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Entries by U.S. News Travel

How to Assign Value to Your Frequent Flier Miles

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:16 PM

The most difficult aspect of collecting and redeeming frequent flier miles is trying to determine how much those miles are worth. Without that information, you won't know if you should use miles in one program or another, or simply pay cash. Knowing how much your miles are worth also provides...

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Are Loyalty Programs Without Blackout Dates Always Better?

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 9:41 AM

Angelo DeSantis / Flickr

Why don't airlines like Southwest and JetBlue have award charts that spell out the cost of their frequent flier awards? Charts make it easier to determine the cost of an award redemption:...

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Slideshow: The Best Cruise Lines of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:53 PM

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Is a Cruise for You? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Commit

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:50 PM

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The question "Is a cruise for you?" might seem like a silly one. After all, with the open air, the exotic destinations and the all-you-can-eat buffets, what's not to love about a cruise?

But even with the...

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The Best Cruises of 2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Courtesy Silversea Cruises

In recent years, reports of health scares and mechanical malfunctions have raised questions about cruise safety. As a result, many travelers are wary of whether a cruise is the best vacation choice.

But here's the reality: With a growing...

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9 Things You Should Know Before Booking Your Next Cruise

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:39 PM

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With meals, entertainment and accommodations wrapped into one reasonable rate, cruising offers a convenient and affordable vacation option. Many cruises today offer stimulating onboard enrichment programs, unique culinary experiences and immersive shore excursions (think: ziplining through a...

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How to Hack Your Way to Elite Status

(5) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 2:15 PM

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We've all been there. You're enjoying a week-long stay at a moderately priced hotel, until the bill is slipped under your doorway on the morning of checkout. The cost of Wi-Fi, breakfast, occasional room service, resort fees...

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5 Tips to Survive a Long Flight

(11) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:08 PM

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We all love to travel, but not many of us enjoy the exhausting process of getting to our chosen destination. Spending half the day in a metal tube with more than 300 strangers isn't ideal, especially...

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혼자 여행하는 사람을 위한 7가지 안전 팁

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 12:49 PM

혼자 여행하는 것은 두려우면서도 매우 매력적인 일이다. 당신이 원하는 만큼 쇼핑을 해도 되고, 멋진 레스토랑에서 원하는 만큼 시간을 보내도 된다. 누군가와 함께 여행한다는 부담감에서 벗어나, 당신만의 방식대로 여행을 즐길 수 있다. 그러나 자유에는 그만큼의 책임이 따르기 마련이다. 혼자서도 안전하게 여행하기 위한 팁을 참고하기 바란다.

참고: 혼자서 여행하기...

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How to Earn Hotel Perks Using Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 5:46 PM

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It's difficult to deny that social media has become a part of our everyday experience, including travel. When you go on vacation, you tweet about your hotel, share your location on Facebook and upload photos to...

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Before Joining a Loyalty Program, Pick Your Destinations First

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Airline miles, hotel points, credit card rewards... there are a slew of loyalty programs permeating the travel industry, each with its own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Among all this confusion, the biggest mistake travelers make when it comes to joining a program is choosing the wrong one.


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8 Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

(5) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:39 PM

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Traveling alone may seem daunting, but its appeal is undeniable. Suddenly your schedule is just that -- yours. Feel free to take as long as you want in the markets. Splurge (or don't) on shopping...

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The Pros and Cons of Off-Season Travel

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:27 PM

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For many destinations around the country -- and the world -- the off-season has arrived. This brief period of time -- usually brought on by the start of the school year and less-than-ideal...

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How to Swap Luxury Travel Goods

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 12:20 PM

The economic downturn that gave rise to the sharing economy seems to have finally spread to the luxury market. You can now swap everything, from homes to cars to handbags, while laying out very little cash and leveraging your own assets to reap more value from your belongings.

According to...

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Plan Your Escape to the Airport Lounge

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 6:05 PM

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Airports are amazing places. Thousands of people pass through them every day traveling to all corners of the planet. Considering the number of restaurants, shops and services they provide, some airports even function like small cities. But...

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Which Winter Getaway Is Right for You?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Winter is coming. You have a few options: You can brave the cold weather, or you can book a ticket to somewhere tropical. You could also seek out an adventure or immerse yourself in the cultural offerings of a lively city. You might have a destination in mind, or you...

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In-flight Etiquette: How to Be a Better Passenger

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:16 PM

You're on a plane. It's a crowded flight, and you're in the middle seat. The woman in the window seat is fast asleep, snoring and steadily collapsing into your space. The kid in the aisle seat wearing the big headphones is bobbing his head to music that everyone in rows...

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Simple Strategies to Save on Your Next Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 3:42 PM

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Travel doesn't have to be expensive -- if you know how to play it right. Now that you've figured out how to save on your hotel and your flight, don't forget to continue...

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3 Ways to Save as a Solo Traveler

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 10:57 AM

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Who said that you have to travel with a companion to save money? In recent years, solo travel has been on the rise, especially with women. A 2014 study by

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When It Pays to Be Flexible With Your Award Travel

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 11:22 AM

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Perhaps you've walked into a local neighborhood store and spotted a sign on the wall that read, "Cheap, Fast, Good -- pick any two."

This is informally known as the "Value Triangle" and it...

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