Travel prices are rising — and here’s the reason

Travel prices are rising.

The airfare site Hopper forecasts ticket prices  will jump by up to 5 percent by the end of this March but could soar by as much as 8 percent if vaccines are deployed quickly.

Hotels in many markets are projected to chalk up double-digit rate growth this year, including Seattle (up 13.5 percent), Boston (up 13.4 percent) and Chicago (up 12.6 percent) from 2020, according to hotel consultancy STR.

Weekly car rental rates, which are idling around $90 a week, will rev up to near $120 by the end of the summer, according to RateGain.

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Which travel companies treated you right during the pandemic?

As the pandemic approaches its one-year anniversary, it’s time to check the score, fellow travelers. Which travel companies treated you right during the pandemic? Which ones didn’t?

It matters because you usually have a choice in airlines, car rental companies, and hotels. And you want to make the right decision as you start to plan your next trip.

For Daylene Guidice, Viking Cruises is a clear winner. She had a European river cruise booked last spring.
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Here’s how to get dual citizenship and a second passport

Paul Conolly is American and Irish. He’s also lucky: Dual citizenship — and second passport — may be the most coveted travel accessories for 2021. And he has them.

“Both of my parents are from Ireland, and most of my extended family is in Ireland,” says Conolly, a vice president for an IT services company in Rochester, N.Y. “I’m proud of my Irish heritage. Having an Irish passport is a tangible reminder of all that my parents gave me.”
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Here are the travel dangers for 2021

What are the travel dangers for 2021? Ask someone like Walt Meyer, and he’ll tell you he’s afraid of getting sick when he travels.

Too many people aren’t taking COVID-19 seriously, he says. He’d travel again this year if he could be sure that his fellow passengers were virus-free.

“If they could require everyone to arrive an hour early, get tested, then wait for test results before boarding a flight or entering a resort, it would eliminate some of the risks,” says Meyer, an author and professional speaker from San Diego.
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How MirrorTrip solved the one-way car rental problem

Call it the one-way car rental problem.

If you rent a vehicle and return it to the same location, you can usually find a competitive rate. But rent the car in one place and return it somewhere else — a one-way rental — and you’ll pay a hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars more.

Why? Car rental companies charge hefty dropoff fees to give drivers an incentive to return the vehicle to their original location.

But what if there was a way around that?
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