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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.

4 Tips for Getting Last-Minute Deals on Holiday Travel

At this point, it's extremely late to be booking a flight for Christmas. But if you haven't already bought your holiday plane tickets, don't freak out just yet! Here are four ways procrastinators can save money on last minute holiday air travel.

Want to See Cuba Before It Becomes Overrun With U.S. Tourists? Now Is the Time to Go

American travel to Cuba has already increased by 50% in the past year, and that's only going to continue now that the nations have agreed to resume schedule commercial flights in 2016. So how can you visit Cuba before the flood gates are completely open?

The Most Affordable Cities to Celebrate New Year's Eve This Year

We as a nation love celebrating New Year's Eve, with some 190 million people tuning in to watch the ball drop in Times Square. But with hotels hiking their rates 300% to 500% higher than their usual rate, it can be a tough time of year to stay within your budget. We went in search of New Year's Eve travel deals to make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck on the big night.

Do You Need Renters Insurance? What Is it and What Does it Cost?

If you rent, then renters insurance protects the contents of your home, whether you're living in an apartment or renting a house with a roommate. For most renters, we're pretty sure that having renters insurance is a good buy — but let's dig into exactly what it is, what it does for you, and whether you really need it.

Top 10 Upcoming Black Friday Travel Deals

With the Black Friday buying frenzy fast approaching, we're expecting a record number of travel deals from major players like Expedia, TripAdvisor, and Cathay Pacific. We've selected the 10 hottest offers so that you can set your alarm and avoid missing out.

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.

More Black Friday Freebies: Early Shoppers Can Score Movie Tickets & Gift Cards

If you can't afford to splash out too much money on those discounted goods come Black Friday, never fear! The biggest shopping day of the year also brings with it a host of freebies for early-risers, including movie tickets and gift cards.

Places to Be Thankful: 5 Inspirational Destinations Across the Globe

It's hard to believe that it's November and that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We decided to take a moment and appreciate all the awe-inspiring places there are in the world with this week's best travel deals.

The Law of Diminishing Returns: 10 Items That Lose Value the More You Spend

Paying more doesn't always mean you get more. In many product categories, you're actually better off buying the cheaper version of an item. If you want to avoid diminishing returns on your next big purchase, we've rounded up 10 items that rarely provide a lot of added value over a certain price point.