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Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us will either be houseguests or hosts and these  travel tips will come in handy for both.

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Planning a trip with scattered family members or friends, or do you need to fly to a daughter's side to help with a newborn baby? Or maybe you're simply looking for a nice escape but for one reason or another can't nail down the dates.

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Let’s cut to the chase: December is arguably the best and worst month for airfare. I’ve got three good ways to help make it a great month for you.

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If you’ll be flying at Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s  or any other holiday – or just to get away – shop for tickets now because they won’t get any cheaper.

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It’s rare, but it happens: For some reason your TSA PreCheck membership does not get you in the faster, shoes-stay-on security line. What’s the problem? As the Los Angeles Times reports, it might be you.

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You’ve just seen a great airfare sale, maybe in our Deals Blog. You look for one of the advertised prices but can’t find it. Is this a scam? No. But there are things you must know in order to find a super-cheap sale ticket

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We've all heard teachers say, "When you assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME." That's certainly true for travel because a lot of assumptions come back to bite you. To avoid nasty surprises, do not assume any of the following:

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If you’re looking to take a “next step” in life, why not up your beach game and choose the Caribbean? You’ll relax, unwind and most likely imbibe on some of the most stunning beaches our world has to offer.

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American Airlines’ CEO has “all but acknowledged” that the legacy carrier will probably bring so-called basic economy fares to its passengers sometime next year. Hey, it’s worked for Delta.

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Frontier raises bag fees for the holidays and Virgin American gives you free wifi.

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As of Oct. 17, US Airways disappears into history.

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If you knew which airline was cheapest, saving money would be a breeze but it's not that simple; this short quiz shows why.

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It's October as I write this which means you may have a lot of vacation days left. Use them or lose them. If you don't, you could miss out on some wonderful experiences.

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Since the vast majority of travelers prefer the cheapest flights possible, they may be unaware of the cost of first class. Let there be no doubt: It ain’t cheap.

 

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Australia and New Zealand seem to be on more must-see bucket lists than any other countries and no wonder: They’re beautiful.

 

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If you want to pay $100 less on holiday airfare than a lot of people, act fast. Yes, that’s my tip: Buy your ticket today.

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Airlines and fat-shaming struck a chord with some; while we’re seeing less of this than in the past, if you’re a bigger-than-average-passenger, you know how small today’s seats are. You also should know you may be asked to buy two seats.

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After recent turmoil in United Airline’s top management that saw the departure of long-time CEO Jeff Smisek, a lot of folks have been wondering what’s going to change. Employees of the airline, at least, are getting some answers.

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You know holidays are expensive. Have you looked at Thanksgiving ticket prices? But there is a solution: Flying in a Deal Zone.

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Ever do a “blind booking” flight? This is a marketing ploy of sorts that’s been around for a while, and while it often means a traveler doesn’t know where he or she is going, the trip will be cheap. Is it worth it?

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The most traveled holiday season of Thanksgiving is just around the corner and now is just about the best time to buy.

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What’s this? A bucket list of favorite iconic destinations around the world, cities and attractions we think you’ll enjoy.

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A U.S. air travel consumer group called Flyers Rights is asking those interested to sign a petition for a Passenger Bill of Rights. The petition will then be sent on to Congress. Among other things it calls for wider seats and more legroom on planes.

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Cheapest flights for summer vacation? It’s just a few weeks away. Listen to Rick Seaney, travel advisor who calls it the August Deal Zone. You’ll call it the best time to fly.

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International discounter Norwegian Air Shuttle is stunning us again on Caribbean flights starting at $79 one-way. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who has a lot to say about this. 

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According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating “whether airlines are colluding to grow at a slower pace as part of an effort to keep airfares high.”


Travel expert Rick Seaney says that as a parent, he knows traveling with kids is a joy. Traveling with kids can also be an interesting challenge. Bribery helps. LISTEN: Do not the let the kids hear this podcast.

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We saw this coming. JetBlue has added a first-checked bag fee to the cheapest of its new fare options. Here’s how it works. LISTEN: As Rick Seaney says, “And then there was one.”

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U.S. airlines just raised ticket prices across-the-board by as much as $10 round-trip. Listen to Rick Seaney say why this happened and what on earth you can do about it.

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The air travel industry has a language all its own, and it’s not always easy to understand. Listen to Prof. Rick Seaney of Airfare U. translate more stuff!

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Nothing says summer like fun in a park. In this podcast, we rounded up a bunch of favorite parks in the U.S. and around the world.

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Test your knowledge of all things travel. See how savvy a traveler you are. Listen to Rick taking the mystery out of myths.

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Planes will be packed this summer and getting all those people into their seats can take a while. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney is stuck in the slog. 

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If you don’t know airports have tourist attractions, you haven’t flown in a while. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who loves a fun airport.

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FareCompare has been monitoring airfare hikes for years now and in the course of pouring over all this data. Listed to travel expert Rick Seaney tell editor Anne McDermott that nobody should risk paying too much.

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Did you hear the one about the airline that isn’t charging a fee? Southwest launched a bunch of international flights but as is the case with its domestic fares if you change your mind about flying, there is no change fee. Listen to Rick talk about fees.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who says he's been asked to weigh in on this earth-shattering question many, many times: Carry-on or checked-bag? Pack a carry-on. But maybe not for the reason you think.

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There’s a little known extra you pay for certain flights. Listen to airfare expert and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney who calls it the “convenience tax.”

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Recent reports about flights to Cuba may have renewed interest in visits to the island nation, but – not so fast! They’re not for everyone in the U.S. Not yet, anyway. LISTEN: Cuba is on Rick Seaney’s bucket list.

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If it’s been a while since you’ve flown, now is a good time to review airline baggage fee rules. What you don’t know can cost you. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney on his own run-ins with bag police.

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Quick tips to save time and money during the busiest travel days of the year. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who has more useful advice.

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Last Friday, we spotted a Dallas-to-Moscow flight with base airfare of just $75 round-trip. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who says deals appear without warning.

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Even super-savvy travelers can learn a thing or two about weather. Rick did from a veteran pilot who flies for a U.S. legacy carrier. Listen more from travel expert Rick Seaney who hates delays.

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The definition of snafu is a “badly confused or ridiculously muddled situation” which is exactly what you’ll have on your hands if you don’t listen to travel expert Rick Seaney who says, “Pick it up!”

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We should be used to airline fees by now but being ‘used to’ doesn’t mean we want to pay them. So allow me to offer up some simple strategies on avoiding fees whenever possible. LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney avoids all fees. Usually.

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You unthinkingly make your way to security with a water bottle in hand only to watch it get tossed. That’s right, Only containers that can hold up to 3.4 ounces of liquid are allowed. Listen to travel ace Rick Seaney who prefers his water shaken, not stirred.

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Do you really have to worry about scams or thefts while traveling? Nope. Scams and rip offs can happen anywhere including at home. Listen to ravel expert Rick Seaney's advice as he has some good stories.

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A cheap destination doesn’t have to be boring. Our list of cool cities includes places that are fun for families, solo travelers and couples. Listen to Rick, a travel expert who loves cheap cities.

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First the bad news: Airline tickets for summer flights are running on average about half a percent higher than the summer of 2014. The good news: Deals still exist. Listening to this guide will help you find them.

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These are “secrets” in the sense that they’re hidden in plain sight – but it can be helpful to be reminded of these money saving ideas. Some will save you time to, which can be even more valuable.

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The Aloha State can also be on the expensive side, but not out of reach. Listening to this Hawaii guide will help you find the cheapest possible airline tickets.

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You may have read some of the depressing media stories about new fees but, cheer up. We show you how to turn it around and actually save money.

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If there’s a flight problem that is not your fault the airline will take care of you. If you are to blame, you must act – and here’s what to do. Even experts like Rick Seaney miss a flight now and then.

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If you travel – if you fly – you know the importance of useful gadgets and other products that don’t take up much space. We haven’t tried all of these so no guarantees but they look intriguing.

