7 best cruise destinations for 2019, according to thousands of reviews

In 2018, cruising was estimated to be a more than $45.6 billion industry, and in 2019, 30 million passengers are expected to cruise, according to a Cruise Lines International Association report. While the Caribbean is a hot spot for cruisers, more “off-the-beaten-path” cruise destinations gained in popularity this year, according to Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. Avignon, which is located on the left bank of the Rhone river and has a population of less than 100,000 people, w


In 2018, cruising was estimated to be a more than $45.6 billion industry, and in 2019, 30 million passengers are expected to cruise, according to a Cruise Lines International Association report. While the Caribbean is a hot spot for cruisers, more “off-the-beaten-path” cruise destinations gained in popularity this year, according to Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. Avignon, which is located on the left bank of the Rhone river and has a population of less than 100,000 people, w
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7 best cruise destinations for 2019, according to thousands of reviews

In 2018, cruising was estimated to be a more than $45.6 billion industry, and in 2019, 30 million passengers are expected to cruise, according to a Cruise Lines International Association report. So whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a veteran, choosing where to cruise can be daunting with so many options available. On Wednesday, cruise reviews website Cruise Critic released its annual Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards based on thousands of customer reviews over the past 12 months to help travelers narrow down their options from people who have been there. While the Caribbean is a hot spot for cruisers, more “off-the-beaten-path” cruise destinations gained in popularity this year, according to Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic. This year’s “most popular cruise destination” goes to a river cruise in Avignon, France (where the Obamas recently vacationed), located in the Provence region, after receiving the highest rating from travelers among all cruise destinations across the globe. Avignon, which is located on the left bank of the Rhone river and has a population of less than 100,000 people, was also named the best European river cruise destination by Cruise Critic. Here are the most popular cruise destinations worldwide, according to Cruise Critic.

1. Avignon, France

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This quaint little French city located in southeastern France’s Provence region has become a popular stop on Rhone River cruise itineraries over the years. McDaniel describes the destination as “picturesque” and a “wine-lover’s dream” because its the perfect access point to tour the famed Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region. For history lovers, it’s also home to the Palace of Popes, the papal residence during the 14th century. Avignon is also about an hour drive from Marseille — the location of the nearest international airport. Cruise lines that travel to Avignon include Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways and Emerald Waterways.

2. Bora Bora

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This small South Pacific island northwest of Tahiti is a popular honeymoon destination for cruisers as well as avid snorkelers and divers — or even for those those who just want to relax on a beach. McDaniel says the best perk about cruising to this island instead of a land-based vacation is that it’s usually cheaper and most ships typically stay in port for more than one day. Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises are the largest cruise lines that travel to Bora Bora.

3. Glacier Bay, Alaska

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While cruise ships that visit Glacier Bay never get to dock at the port, they do sail through Glacier Bay National Park, giving travelers an incredible and intimate view of the National Monument’s glaciers, fijords and wildlife. What’s more, McDaniel says that often times a park guide will join guests on board to give a guided tour and talk about its history. Holland America Line and Ponant Cruises are popular cruise lines that travel to Glacier Bay.

4. Vienna, Austria

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As the largest city and capital of Austria, Vienna has always been a popular spot for those cruising along the Danube River. McDaniel says travelers are drawn to the city’s historic palaces and incredible architecture. Most cruises include an overnight stay in the city so passengers can check out its vibrant nightlife. The cruise lines that travel to Vienna include Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways and Emerald Waterways.

5. Singapore

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This island city-state located in Southeast Asia has grown into a popular cruise destination over the years. McDaniel says everything from its “overall energy, to its culture, dining, and architecture” have attracted travelers. However, one thing that is particularly great for cruisers, she says, is that it’s an easily navigable city, making it ideal for exploration even when there’s a limited amount of time in port. And for those looking to spend a longer time in Singapore, there are many cruises that depart directly from the city so travelers can arrive a few days before setting sail to take full advantage of what the city has to offer. Major cruises lines including Celebrity Cruises, Marella Cruises and Holland America Line all travel to Singapore.

