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When to Use a Travel Agent

<i>**RCB** / Flickr</i><p>It's an assumption you've heard before: Travel agents are a dying breed. Many people presume that the rise of do-it-yourself booking engines like Travelocity.com and Expedia.com all but wiped out travel agencies -- Yahoo recently declared a career as a travel agent a "dead-end job." …

China Travel Agency IPO Part of Crackdown On Overpriced Deals

Chinese companies marketing initial public offerings are settling for lower valuations than most investors were willing to pay, evidence that a …

Landings at Wrong Airports Put New Focus On Pilot Inattentiveness

The wrong-airport landing by Southwest Airlines Co., the second incident in two months by U.S. carriers, is heightening regulators’ concerns that …

Brazilian Airlines Place Caps on World Cup Airfares, Load Up on Extra Routes

Avianca Brasil became the second Brazilian airline to cap the cost of traveling during this year’s World Cup on Tuesday, putting more pressure on the …

How to get upgraded to first class like a boss

Here are the 12 simple steps I followed to get upgraded to business class on my 15-hour flight from Seattle to Dubai.<p>1. Travel solo.<p>The chances of …

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4 Best Hotel Companies to Work For According to Fortune's Top 100 List

Four hospitality companies — Kimpton, Marriott, Four Seasons, and Hyatt — made it onto Fortune Magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies to Work …

American Express Plans to Open More Airport Lounges

Faced with the pending loss of Platinum cardholders’ free access to American Airlines and US Airways airport lounges in March 2014, American Express …

The ultimate in space-saving travel tech

Trying to keep it to carry-on? This list of essential and compact travel gadgets and tips will make your trip easier – and your luggage lighter – without skimping on fun and convenience.<p>'Travel Gear' by Eric Ritchey. Creative Commons Sharealike Attribution licence<p><b>Ebook reader</b><p>Books are beautiful, …

New Competition in Saudi Arabia as Qatar Air Launches Airline

Qatar Airways plans to build a fleet of 50 Airbus aircraft for a new Al Maha airline in Saudi Arabia that is slated to start operations no later than …

U.S. Airfares Continue to Rise Despite Additional Revenues Reaped from Fees

The price to board an airliner in the United States has risen for the fourth straight year, making it increasingly expensive to fly almost …

Cuban Travel Jumps 35 Percent After Government Scraps Exit Visas

Last February, Amalia Reigosa Blanco experienced for the first time the rush of an airplane taking off. She browsed the clothing shops of Italy’s …

Best Places to Stay: Northern Lights

If you’ve never seen the northern lights, there’s still time to catch the spectacular display this year. The aurora borealis–named, aptly, after the Roman goddess of dawn and the Greek word for the north wind–can appear on a clear night from September through April, and is often at its most intense …

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Report: The Cellphone Is Underrated as a Travel Inspiration Tool

Many travel companies have turned to iPads and other tablets when they want to inspire travelers to dream of their next vacations, but in so doing …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

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Between Motorola, Nest, Google Has Spent $15.7 Billion Buying Device Makers

Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs is being touted as a sign that it’s serious about putting itself at the center of the Internet of Things, a potential $19 trillion market of opportunity for all kinds of connected devices from the thermostats and smoke alarms that Nest makes today to the …