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You’re making plans for your vacation and want to shop for tickets. First, ask these questions. Then, find the cheapest flight available. Listen to Rick, a travel expert who has some especially good advice.

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The price of airfare to Europe is governed by seasons and wintertime is the cheapest time but you can save on other flights once you know the seasonal parameters.

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The rate of lost and damaged baggage on airlines around the world dropped more than 60% in the past seven years. LISTEN: Haven’t we all lost bags? Rick Seaney has.

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You lose a lot of rights when you get on a plane. One of them is free speech; exercising it in certain ways could get you kicked off your flight. The moral here is always pack a little patience on today’s sardine-like planes – a little patience and a boatload of common sense.

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Do you know what flight attendants are supposed to do, and what they aren’t supposed to do?

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What makes the Boston Marathon special? Let us count the ways.

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Rick Seaney shares how to have the cheapest seats with the cheapest flight.

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Most of us accept that airline fees are part of today’s flying experience. Well, I’m here to tell you, it ain’t necessarily so.

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American Airlines’ AAdvantage loyalty program will likely merge with US Airways’ Dividend Miles (under the American name) by mid-April.

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Listen to Rick and Anne talk about where the best places are to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the U.S. and around the world.

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Recent reports about flights to Cuba may have renewed interest in visits to the island nation, but – not so fast! They’re not for everyone in the U.S. Not yet, anyway.

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Listen to Rick Seaney talk about some traveling perks when problems occur, but they’re so little known they might as well be secrets.

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We’ve all experienced flight delays or cancellations due to bad weather or malfunctioning aircraft, and an unlucky few have been stuck at airports for hours. What are your rights?

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I began writing a weekly air travel column for ABC News seven years ago this month (you can see them all here). Looking back, I’m struck by what a time of turmoil 2008 proved to be. 

After writing a weekly air travel column for ABC News for seven years Rick Seaney reflects on how much turmoil 2008 proved to be. 

 

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A little prudence (along with some common sense) can help prevent you from being scammed while traveling. 

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Mistake fares? An unrealized dream for Rick Seaney.

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This could be a perfect time to get on a plane and go somewhere so take a look at these destination ideas.

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Here are some excellent places to warm up in the U.S. and around the world.

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This Spring Break Guide is divided into two parts: Shopping tips to help you find cheaper trips and destination ideas for a perfect getaway.

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If you want to go to Europe this year, we think that’s a great idea. But you should start planning and shopping right now.

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I’ve often said some travel fees are worth paying, and some should be ignored. Let’s get specific.

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New and comprehensive studies indicate it’s getting easier to find Wi-Fi on flights.

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You like snow. You like going fast in snow. Have we got some hotspots for you, in the U.S. and around the world.

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Super Bowl weekend has almost become a national holiday here in the U.S. and the airlines know it. Listen to last minute tips to get to the Super Bowl.

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 Celebrate your love by taking a special trip  for Valentine’s Day or anytime. consider a romantic getaway to one of these U.S. and international destinations.

 

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Florida’s Walt Disney World and Southern California’s smaller Disneyland have a lot of ground to cover. Let us help you navigate the way.

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Travel expert Rick Seaney on cheap casino getaways.

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The airlines know when students and families are traveling for Spring Break, here are 5 tips to help get the best deals.

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Here are some ideas for fun things to do before and after the Superbowl. Also, somethings for people who don't go to the big game. 

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The following tips will help you find cheap flights and satisfy the demands of the pickiest of relatives

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Good news: Some airlines are lowering fuel surcharges. But only some.

 

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We are about to enter the best deal zone of the year. Yes, a zone filled with deals.

 

 

Rick:  Hey everybody. Thank you for joining me on the FareCompare weekly Podcast. My name is Rick Seaney. I’m the co- founder and CEO of FareCompare. We’re gonna chat a little bit in this Podcast, about some of the magical dates, that you need to be reminded of, during the 2015 flying season. We’ll talk a little bit about domestic travel. We’ll talk mostly about international travel. And joining me today to talk about these dates is our editor from the site of FareCompare.com, Ann McDermott from California. Hey Ann.

 

Ann:  I look forward to this Podcast every year. Because every body is always asking about, what are the magical rates.

 

Rick:  Well let me give you a couple of them okay. So look, this year with fuel prices down. I think the one bargain that we’re likely to see, is international flying, and prices for international flying come down. With average fuel surcharge over both the Pacific and in the Mid Atlantic, is in the mid $400 range. If you’re gonna call it a fuel surcharge, and the fuel goes down buy half. You better start cutting fuel surcharges, or we’re gonna have a bunch of policy makers in Washington DC, cutting them for you. Which is the last thing airlines want. We’ve already seen Senator Schumer in New York complaining about ticket prices. So I do expect some of these fuel surcharges to come down. Now, the magic day for flying to Europe at the moment. This is the craziest thing. If you leave on May the 14th to go to Europe right now. You’re gonna pay about anywhere from 20-30% less, than if you leave on May the 15th

 

Ann:  Really?

 

Rick:  Right. This is basically the change in season, when the pricing changes from winter time rates, basically to sort of what we call, spring rates. There’s also a jump later in the summer. But that May 14th day, that’s the magic day. That’s the last day you can fly on a 7 day trip for Europe. Typically for under a $1000 round trip. I think that price may come down over the next couple months, as we go through that.  So those are the magic dates, that’s a particular magic date. 

Then there’s another magic date which is August 23rd, that’s a Sunday. On August the 23rd, if you fly on that day, compared to August the 22nd. You’ll pay almost 40% less, as summer time rates go away. 

 

Ann:  And that’s Europe too?

 

Rick:  That’s Europe as well, yeah. So August 23rd is that magical date there. 

 

Ann:  And its 40% less?

 

Rick:  Yeah.   

 

Ann:   Almost.

 

Rick:  Almost 40%. So in some cases. On non stops it not quite 40%, but some of the connecting flights it is 40%.  So those are those 2 magic dates. Those are very similar to the dates that you would find in Asia. Those seasonal dates as far as that’s concerned, would drop pretty dramatically during those dates. Now we won’t really know the dates for winter time, because that typically happens sometime in mid October. Usually sort of October 22nd to 24th range. We won’t know the exact day for a while. Because airlines really aren’t really managing those fares. You shouldn’t be buying anything for October. Its way over priced at the moment, for international.   And then there’s another slight drop later in November, for full winter rates. So again, we’ll talk about those dates, as airlines start to pad out their schedules later in the year, when we get into spring time. You wanna start shopping for international travel about 5 months ahead of time.   

 

Ann:  Okay. What about domestic fares, and do they do something similar? 

 

Rick:  Yeah. Okay so we talked a bit on another Podcast, about the deal zone. Certainly the last 3 weeks in January, the first 2 weeks in February, and the last 2 weeks in February, outside of President Day weekend, are the cheapest time to fly really for the year. There’s a couple other deal zones, in early December for example, which is pretty cheap. But those are perfect times to fly. In fact around the country, if you fly over the next 5 weeks. You’re gonna pay some of the cheapest prices, year round. 

If you’re paying over $300 round trip anywhere, you’re paying too much. So that’s perfect then. Now, here’s what happens. Airlines know exactly when your spring break is. So whatever that spring break week, they’re treating that as summer time rates. So if your spring break week happens to be in mid March. Or in my case the second week in March. The difference in price between, the second week in March for me, and the third week, is about 40-50%. Especially for Saturday, and Sunday departures. So you will be able to find some of these cheaper tickets prices, outside of your spring break weekend. And also outside of the Easter holiday weekend as well, in April. Now the prices go up pretty dramatically for departure starting in late May, and early June. Typically that date right now for domestic, we don’t know the exact day, because the airlines aren’t managing those early June dates. But it’s typically that first week in June. So we’ll know the exact day here, in the next 3 or 4 weeks. 

 

Ann:  Okay. Well probably first week in June as you point out. That’s when tickets are gonna jump.

