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George Hobica, named "Best Online Travel Expert" by Money Magazine, is the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, a low airfare alert and air travel advice website. He is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media and has written for Travel and Leisure, Good Housekeeping, Men's Health, Real Simple, and other publications, and is a regular guest on broadcast and cable TV, NPR, and local TV and radio stations.

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Why Hong Kong Dim Sum Is Sum-Thing Special

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 11:09 AM

On past visits to Hong Kong I always got the impression that this was the place, the only place, to get really great dim sum. I live in LA part time and New York City part time, and try as I might I never found dim sum that equaled what...

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Great Reasons to Visit Baltimore This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Baltimore was in the news a lot over the last few months, and not for the most pleasant reasons. But don't let that deter you from visiting this summer. Look beyond the recent events and you'll see that it will always be one of the most interesting cities on the...

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Your Guide to Flexible Date/Destination Airfare Search

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 12:27 PM

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Although there's no "magic" day or time to find the best airfares, you can save money if you know how to do a flexible date/destination airfare search.

Several years ago, the major online travel agencies (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.) got rid of their...

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Guide to Premium Economy

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:42 PM

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In the beginning, air travel was egalitarian, classless, and, well, classy. Everyone sat in identical seats. In the 1950s, they resembled your dad's La-Z-Boy: luxuriously padded, with footrests.

In the 60s, those "regular" seats morphed into "first class" and, to make travel affordable...

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Step Away From the Pool and Experience Scottsdale's Vibrant Cultural Scene

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 3:02 PM

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Scottsdale is known far and wide for its world-class resorts and spas, but the Sonoran desert city is also not-so-secretly one of the West's most culture-crazed destinations. It's never a bad time of year to dip your toes into the local scene --...

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Beer & Beds: Four Luxurious London Pubs

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:41 PM

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Back in Charles Dickens' day, if you wanted to stay overnight while traveling in London, you might have stayed at an inn or perhaps at a pub or alehouse with rooms upstairs (usually sharing a bed with strangers and maybe some lice or...

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Four Airlines To Add A Fee For Booking With Expedia, Priceline, Etc.

(56) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Over the years, airlines have tried everything to force consumers to book directly with their own websites rather than through online travel agencies and fare aggregators such as Expedia, Priceline and Kayak. They do this, quite simply, to avoid paying fees associated with listing and selling their fares through online...

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The Best Way to Fly New York to London

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 3:55 PM

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Several airlines have attempted success at operating an all-business class route or an entire premium class airline. Remember EOS, MaxJet, and SilverJet? MGM Grand, and Midwest Express with its all first-class planes and warm cookies baked on board? Or Singapore Airlines' 18-hour non-stops...

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What If Flight Attendants Could Reward Passengers For Good Behavior?

(10) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 2:30 PM

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If you're a frequent flier perhaps your airline has sent you comment cards or coupons to reward flight attendants for above and beyond customer service. I know American and US Airways have these and I've used them in the past. In fact, on...

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Five Money Saving Travel Tips

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Flexible travel date airfare search

Some airlines and sites have very useful flexible travel date tools. Among airlines, JetBlue, United, Southwest; for third party sites, Kayak and Google Flights are best. On United.com check the "my dates are flexible" box and choose a length of...

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Flying to Europe This Summer? First, Focus On Crossing the Atlantic

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:49 PM

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One of the biggest mistakes that Americans make while planning a trip to Europe, in summer or any season, is myopically focusing on a specific route. You want to visit Amsterdam, so you only search into that airport. Or you want to visit...

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Unusual 'Backstage' Things You Can Only Do In London

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 2:51 PM

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Los Angeles resident Adaeze Uyanwah recently won what was perhaps the ultimate travel contest. After submitting a brief statement and short video explaining why she should be picked, the University of California film student got a call informing her that she was chosen...

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Just How Old Is That Plane You're Flying On?

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:13 PM

The world's airlines are buying lots of shiny new planes of all sizes and types, and that's good news for travelers, giving them some sense of justice now that airfares are going up and airlines are raking in profits. Even so, the skies are full of old clunkers...

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Why Airlines Hate Hidden City Ticketing (and Maybe You Should Too)

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 12:33 PM

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You've probably already heard the David vs. Goliath "hidden city airfare" story that's been all over the news.

Briefly, a sweet-faced 22-year-old tech whiz kid in his spare time designed a website called Skiplagged that shows people how to cheat the airlines out...

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A Walkabout in London's Holborn Neighborhood

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 1:28 PM

London is so densely packed with things to see, do and taste, that if you plan it right you don't have to walk very far to spend an entire week exploring outside your hotel's doorstep. That's what I discovered on my most recent trip.

And here's an interesting and somewhat...

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Oahu: Big City Buzz, History, Rural Beauty, All in One

(6) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 1:32 PM

Although some visitors head straight for other islands when visiting Hawaii, thinking they've done and seen it all on Oahu, Hawaii's most populous island is always worth another visit. Oahu has the buzz and attractions of a major city combined with solace and scenic beauty just a short...

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The Biggest Misconceptions About Finding Cheap Airfares

(16) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 11:31 AM

There's a "magic" hour (like 3 a.m.) to find the best prices

This is the biggest myth of all. Airfares can change minute-by-minute and day-by-day, as can seat inventory at the lowest fares. This is especially true now that consumers can put non-refundable fares on hold for 24 hours with...

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Cyber Monday Airfare Deals

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:09 PM

A quick round up:

From Frontier, 20% off

From Alaska, Philly and Detroit to Seattle for $197 RT, many others.

There are deals from Sun Country to/from Minneapolis.

From Virgin America, 20% off.

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Cruising the Galapagos Islands Is a Voyage Back in Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2014 | 2:11 PM

There should be a sign here reading "Please don't step on the sea lions." That was my first thought as my 11 fellow passengers and I prepared to disembark from a Zodiac raft on the first day of our Galapagos Islands cruise.

We'd come to this remote place, about 600...

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Tips for Managing Flight Disruptions This Winter

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Winter is upon us, and in fact it seems like it's arrived early. That means flight delays and cancellations. Here are some tips to make your air travel easier when the flurries start flying:

1. If at all possible connect, if you must connect at all, via a warmer weather...

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