6. Kirkwall, Scotland

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Kirkwall is the largest town in the island chain of Orkney, located north of Scotland. McDaniel says cruisers have been increasingly drawn to this destination due to its rich history, with settlements dating back to 3000 BC and its famous St. Magnus Cathedral, which is nearly 900 years old. In 1999, Kirkwall was also designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cruisers love it because they call the historic streets as they shop, dine and learn about history. Cunard Line, Princess Cruises and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines all travel to Kirkwall.

7. Flam, Norway

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This quaint village located in southwestern Norway is known for its fjords. McDaniel says cruisers also love its snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and gorgeous meadows, with one Cruise Critic reviewer calling it one of the “most beautiful places on Earth.” Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Marella Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises all travel to Flam. Like this story? Like CNBC Make It on Facebook. Don’t miss: You can rent Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ former yacht for nearly $630,000 a week — take a look


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United Airlines posts higher profits and buys used Boeing 737s as Max grounding drags on

Strong travel demand pushed United Airlines Holdings second-quarter profit up more than 50% from a year ago, despite continued challenges from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. The Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide since mid-March following two fatal crashes — one in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March — that killed a total of 346 people. United, which has 14 737 Max 9 jets, had expected the planes to return by Labor Day. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max jets


Strong travel demand pushed United Airlines Holdings second-quarter profit up more than 50% from a year ago, despite continued challenges from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. The Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide since mid-March following two fatal crashes — one in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March — that killed a total of 346 people. United, which has 14 737 Max 9 jets, had expected the planes to return by Labor Day. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max jets
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United Airlines posts higher profits and buys used Boeing 737s as Max grounding drags on

Strong travel demand pushed United Airlines Holdings second-quarter profit up more than 50% from a year ago, despite continued challenges from the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max.

United did not break out how the grounding, now in its fifth month, affected its bottom line but said it signed an agreement to buy 19 used Boeing 737-700 planes, older jets that it can use to meet growing demand. It expects those planes to be delivered in December.

The Boeing 737 Max planes have been grounded worldwide since mid-March following two fatal crashes — one in Indonesia in October and another in Ethiopia in March — that killed a total of 346 people. Regulators have not said when they expect to allow the planes to fly again, forcing airlines to cancel thousands of flights during the peak summer travel season and through the fall.

Airlines have scrambled to meet demand by combining flights and making other schedule tweaks.

On Friday, United removed the planes from its schedule through the start of November, with no end in sight to the grounding. United, which has 14 737 Max 9 jets, had expected the planes to return by Labor Day. American Airlines on Sunday also took the planes out of its schedules until early November, a move that would mean the cancellation of about 115 flights a day. American has 24 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet.

Delta Air Lines, which does not have the troubled plane in its fleet, said it has marginally benefited as rivals’ operations are hamstrung from the grounding.

In the three months ended June 30, net income rose 54% to $1.1 billion, or $4.02 a share, from $683 million, or $2.48 per share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, it earned $4.21 a share, beating analysts’ expectations of $4.09 a share.

Revenue rose close to 6% from a year ago to $11.4 billion, slightly above the $11.36 billion analysts had forecast, as demand for seats in every region where it operates climbed in the busy travel period.

The Chicago-based carrier also raised the low-end of its profit forecast for the year to $10.50 to $12 per share from an estimate of as low as $10 a share.

Executives from the second-largest U.S. carrier will hold a call with analysts on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET, when they will likely face questions on how the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max could affect its operations through the end of the year.

Shares were up 0.6% in postmarket trading.

American and Southwest report second-quarter results on July 25.


