Best Travel Deals and News – August 31, 2010 – How Your Airfare Are Determined, Credit Cards When You Travel, Tips on Traveling With Your Child

by brian on August 31, 2010

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You Paid What for That Flight?

The airlines will tell you that creating a price to travel from point A to point B is a complex affair, but you really can boil down to this: when there is competition prices go down. Simple as that. San Francisco to Philadelphia is $300 more than San Francisco to Boston, even though the Boston flight is 200 miles farther. Low cost carriers are forcing the hands of the larger airlines, having them to match prices when they come in a market. This is why I am happy Southwest is coming to Newark Airport.

How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft When You Travel

Public computers are the absolute worst for travelers. You don’t know who has done what to the computer before you got there. With the advent of netbook and tablets like the iPad, even the person who complains about carrying a heavy laptop can get connected without a problem.

Advice on Using Credit Cards While Traveling Abroad

Check that limit and warn your credit card company before you take on international travel. If you’ve never been in Cape Town or Moscow before and your credit card company sees the activity, expect them to shut down your card immediately. Happened to me in Mexico. I learned my lesson. Take 10 minutes and tell the credit card company where you’ll be. You will save yourself much aggravaction, especially if you only take one card, as some would suggest.

Travel Video of the Week
Tech Savvy Travel Tips
We’ve been warning people for years and continues to happen. People take their phones overseas, discover it works, use it like they are at home, then come back to a lovely welcome gift from your cell phone company – bill in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

10 Don’ts for Sailing Vacations

I’m not Popeye the Sailor Man, so I’ll let this article talk about sailing vacations. You don’t have to be rich to live on the high seas, but you do need a few friends to split the costs. No different than if you rented a house or an apartment for a week. You’ll just be on the water, playing out your “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventures.

Language is Your Lifeline: 10 Tips for Language While Traveling

Language is one of those things that holds people back from travel. I have a friend who will not leave the United States because he fears not understanding or being understood. Just like anything else, these fears are overblown. You can go abroad and interact with English speakers if you want. The travel industry is based on English. But you miss out on so much when you don’t even attempt to speak the local language.

20 Tips for Surviving a Flight with your Child

Your kids should not terrorize you or other passengers when you’re flying. Here are some great ways to maintain the peace in the air. To go to extremes to keep children quiet, DON’T do like this flight attendant did.

The 12 items to bring in your carry-on bag

This list is up for debate, but the essentials are covered here. You’d be surprised how many people leave the tickets and passport behind. Pack the day before so you’re not scrambling to catch the flight, run out the door and get halfway to the airport before you have the “Oh !@#$” moment.

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Jack Norell September 1, 2010 at 6:04 AM

Thanks for including my list of carry-on essentials. Agree, it’s definitely up for discussion, but it works well for me.


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