Traveling to tropical beaches, big cities, or snowy mountain resorts all sound like great getaways. We’ve got travel deals, consumer alerts, passport advice and more to help you be a smart, savvy traveler.
Several years ago the federal government started issuing electronic passports, which contain a microchip to help prevent identity theft and scams. When you're traveling to your vacation home or your second home outside of the U.S. you may need to carry an electronic passport. Electronic passports are also supposed to reduce fraud.
If you wait until summer to apply for a passport you may face a lot of competition and it may take longer for the government to process your passport application. It's best to apply for a passport as soon as you know that you have a trip coming up. Or you can also apply for a passport when you aren't in a rush, when you don't have any travel planned in the near future.
Millions of people around the world are enrolled in plans to earn frequent flyer miles. Most programs to earn frequent flyer miles are not part of the airline industry. The best thing to do with earned frequent flyer miles is to use them when you're retired and travel the world for free.
Save money by searching online travel sites for the best deals. All this is possible because planes to Europe are empty and airline and hotel operators are getting desperate. Check the Web sites listed below for other good deals that may be available today.
Many of these deals are time-sensitive, and may have expired by the time you read this column. Save money and check the Web sites listed below for other good deals that may be available today. If you're booking flights you can earn bonus miles for booking online. You can even use a senior discount on the web.