Turn off your cellphone. Downsize your luggage. And remember that your standards aren’t necessarily their standards. Those are just some of the travel hacks professional travelers will share with you — if you can find them.
I know, because that’s what they told me. And who are the world’s most experienced travelers? They are hard-working business travelers, including expatriates and foreign service workers, who live outside the U.S. for weeks, months, even years at a time.
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Sears delivered a broken refrigerator to Christina Izzi — three times. Then it promises her a refund. Why is she still waiting?
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WOW Air, the discount Icelandic carrier, ceased operations in March 2019. Just before it went to the great big hangar in the sky, I helped Steven Wu tried to get a refund from the almost bankrupt airline. Here’s what happened.
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First class is dead, at least according to frequent airline passengers like Bonnie Friedman. She’s been flying in the front of the plane for years and has witnessed the slow and sad decline of premium service.
“It was never fabulous,” says Friedman, a communication consultant who lives on Maui. “But in the last three or four years, it has most definitely lost what little luster it had. The planes are cheaply made, the seats are smaller, the bathrooms almost too small to get into — and I’m a small person.”
In first class. Yes, first class.
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When you’re shopping on an online travel site, does everything look the same? It does to Ron Woods, a retired insurance salesman from Walnut Creek, Calif. And he wonders if it’s really cheaper to book travel online.
Over the years, he has watched with concern as they merged. Airbnb bought HotelTonight. Booking.com acquired Priceline.com, Kayak.com and Cheapflights.com. And, of course, Expedia.com purchased Travelocity.com and Orbitz.com.
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