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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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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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Istanbul's Newest Hotel Is a Stunner

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 2:51 PM

WHAT: The Raffles Hotel group is spreading its wings from its Singapore base. Istanbul makes its 10th property (number 11 is coming to Jakarta soon).  Just opened in September, there are 181 rooms and suites. Even the most basic room category measures 678 square feet, the largest entry-level rooms in...

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JetBlue Will Charge For First Checked Bag On Lowest Fares

(44) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Say it ain't so, JetBlue! In order to appease investors, JetBlue announced today that it will follow pricing models familiar to passengers on Frontier Airlines and American Airlines: airfare bundles that include, and don't include, a free checked bag.

It's not the only recent policy change to dismay customers. Earlier...

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The Most High-Tech Cruise Ship Ever

(4) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 6:58 AM

The airline industry could take a few tips from the cruise industry to improve customer service.

Not only do you get a lot more personal space on a cruise, but the technology found on cruise ships is getting more useful with each new ship.

For example, even with over...

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In Thailand: Tourism & the Elephant

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:20 PM

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Tourists come to Thailand for many reasons: genuine Thai cuisine, which uses authentic ingredients that never make it to U.S. shores; the friendly people (they don't call it the Land of Smiles for nothing); great shopping (custom made suits and dresses in silk...

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Seat Redesign and Not for the Better

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 2:22 PM

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I normally try to avoid writing totally negative air travel posts, because, obviously, I want people to travel and fly. But this topic cannot be avoided, and I'll try to suggest some remedies.

The problem, as the Wall St. Journal's Scott McCartney points...

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Air Medical Evacuation Insurance Can Be a Life Saver

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 3:46 PM

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Eddie Mikell thought he had planned the trip of a lifetime with his wife and another couple: renting a house for a week in the French countryside. But on the way from Paris Charles de Gaulle to their idyllic retreat last June, a...

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A Postcard From Sydney: Essential Travel Tips

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:08 PM

Australia's largest city is also the jumping off point from exploring Australia, and the city with the most inbound flights from North America. Here are some essential tips to plan and enjoy your visit.

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Airfare tips

October...

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Fare war to Europe

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:45 AM

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There is a super fare war to Europe going on as of the morning of Oct 14. Cities include Zurich, Rome, Geneva, Venice, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and others. United, USAirways, American, British Airways, Swiss and more. There is no telling...

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