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How to get the VIP treatment at Universal Orlando
2022-05-23

While Universal Orlando passholders are getting a red-carpet entrance as part of May bonuses, there are ways to get that type of treatment year-round. Universal Orlando offers two such options: the VIP Experience, starting at $229 per person, plus park admission; and the more exclusive Personal VIP Experience, which starts at $3,000, plus park admission, […]

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More Americans will be traveling for I Do’s In ’22
2022-05-16

Travelers are saying “I do” to destination weddings this year, with a recent Priceline survey indicating that 79% of Americans plan to attend a wedding in the U.S. that requires travel in the next 12 months. The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 Americans in early April, also found that 57% of respondents said they […]

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Hawaiian Islands say ‘aloha’ to big ships, and cruise options grow
2022-05-08

Hawaii dropped its ban on large cruise ships in January, opening the door for cruise lines to redeploy their vessels back to the Islands. And while Hawaii has never been a major stand-alone cruise destination, with only one large ship offering interisland options, the increase in U.S. domestic cruise options means more sailings to the […]

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Summer travel 2022: Europe awaits, but how will airports handle the rush?
2022-04-30

Scenes of long lines at British airports over the Easter holiday period probably looked familiar to the many Americans who have been caught in the periodic bursts of chaos that have accompanied the U.S. travel rebound since last summer. But should Americans, who are expected to resume European vacations en masse this summer, be prepared […]

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America Airlines says business travel is about 80% recovered
2022-04-25

American Airlines’ total business travel demand is about 80% recovered compared with 2019 levels, with small and midsize business revenue approaching a full recovery, CEO Robert Isom said Thursday during a first-quarter earnings call. Revenue from large corporate clients is about 50% recovered. “Corporate bookings are at the highest they’ve been since the onset of […]

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Cancun and Orlando again No. 1 summer destinations for Americans
2022-04-18

Americans are planning to be on the move this summer, with travel up 16% compared to last year, according to Allianz Partners. The U.S. itself will benefit from much of that travel, with nearly 75% of travelers headed to domestic destinations (Orlando, Seattle and Honolulu were the top three spots). Internationally, Mexico remains popular. Cancun […]

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With so many choices, how do you find the right resort?
2022-04-11

All-inclusive resorts have come a long way since Belgian entrepreneur Gerard Blitz introduced Club Med resorts to the world in the 1950s. Today’s all-inclusive resorts span the globe and offer more than ever before in terms of services, accommodations, culinary options, beverage choices, entertainment and activities geared to specific audiences. Today, for instance, the Club […]

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Caribbean readies for a wave of reopenings
2022-04-05

Caribbean islands have reopened to international tourism. But many islands have adopted different restrictions and requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers; some have begun easing travel restrictions. Here are the latest developments for travel from the U.S. to each Caribbean country. To make this information easier to understand, we are segmenting each entry into entry-requirement […]

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Carnival Cruise Line is increasing gratuities
2022-04-05

Carnival Cruise Line is raising gratuities beginning May 1, according to the company’s website. Gratuities for suite staterooms will increase from $15.99 to $16.50 per person, per day. For guests in standard staterooms, the new gratuity will rise from $13.99 to $14.50 per person, per day. Guests who do not pre-pay their gratuities will see […]

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Top travel destinations without Covid restrictions
2022-03-28

As vaccination rates increase by the day and people all around the world start accepting that the Covid-19 virus could be part and parcel of their daily lives, more destinations are lifting travel entry requirements entirely for travelers. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that Covid-19 has entered the endemic stage for many countries […]

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