Window or Aisle? Your Choice Is Probably Going to Cost Extra

Personal Finance

Window or Aisle? Your Choice Is Probably Going to Cost Extra

Window or Aisle? Your Choice Is Probably Going to Cost Extra

The middle seat — it’s the one every traveler dreads, and now you may have to pay to avoid it. Airlines figured many passengers are willing to pay fees to reserve one of these premium seats (don’t even start on exit row seats, those are in a league of their own) and are cashing in. “It’s a way to compete,”... Read More

Do I Need a Chip & PIN Credit Card When I’m Abroad?

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Do I Need a Chip & PIN Credit Card When I’m Abroad?

Do I Need a Chip & PIN Credit Card When I’m Abroad?

Consumers are starting to notice a growing adoption of embedded microchips in credit cards as opposed to magnetic stripes. These chips, often called EMV smart chips, have been in use in Europe and other parts of the world for more than a decade. Now that U.S. consumers are being issued cards with these chips, it would appear these cards... Read More

Is It Really Cheaper to Use a Travel Site?

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Is It Really Cheaper to Use a Travel Site?

Is It Really Cheaper to Use a Travel Site?

Unless you’re living large and traveling first class wherever you go, chances are you’re looking to score the best possible airfare, hotel and car rental deals whenever you need or want to travel. But finding these travel deals can be daunting. You can spend hours searching airfares posted on aggregators, like Kayak, and online travel agent... Read More

5 Travel Costs Frugal People Don’t Pay

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5 Travel Costs Frugal People Don’t Pay

5 Travel Costs Frugal People Don’t Pay

Most people shy away from the idea of traveling because they think it’ll be expensive. In reality, traveling doesn’t have to be. If you make it a priority, if you are smart with where and how you spend your money, even the most extravagant-looking trip is within the realm of possibility. It can be even cheaper... Read More

How We’re Planning Our Hibernation Vacation

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How We’re Planning Our Hibernation Vacation

How We’re Planning Our Hibernation Vacation

We know we’re preaching to the choir when we say this winter has been rough. It’s for this very reason that we’re “leavin’ on a jet plane and don’t know when [we’ll] be back again.” We need sun, sand and warmth – like, now. This is our strategy for keeping the costs of our trip... Read More

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

Personal Finance

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

8 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for a Hotel Room

For years now, getting a good price on a hotel room has become quite the cat-and mouse game. The Internet made comparison shopping incredibly easy, putting price pressure on hotels. They responded by inventing tack-on surcharges like “resort fees” to obscure the bargain-hunting process. Then they beefed up hotel rewards programs in an effort to steer... Read More

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