Consummate Traveler

The Consummate Traveler –The Adventures of Hidden Airline Fees

A young female passenger at the airport via Shutterstock*
A young female passenger at the airport via Shutterstock*

You know the old saying, if something looks too good to be true, it usually is? That is precisely how I felt about the economical...

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    Hooray for Business Class All-Aisle Seating

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    The Consummate Traveler: Waitlist Woes

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    The Consummate Traveler: NYC Holiday Sightseeing Guide

    New York City is undoubtedly one of the world’s most famous epicenters for the holiday season. Each year throngs of tourists flock to this tiny... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: Holiday Gift Ideas for Frequent Travelers

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  • Consumers always hope to get the best deal when they make their travel and holiday plans. But so do the airlines. (Artem Katranzhi, CC BY SA)

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  • The AAA estimates that 94.5 million people will travel during the holidays. (Shutterstock*)

    Tips for Healthy and Stress-Free Holiday Travel

    Over the river and through the woods, people will be heading off to visit family and friends for the holidays between now and New Year’s... Read more

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    The Consummate Traveler: The Benefits of Overnight Flights

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