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George Hobica
George Hobica, named "Best Online Travel Expert" by Money Magazine, is the founder of, 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.

Entries by George Hobica

Planning Your First Trip to Bangkok?

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 4:59 PM


Why Go: The people? The best hotel service anywhere? Endless, inexpensive massages? The cuisine? The smiles? The Thai Baht at 3 cents?

If you're reading this, you probably already have some reasons picked out, but what they say about Thailand...

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Take It From a Model: Travel With Your Own Pillow

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:02 PM


(The pillow menu at the Intercontinental Resort, Danang, Vietnam)

Many years ago, I wrote a monthly travel tips column for Eastern Air Lines (remember them? Supposedly they're planning a comeback). In it, I asked notable customers of the airline what one object...

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Longest Nonstop Flights May Be Getting Longer

(14) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 2:14 PM


(computer generated image of Boeing's forthcoming 777-9X; photo: Boeing)

The distance you'll be able to fly nonstop, assuming you actually want to do so, may be getting longer.

Singapore Airlines once held the record for the longest nonstop flights with its Flight...

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What's the Big Deal With Those Persian Gulf Airlines?

(40) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:56 PM


(Even in economy class, Etihad Airlines offers little touches like neck pillows and three meal choices. Photo: George Hobica)

Those fancy Middle Eastern airlines -- Etihad, Emirates, Qatar and, to a lesser extent, Turkish -- have been in the news a...

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Why It Never Pays To Be Rude On A Flight

(26) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:25 PM

(Business class seats on American's trans-continental A321T aircraft)

Rude and uncooperative fellow-passengers make flying difficult for airline staff and fliers alike. And although there will always be die-hards who insist that you can never get upgraded on a flight merely for being...

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How to Choose the Perfect London Hotel

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 1:46 PM


London is the world's most visited destination, so it's no wonder it has over 123,000 hotel rooms, not to mention short-term rental apartments, student dorms in the summer, and hostels. Choosing the right one at the right price can be challenging. Over the...

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How to Use Airbnb Safely

(6) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 6:33 PM


The well-publicized Airbnb horror story of a young man who says he was held captive and sexually molested by his host in Spain this past July raises the question of how to use the popular site safely.

As was widely reported by the...

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Cultural London: Top Events and Exhibits This Autumn

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:03 PM


Which of the world's museums is the most Googled? It's London's Science Museum.
I recently spent an hour in the museum's permanent exhibit of information technology through the ages and I can see why. I don't think a full day...

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Why Hong Kong Dim Sum Is Sum-Thing Special

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 12:09 PM

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 | 6:24 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 | 1:27 PM

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 | 4:42 PM


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 | 4:02 PM


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 | 3:41 PM


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 | 1:37 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 | 4:55 PM


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 | 3:30 PM


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 | 4:47 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 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 | 3:49 PM


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 | 3:51 PM


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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