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Where To Find -- Or Avoid -- The World's Most Expensive Luxury Hotels

The Active Times | Posted 08.23.2014 | Travel
The Active Times

Who doesn't want to stay at the very best of the best when traveling? Five-star luxury hotels are a world apart. The linen seems crisper, the service simultaneously more discreet and attentive, the accommodations that little bit more pampering. But you pay for what you get.

Why Are Travel Companies So Impatient With Us?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 07.13.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Although travel businesses have a well-deserved reputation for taking their time with refunding our purchases, they are less patient when it comes to us paying our bills.

When Traveling, Don't Forget About the 'Whoops Money'

Christina Kelly | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Christina Kelly

The bottom line is, no matter how much you prepare for your trip, there will always be whoopses. In a way, our 'whoops' moments made for the funniest parts of our trip. Instead of feeling angry towards them, learn to embrace the whoops.

Do Travel Companies Charge Too Many 'Junk' Fees? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

My view of junk fees -- and, by the way, I'm right about this -- is far more inclusive. If a fee isn't adequately disclosed, can't be adequately explained and generates enough outrage, let's call it what it is: junk.

Why There's No Such Thing as "Free" in Travel

Christopher Elliott | Posted 10.24.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

One of the more pervasive travel practices is calling something "free" when it's not. Like Southwest Airlines' clever Bags Fly Free campaign, which should actually be called, "Bags Are Included With Your Ticket." But it doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?

Gas Prices Are Going Up Early This Year

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2013 | Business

* U.S. retail gasoline averages $3.5918/gallon * Rise comes in response to increases from wholesalers * Brent crude oil ...

How To Deal With Summer Travel Debt

Credit.com | Posted 11.13.2012 | Travel
Credit.com

If you find yourself with debt left over from travel, here are five tips for how to get out of it -- and avoid the same problem next summer.

Don't Let This Cost You

Reuters | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

By Mitch Lipka April 12 (Reuters) - Jocelyn Floyd was waiting with her kids at the airport in Springfield, Illinois, for a flight to F...

How Could I Afford to Travel Around the World for Two Years?

Lisa Lubin | Posted 08.29.2011 | Travel
Lisa Lubin

One of the most common questions I am asked is: "How did you afford to travel around the world?" Here is the simple answer: I saved money by traveling. It would have cost me a lot more to stay and live in Chicago than to travel around the world.

Home For Holidays: Too Expensive To Travel

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — There's still family, turkey and football, but one Thanksgiving tradition is taking a hit this year. Millions of Americans are spendin...

JFK Baggage Malfunction Reminds Us: Aren't Baggage Fees Fun?

WallStreetFighter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

That second checked bag better be full of $100 bills or at least cocaine, because you're gonna need it with these new extra fees announced today. Les...