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A Complete List of the Best Memorial Day Sales

Thursday is the start of the weekend, right? That means it's now Memorial Day Weekend! And we're rounding up all the Memorial Day sales that you can shop right now. Save up to 60% on apparel at Amazon, up to 35% on appliances at Best Buy, and up to 40% off at Hotels.com, plus much more.

Retailers Giving Back: Shop These Memorial Day Deals for Veterans!

In an effort to show their appreciation this Memorial Day, some retailers are teaming up with SheerID to offer exclusive discounts to military members and their families. We've rounded up the best Memorial Day deals for veterans, those on active duty, reservists, National Guardsmen and women, retirees, and their families.

Use These 3 Hotel Booking Sites to Get Bonus Airline Miles When You Travel

Savvy travelers may want to use these three hotel booking websites for their next trip, because they'll get free airline miles in the process. But before you reserve your next room, know what you'll give up by gaining frequent flyer miles, the sites' important differences, and whether any one hotel booking site outshines the others.

Terrific Travel Deals: Fly First Class Now, Cruise to Mexico Later

There's something for every travel type in this week's best travel deals, whether you want to fly first class, plan a warm cruise for November, or book an incredible Italian escape.

5 Once-in-a-Lifetime Vacation Ideas (You Can Actually Afford)

No matter whether you're a seasoned traveler or a total homebody, we all have a once-in-a-lifetime trip on our bucket list. Planning such a trip though requires some big decisions — especially when it comes to finding a travel service you can trust. Inside, we've compiled a list of the best travel agents offering luxury travel packages at a discount.

Memorial Day Sales for 2016 Have Already Begun! Here's What You'll Find

Although summer doesn't technically begin until June 20, most people consider Memorial Day to be the official start of the season — and of course you can expect of a bevy of Memorial Day Sales. Find out what you should plan to buy this weekend with our guide.

5 Money Talks You Need to Have Before Marriage (and 4 Ways to Start)

Talking about money long before you say "I do" will put your relationship on the path to a solid financial foundation. Here are four steps to get the pre-marriage money conversation going, and five financial topics to discuss once you want delve deeper.

7 Features to Consider When Buying Carry-On Luggage

Will your bag fit the next time you fly? We look at bag requirements common among the major airlines, as well as other features to consider when finding the best carry-on luggage deals.

We Tested JetBlue's 'Nap Pods' and They Were Only Sort of Weird

JetBlue recently installed four free MetroNaps EnergyPods, reclining chairs with retractable domes, at JFK International Airport. Are these "nap chairs" worth your time? We tried to sleep on the job to find out!

The Ultimate Airline Comparison Guide: Reviews, Restrictions, and Fees for 98 International Airlines

If you're looking for a good airfare deal, it can be tough to pick based on the price of the ticket alone. To help you out, we've rounded up the 98 airlines you're most likely to run into in your travels, and we've included all the details about what you get for your ticket price.

Explore TripAdvisor's Top 5 Luxury Hotels in the World

Ever wondered what the most luxurious resorts in the world are like? This week, we're investigating TripAdvisor's top five luxury hotels to see exactly what makes these hotels the best in the world. The list includes a rainforest resort in Costa Rica, boat villas in the Maldives, a castle hotel in Prague, and more.

8 Hidden Costs When Going on Vacation and How to Avoid Them

You've carefully selected your airfare, hotel, and car rental rates, but a myriad of hidden costs can besiege your wallet when you travel, causing you to go over budget. To help you avoid unwanted extra expenses we've put together a list of the most common hidden expenses, from additional transportation to the dreaded resort fees.

Your Trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Might Cost More Than You Thought

If you've been anticipating a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, we hope you've already purchased your ticket. Just ahead of the new section of the park opening, Universal raised ticket prices by 20% without notice.

8 Easy Budget Hacks to Use on Your Next Vacation

Going on vacation is usually a whirlwind of packing, searching for documents, and rushing to the airport. Avoid coming home to a pile of scary-looking letters from your credit card company by checking out these simple tips on how to stick to your budget on vacation.

Cash, Credit, or Debit: Which Is Safest When Traveling?

Despite its risks, credit is still the safest form of payment, especially when abroad. But it's not always practical. What about hidden costs and safety? We've investigated the smartest ways to spend your money while on vacation.

How Much Should You Tip? A Guide to Tipping in 10 Common Situations

Many US workers rely on tips. With customs varying by locale and job, and asking outright considered impolite, tipping can be confusing. So we determined the tipping norms for 10 common situations.

