Travel

Now you can renew your passport with an app

The demand for passport renewals has spiked because the State Department has stopped adding visa pages to U.S. passports. (iStock) Forget schlepping to the post office or the DMV. If you have a smartphone, an envelope and a credit card, you can now renew your passport at home. Ten years after the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) required Americans traveling to ...

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How to avoid paying more amid constant airfare hikes

On Friday, Southwest Airlines raised ticket prices, which was soon matched by Delta, United and American Airlines. (AP) Despite tanking fuel costs and record profits for airlines, the nation’s largest carriers are increasing their fares $10 per round trip. Initiated Friday by Southwest Airlines, it was matched soon after by Delta, United and American Airlines. As of Wednesday, the increase remains in place. ...

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Stupid cruise questions revealed

Lots of experienced cruisers have heard the same “silly cruise questions” so many times that we have them memorized.  Questions like “Does the crew sleep onboard?” and “What is our elevation?” In fact, many so-called “silly questions” are really logical concerns, but just posed in a somewhat clumsy manner.  I remember a time when I did not know whether the crew slept ...

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Airbus has designed bench seats that will accommodate air passengers of all shapes and sizes

he Airbus patent could help airlines deal with the increasing number of larger passengers taking to the skies. (Airbus) Passengers who struggle to fit into conventional seats may soon be able to sit comfortably after aircraft maker Airbub submitted a patent for a new bench-style seat.   The French company has submitted a patent for a “Re-configurable Passenger Bench Seat” with adjustable ...

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Irate traveler stripped at airport to protest slow security

Published February 19, 2016 Irish-born graduate Eimear Ni Ghiallgairrh, 29, whipped off her skirt in the customs area in protest over delays. (Reuters) A female passenger on her way to a job interview in Barcelona became so exasperated by the slow security procedures at London’s Stansted Airport that she started to strip –before being arrested.  Irish-born graduate Eimear Ni Ghiallgairrh, 29, ...

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Zika and spring break travel: What you need to know

A mosquito from the genus Aedes, which can carry Zika virus. (EFE via ZUMA) That’s what a lot of families are asking themselves as the Zika virus continues to spread through the  Caribbean , including Mexico ,  Puerto Rico  and the  U.S. Virgin Islands , the  Dominican Republic  and Jamaica , among others — all popular spring break destinations for families, ...

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Aruba, Bonaire islands added to Zika travel alert

Aruba and Bonaire are two Caribbean islands that have been added to Zika travel alert. (AP) U.S. health officials have added two more Caribbean islands to a Zika travel alert for pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put Aruba and Bonaire on the list Thursday. There are about 30 destinations with Zika outbreaks, mostly in the Caribbean and ...

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How to avoiding costly airline change fees

There are some ways to get around the fees airlines charge to change flights. (AP) Airlines now get one-fourth of their revenue from fees, and one of the biggest is a charge of up to $200 to change or cancel a ticket. The fee galls consumers who find themselves with an unexpected need to change their travel plans. In some cases, ...

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