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Avoid making these 7 mistakes when you travel

Booking a flight at the last minuteOne of the first steps of vacation planning is booking a flight. For most parts of the world, ticket prices tend to rise as the departure date draws near, explains Alexis Tiacoh, spokesperson at travel site Expedia. Even if the date is valid during your time of travel, certain locations won’t accept it if it is about to expire. The standard fee to renew an adult passport book is $110, and it takes six to eight weeks to arrive. Not taking advantage of apps and r


Booking a flight at the last minuteOne of the first steps of vacation planning is booking a flight. For most parts of the world, ticket prices tend to rise as the departure date draws near, explains Alexis Tiacoh, spokesperson at travel site Expedia. Even if the date is valid during your time of travel, certain locations won’t accept it if it is about to expire. The standard fee to renew an adult passport book is $110, and it takes six to eight weeks to arrive. Not taking advantage of apps and r
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Avoid making these 7 mistakes when you travel

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1. Booking a flight at the last minute

One of the first steps of vacation planning is booking a flight. Timing is key when it comes to getting the right price. For most parts of the world, ticket prices tend to rise as the departure date draws near, explains Alexis Tiacoh, spokesperson at travel site Expedia. “Waiting to book at the last minute can be an expensive gamble,” she said. Her recommendation: Buy your ticket three weeks ahead of a trip. For the best deals, book over the weekend, which she calls the “sweet spot” for fare savings.

2. Not weighing accommodations options

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Are you traveling alone, as a couple or as part of a larger group? While booking a hotel room may work for one or two people, it may make sense to look elsewhere if you have more in your group. The average daily rate of U.S. hotels was $128.94 as of February 2019, according to market data company Statista. In Europe, the average daily rate is 116.38 euros (approximately $131 U.S.) as of May 2019, data firm STR reported.

People tend to overspend on vacation because the excuse ‘I’m on vacation, I’m treating myself’ is easily validated or because they don’t budget correctly. Ashley Rossi editor at SmarterTravel

If booking multiple rooms, the cost could add up. “A vacation rental for larger groups and families could make more financial sense,” Tiacoh said. “Vacation rentals can offer lower nightly rates, bringing the per-person cost of your trip down considerably.” If you are booking a hotel, she suggests doing so on a Friday night to get the best deal.

3. Not alerting your bank

Before you even walk out the door to start your trip, don’t forget to alert your bank if you are traveling abroad. “It only takes a few minutes online to complete, but can be a big hassle if you forget and transactions are denied as fraudulent upon landing,” said Shannon McMahon, also an editor at SmarterTravel.

And that can leave you with no money to spend — and a lot of time and money on the phone trying to straighten things out. While your at it, also check out your bank’s foreign transaction fee, which is usually 1% to 3% for purchases. You can save on that if you get a credit or debit card that offers a no-fee perk. There are also ATM fees, which usually includes a flat fee up to $5 and may also include foreign transaction, currency conversion, and/or out-of-network fees.

4. Checking your passport too late

Having a passport that is near its expiration could cost you big time in order to expedite its renewal. Even if the date is valid during your time of travel, certain locations won’t accept it if it is about to expire. “Many countries, including Belgium, Thailand, China, Ecuador, and more require three to six months of passport validity upon entry — so even if you have a valid passport you might be stopped at customs, and it could compromise your trip,” McMahon said. The standard fee to renew an adult passport book is $110, and it takes six to eight weeks to arrive. For an extra $60, you can get it in two to three weeks, or in about 8 days if you deal directly with a passport agency. (Life or death emergencies are another story; agencies can process those quicker with proof of the emergency.) Need it even faster? There’s also a new service from FedEx that can replace an expired or soon-to-expire passport in 24 hours — for the hefty price of $449, McMahon noted. On top of that, there are overnight shipping costs and the $170 expedited fee that goes to the government.

5. Not taking advantage of apps and rewards

If you book your trip on a travel app, you may find more savings and exclusive deals, Expedia’s Tiacoh said. The same goes if you are a member of a rewards program through an online travel site.

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If you have a rewards credit card, you can use the points you’ve earned towards things such as flights and hotels. You may also get other savings, like free checked bags or a free night’s stay. For example, many airlines credit cards offer a free first checked bag, which would could save you $30 per bag. Different carriers have different allowances, but even for just two passengers the savings is $120 round trip. Also, hotel branded-cards usually give cardholders a free night’s stay each year they renew the card.

