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What to Expect From Black Friday Airline Deals, Hotel Sales, and Vacations

If you're planning a vacation in the future (and who isn't?!), then it might be worth waiting for the Black Friday period to book. The popular shopping season will include big discounts on airfare, hotels, and even vacation packages, with savings of up to 90% off. Here's what you can expect to see this year.

What to Expect From 2015 Columbus Day Sales

For most stores, Columbus Day is October's main holiday. But with Black Friday just a few weeks away, it's easy to overspend on items that will be significantly cheaper next month. So we've created a list of Columbus Day sales that won't come with a serious case of buyer's remorse.

Best Travel Deals: $139 Off a 4-Star Vegas Hotel, Big Discounts on Luxury Cruises

It's time to start thinking about your fall travel plans because there are savings to be had already. This week, our best travel deals will save you money on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas, airfare to 150 different locations nationwide, and a 4-star Las Vegas hotel.

Best Travel Deals: American Airlines 1-Way Flights to Florida From $45

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and save, save, save! This week, we've pulled together the best travel deals we could find to bring you 5-star hotels in Las Vegas, domestic and international flights, and more.

Land of the Freebie: The 10 Best Cities for No-Cost Vacation Fun

Traveling isn't cheap, but fun can be. Whether they offer museums, festivals, or natural beauty, these cities are the best for free activities while you visit.

What Are 'Mystery Travel Deals' and Can They Actually Save You Money?

Popular wisdom holds that a little mystery is a good thing and that we should embrace mystery to spice up our lives. But how much are you willing to shell out on the unknown? This week we investigate mystery vacation deals to see if these "destination unknown" travel deals are as good as they claim to be.

Should You Get Travel Insurance?

It may seem like an add-on scam, but depending on the coverage and the nature of your trip, travel insurance may be a valuable investment.

35 Million People Will Travel This Labor Day: Avoid the Roads on Friday and Monday!

How much will gas cost this Labor Day? And with how many other (millions of) motorists will you be sharing the road? We look at these and other Labor Day stats.

What to Expect From 2015 Labor Day Sales

It's no surprise that Labor Day offers the best clearance sales on summer items, but also on laptops, TVs, and more. Find out what buys will save you the most money this Labor Day season.

13 Surprising Upsides of Traveling on a Budget

You might be tempted to pay more for a vacation to avoid subpar hotel rooms, inconvenient flights, or off-season weather. While you should certainly take such things into account, we'd like to remind you of the many upsides of budget travel — through the magic of gifs!

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August

August may lack a major commercial holiday, but the dog days of summer are still a busy month for retailers and deal hunters alike. Back-to-school sales are at their prime this month and you can also expect to see dozens of deals on outdoor furniture, grills, and travel. Plus, take advantage of tax-free shopping days in select states.

Labor Day Trips Will Be More Affordable This Year, But Prices Are Better if You Wait

Data from Hopper shows falling Labor Day airfare prices. But is it worth braving the traffic?

6 Reasons to Book This 4-Star Vietnam Vacation Deal

Vietnam is a melting pot where over 50 ethnicities mix and blend to create a vibrant country full of excitement and flavor. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh to the dramatic limestone peaks in Halong Bay, Vietnam is a completely unique landscape that immediately transports you into a different world.

16 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free — and there are certain types of items that are regularly available without a charge. From smartphones to restaurant food, here are the top 16 categories for freebies.

A Guide to the Best Student Discounts on Apple, Tech, Travel, and More

Your student ID is good for more than just 10% off at the movie theater. Get discounts on Amazon Prime, computers, and even cars.

VIDEO: Would You Rent a Recalled Car, Before It Has Been Fixed?

In a bill recently introduced to congress, car rental companies would be able to rent cars that are being recalled, but are not yet fixed! Yes, broken, dangerous cars could potentially be handed out to drivers, as long as the rental company discloses their recalled status to the customer first.

Travel, Cook, Eat: 5 Gourmet Vacations Around the World

We trawled the internet for gourmet travel deals to find packages that will let you see the sights and fill your belly at the same time.

Are Airlines Conspiring to Keep Ticket Prices High?

Planning your summer vacation? You may want to double check your airfare. The nation's four largest airlines are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly colluding to keep fare prices high. At the center of the probe are American, United, Delta, and Southwest.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July

Independence Day may be July's hallmark holiday, but the sales don't end there. Shoppers can also expect to see a variety of deals on in-season items like air conditioners, swimsuits, and even ice cream.

Everything You Need to Know About Using Your Phone Abroad

Going overseas doesn't have to mean losing your device or paying a ton. We look at how to get compatible devices or affordable international plans when you travel this summer.

Thank You in Euros: A Guide to Tipping Abroad

Outside the U.S., tipping can be expected in smaller amounts, not at all, or even considered rude! We help you navigate etiquette that can vary by country or even establishment.

How to Earn and Redeem Frequent Flier Miles

Flying is expensive, but you can earn airline points for your next trip every time you travel, or even just by using your credit card!

The Best Father's Day Freebies and Discounts

If your kids' gifts aren't up to scratch, we've found a selection of Father's Day freebies with which you can treat yourself and celebrate your paternal successes in style.

Top 6 U.S. Cities for Your 4th of July Vacation

Our top advice for planning 4th of July travel is book early. So we've gathered the best hotel deals on the best Independence Day destinations, including Philadelphia, Boston, and more.

5 Ways to Save on Your 4th of July Vacation 2015

The 4th of July is undoubtedly one of the most popular travel holidays in the year, but unfortunately that means crowds and inflated prices. We've put together a few tips to help you celebrate Independence Day without getting caught in the spending frenzy.

What Are Escorted Trips and Should You Take One?

Planning travel a la carte can be time consuming and expensive. With much less research, you can find an all-inclusive tour to fit your itinerary goals and budget. Here are the pros and cons to escorted trips.

CleverLayover: Save $300, but Risk Missing Your Connection?

A new flight "disruptor" finds the cheapest airfares, even if it means booking on multiple airlines. That can both save big bucks and complicate your travel.

Amazon Prime Members Can Soon Stream Movies & TV for Free on JetBlue

JetBlue recently announced that it is partnering with Amazon to let passengers on its flights stream Amazon content — and it will be free for Prime members. The changes could also mean faster inflight internet for everyone.

How Early (or Late) Should You Book a Cruise to Get the Best Price?

Getting the delicate balance right on booking a cruise can be tricky. Book too early and you risk paying through the nose. But book too late and you're limited in your cabin selection or may miss the lower-priced cabins altogether! This week we investigate whether there's a tipping point for when booking a cruise.

6 Ways to Save While Visiting Our National Parks

Even if you can't make it to a park to celebrate Earth Day this week, any time is a great time to visit our national parks — and there are always plenty of ways to save.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out the seasonal showers, you'll have an excuse to spend more time shopping for the best deals online. Here is what's in store this month for the smart shopper.

It's Not Too Late for Spring Break! How to Get Cheap Airfare, Hotels, and More

The rite of passage that is Spring Break for millions of college students and young adults is upon us! But wait, aren't students notoriously broke? How can an impoverished academic undertake the kind of exotic party vacation the news stations are so constantly warning about? Look no further!