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  • 6 tried-and-true ways to afford that dream vacation

    6 tried-and-true ways to afford that dream vacation

    If you have perused those year-end lists of hot destinations, then wondered how you could afford any of those places, this column is for you. A couple of financial whizzes shared their insights on making your travel dreams come true without financing them on your credit cards or limiting yourselves...

  • Wi-Fi in the sky still cloudy, sometimes costly as airlines try to catch up with technology

    Wi-Fi in the sky still cloudy, sometimes costly as airlines try to catch up with technology

    Logging on to most airline Wi-Fi networks feels like stepping into a time machine — and we don't mean that in a good way. On many domestic flights, the bandwidth is barely ample enough for checking email, never mind streaming videos. That's partly by design. In 2008 and 2009, when many airlines...

  • Getting the most out of a visit to Super Bowl 50

    Getting the most out of a visit to Super Bowl 50

    Super Bowl 50, the clash between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7, will be a tailgate of two cities. The fan village and other activities are set in San Francisco, but the game will be played about 40 miles south in Santa Clara, Calif., home to Levi's Stadium and the San Francisco...

  • Cruise insurance may cover trip interruptions but not missed destinations

    Cruise insurance may cover trip interruptions but not missed destinations

    The funny thing about interruption provisions in cruise insurance is that they don't cover interruptions in itinerary. Take the case of the Island Princess, which was two days into a 12-night Mediterranean cruise when an announcement interrupted a karaoke contest. "Ladies and gentlemen, you may...

  • Inexpensive (and green) transport options to LAX and other airports

    Inexpensive (and green) transport options to LAX and other airports

    You don't have to spend a lot of green to go green when you're traveling to or from an airport. Here are transportation options for some U.S. airports, compiled with help from CheapFlights.com and visitor bureaus. Fares are less than $10. LAX —Flyaway buses (www.lawa.org/FlyAway) offer daily scheduled...

  • Resort towns for less: Save on flights, lodging, car rentals and food

    Resort towns for less: Save on flights, lodging, car rentals and food

    You can save money in a resort town the obvious way — by visiting in the shoulder season. But what fun is that? You probably want to go to Big Bear or Aspen or Vail in Colorado or Bozeman, Mont., or Jackson Hole, Wyo., when everyone else does — in July for fly fishing and hiking or in December...

  • Frequent fliers, consider: Is airline elite status worth the trouble?

    Frequent fliers, consider: Is airline elite status worth the trouble?

    As we enter the final weeks of 2015, frequent fliers begin asking a familiar question: "Will I be able to hold onto my airline elite status for another year?" Before you answer that question, ask yourself this one: Is airline elite status worth the trouble? Airline loyalty programs, including those...

  • New York City is suddenly a good deal for visitors

    New York City is suddenly a good deal for visitors

    Yesterday's secret deal destination may be today's annoyingly overpriced spot. But that works in reverse too. Sometimes, destinations that seemed out of reach or too expensive suddenly become good deals, or at least better deals. Example: New York City. This year the city "has seen a sharp decline...

  • Is your volunteer vacation deductible? That depends.

    Is your volunteer vacation deductible? That depends.

    Consider the irony. The same year that "voluntourism" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, I learned that such noble undertakings are often not tax-deductible. For my family's weeklong volunteer vacation, we helped rebuild houses in New Orleans that had been damaged in the wake of Hurricane...

  • Business credit cards have several points in their favor

    Business credit cards have several points in their favor

    No matter how many miles you fly or nights you stay in hotels, personal credit cards are still a powerful points-earning tool at your disposal. But if you own a small business or operate some sort of side enterprise, business credit cards can be another equally effective way to boost those loyalty...

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