Top 5 Affordable Destinations for Spring Break

Spring Break vacation is within your reach! If you think you've waited too long to book a trip away, think again. We've checked out some of the best deals on hotels and airfare at some of the most popular spots to get you pointed in the right direction.

8 Ways to Wisely Spend Your Tax Refund

Tax season is in full swing! If you're getting a refund and your savings are in order, you should treat yourself. Here's a few ideas to help you get the most bang for your refunded bucks.

POLL: What Do You Think of Internet on Airplanes?

American Airlines is just one carrier offering inflight WiFi, but lately passengers have been dissatisfied with their internet at 35,000 feet. Have you used WiFi while flying, and if so, did you enjoy the experience?

Toasty Travel Deals: Myrtle Beach Resorts from $39, $9 Week-Long Car Rentals

Winter is winding down (in some places anyway), and that means it's time to book a spring vacation. Hawaiian vacations and Caribbean cruises continue to be very popular, but roundtrip airfares to India are also showing some deep discounts. Whatever you prefer, be sure to check out the week's best travel deals.

This Airline Wants to Make Your Delay Less Miserable

Airlines have never been known for having great customer service, but at least one wants to ease the pain of flying. American Airlines is trying to be more customer-friendly by offering perks for flight delays.

Airfare Cheapest Since 2010, But Are You Getting Your Money's Worth?

Is air travel actually getting cheaper? A couple of contributing factors seem to be indicating lower ticket prices. What kind of a discount are you really getting?

Planning a Cruise? When to Book and When to Sail

Alaska, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean all offer amazing cruises, but at different times of year and different price points. We break down the best options for each region.

These Airlines Will Let You Cancel Your Flight to Avoid the Zika Virus

If you've made travel plans to South America, Mexico, or another nearby region, you've probably been keeping an eye on the spread of the Zika virus in those areas. You might also be contemplating whether or not you should cancel your upcoming trip. But can you do so without incurring a fee?

7 Ways to Keep Your Money Secure While Traveling

The recent Hyatt Hotels payment systems hack was another reminder that our money is never truly safe anywhere. Luckily, there are helpful ways you can protect your money when touring at home or abroad. Consider these seven tips to keep your credit cards and personal finances secure the next time you travel.

Ask an Editor: How Can I Save on a Trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park?

Our readers asked, and we're answering: Our travel editor says head to Yellowstone National Park in early June and consider an escorted tour package, so that you can sit back and enjoy the majesty of the landscape.

How to Hack a Free Flight This Year With Rewards Points

If you're new to points and miles, our guide is here to help you understand the basics of the credit card "hacking" game, and formulate a strategy for earning at least one free flight to the destination of your dreams this year.

10 Customer Loyalty Programs You've Never Heard Of

Consumers in the United States hold 3.3 billion memberships in loyalty programs. Tons of loyalty programs are out there that you may not know about, however, either because they aren't heavily advertised or because it wouldn't occur to you to look for them. We've rounded up 10 loyalty programs that might pique your interest.

5 Affordable, Romantic Destinations for Valentine's Day

If you're planning on making a special declaration this year, you gotta think bigger than roses and chocolates: Think Hawaii or Italy! That's right, we've put together the ultimate list of romantic travel deals that won't leave you bankrupt. Whether you want a romantic Caribbean cruise or a 5-star stay in Vegas, we've found something for you.

Norwegian Cruise Line Will Offer Unlimited Drinks for Free on Bahamas Cruises

When we read that Norwegian Cruise Lines was adding a free Unlimited Drinks package to all 2016 cruises on their Norwegian Sky ship we nearly fell off our chairs. In general cruises are notorious for serving over-priced drinks and cost of adding a drinks package is often exorbitant. So is this new offer from NCL all it's cracked up to be?

How to Save on Your Next Car Rental: Price Comparison & Fees to Avoid

While the car rental process is (theoretically) as simple as showing your license and handing over your credit card, there are a lot of ins and outs — some of which could cost you a lot of cash. So if you're planning on picking up a rental car on your next trip, here's what you need to know to keep your costs down.

5 Star Wars Destinations on Planet Earth That You Can Actually Visit

The Star Wars movie franchise has been captivating imaginations for nearly 40 years, partly because of the spectacular out-of-this-world landscape featured throughout the seven films. Hard as it may be to believe, Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor actually exist, right here at home on mother Earth! Transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away with this list of five real-life Star Wars locations.