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The Day You Fly Matters More Than What Day You Book

  If you put “best time to book a flight” into Google you’ll get more than 11 million results. Apparently people ask this a lot too. On a story trying to determine the magic booking window, CheapAir’s study of their customer data started out with this explanation: Since the majority of questions

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Which Countries Have the Cheapest International Flights?

In the olden days when I first started backpacking around the world, we had limited information on who had the cheapest flights. The only people who really had that data were the ones doing bookings every day—the travel agents that booked those round-the-world tickets we bought to game the system. Now that

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8 Reasons Not to Plan Your Whole Round-the-World Trip in Advance

As we sat and listened to the couple talking about where they had been on their round-the-world trip prior to this small island in Indonesia, I was getting exhausted. It was not because I had been especially active that day, but because their itinerary was so frantic and detailed that it made

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The Best U.S. Airlines (They’re Not the Big 3)

Travel + Leisure just published its annual “best of” issue with the results of its readers’ poll. When it comes to airlines, U.S. travelers would prefer to avoid the big 3. This readers’ poll is fraught with fundamental problems of course. There’s always a lot of ballot stuffing by those who have

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How to Buy Your Way into VIP Travel Status

Are you always in the last group to board the plane, stuck in a middle seat, scrounging for an outlet in the airport waiting area? Do you stand in long lines at customs or security while those business travelers whip through the Global Entry and TSA pre-check lines? Do you spend $5