6. Not knowing transportation options

You could wind up spending more on transportation if you don’t do your research ahead of time. “In big cities known for traffic, you’ll want to avoid cabs and rideshares that can add up quickly since public transit can be faster as well as cheaper,” McMahon said. The subway fare in New York City, for example, is $2.75. Cabs have an initial charge of $2.50 plus 50 cents per one-fifth mile, when travelling above 12 miles an hour or per 60 seconds in slow traffic. There are also surcharges that can apply. While public transit is typically the most affordable way to get around, it may not always be best if there are safer, faster and still-cheap options, McMahon pointed out. “A lot of cities in Asia and the Middle East have other options like fast and affordable tuk tuks, rideshares or even cheap taxis — which might be a better value even if they’re slightly pricier than public transit,” she said.

7. Overspending on groceries

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56% of Americans don’t know how much they need to retire—here’s why that’s a problem

More than half (56%) of American adults don’t know how much money they’ll need to retire, according to data from Northwestern Mutual’s 2019 Planning & Progress Study. Without understanding how much money they’ll actually need, many people are failing to effectively save for retirement, Emily Holbrook, senior director of planning at Northwestern Mutual, tells CNBC Make It. Retirement doesn’t look the same for everyone and what works for your friend or neighbor may not be enough for you. “You need


More than half (56%) of American adults don’t know how much money they’ll need to retire, according to data from Northwestern Mutual’s 2019 Planning & Progress Study. Without understanding how much money they’ll actually need, many people are failing to effectively save for retirement, Emily Holbrook, senior director of planning at Northwestern Mutual, tells CNBC Make It. Retirement doesn’t look the same for everyone and what works for your friend or neighbor may not be enough for you. “You need
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56% of Americans don't know how much they need to retire—here's why that's a problem

More than half (56%) of American adults don’t know how much money they’ll need to retire, according to data from Northwestern Mutual’s 2019 Planning & Progress Study.

That’s alarming. Without understanding how much money they’ll actually need, many people are failing to effectively save for retirement, Emily Holbrook, senior director of planning at Northwestern Mutual, tells CNBC Make It.

Although there are general guidelines that detail how much you should aim to save, “it really comes down to a lot of specifics for people individually,” Holbrook says.

Retirement doesn’t look the same for everyone and what works for your friend or neighbor may not be enough for you. “You need to understand, how do you anticipate living life in retirement? Will you have expenses that go up, if you want to travel a lot, for example?” Holbrook asks. “What travel do you want to do? How does it align with what your spouse thinks about retirement plans? You need to not only have a rule of thumb, but really think through what retirement looks like to you.”


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Planning to travel while on Medicare? Make sure you have coverage at your destination

Assuming you’re on Medicare — most adults age 65 or older are — coverage away from home depends partly on where you travel to, along with whether you’re on basic Medicare or get your benefits through an Advantage Plan. And while travel medical insurance can be the solution to plugging holes in coverage, it’s worthwhile first determining whether you need it. Retirees who choose to stick with that coverage — instead of going with an Advantage Plan — typically pair their coverage with a stand-alone


Assuming you’re on Medicare — most adults age 65 or older are — coverage away from home depends partly on where you travel to, along with whether you’re on basic Medicare or get your benefits through an Advantage Plan. And while travel medical insurance can be the solution to plugging holes in coverage, it’s worthwhile first determining whether you need it. Retirees who choose to stick with that coverage — instead of going with an Advantage Plan — typically pair their coverage with a stand-alone
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Planning to travel while on Medicare? Make sure you have coverage at your destination

For many older Americans, retirement means freedom to explore beyond your backyard. Before you take off, however, check whether your health insurance travel with you. Assuming you’re on Medicare — most adults age 65 or older are — coverage away from home depends partly on where you travel to, along with whether you’re on basic Medicare or get your benefits through an Advantage Plan. It also can depend on whether the care you get is routine or due to an emergency. And while travel medical insurance can be the solution to plugging holes in coverage, it’s worthwhile first determining whether you need it. Original Medicare consists of Part A (hospital coverage) and Part B (outpatient care). Retirees who choose to stick with that coverage — instead of going with an Advantage Plan — typically pair their coverage with a stand-alone prescription-drug plan (Part D).

