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Summer Vacationers, Beware: 5 Travel Scams That Won’t Die

Filed under: Travel, Ripoffs & Scams, Airfare, Vacation Planning, Saving Getty Images Scammers and swindlers are targeting summer vacationers. From unscrupulous taxi drivers to credit card thieves posing as hotel receptionists, here are a few things to carefully avoid while traveling this summer. The Bait and Switch When we recently asked readers about their experiences using third-party booking sites, many ...

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money at Theme Parks This Summer

Filed under: Travel, Vacation Planning, Saving Vetal/Shutterstock Single-day admissions to some of the country’s most popular theme parks hit $ 99 this summer. Tack on transportation, lodging and in-park purchases, and costs quickly add up. By the time the coasters have been conquered and your thrills have been chronicled on Facebook’s (FB) Instagram, you’re going to be out a lot ...

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Save on Gifts That Keep on Giving — Savings Experiment

Filed under: Holiday Shopping, Travel, Savings Experiment View Poll If you tend to procrastinate, you probably still have some people to shop for this holiday season. Well, here are a few gifts that are not only thoughtful, they’ll keep on giving, all year long. If you know someone who loves the arts, a membership to the American Alliance of Museums ...

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Delta to Honor Extremely Cheap Mistake Fares

Filed under: Travel, Transportation, Internet, Consumer Issues, Airfare Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ NEW YORK — Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines (DAL). From about 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time, certain Delta fares on the airline’s own website and other airfare booking sites ...

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Poll Shows Strong Opposition to In-Flight Cellphone Calls

Filed under: Travel, U.S. Government, Travel Industry, Consumer Issues, Mobile Technology AP By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ WASHINGTON — As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. The Federal Communications Commission will officially start the debate Thursday, holding the first ...

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Feds Shut Down 52 Unsafe Bus Companies

Filed under: Travel, Transportation, U.S. Government, Travel Industry, Consumer Protection Mike Groll/APRecent bus crashes, such as this one last March in upstate New York, have prompted investigators to look into bus safety. By JUSTIN PRITCHARD LOS ANGELES — Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including ...

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Agencies Differ on Allowing In-Flight Phone Calls

Filed under: Travel, Aerospace & Defense, Travel Industry, Consumer Issues Getty Images By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ WASHINGTON — Just because it is safe to use cellphones on a plane, it doesn’t mean that passengers should call just to say hello. That argument played out across Washington on Thursday as one U.S. government agency voted to remove its prohibition of in-flight calls ...

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Flying Cars: We’ll Have Them in 3 Years, but It Won’t Be Like ‘The Jetsons’

Filed under: Technology, Travel, Automotive Industry, Manufacturing, Travel Industry TerrafugiaTerrafugia’s first flying car model, the Transition. By Alex Davies The term “flying car” brings to mind images from “The Jetsons” and “Blade Runner,” where the skies are crowded with vehicles and the average driver spends more time aloft than on the ground. That reality remains in the distant future, but ...

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AAA Forecast: More Travelers Hitting the Road for Holidays

Filed under: Travel, Gas Prices, Consumer Issues, Airfare, Vacation Planning Joe Raedle/Getty Images By Rob Lovitt Winter storms may be brewing, roads could get icy again and gas prices have been ticking upward since last month, but that won’t stop Americans from traveling during the holiday season this year, according to AAA. The automobile club’s annual forecast predicts that 94.5 ...

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High Court Casts Doubt on Frequent Flyer’s Lawsuit

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry, Scandals and Lawsuits, Consumer Issues, Consumer Protection Michael Dwyer/AP By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it won’t offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships. The justices heard the case of a Minnesota rabbi who was stripped of his top-level “platinum ...

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