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How to safely stay at a hotel or motel

There's no place like home. But with care, you can reduce the risks that come with spending a night in a hotel or motel. Half of the battle occurs before arrival, when you choose a location, then choose a room. The other half comes with yo… Read more

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Smithsonian museums, National Zoo to temporarily close amid rise in coronavirus cases

All Smithsonian facilities in Washington, D.C., will close to the public "due to rising regional and national cases" of COVID-19 cases, the Smithsonian Institution announced Thursday. Read more

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Most airlines will fill middle seats soon. Not Delta

Delta has pulled ahead in the ever-evolving pandemic-era jostling over which airplane is willing to keep middle seats open for the longest. The carrier announced last week that it will keep middle seats empty — except in the case of households traveling together — through March 30. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many airlines blocked middle seats to allow passengers to social distance while ... Read more

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Renting Hotels for Big Events Is Dirt-Cheap … for Now

It’s no secret: Hotel ballrooms, boardrooms and rose gardens that once commanded big budgets for conferences, cheer competitions and wedding ceremonies have now been mostly vacant for months. For people… Read more

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4 Benefits You Need From Your Travel Credit Card in 2021

How much value did you get out of your Priority Pass membership this year? Did you ever use Global Entry in 2020? Sure, travel credit cards can offer luxurious benefits… Read more

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That COVID-19 airline refund you're entitled to might require you to … uncomplain

Most airlines won't be getting good conduct medals for their handling of refunds for flights they canceled when the pandemic brought the wo… Read more

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TSA shares tips for 2020 Thanksgiving holiday travel

The Transportation Security Administration published some tips on Thanksgiving and holiday travel this year, helping people to be as prepar… Read more

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TSA shares tips for 2020 Thanksgiving holiday travel

The Transportation Security Administration published some tips on Thanksgiving and holiday travel this year, helping people to be as prepar… Read more

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Family travel five: Venturing out brings in good vibes

We can all be grateful for the opportunity to explore new territory. Here are five reminders of why venturing near or far with our family t… Read more

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Camping goes mainstream: Glamping and RVs help make outdoor overnights effortless

There was once a time when camping conjured up images of trudging through the backcountry, backpacks slung over tired shoulders while keepi… Read more

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5 pandemic-friendly gifts for travelers

Travelers are living (and traveling) in unusual times. Here are some gift ideas to see them through. Read more

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Is it safe to fly for the holidays? Airlines working to convince virus-wary travelers

Jimmy Sweeney will take his first flight since the COVID-19 pandemic to visit family in Florida around the Thanksgiving holiday — and he ha… Read more

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Flight Aware: Track flight and airport delays

Is your flight on time? Is weather snarling your airport? Get all the details here. Read more

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DOT tells airlines to refund canceled flights, but don't count on cash just yet

Airline passengers whose flights are canceled or significantly delayed should receive refunds, the Department of Transportation has said in a statement, but don't count on your money back just yet. A statement Friday noted that that DOT would give airlines a chance to comply first. DOT said it had received "an increasing number of complaints and inquiries from ticket passengers ... who ... Read more

Struggling Napa wineries offer deep discounts and virtual tastings

Spring has arrived in California's idyllic Napa Valley. The buds emerging from dormant vines signal the beginning of a new vintage. The scene looks normal, except that vineyard workers are careful to stay 6 feet apart. Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, there will still be grapes for this year's cabernets. That's the good news. But the novel coronavirus is having a huge impact on this ... Read more

State Department's stricter travel advisory likely won't help an insurance claim

The State Department on Thursday issued a Level 4 advisory, asking U.S. citizens to "avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19." But will the new warning affect whether your trip insurance will cover your expenses if you are caught abroad? "Generally speaking, the answer is no," said Julie Loffredi of InsureMyTrip, an insurance aggregator that helps consumers compare ... Read more