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If this is your situation, coverage while traveling in the U.S. and its territories is fairly straightforward: You can go to any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare (most do), whether for routine care or an emergency. It’s when you venture beyond U.S. borders that things get trickier. Generally speaking, Medicare does not provide any coverage when you’re not in the U.S. There are a few exceptions, such as when you’re on a ship within the territorial waters adjoining the country — within six hours of a U.S. port — or you’re traveling from state to state but the closest hospital to treat you is in a foreign country (i.e., you’re in Canada while heading to Alaska from the 48 contiguous states). About a third of retirees on original Medicare also purchase supplemental coverage through a Medigap policy (you cannot pair Medigap with an Advantage Plan). Those policies — which are standardized from state to state but vary in price — offer coverage for the cost-sharing parts of Medicare, such as copays and co-insurance.

Some Medigap policies — Plans C, D, F, G, M and N — offer coverage for travel. You pay a $250 annual deductible and then 20% of costs up to a lifetime maximum of $50,000. But, that amount may not go very far, depending on the type of medical services you need. “I tell our clients that a supplement is not designed for you to get a $50,000 surgery in France. It’s designed to get you healthy enough to get you back on U.S. soil to have the surgery,” said Roger Luchene, a Medicare agent with Hammer Financial Group in Schererville, Indiana. Also be aware that there is no overseas coverage through a Part D prescription drug plan. And, Medigap policies do not cover any costs related to Part D, whether you’re in the U.S. or elsewhere.

I tell our clients that a supplement is not designed for you to get a $50,000 surgery in France. It’s designed to get you healthy enough to get you back on U.S. soil to have the surgery. Roger Luchene Medicare agent with Hammer Financial Group

For retirees who get their Medicare benefits — Parts A, B and typically D — through an Advantage Plan, it’s important to check your coverage even if you’re not leaving U.S. soil. While these plans are required to cover your emergency care anywhere in the U.S., you may be on the hook for routine care outside of their service area. Or, other plans may let you visit out-of-network providers, but require you to pay more. “Check to see if your plan has some sort of U.S. coverage outside of your area,” said Elizabeth Gavino, founder of Lewin & Gavino in New York and an independent broker and general agent for Medicare plans. “The big carriers generally do, and depending on where you’re traveling, you could find in-network providers there.” More from Personal Finance:

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Retirees lose $3.4 trillion claiming Social Security too early Some Advantage Plans might also offer coverage for emergencies overseas, so it’s important to know whether your plan does and to what extent. Whether you have an Advantage Plan or original Medicare, travel medical insurance might be appropriate if you think your existing coverage is insufficient. “That type of insurance is not too expensive — maybe $90 for two weeks — and you can get a pretty substantial policy,” Gavino said. Such options are priced based on your age, the length of the coverage and the amount of it. On top of providing coverage for necessary health services, a policy typically includes extras such as non-medical required evacuation, lost luggage and even dental care required due to an injury. The plans typically come with a deductible — say, $250 or more — and coverage could range from about $50,000 in maximum benefits to upwards of $1 million or more. However, if you’re age 70 or older, you might face a lower lifetime maximum.

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Medical bills are a growing concern for cancer patients

Cancer can take a significant toll on your health, your work, your family – and, increasingly, your wallet. There are currently an estimated 16.9 million people in the U.S. who have received a cancer diagnosis. For them, the disease comes with many disproportionate hardships, from the physical and the emotional to the financial. Not only is cancer one of the most expensive medical conditions to treat, but even those with good medical insurance face an added burden from other aspects of treatment


Cancer can take a significant toll on your health, your work, your family – and, increasingly, your wallet. There are currently an estimated 16.9 million people in the U.S. who have received a cancer diagnosis. For them, the disease comes with many disproportionate hardships, from the physical and the emotional to the financial. Not only is cancer one of the most expensive medical conditions to treat, but even those with good medical insurance face an added burden from other aspects of treatment
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Medical bills are a growing concern for cancer patients

Cancer can take a significant toll on your health, your work, your family – and, increasingly, your wallet. There are currently an estimated 16.9 million people in the U.S. who have received a cancer diagnosis. For them, the disease comes with many disproportionate hardships, from the physical and the emotional to the financial. Not only is cancer one of the most expensive medical conditions to treat, but even those with good medical insurance face an added burden from other aspects of treatment, such as travel expenses and increased time off from work.

