Passengers with Disabilities – Air Carrier Access Act

About the Air Carrier Access Act The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel. The Department of Transportation has a rule defining the rights of passengers and the obligations of airlines under this law. This rule applies to all flights of U.S. airlines, and to flights to or from the United States … [Read more...]

Pros and Cons of Charter Flights

Charter flights can provide excellent value, and they often operate nonstop in markets where scheduled flights would be less direct. In addition, many charters don't have all of the restrictions of scheduled-service discount fares, e.g. advance-purchase, stay over a Saturday night, stay no more than 30 days, etc. Finally, most charter fares aren't … [Read more...]

Getting the Best Air Fares

Choosing the Best for You There is a wide variety of air fares available to travelers. This fact sheet will help you choose the one that's best for you. Be flexible in your travel plans in order to get the lowest fare. The best deals may be limited to travel on certain days of the week (often Tuesday through Thursday, or Friday night through … [Read more...]

Flying Tips – How to Reduce Chances of Problems

Most airline trips are uneventful. However, you can take steps to reduce even further your chances of encountering problems. Here is some advice for "defensive flying." When selecting a flight, remember that a departure early in the day is less likely to be delayed than a later flight, due to “ripple” effects throughout the day. If you book … [Read more...]

Tips on Avoiding Baggage Problems

Relatively few bags are damaged or lost. However, your chances of encountering this experience can be reduced even further if you follow the advice set out below. Packing Avoid putting the following in checked baggage: Valuables (cash, jewelry). Don't rely on suitcase locks; they are easily defeated. Critical items (medicine, keys, … [Read more...]

Cruise FAQs

Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value? Yes! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget, from the cost-conscious to the most luxurious. Even more important, a cruise offers the best travel value for your money. Your fare includes all meals, your cabin, on board daytime activities, nighttime parties and entertainment. So for once, … [Read more...]

What to Pack for a Cruise

When you're planning a vacation one of the most challenging things to plan is what to pack, but a free packing list for cruise ship travel can help you remember everything you may need to enjoy your cruise vacation without missing any necessities or must-have accessories. On most vacations, if you forget a toiletry or run out of socks, you can … [Read more...]

Ways to Find Cruise Deals

1. If you have the means, book now. Travel agents cite two important reasons for booking early: price and availability. On the value end of things, agents agree that, in general, the best prices are found early, with fares going up as sail dates get closer. "Cruise lines are good at putting out good deals early," Greg Nacco, vice president … [Read more...]

Top Cruise Myths

1. The best deals are last-minute You'll see cheap last-minute prices for some itineraries — such as a week in the Caribbean for $499 — as cruise lines try to fill space that hasn't sold. But these fares aren't necessarily a good deal for several reasons, the biggest one being that the best cabins sell out first. A better tactic is to book an … [Read more...]

Top 10 Cruise Tips

1. Traveling with a large family or a group of friends? Bring along walkie talkies to keep everyone connected without cell phone roaming charges. 2. You're almost always charged extra for soft drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails at meals. But if you stick to juice, you can drink for free (on most ships). 3. On every cruise we've taken, my wife … [Read more...]