 

Rick:  Yeah. So airlines basically now treat summer time, which is basically June, July, and the first 3 weeks in August, as the same thing as Thanksgiving and Christmas, right. So the demand is going to end. By the way the demand should be even higher this year. I mean if people are saving $10-$25 every time they go to the pump. They’re gonna have some extra money in their pockets, to travel, and that’s gonna increase demand. We gonna see some pretty stiff prices. Even under the pressure from policy makers, there’s no reason for airlines to discount, when the demand is so high. 

 

Ann:  It sounds like you’re saying, for people that don’t have children. But are still thinking in terms of summer vacation. They should either take a very early summer vacation, or a very late one.

 

Rick:  Yeah. There’s no doubt that if your kids have the benefit of actually, getting out of school in May, many of them don’t. You can do that first week. That’s what we did last year. My daughter got out of school, the next day we took our summer trip, to save some money.  So that would be sort of the late May departure, if you could absolutely do that. Or if you can actually go that last week in August, or the first few weeks in September. That’s when really the savings are. Now you will able to find a few deals here and there, during the summer. If you go on a Tuesday for example, or Wednesday. There will be a few sales here, a few and far between, and if you connect on your flights.  But that’s when the real zones and dates are, is you just have to sort of pick and choose for summer time. Really you shouldn’t be shopping for summer until probably sort of March, April time frame. It’s a little too early right now, to shop for summer. 

 

Ann:  And you should buy your tickets for summer vacation, like have that purchase wrapped up about a month before you plan on departing.

 

Rick:  Yeah.  You wanna start about 3 months before, which would put you in sort of mid March time frame. Depending on if you’re going in June or July, all the way up through April. But do not procrastinate inside of one month. Inside of one month, airlines know your shoe size. They know which way you wanna go. How you’ve done it, the last 4, 5 years, and they’re gonna charge you a pretty penny, especially for non stop. So make sure you buy that ticket between the 3 months to 1 month widow. If you’re inside a one month, you’re playing right into the airlines hand.   

 

Ann: So we are talking about magical dates, for flights from the US to Europe, being May 14th and August 23rd. We will have more information on US dates as we get closer to that. So if you’re thinking about that great trip to Europe this summer, well now you’re informed. 

 

Rick:  Yeah. So here’s what I would do for the spring break weekend, for domestic plus 2 days travel. So if your spring break is, like in my case. Mine is the week of March 9th, which is a Monday. So March the 7th or 8th is going to be 50% more than leaving on March 9th or 10th

 

Ann:  So don’t fly the weekend. Fly 2 days into it.

 

Rick:  Yeah. 

 

Ann:  And you can save up to 50%.

 

Rick:  Yeah.

 

Ann:  Oh boy.

 

 

Thanks. 

 

For more information about this topic, or others in the airline industry. Go to FareCompare.com, or find us on ITunes. 

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If you love gadgets, consider heading to CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the annual international gizmo extravaganza in Las Vegas. Also, we tell you about other Las Vegas enticements.

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We are about to enter the best deal zone of the year. Yes, a zone filled with deals.

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In a recent column for ABCNews.com, I wrote about some of the things that are allowed through security and some of the things you can’t bring with you. There are a few surprises on both lists.

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It’s holiday time. If you’ll be flying, you paid plenty for your ticket. The last thing you need are more airline fees.

But before you shut your wallet, take a look at the following fees; they’re not expensive and they could make your life a whole lot easier. Sometimes it pays to pay a little more.

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Now that the holidays are here, it seems like a good time for a review what is and is not okay to bring through security

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Americans are clearly looking for fun at Thanksgiving. Why else would Fun City* (New York) be the number one destination and Las Vegas number two? You can probably guess where Orlando is.

*When this phrase debuted in the mid-1960s, it was pure sarcasm but New York has long since regained its fun-ness.

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When was the last time you saw an empty seat on a flight? It may have been awhile, considering that nearly 70 million of us crammed onto U.S. airline planes in August alone meaning load factors were at a record high. If you feel a bit like a flying sardine these days, you’re not alone.

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Most of us don’t get sick on planes. But, it happens – and with cold and flu season coming up, it could pay to take a few extra precautions.

NOTE: I’m no doctor so consult a health care professional if you have any big worries, especially if traveling to a country where dangers lurk. If you’ll be flying in and out of regions where Ebola is a concern, please read this fact sheet from the U.S. State Department.

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If you’ll be flying this Thanksgiving, be prepared for delays. So says FareCompare CEO and airline industry analyst Rick Seaney who adds, “I always treat holiday travel as an all-day event.” LISTEN: Rick’s been there; this is how he copes.

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If you’re not familiar with the change fee, it’s time to learn especially now with many of us making expensive holiday flight reservations. You could avoid a nasty surprise. As much as $200 worth of nastiness.

LISTEN: Travel expert Rick Seaney hates nasty surprises.

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We’ve got solutions for problems you can fix and coping mechanisms for those you can’t.

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FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney explains dead zones: periods when no one wants to fly, and when no one wants to fly, ticket prices go down, down, down.

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Still don’t have your Thanksgiving airline tickets yet? Shop now but as you shop, pay special attention to your itinerary’s return date.

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Happy Halloween! Your treats are fun stories and epic video.

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Travel expert Rick Seaney says some fees are actually worth paying.

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American Airlines has announced that beginning in the second quarter of next year, the carrier will integrate US Airways’ Dividend Miles into its own AAdvantage loyalty program.

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The folks at NerdWallet have analyzedNovember and December flight delay/cancelation statistics from the past five years for the 25 busiest U.S. airports and there aren’t a lot of surprises. 

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This week: Wow travel and toilet lawsuit. If only it was depicted on our featured flight video.

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Some of you know the answer to this question (you do if you read my latest Airfare Expert column for USA Today): What are the two days of the year U.S. travelers should never, ever fly?

LISTEN: Rick Seaney with more insider info.

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So far this year, airlines have raised prices five times (or five-and-a-half times, if you count the JetBlue-initiated hike of Oct. 9 which all other airlines bailed on except for JetBlue).

 

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If you’ve been thinking about a fall or winter getaway, you are in luck. Today is Tuesday (Oct. 7) and as fans of FareCompare know, it’s the best day to shop for airfare.

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Warning: Thanksgiving is Nov. 27 – just about a month away and it’ll go fast. Are you ready to travel? Don’t worry, we can help with flight stuff (you’re on your own with the bird).

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After 35 years, the severe restrictions of the Wright Amendment aimed at Dallas airports expire as of Monday, Oct. 13 – which is good news for Texas passengers but others will benefit too.

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Not all of what follows is super-secret but you have to dig for some of it (often buried in the dense legalese of an airline’s contract of carriage). You might even stumble across some of these items on an airline’s website as I did.

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According to experts, he exhibited no symptoms before, during and immediately after his flight and – as the New York Times reports, quoting the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Ebola is not contagious until symptoms develop, there is ‘zero chance’ that the patient infected anyone else on the flight.

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Every country has its unique holidays and celebrations to visit family, enjoy traditional food and drink, maybe buy a gift or two – and travel. Let’s make that last part as cheap as possible.

 

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Editor’s note: We updated this popular post as of Sept. 29, 2014 and loaded it with fresh information and useful tips. One thing hasn’t changed, though – it’ll still help you find the cheapest airfare deals available.

 

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My latest savings motto: Buy your plane tickets one day earlier than you planned.

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This week: The Beagle is a fake. But our delightful videos are officially certified as ‘real’.

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Sometimes wasting money is easier than being frugal. I like doing things the easy way, too, which is why I’ve devised these simple yet quick ways to put a stop to wasteful habits. My motto – and FareCompare’s – is save money and time.

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Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) is such an All-American favorite, thanks to family, food and football. Not so much fun is the ‘we gather together’ part, mainly due to wildly expensive airfares. But we can help by showing both the best single days to flyand best trip itineraries.