What is a problem is when the cost of care is a shock. Janet de Moor program director at the National Cancer Institute


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Marriott accused of deceptive ‘drip pricing’ by Washington, D.C.

Hotel chain Marriott International was sued by the District of Columbia on Tuesday over allegedly deceptive “drip pricing” practices that tacked on hidden fees to hotel bills. According the complaint, Marriott has failed for a decade or more to disclose certain fees when it advertises prices for hotel rooms. These hidden fees, which could add up to $95 per day, allegedly applied to listings on Marriott’s own website and travel websites such as Expedia. “Marriott reaped hundreds of millions of do


Hotel chain Marriott International was sued by the District of Columbia on Tuesday over allegedly deceptive “drip pricing” practices that tacked on hidden fees to hotel bills. According the complaint, Marriott has failed for a decade or more to disclose certain fees when it advertises prices for hotel rooms. These hidden fees, which could add up to $95 per day, allegedly applied to listings on Marriott’s own website and travel websites such as Expedia. “Marriott reaped hundreds of millions of do
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Marriott accused of deceptive 'drip pricing' by Washington, D.C.

Hotel chain Marriott International was sued by the District of Columbia on Tuesday over allegedly deceptive “drip pricing” practices that tacked on hidden fees to hotel bills.

According the complaint, Marriott has failed for a decade or more to disclose certain fees when it advertises prices for hotel rooms. These hidden fees, which could add up to $95 per day, allegedly applied to listings on Marriott’s own website and travel websites such as Expedia.

“Marriott reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in profit by deceiving consumers about the true price of its hotel rooms,” D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine said in a news release.

The fees for the hotel room were sometimes grouped as “taxes and fees” and not presented until after customers had already entered their credit card information, the complaint alleges. In other cases, the fees were advertised as covering amenities, such as parking, that were either complimentary or that guests had to pay for when they got to the hotel even after paying a resort fee, according to the complaint.

Marriott said it does not comment on pending litigation.

A 2017 report from the Federal Trade Commission found that separating rental costs from extra fees without first showing customers the total price was “likely to harm consumers by increasing the search costs and cognitive costs of finding and choosing hotel accommodations.” The practice is known as “drip pricing.”

The lawsuit comes after an investigation into the hotel industry by all 50 states and D.C. Racine is seeking a court order to force Marriott to advertise the full price of a stay as well as pay financial penalties and restitution to affected guests.

The fees charged by hotels has been a source of frustration for online booking companies. Booking Holdings, which owns travel sites Booking.com, Priceline.com and Kayak.com, has begun charging commission on these fees, while Expedia said its goal is to make sure that, among hotels that are otherwise equal, listings without mandatory fees have higher visibility than those that do. Booking and Expedia declined to comment on the Marriott lawsuit.


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4 little-known travel tips that can save you money

Young people are more likely to prioritize spending on travel than older generations, sometimes to the detriment of their savings accounts. Here are four easy ways to save money while traveling that you might not be aware of. Use credit cards when you travel abroadWhile traveling abroad, the best option for paying for things is to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. “Pick the local currency and let your credit card company make the conversion. Take advantage of your travel credit


Young people are more likely to prioritize spending on travel than older generations, sometimes to the detriment of their savings accounts. Here are four easy ways to save money while traveling that you might not be aware of. Use credit cards when you travel abroadWhile traveling abroad, the best option for paying for things is to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. “Pick the local currency and let your credit card company make the conversion. Take advantage of your travel credit
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4 little-known travel tips that can save you money

Young people are more likely to prioritize spending on travel than older generations, sometimes to the detriment of their savings accounts. But seeing the world doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are four easy ways to save money while traveling that you might not be aware of.

