Sam Kemmis

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How to Think About Airline Elite Status in 2022

After two full years of disrupted travel, it seems like the industry could finally return to something like normalcy. Maybe. Perhaps. According to a report by the World Travel &…

How Hotel Elite Status Is Shaping Up in 2022

There’s no use trying to predict what will happen to the travel industry next. A report from STR and Tourism Economics, a partner of global forecasting organization Oxford Economics, expects...

Which Airline Rewards Program Gives the Most Value?

[Editor’s note: This story was updated Jan. 18 to provide further clarity around the methodology of the analysis and its focus on base airfare costs.]  Airline rewards programs are complicated.…

Here Are the Most Valuable Hotel Rewards Programs in 2022

Navigating hotel rewards programs can be a daunting task. From point-earning promotions to elite status upgrades and thousands of other factors, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Yet, for most travelers,…

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster on Vacation

As if the pandemic hasn’t done enough to disrupt travel this year, the weather only made things worse. 2021 has been a particularly bad year for natural disasters in the…

Tips for Managing Air Travel Anxiety

The thing about anxiety is that it doesn’t always listen to reason. If you’re vaccinated and still worried about getting on a plane, it might not be a...

Ask a Travel Nerd: What’s the Deal With Basic Economy?

Humanity remains in the dark about so many great mysteries. What is consciousness? Are we the only intelligent life in the cosmos? And what’s the diff...

How to Navigate Costly Airline Seat Selection Fees

Airlines always seem to have one more trick up their sleeves for adding fees to the cost of airfare. Anyone who has flown in the past few years knows...

How to Travel Cheap(er) for a Wedding

Remember weddings? They’re coming back, and so are the steep travel price tags. Wedding travel is a perfect storm of high-priced factors. For starters...

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