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Stranded celebs and regular passengers in ugly underwear. But we do have pretty video!

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The latest report from the U.S. Department of Transportation about airline performance has good news and bad news for the nation’s carriers – and passengers.

 

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There have been lots of airline stories lately about minor irritations escalating into big blow-ups, so the buzz about my recent ABC column on Charm School for Travelers doesn’t really surprise me. Some of the highlights and sample classes of my imaginary curriculum.

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Time to plan a trip to see all those gorgeous autumn leaves. If you aren't sure where to go, we've got six ideas.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Holidays are coming – is the perfect gift a home airport? Plus, fun video.

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For a good scare, you can always drive to a deserted Lovers Lane and wait for a deranged murderer with a hook-for-a-hand to show up. A better idea: Fly to a cheap destination with spooky attractions. We’ve got several, in the U.S. and Europe.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EST

“Where did all the deals go?” I’ve been getting this a lot lately and the answer is – check your favorite airfare comparisonshopping site. Fall is here and dead zone savings are on the way.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EST

On the fence about a non-summer vacation? You may get off that fence quick once you read this.

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Crazy gadgets, celebrity scandal, hungry goats. And a darn nice video, too.

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Not going to keep you in suspense on the cheapest days to fly, but read the entire article because it includes other money-saving tips.

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Crazy bad passengers, crazy good video. And plane pulling.

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Once again, I find myself in the pleasantly embarrassing situation of announcing some good news – about me. I’ve just been voted Best Business Travel Blogger in a poll organized by USA Today’s 10Best site. Thanks to you.

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All U.S. airlines charge an unaccompanied minor fee when children fly by themselves, but parents who thought their kids had outgrown this fee on American Airlines may be in for a surprise.

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If you haven’t flown in a while, you may think you’ve got airport security nailed down. Maybe you do – but maybe one or more of these TSA innovations will surprise you.

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Looking for a last-minute getaway to take advantage of Labor Day? Since the holiday is this coming Monday – Sept. 1 – you have no time to waste. Check out these ideas right now

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This week:  Violently ill passengers and violence against guitars. Plus peaceful video.

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This may seem incredibly obvious, but we’re going to say it anyway: The moment you board your plane, make sure it’s heading to the city you think it is. Make sure it’s heading to the right destination.

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I hear a lot of myths about supposedly fiendish airlines hiding or holding ultra-cheap airline tickets until a secret midnight hour when only those-in-the-know can take advantage. Baloney!

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Autumn is the best time of year to fly: Great weather, fewer crowds and all that beautiful fall foliage. Best of all are the prices, a big improvement over summer fares.

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This week: Amazing pilots, amazing shark and some amazingly cool dog video.

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If you don’t fly with a smartphone or tablet or laptop, you’re hardly alone – but the airlines seem to think you’re in a distinct minority. Or so it seems with a perusal of the latest entertainment options.

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As I wrote in a recent news column, an airline ticket is a “complicated stew of taxes, fees, surcharges and other costs you may not be aware of” so I thought, why not simplify some of this?

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Next time you shop at FareCompare, try this: Once you see the fares to your destination, be sure to look at the upper left of the FareCompare page where it says "Stops." A quick glance will show how  connecting flights can often save you money.

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Wrong-way flights, angry tweets, ugly passengers. Now make it all better with amusing video.

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Losing a bag can be a little like the five stages of grief (denial, anger, etc.) but you don’t necessarily have to wind up at “acceptance” – not if you follow this simple 3-step guide.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Transportation is considering a formal rule to ban cell phone voice calls during flights. Wait a minute – are cell phone calls allowed now? No. Not on U.S. airlines, anyway – and it’ll stay that way if the DOT has its way.

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Not all fees are bad; I’ve recommended some fees depending on the type of flyer you are. But some should be avoided at all costs, like these four.

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This week: Entertainingly awful passengers and entertainingly good video.

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Sorry kids - it’s August. Getting close to the end of summer. Back to school days.

But this could be the perfect time for a trip – for families, for couples, for solo travelers. Easy to plan, too. Take a look, see if there’s a getaway in your future.

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And then there was one – one airline with free bags, that is. Maybe. We can’t jump to conclusions yet but the word fromBloomberg is that JetBlue is considering charging a fee for a first checked-bag, an amenity which has been free since the New York-based airline began flying in 2000.

This would leave Southwest as the only “free bags” U.S. airline – if it happens.

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Treat yourself to a second slice of  birthday cake because you’ve really got something to celebrate: The advantages of growing older. Here are just a few of my favorites for travelers.

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It’s a pain but only takes a minute, so add these contacts to your phone before you fly. If I’ve missed anything, let me know on Facebook or in the comments section below.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:20am EST

Special guest appearances by bad passengers, Capt. Obvious and a mystery whale.

Listen as Alex Williams and Anne McDermott have more details on all this deviancy.

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Remember the days of arriving at the airport five minutes before a flight? You had to sprint to the gate, maybe, but you didn’t miss your plane and you got to sleep in.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:21am EST

This is about making the fatigue factor work for you. If you don’t mind flying tired – meaning, a longish day in the air on connecting flights – you may be able to save as much as 50 percent on airfare. Sometimes even more.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:18am EST

My, that was fast. Summer is zipping along, isn’t it?  If you haven’t planned your vacation yet, time’s almost up. But not quite. Not if you start nowWe can help.

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A fake TSA agent and a genuine bad passenger (allegedly). Plus soothing video.

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Where can you find outdoor adventure? Sometimes in your own backyard (just search your state’s tourism site). But if you want an adventure you won’t find at home, we’ve got six suggestions - in no particular order.

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I usually stick to telling people how to find the best flight deals, but I love to read what others say. Here are some of the more interesting and unusual nuggets of travel advice I’ve seen in recent years.

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What you don’t know can hurt you this summer – by costing you time, trouble, and yes, even money. Not all you’re about to see is brand new but if you’re a once- or twice-a-year flyer like many folks, it might be news to you. 

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This week in strange and unusal travel stories: stranded veterans, tons of pizza, not enough Beatles. Plus two charming videos.

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What should you leave behind on your next trip? Here are six ideas on stuff that deserves to stay home. If you have more ideas, we’d love to hear them

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If you want decent summer airfare prices and stress-free flights, don’t do any of these things!

 

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According to the TSA, if you’ll be flying from an overseas airport to the U.S. and plan to take a smartphone, a laptop or tablet, be sure it is charged or at least has some power so you can turn it on and prove it’s an iPad and not an explosive device. If you cannot do this, plan to board without it.

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This week: Dog roams runways and football player gets “advice”. Plus soaring, swooping video.

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Whether you’re heading off on summer vacation or making travel plans for Thanksgiving, the following simple strategies will save you time. And time is money, right?

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:16am EST

A recent column by the Los Angeles Times to be on guard against scammers reminds us that summer is peak traveland scam season and it’s time to bring out the warnings. First and foremost: Do not send money to people you don’t know.

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If you’re looking for a fun getaway or a wonderful vacation spot, a few from my “hot cities” list. All offer lots of attractions/entertainment/recreation but also rank high for hotness because they are cheap from many cities. Maybe yours.

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This week: Good airline slogans, awful airline slogans. Plus flight attendant mentions his Speedo (!) in fun video.

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You’re about to go on a trip which means it’s decision time: Do you take the roomy checked-bag or the smaller carry-on? You know where we stand (well, you do if you read the title) but let us explain why.

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Why buy tickets now? So you can afford them. So you canget them. Here’s a true story of an anonymous friend who waited too long.

By the way, this friend is no dummy when it comes to air travel. She’s no Rick Seaney of course but she usually knows what she’s talking about. Usually. We all make mistakes – but no reason for you to make this one.

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It often seems a week doesn’t pass without a new bad passenger story. The latest involves a man who became sodisruptive on a JetBlue flight to Las Vegas – kicking and screaming – that the pilot diverted to Detroit where he was reportedly hospitalized (it’s unclear if he’ll face charges).