1. Call the hotel to ask for a better rate

If you use an online travel agency like Expedia or Orbitz to book a hotel, you might not get the best deal. These OTAs, as they are called, charge commissions on room bookings and some hotels add additional fees when you book through an OTA to recoup part of the commission cost. Calling the hotel itself and asking if they can beat the price — and keep all of the proceeds — could save you a few bucks, especially because hotels aren’t typically offering the OTAs their best deals to begin with. One more benefit of calling a hotel directly: It’s easier to cancel a reservation or make a change if something comes up, without having to deal with a third party. OTAs are convenient search tools. You can use them to comparison shop, but then call the hotel directly to make your reservation.

2. Use credit cards when you travel abroad

While traveling abroad, the best option for paying for things is to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees. But even if your card has a fee, it could be a better deal than converting currency at a kiosk, according to a recent study from WalletHub. In fact, using a credit or debit card is likely cheaper than converting at most banks and credit unions. WalletHub found that a card with no foreign transaction fees saves travelers 9.31% compared to Travelex, a popular currency exchange service, and 7.14% compared to the average bank or credit union. “Why waste the time exchanging physical currency, not to mention risk carrying it around, when a credit card will handle everything automatically and give you the best exchange rates,” writes WalletHub. “Plus, plastic provides a $0 liability guarantee for unauthorized transactions should your card be lost or stolen.”

If you’re paying with a card abroad and a merchant asks if you want to pay in local currency or U.S. dollars, always pick the local currency. “The rate at which they are converting the currency is always worse than the rate your bank will give you,” writes Matt Kepnes, a travel blogger. “Pick the local currency and let your credit card company make the conversion. You’ll get a better rate.”

3. Take advantage of your travel credit card’s insurance

Travel credit cards are great for racking up rewards and miles, and getting access to perks like travel lounges. But they can also bail you out of a tough situation. If you’ve used a travel card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or United Explorer to book your flights, hotels, etc., then you can use the card’s trip cancellation, delay or baggage loss insurance if something goes wrong. Perks vary by card, but if your bag is lost somewhere along your trip, for example, your credit card issuer may reimburse you for select replacement items, like new clothes or toiletries, up to a certain amount of money each day. That said, read your card’s coverage carefully. Some cover significantly less than others. For example, some cards cover up to $1,500 in nonrefundable expenses from a trip, while others, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, cover up to $10,000, according to CreditCards.com.

4. Ask for cash if you’re bumped from a flight


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This law firm owns a $3 million private jet to travel to work—look inside

2 Hours AgoTo view this site, you need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser, and either the Flash Plugin or an HTML5-Video enabled browser. Download the latest Flash player and try again. Patterson + Sheridan LLP bought a $3 million private jet to travel from Texas to California at least once a month to meet with their clients. They explain why the cost of the plane is worth it to them and how they use it to get their work done more efficiently.


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This law firm owns a $3 million private jet to travel to work—look inside

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Patterson + Sheridan LLP bought a $3 million private jet to travel from Texas to California at least once a month to meet with their clients. They explain why the cost of the plane is worth it to them and how they use it to get their work done more efficiently.


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European stocks close higher on Lagarde’s nomination as the next ECB chief

European stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday as EU leaders agreed on nominees to lead the bloc’s main institutions for the next five years following a marathon summit. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed provisionally up by 0.8%, with the majority of sectors and all major bourses in positive territory. Travel and leisure stocks led the gains with a 2% jump.


European stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday as EU leaders agreed on nominees to lead the bloc’s main institutions for the next five years following a marathon summit. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed provisionally up by 0.8%, with the majority of sectors and all major bourses in positive territory. Travel and leisure stocks led the gains with a 2% jump.
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European stocks close higher on Lagarde's nomination as the next ECB chief

European stocks closed sharply higher Wednesday as EU leaders agreed on nominees to lead the bloc’s main institutions for the next five years following a marathon summit.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed provisionally up by 0.8%, with the majority of sectors and all major bourses in positive territory. Travel and leisure stocks led the gains with a 2% jump.


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