New Uber Rules Create 2 Good Reasons to Use UberBlack

It’s barely linked to Uber’s modern persona, but the ride-sharing service began as what was essentially a black car hailing app. The addition of UberX, which allows everyday citizens to act as chauffeurs, came later. In a bid to make the UberBlack option a little more alluring, Uber is making two changes that could tip …

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Unlimited Budget? Here Are the 10 Best U.S. Hotels

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

For U.S. News & World Report, the road from weekly news magazine to publisher of company and service rankings has been a long and winding one. The key, though, to its shift toward data-driven ratings of companies and institutions was its 1983 publication of “America’s Best Colleges.” The enormous success of that publication, combined with […]

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Delta Adds 3rd Option for Top-Tier Elites

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

While airline loyalty programs have become increasingly irrelevant to average travelers, flyers who are still able to attain elite status are doing just fine. Delta loyalists are a case in point. Beginning this month, members of Delta’s SkyMiles program who qualify for 2018 top-tier Diamond elite status are entitled to choose three (versus two previously) […]

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Tax Avoiders Could Lose Their Passports

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

Not everyone believes that taxes are as inevitable as death. In addition to the I-won’t-pay crowd, there’s the I-can’t-pay contingent, and the I-forgot-to-pay group. Whatever their reasons, they’re all considered delinquent taxpayers by the IRS. And that delinquency can now jeopardize their ability to fly. The rather obscure Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, FAST for […]

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9 Thoughts You Have Your First Time Flying Business Class

Written by Jamie Ditaranto @ SmarterTravel

It’s a moment every traveler dreams about. You scan your ticket at the gate, walk through the jet bridge, arrive at the entrance of the plane, and turn left. Goodbye economy, you’ve got a business-class ticket for your international flight. Whether you lucked out on a work trip, saved up your points, or just decided […]

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11 Crazy Las Vegas Facts to Surprise You

Written by Patricia Magaña @ SmarterTravel

Las Vegas can dazzle, impress, and surprise.  Here are 11 weird Las Vegas facts you may not know. From the truth about where the Las Vegas Strip really is (hint: It’s not Las Vegas) to its secret subterranean world, here’s the scoop on what really happens in Sin City. Las Vegas Facts More from SmarterTravel: 7 Best […]

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What It’s Like to Stay in a Virgin Hotel

Written by Ashley Rossi @ SmarterTravel

Sir Richard Branson’s latest trending project isn’t galactic space travel, it’s hotels. The 66-year old mogul has dabbled in the hospitality industry before with his Virgin Limited Edition business, but now he’s bringing the Virgin brand stateside with a handful of Virgin Hotel properties. The first of these is Virgin Hotels Chicago, which I was […]

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17 Hours on a Plane? Holy Deep Vein Thrombosis!

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

Unless you’re traveling in first or business class, and maybe even then, longer flights simply mean more discomfort. So while airlines take it as a point of pride that they operate long, longer, and longest flights, most flyers rightly treat long-flight boasts as more threat than promise. The latest such claim comes from Qantas, which […]

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7 Ultra Useful Carry-On Bags

Written by Jamie Ditaranto @ SmarterTravel

With checked luggage fees on the rise, a traveler’s carry-on bag needs to do more than ever. They not only should be light and easily maneuverable, they also have to be useful. These bags have features that can help take some of the stress out of travel. Super Useful Carry-On Bags More from SmarterTravel:  10 […]

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The Case for Making PreCheck Free

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

It has been a publicly stated goal of the Department of Homeland Security to sign up 25 million members of the PreCheck and Global Entry prescreening programs. A big number, with a big payoff. Increasing the numbers of travelers routed through the expedited screening lines would have multifold benefits. Most obviously, the prescreened flyers themselves […]

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3-Hour Supersonic Transatlantic Flights Coming

Written by Ed Perkins @ SmarterTravel

Soon, you’ll be able to fly from New York to London in about three hours—again. An ambitious group of enthusiasts, engineers, and financiers announced a plan to build a new supersonic transport (SST) aptly named “Boom.” The trade press reports that a half-scale demonstrator and test vehicle, called the XB-1, will fly sometime next year. […]

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$15 for 4 Extra Inches of Legroom? Yes, Please!

Written by Tim Winship @ SmarterTravel

Premium economy—upgraded coach service, typically featuring more legroom, priority airport services, and more amenities—is hot. And for good reason: At least in theory, it’s a win-win. From the airlines’ perspective, it’s a high-profit product as well as a way of accommodating elite upgrades without displacing paid passengers in business or first class. For travelers, it’s […]

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Airlines to Trump: Protect Us from Foreign Competition

Written by Carl Unger @ SmarterTravel

The Washington Post reports that U.S. carriers will ask president-elect Donald Trump to protect them from unfair competition with heavily subsidized Persian Gulf carriers. The three big U.S. airlines—Delta, United, and American—”have unsuccessfully lobbied the Obama administration to take up their cause against a trio of Gulf airlines who have grown exponentially, making inroads in the global market,” […]

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