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Rick Seaney gives his tips on five essential things every traveler should pack.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Has this ever happened to you? I had just flown to Miami with my trusty wheeled carry-on bag and was about to board my second flight when I was stopped by the dreaded Baggage Police. I was told my carry-on (which has traveled with me on hundreds of flights) was too big, even though my wife and teenager had just waltzed through the line with identical bags and no one stopped them. What’s going on?

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:33am EST

I keep saying no, you don’t have to be rich to fly (but if you need one of those overpriced, last-minute flights, it certainly helps). However, there are some negative trends that pit passengers against airlines. It helps to be aware of them because knowledge is power and power means not paying a penny more for your airline ticket than you have to.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:29am EST

The latest government figures for delayed flights in April have plenty of good news and bad news plus trends to pay attention to for summer travel. Like, weather.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:14am EST

This week: Bizarre tourist spots and cinéma vérité video of man alone in airport (OK, Celine Dion is there, too).

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Here are some hot tips for beach vacations that won't break your pocketbook. 

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Rick Seaney with more good ideas on finding cheaper tickets.

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Mark this date on your calendar or keep it near your computer or electronic device, whatever you use for airfare shopping: August 25, 2014

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This week: Bizarre tourist spots and cinéma vérité video of man alone in airport (OK, Celine Dion is there, too).

 

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Find out where Travel Dad likes to go.

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If you can delay your U.S. Summer holiday until late in the season, do so. You will save some money on airline tickets.

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Listen to Rick Seaney give you tips on two airline codes that will get you cheaper tickets

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This week: A treasure trove of travel tidbits on bad dogs, bad passengers and bad selfies. But our video’s good!

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So which is really the cheapest airport? Let’s see what Ricksays.

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Myths, schmyths, Rick Seaney deals in facts – facts to help you save money.

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Disclosing bag fees upfront sounds good, right? But listen to this.

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Need last-minute holiday or reasonable summer tickets? You need airfare expert Rick Seaney.

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The variety of America’s National Parks is pretty incredible – vast lonely deserts, hauntingly beautiful mountains, amazing undersea worlds and the fascinating animals that call these ecosystems home.  It's time to go exploring!

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There’s no shame in being a cheapskate for airfare; on the contrary, it’s a badge of honor. If you’d like to join the ranks of cheapskate travelers, follow these tips from FareCompare’s resident airfare expert Rick Seaney and start saving money now.

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And now, a bit of trivia for you!  Listen to Rick Seaney as he shares some quirky airlines you’ll never fly.

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Even if you fly a lot you may learn something you didn’t know, and as they say, "knowledge is power". It could also save you some big bucks.

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Check out these sensible tips to avoiding theft while traveling, including a few ideas that may be new to you.

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Travel expert Rick Seaney speaks on best timeframe to shop for flights.  This ten-week shopping window gives you the best shot at the best prices.

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Do you know what to do if a natural disaster hits when you’re traveling? FareCompare has a selection of tips from the Red Cross, plus suggestions from those who’ve experienced some of Mother Nature’s worst.

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FareCompare’s Alex Williams and Anne McDermott have a very good time slicing and dicing this week’s items.

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Time to make vacation plans, and by plotting your travel strategy early, you can save money and avoid stress. Here is a list of mistakes to avoid!

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Is the view from your window blocked by snow drifts? The good news is summer’s on the way!  Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share advice and tips for summer travel and best ways to save.

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If you ever find yourself jet lagged (or fear you might be), Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share tips to help you with jet lag challenges.  He knows jet lag - Oh, how he knows!

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Rick Seaney says winter fun doesn’t have to be expensive.  Check out these destinations for great mountains and cheaper airfare.

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Most airline rules are pretty straightforward. But what about the antler rule or the tops-and-bottoms rule? Even travel expert Rick Seaney was surprised by some of these rules.

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

According to the U.S. Travel Association, most Americans don’t use all the vacation days they get each year, leaving an average of 3.2 days on the table. Don’t let that happen to you and don’t spend more than you have to. Here’s how!

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share his Down Under travel tips.  This guide is for Americans who want to visit Australia, and for Australians who’d like to visit the United States, with suggested attractions for each.

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Increase your travel IQ - Go from clueless to smart as you listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share 4 ways to keep more money in your pocket.

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The cheapest dates to fly vary each year – but keep these four in mind when booking flights this year. You might save a lot of money

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Have an itch for adventure?  Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he shares many choices to help you scratch that itch!

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share the low-down on who will pay more for Airline Tickets, and how to avoid those higher prices.

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If you’ve been kicking around the idea of a trip to Europe this year, we say go for it! We also have a couple of pieces of advice to help you get the cheapest deals.

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Join Rick Seaney as he shares the inside scoop on best days, times and seasons to fly, to help you save money!

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What to do when bad weather disrupts your flight schedule?  Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share several helpful options one can implement before and during such an occasion.  

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:09pm EST

United Airlines is reportably beginning a massive downsizing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and will slash flights out of the unprofitable hub by 60 percent. But this isn’t the only airline making big changes - not all of these changes are bad. Here’s a rundown.

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Southwest Airlines will begin international flights to the Caribbean this summer!  Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney explain how this can save you money.

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Spring break is just around the corner! So, what are you looking for? We’ve got you covered with some wide-ranging destinations sure to save you money.

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Welcome to FareCompare’s Travel Guide to Super Bowl XLVII. We can help you get there but as airfare analyst Rick Seaney says, shop now: “If you don’t have your plane ticket yet, you cannot delay another moment.”

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Winter is the perfect time for a cheap getaway and here’s how to create one in four easy steps - but you must act now!

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Sometimes, chocolate isn’t enough; A nice romantic getaway is always a welcomed treat! Here are our picks for six cheap destinations that will leave you with plenty left over for a nice, big box of chocolate. These trips are fun for family and friends, too.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share a few more travel predictions for 2014.

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Want to know a secret? You can save big money on flights to a winter getaway. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he shares on the variety of options out there.  Bottom line - the time to fly is now!

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Listen in as travel expert Rick Seaney shares the good and bad news related to 2014 travel.

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You waited and waited – and now you’ll pay the price for procrastination. Don’t panic. There are ways to minimize the damage. Check out these tips but please, no more delays, OK?

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Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney shares real-world solutions tested by Moms and Dads for the difficult job of herding a family with young kids through airports and onto planes.

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Your flight has been delayed or canceled and you’re stuck in the airport.  What to do? Depends on the airport, but you might be surprised to learn how many things there are to do in big transportation hubs! Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he uncovers these hidden treasures.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

Winter weather is upon us, and this means flight delays, and in some cases, cancelations.  The good news is, most airlines will not leave you high and dry. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he gives you best tips to help you get on your way again.

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Thanks to the high cost of rescheduling a flight, many are flying while sick.  What can you do to protect yourself? Travel expert Rick Seaney has ideas to help.

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Tired of sitting on the couch watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin have tons of fun year after year? You too can be in Times Square this year – or anywhere you desire for New Year’s Eve – but you’ve got to get going! Listen to these money saving tips and tricks from travel expert RickSeaney.

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Travel scams come in all shapes and sizes.  Join travel expert Rick Seaney for tips on how to avoid some of the most common scams (and one very uncommon one).

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You may be surprised to learn wrapped gifts are technically OK to go through security. However, if anything inside must be inspected – and this depends on what the security officers see in the X-ray – it may have to be unwrapped. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney discuss the do's and don'ts when traveliing with gifts during this holiday season.

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Airline Experte Rick Seaney says "watch out"! A few airline fees are rising and there’s talk of even more hikes. But one carrier is reversing the trend. Listen in and stay informed.

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If you’ll be flying during this Thanksgiving week, check out this advice by travel expert Rick Seaney - Don't worry, he has your back!

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If you plan to travel during the Christmas holidays, good news and bad news: Prices are higher this year, but not by much. So what should you pay? Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney shares helpful tips to help you save both time and money.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he exlains what Turkey Day travelers can expect at U.S. airports? Crowds, of course.

