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Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards: Visit the Winners on a Budget

The hotly anticipated 2016 Conde Nast Readers' Choice Awards list compiles reader votes to determine the "Best in Travel" lists for the coming year. We've pored over the results to find which cities, airlines, and hotels offer the best rates for the deal-savvy traveler.

5 of America's Best Cities to Visit in the Fall

Now that the summer heat is finally subsiding and pumpkin spice lattes are infusing the air, it's time to embrace the change of season and start planning a fall vacation. Many places around the country celebrate the season in their own special way, but we've picked out the five best places to visit this fall.

How to Hack a Free Honeymoon Using Rewards Points and Miles

Savvy couples can use their wedding to get a free honeymoon. The trick? Aligning your choice of reception venue with a hotel's loyalty program. Here's how you can finance your dream honeymoon with rewards points and miles.

6 Hidden Costs of Being in a Wedding Party

Being a bridesmaid or groomsman is fun, but it sure can be expensive. So what exactly are you paying for? We outline the six biggest costs of being in a wedding and offer tips on how you can save on each.

Will the Brexit Vote Affect the Cost of European Travel? 4 Things You Need to Know

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union will upturn the global economy and redraw international borders. We take a look at what that means right now for tourists headed to the UK and EU, from favorable exchange rates to potentially terrible new travel barriers.

15 Things You Can Always Get for Free

There are few things more thrilling for a deal shopper than getting something for free. Happily, with a little patience and creativity, you can almost always find things ranging from music to a month of Amazon Prime being given away for nothing.

2016 Memorial Day Sales Are Here, And the Clothing Deals Are HOT

Memorial Day sales are finally here! As we predicted, the discounts from clothing stores are very appealing. But there's still more to come from big box stores too.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Skipping the Holidays? 7 Ways to Book a Cheap Vacation

Celebrate the holidays by snagging an awesome vacation deal. We consulted two experts and gleaned plenty of great advice on how to get out of town as the winter holidays approach.

How to Save the Most on Holiday Travel: The Best Days to Buy and Fly

There really is no place like home for the holidays. The key is just getting there without breaking the bank. Here are tips for booking holiday air travel this year — and saving some money in the process.

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.

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.

Update: We Found 5 More Budget-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015!

Last week, you guys seemed to love our feature on the five most affordable U.S. travel destinations, that we decided to expand it to a full 10! Read on to see the list of both previous entries and new additions, including perennial favorites like Las Vegas, and funky newcomers like Austin.

Top 5 U.S. Cities for Traveling on the Cheap in 2015

If you're planning on vacationing on a budget in the U.S. this year, you're spoiled for choice. To help you decide, we've put together our five cut-price travel destinations for 2015 so that you can afford to see as much of our great land as you can!

What is "Hidden City" Airfare Ticketing and is it Legal?

A 22-year-old programmer named Aktarer Zaman made headlines this week when he was sued by United Airlines and Orbitz over his website Skiplagged, which helps travelers find cheaper fares through the practice of "hidden city" ticketing. According to the complaint, United says the whiz kid "intentionally and maliciously" interfered with airline industry business relationships "by promoting prohibited forms of travel." But what is this practice, and do the airlines have any right to shut it down?

Spirit Airlines Will Raise Checked Baggage Fee for the Holidays

Spirit Airlines has made something of a hobby of courting public ill will. But its recent move to increase baggage charges during the holidays leaves the airline looking more like Ebenezer Scrooge than ever.

Fall Airfare is on the Rise: Why You Should Book Thanksgiving Travel Soon

Is it time to start booking your Thanksgiving trip home already? Our deals suggest that it is. And while flexible travelers might be able to wait a while before booking their flights, we recommend that anyone with specific "Thanksgiving dates" take advantage of one of our current airfare sales and book now to lock down a good price.

VIDEO: Ever Get Into a Fight Over Airplane Seats?

In the past week, there have been three separate instances where a flight had to land early, because passengers got into fights over reclining seats. With airlines shoving more and more people into smaller and smaller spaces, is this the new normal for flights? Our experts discuss how to deal with personal space violations on airplanes.

You Can Fly to These 5 Cities in Europe for as Little as $153 Each Way

Currently, Norwegian Airlines is offering flights to Europe that save a whopping $1,815 on select routes, which makes the idea of a European vacation seem far more affordable. Here are the top five destinations to hit up during this sale.

5 Not-To-Miss Asian Destinations with Singapore Airlines

The Far East is an intoxicating mix of exotic foods, ancient temples, and sweeping landscapes juxtaposed with futuristic design and neon signs. Currently, Singapore Air is having a sale on flights to select Asian destinations, so we've put together five not-to-miss Asian destinations to take advantage of these cheap rates.

Thanks, TSA! Security Fee Hike Will Lead to Costlier Airfare

The Transportation Security Administration, already unpopular with air travelers for its screening procedures and hygiene product bans, certainly won't win any fans with an upcoming fee hike. On July 21, the TSA will more than double the mandatory fee that it charges many passengers.
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