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The Department of Transportation has issued some new rules that are designed to make flying easier for people with disabilities. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share the latest as he applauds these moves.

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When Grandma says, “Come for Thanksgiving” you go. Listen in as travel expert Rick Seaney share on best ways to save money on holiday travel.

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As FareCompare reported in August, the DOJ sued to halt the merger – which would fly under the American brand – fearing loss of competition would mean higher prices for passengers. This may happen anyway, says airfare analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney.  Listen in as Rick Seaney provides preliminary list of winners and losers.

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As fans of airfare expert Rick Seaney know, there are a few dead zones sprinkled throughout the year, periods when airfare is cheap because demand is low. Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney shares about the next big dead zone on the way.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has now OK’d the use of electronic devices – from iPads to Kindles to smartphones. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney explain how this will work (and how it won’t).

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What else could you get charged for? Here are a few ideas for fantasy fees – at least that’s what they are now, but who knows?

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Since the rules of travel are always changing, this quick review may help those of us who aren’t constantly in airports – and may even offer a surprise or two for veteran travelers.

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Have you waited to the last minute to book your Thanksgiving travel? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, it’s getting very late. The good news is there are still ways to save. Join travel expert Rick Seaney as he guides you to best holiday savings.

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I’ve traveled to Europe on a 10-day trip with just a carry-on and so did my wife. We save on bag fees and our bags don’t get lost. You can do this, too!

Join travel expert and ace packer, Rick Seaney, for some great pointers.

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TSA has been getting a lot of questions about their new PreCheck service. Here are some of them, along with answers and tips from travel expert Rick Seaney.

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Christmas and New Year’s flights are all about finding what airfare expert Rick Seaney calls, “the best of the bad deals.” Listen as he shares tips and advice to hep you find holiday savings.

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Good news for adventurous North Texans, and probably even better news for Dallas-based business travelers: American Airlines confirms it will begin nonstop flights between DFW and both Hong Kong and Shanghai by the middle of next year.

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Attention New Yorkers! Or anyone who’d like to visit the Big Apple. If you want a little luxury in your life, listen to travel expert Rick Seaney point the way.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney as he digs into the topic of children flying by themselves, and children flying with families.

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Some bonus Thanksgiving airfare tips, courtesy travel expert Rick Seaney.

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Fear of Flying: 4 Things to Know that May Help

If you’re a nervous flyer or one who fears getting up during a flight screaming in panic, this article is for you.

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Cheap Christmas Flights for International Travel

Christmas is a tale of two different airfare-pricing scenarios for international travel. We’ll tell you what’s cheap, what’s not and tips to make your trip trouble-free.

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7 Airline Freebies

Listen to travel expert Rick Seaey as he talks about the airline freebies we can still count our blessings for.

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Riskiest Time to Shop for Airfare

Saving money is what it’s all about at FareCompare. Our motto is, never pay a dollar more than you have to. Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney share several nuggets that will help you save.

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Have We Heard the Last of “Turn Off Your Electronic Devices”?

Grab those smartphones, everybody, or pull out the tablet. A new media report says we may soon be able to leave such devices on even during take-offs and landings!

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We know that 20 bucks doesn’t buy what it used to, but every little bit helps. List to travel expert Rick Seaney describe seven easy ways to save $20 – and in some cases, a whole lot more.

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Get ready for some changes to airlines fees, and by changes we mean new fees and rising fees. You didn’t really think fees were going down, did you?

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Delta has a brand new fee called the Smart Travel Pack which is pretty good marketing for a bunch of bundled services that’ll cost you a fairly hefty fee. So is it worth it? Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney list the pros and cons.

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Most of us are content to forgo lie-flat seats and our own personal showers on planes if it means saving thousands of dollars on airfare – and it does. But that doesn’t mean we have to give up every comfort. Here are seven ways, big and small, that will improve your total flight experience without breaking the bank.

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Here’s the low down on discounts: Most don’t exist anymore – and when they did, they only knocked off about 10% from your airfare. But a few discounts remain and here’s how to find them!

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It’s official: Tokyo, Japan, will host the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games and they already have their official website up and running.  Before you shop, listen to travel expert Rick Seaney for sound advice.


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Yes, Yosemite National Park is open, however there are some closures which may affect which park entrance you use. Listen to FareCompare President Rick Seaney, as he shares important information and insights to consider for those traveling to this beautiful National Park.

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What makes a perfect fall trip? Lots of color, for starters but great entertainment and unusual scenery help, too. So here are our picks for six ideal fall getaways.

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Cheap flights with comfort!  Listen to our recommendations for a better flight experience from start to finish.

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The U.S. Department of Justice believes a merger between American Airlines and US Airways would send prices soaring.  Listen To Rick Seaney share what the U.S. could do to make us fall in love with flying again.

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Thanksgiving falls on a late date this year – Thursday, Nov. 28. But don’t think you’ve got all the time in the world to make plans. According to airfare analyst Rick Seaney, some of you need to get going and book your flights now.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney bust another myth!

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American, US Airways Merger Snag – What Happens Next?

The following is a Q & A with FareCompare co-founder and air travel industry expert Rick Seaney on the now stalled merger of American Airlines and US Airways

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5 Best Places for Fall Foliage

Autumn may be the prettiest time of year in the United States thanks to a wealth of gorgeous trees from coast to coast which makes choosing the absolute best leaf-peeping spots difficult, but we gave it a try. Here’s what we came up with.

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5 Craziest Summer Travel Stories (So Far)

We’ll soon be saying goodbye to summer. I thought a seasonal review was in order but forget airfare hikes or bag fees. Let’s talk fun stuff, like crazy incidents of the summer travel season.

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There are hassles and there are hassles. Here are four that include familiar annoyances and some that may be brand new to you. Suggested solutions follow each hassle.

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Believe it or not, lost bags are becoming increasingly rare, but not rare enough. If you fly much at all, I’ll bet it’s happened to you. Here’s what to do when it does

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Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney explains the ins-and-outs of flying to Sochi:

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This is the latest from the U.S. State Department’s website on its new “Worldwide Travel Alert” dated Friday, Aug. 2, 2013.  Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney explains, this is not a travel ban.

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International football fans (soccer to you Yanks) have been counting the days until tickets go on sale for the World Cup 2014 and that’ll happen Aug. 20.

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Airline second-quarter financial reports have been coming in all week with mostly good news as carrier after carrier reports a profit. In some cases, these are real comeback stories!  should passenger now brace themselves for higher ticket prices? FareCompare co-founder and airfare analyst Rick Seaney says no.

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Rick Seaney talks about 5 useful tips you need to know about bag fees.

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Delta, United and US Airways are now alerting passengers if they are eligible for the faster PreCheck security lanes via a notation on their boarding passes.

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There’s still one last long weekend for summer fun: Labor Day! Rick Seaney talks about travel tips and holiday savings that will sure to please!

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Temperatures may be in the 90′s where you are, but fall is fast upon us – at least according to the airlines which are busy advertising all kinds of deals for autumn.

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Not all island trips have to break the bank. 

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It's the 5 year anniversary of paying for luggage fees. 

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The one way to make sure you never lose a bag. 

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It's not uncommon to lose something while traveling. Tips on what not to lose and how to make it right if you do. 

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Is the FAA going to relax their rules against iPads and tablets during take off? Rumors say it could be true! 

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It may seem like summer is rapidly winding down, but there is still time to get out and enjoy the sun and all that the season has to offer for less! 

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There are airline changes you need to know about. They could save you money and they will save you time and aggravation.

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You might think it’d be impossible to add more seats to a plane, but that would be underestimating the airlines.

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You know where you want to go on vacation – but when? If only there was a list of magic dates that gave you the best deals possible.

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The U.S. Independence Day holiday – better known as the Fourth of July – falls on a Thursday this year which opens up the possibility of a short mini-break or a longer vacation.

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United is offering a new take on one of its old ideas – an all-you-can-eat charge for bags.

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If you think every trip will go according to plan with no snafus whatsoever, you must not travel much. 

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Travel Abroad Student Universe

From Stanford to Syracuse, from Purdue to Pepperdine and all points in between, we’re seeing signs of cabin fever which can only mean one thing: Get out the Coppertone, it’s time for Spring Break.

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While some aspects of this wide-ranging program have been implemented, there is so much more to go – but believe me, it’s worth it.

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Looking for a nice, long-weekend  jaunt – or if overdrawn on vacation time – a short-but-fun trip? Have we got tips for you.

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The air travel industry is not immune to scams and rip-offs – particularly what are known as phishing emails – so remain alert especially when opening unexpected emails.

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Deals available on just a few dates. If that strikes you as odd, you don’t know much about today’s airfare sales.

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Carry-on bags have joined the obesity epidemic in recent years which is why overhead bin space is at such a premium. But if you can put your hand luggage on a diet, American Airlines will give you a prize: Early boarding.

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Maybe this is your year for Europe or Fiji or an African safari. 

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As TMZ is fond of saying, “who’d you rather”? So who would you rather sit next to, a screaming baby or an odorous fellow flyer?

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When it comes to an airline frequent flyer or miles program, most of us don’t have a lot of choice.

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The baggage and overweight fees are adding up. 

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Getting bumped from a flight is rare enough that air travel analyst Rick Seaney was once moved to compare it to the odds of dating a supermodel (1 in 178,000 although your chances improve significantly, noted Seaney, “if you live in New York or Los Angeles, make a lot of money, and are very handsome”). But bumping rates are on the rise.

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Think you’re paying more for airfare these days? Think again – maybe.

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Prices for summer airline tickets are relatively flat this year compared to 2012, but that doesn’t mean prices are cheap. 

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All legacy airlines have matched the change fee increase. 

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See if your airline will alert you if you're eligible for the faster PreCheck security lanes via a notations on their boarding passes. 

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In case you were wondering how large airlines go about the business merging and the thousands of changes large and small included in such an undertaking, let’s just say it’s not unlike making a sausage.

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Flight providers are beginning to post their vacation flight schedule.  

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Flight delays and other reactions. 

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The plan to allow knives on planes has been momentarily paused. 

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Tips, advice and destination ideas. 

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Where would Rick Seaney want to be stranded? 

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Listen to someone has filed a few complaints in his time. 

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Yes, this one’s just for fun but you will also find some money-saving tips sprinkled throughout.

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The best tips on where to set your hindquaters on your next flight. 

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Trouble still looms in the form of sequesteration cuts.  

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Which airlines are winning, and which are losing? 

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Making the complicated task of redeeming miles a little bit easier. 

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Money saving tips and the guidelines of airline survival. 

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Seaney's adverntures with iPads and other gadgets. 

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Rick Seaney's helpful tips for saving money on cool trips. 

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This money saving tip is made simple by Rick Seaney. 

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Rick explains his experiences with rude passengers. 

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It's time for Spring Break! 8 Places to go for your Spring Break. 

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Spending cuts may cause many small airports to shut down.

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If you ever fly with family or friends, this tip could save you money.

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The latest airline merger could throw a wrench in your travel plans.

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Passengers have been publicly chastised over the years for a variety of bodily functions.

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So this is the year you finally go to Europe – or return for the tenth time.

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AirTran’s new free bag policy on shared flights is especially interesting.

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Some parents like the idea of mandating safety seats; some say they couldn’t afford to buy a separate seat for an infant.

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Don’t be shocked at the charges attached to your “free” flight, but if you know what’s coming, it’ll be a little easier to bear. Remember, you still get something for nothing – just not as much as you first thought.

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Conventional wisdom has it that the union between American Airlines and US Airways – the fourth domestic airline mega-merger in as many years – is no big deal.

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Combining American-US Airways will make for a stronger, more profitable and more financially secure company. The merge is discussed here. 

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Airport security can be a pain, listen to how you can make it easier.

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Are piolets falling asleeep at the controls? Scary pilot incidents are discussed here.

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In some cases, the best and worst airports are the same.

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If the wintertime blues are settling in, it's time to hit the beach! Learn more about Cheap Flights to the Beach.

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Did you know some days are better than others when it comes to cheap flights? Take a listen and find out more about The Best Days to Fly for Cheap Flights

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Is the art of hopscotching around the world to build up miles for coveted elite status in airline loyaty programs a dying? Airfare Experts Anne and Rick talk through it. For more information on The Dealth of Mileage Running

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

TSA is pulling those controversial X-ray backscatter body scanning machines from the nation’s airports.  Rejoice with Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott discuss the machines critics condemned for producing graphic and even naked images of passengers. For more on this topic visit: http://bit.ly/WBcURr

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There are some major changes with Delta's Frequent Flyer Program. Find out what all of it means as Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott.

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Don’t fly much? OK, you need to hear these tips for beginners given by the travel experts, Anne McDermott and Rick Seaney. For more info go to: http://bit.ly/WjSWKU

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There are 4 basic types of flyers, once you know which one you are, you can figure out which fees you should consider paying and when to keep your wallet shut tight. Listen as Anne McDermott and Rick Seaney talk about fees in 2013 and are these flyer profiles.

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If you love airfare deals but hate crowds, dead zone travel is for you. Listen as Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott chat about the ways you can take advantage of dead zones.

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Airline industry experts Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott discuss the ranking of. Interestingly enough, not a single U.S. airline made the top 10 – nor did any other North American carrier.

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Hoping to see Super Bowl XLVII in person? Here are some tips from the travel experts Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott about your desired trip to New Orleans. For more information on this topic visit:

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Time to let fly with another year’s worth of predictions. Here’s what Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott foresee for 2013.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney offers up more holiday travel tips.

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Listen: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott on fighting back against rip-offs.

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Listen: More tips from air travel expert Rick Seaney.

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Listen: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott on why you must compare prices.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney tells editor Anne McDermott how to beat the blackout.

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Listen to travel expert Rick Seaney on the joys of holiday getaways (and the joys of saving a few bucks, too):

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FareCompare Editor Anne McDermott talks with world traveler Farnoosh Brock, publisher of Prolific Living, shares some money saving tips for international travel, and names some of her favorite cities and explains why you’ll love them, too.  Take a listen.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney explains the ‘refund facts of life’ to editor Anne McDermott:

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Listen to the expert: Rick Seaney survives flights with family!

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Listen to Rick Seaney’s holiday dos and don’ts.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney shares last minute tips that really work.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott dish about food.

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Listen to what travel expert Rick Seaney does when his flight is canceled.

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LISTEN: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott on the dog who would not fly (and more).

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LISTEN: Air travel expert Rick Seaney’s canceled flight advice.

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More tips! FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott chat about more ways to find cheap flights for the holidays. Listen:

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Listen: Air travel analyst Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott on packing-like-a-pro to save some dough.

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Listen: Airfare expert Rick Seaney teaches Editor Anne McDermott a few new tricks.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney offers spine-tingling tips.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney explains why you should care.

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Listen as travel expert Rick Seaney makes Turkey Day so simple.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney explains how to find cheap flights.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney reveals when to buy your tickets.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney tells editor Anne McDermott which tips she should try.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney talks about best bets for ‘leaf peeping.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney explains how to get a refund.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney grades the airlines.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney explains how to get a refund.

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Listen at air travel expert Rick Seaney explains what this means for you.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney shares last minute tips that really work.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney explains what you don’t have to worry about.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney explains why you do not want to show up late.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney tells you what you really want to know.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott play their own game of ‘gotcha’.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott talk about what’s hot and what’s not.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott hash over ways to save.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott wonder if this fee is worth it.

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Listen as air travel expert Rick Seaney grades the airlines.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney explains why this fee might be worth it.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney explains why fees are here to stay.

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Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney tells you what you really want to know.

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Listen as Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott ask the question: What makes a good flight good?

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Listen: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott on why you must compare prices.

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Connecting Flights vs. Non-Stops

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott have fun with this one.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney tells editor Anne McDermott why Moms and Dads can relax.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney explains what these airfare ratings really mean (and which city you should visit despite the high airfare).

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Listen as analyst Rick Seaney explores the latest twists and turns of this merger plotline.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney tell Editor Anne McDermott when you really need a travel agent.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney tells Editor Anne McDermott what he does with his iPad at security:

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Listen as analyst Rick Seaney tells Anne McDermott about the not-so-distant past when oil was $8 a barrel.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney tells editor Anne McDermott about the good, the bad and the ugly airlines.

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Listen as air travel analyst Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott discuss this shocking story.

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Listen to the expert: Rick Seaney survives flights with family!

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Listen: Airfare analyst Rick Seaney on why airlines keep doing this to us.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney explains how to get a refund.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney explains why he says, this is no time to panic.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney tells Editor as Anne McDermott that you can indeed fly to Europe – with just a carryon.

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Listen: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott on why you must compare prices.

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But first, listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney dazzles Editor Anne McDermott with some ‘F-word’ insight.

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Listen as airfare analyst Rick Seaney delves deeper into the reasons behind the hike and what it’ll ultimately mean for shoppers.

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Listen to airfare analyst Rick Seaney’s advice - when to buy summer airfare.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott discuss – keeping your shoes on!

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Hear Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott talk about the airfare hike.

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Hear Rick Seaney and Anne McDermott talk about the “Fat Tax.”

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Hear Anne McDermott and myself talk about American Airlines and what all this means for the company.

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Listen: More tips from air travel expert Rick Seaney.

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Listen to Rick Seaney talk about the upcoming changes:

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Hear my predictions for the 2012 travel year.

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Hear FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott nominate some of the “worst passengers of the year”

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Listen to what one airfare analyst has the say about ditching bag fees (hint: there’s a lot of laughter in this podcast)

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Listen to a couple of tips on avoiding the “worst” airports.

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Listen as I talk about what’s right and what’s very wrong with fat-flyer rules.

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Listen: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott on why you must compare prices.

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Listen.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney argues with Anne McDermott about which are the two VERY best tips. Okay, make that three. Whatever.

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Listen as FareCompare’s Rick Seaney tells Anne McDermott that maybe the “good old days” were not all that good, at least when it comes to airline ticket prices.

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LISTEN: Air travel expert Rick Seaney and Editor Anne McDermott on the dog who would not fly (and more).

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Learn much more about flying multiple family members to one holiday location in Rick’s podcast:

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Learn more about flying around the world in Rick’s podcast.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott talk about the incident in more depth (please note: this podcast was taped before the latest updates, above):

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney and editor Anne McDermott talk about 9/11 and the incredible changes it’s meant for flyers.

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Listen:

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney tells you the big winner in the aviation world this summer.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney tells editor Anne McDermott what the bottom line is for the consumer.

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Listen as FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney talks to editor Anne McDermott about what you can do to start saving money on airfare right now.

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I talk to passengers about the tax mess in this GMA report:

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Leslie Koch publisher of DowntownTraveler.com talks NYC with FareCompare editor Anne McDermott.

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orlando

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London Podcast

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Vegas Travel with JoAnna Haugen of WhyGo Las Vegas

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FareCompare talks Hawaii Destinations with Expert Bruce Fisher, founder of Hawaii-aloha.com

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Farnoosh Brock of Prolific Living discusses European destinations

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World traveler and ski resort expert Dan Sherman of Ski.com talks about US and European destinations for skiing.

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Rick reveals what got into Kanye West on that Delta flight, and why Taylor Swift was hanging out at JetBlue. Plus, bag fees are bad enough – but what if you also had to tag them yourself? Take a listen below and read all about it here. Then enjoy more of Rick’s entertaining opinions here.

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Rick and Anne discuss the best islands of Hawaii, and how to get a last minute emergency ticket, for less. Got a question? Submit it at http://ask.farecompare.com and listen for it on the next Ask Rick Podcast.

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How to ruin a Thanksgiving flight? Just go to the wrong terminal, or believe everything your airline tells you. Learn about these actual air travel mistakes and more, but don’t worry – Rick will explain how you can avoid them all. 

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Southwest has a brand new sale, while Virgin America has cheap fares and free WiFi. Want to go to Europe? British Airways has low prices on vacation packages. Listen to Rick explain and read more on our latest Deals Roundup. 

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Tuesday at 3pm, is the best day and time to shop for airline tickets, it is when most companies release their discount fares. Check out this week's deals.

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Rick always respond to the many travel questions we get here is the next round of questions to being asked. 

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Chris McGinnis - the director of Travel Skills Group, Inc http://www.travelskills.com/ and travel expert talks with Rick and Anne about airline fees that may actually be worth paying for - and some you should avoid like the plague.

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Rick answers all the questions about what mileage running means and how it could benifit you.  You will want to get involved after you hear this. 

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The FareCompare Podcast with Rick Seaney Co-founder & CEO and Editor Anne McDermott talks about the new security measures being set in place, security tips you can use during the holidays, the new milage run promotion on farecompare, we answer some questions and as always have some great deals in store for you.

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Last week’s air travel security breach – in which two packages containing explosive devices were intercepted in the UK and Dubai – will mean changes in the way cargo is screened. It’s also changed some of the ways in which passengers are screened, too. Take a listen to how.

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This week's FareCompare Podcast with Rick Seaney Co-founder & CEO and Editor Anne McDermott are talking about the latest in industry news including the midwest storms that closed Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, famous pilots being honored and JetBlue’s sliding flight attendant telling all on Larry King. The hot topic of the day is of course, Thanksgiving travel. As always we answer a few questions lingering in people's minds.  We also talk with Melvin Boecher, founder of Travel Dudes http://www.traveldudes.org/ about cheap international destinations. And finally what would be a podcast without talking deals, deals and more deals for Halloween and Winter.

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Every week we answer a number of questions that everyone has, this week we are talking nonrefundable tickets, international travel, tarmac rules and frequent flyer miles.  Take a listen.

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The best segment of the FareCompare Podcast is the deals.  Check out these Halloween and Winter Sales, all of which were release Tuesday afternoon, making Tuesday at 3p Eastern, the best time to shop. Take a Listen.

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Melvin Boecher - a world traveler who many of you may know from the Travel Dudes blog, a travel agent, fluent in two languages and knows where the deals are.

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Thanksgiving Day 2010 is November 25. To find the best time to fly, shop by day and price using the FareCompare Thanksgiving Flight Finder. Learn about this and some other tools, trick, and tips to help you save on holiday travel this year.

Direct download: farecompare_thanksgiving_travel_guide_10_29.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:12am EST

If bad weather ever affects one of your flights, the key is to be “first in line” to get on the next plane. Learn this and more. Also, last week, the FAA handed out its Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards to six legendary pilots who’ve proven to be experts - check out the list. Do you remember JetBlue’s Steven Slater - the flight attendant who got angry and bailed out of the plane via the emergency chute, well he was on Larry King coming clean. Take a listen.

Direct download: farecompare_news_10_29.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 10:04am EST

This week there is no shortage of interesting news, starting with the flight attendents the sing and dance to Lady Gaga on Cebu Pacific Airlines and what do you think of a standing room only flight? Read these and more here. Want more news Rick Seaney style?

Direct download: FareCompare_October_6_Open.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Want to hear Rick in all his airfare-geek glory? This is the podcast for you. Rick and co-host Anne McDermott talk about everything from airline food to packing tips and cool destinations. Plus, as always – cheap flights to your favorite destinations.  Listen to the September 29 episode of the Ask Rick Podcast.

Direct download: Full_Show.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:30pm EST