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Online Travel Sites' Dirty Little Secrets

There is absolutely nothing wrong with leaning on traditional travel portals for your trip booking needs, but you still can't assume that any given site is offering you the best possible deal. Let's go over a few of the things that Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz would probably prefer that you don't know.

Is Travel Insurance a Smart Bet for Your Vacation?

Hurricane Irene's swath through the Caribbean this week probably left many of the no-longer paradise-bound wondering: Should I have taken out travel insurance? At the peak of hurricane season, even experts who usually shun the coverage say you should consider the policies.

Expedia's Game Plan for India's Travel Market

Online travel portal Expedia began doing business in India almost two years ago, and is now scaling up operations there. By forming partnerships with local suppliers, Expedia hopes to jump to fourth place in the market in less than a year. Here's how it plans to go about it.

Airfare Bargains: How You Can Land One This Summer

Airfares are still on the rise, and the experts don't expect them to descend any time soon. But if you're flexible, sociable and Web-savvy, you could still land a bargain deal on a flight this summer.

The Latest Airline Up-Sell: Direct Flights

The next time you book a flight with a connection, keep your cellphone handy with the ringer as loud as it%u2019ll go %u2014 you could get a call for a cheap up-sell on a direct fare.

Will Higher Airfares Ground More Flyers?

Cathay's Tony Tyler explains that when airlines last raised fares in 2008, most travelers kept right on flying. But as Mideast upheavals send oil prices skyward and airlines hike fares again to compensate, the impact on the industry's bottom line could be quite different.

Rising Oil Prices and Your Wallet

Crude oil prices are at a two-and-a-half-year high, and if prices edge up further -- and stay there for a period of time -- this would not only be...

While Airlines Are Profiting Again, Fliers Are Suffering

Of all the industries that have achieved record profits recently, none have posted more remarkable results than the airline industry. For the first time in a decade, the industry is on a glide path to profitability -- but it's getting there by squeezing its customers.

Airline Passengers Now Get Stranded -- Even Before It Snows

Thousands of stuck holiday travelers are just the beginning: Airlines' new policy of pre-emptively canceling flights to avoid snowstorms is lowering their losses, but will likely leave many more passengers without a flight home in the future.

Holiday Airfares Soar as Demand Heats Up

Flying home this holiday season could cost you a lot more than last year as increased demand pushes up air fares. A return ticket from Philadelphia to Orlando over Thanksgiving is 59% more expensive than in 2009, USA Today reported. A round trip from New York to San Francisco over Christmas will set you back 30% more than last year.

US Air, Southwest, JetBlue Are Finally Climbing Again

As the U.S. economic recovery edges forward, three airline stocks stand out as buys for fundamental reasons: US Airways Group, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue. Several analysts, including those at Value Line, see better days coming for this group.

UAL-Continental Merger Means Higher Fares and Fewer Flights...

The United-Continental megamerger raises many serious questions, not the least of which is how air passengers will be affected. The answer is simple: For the average flier, the combination will create pretty much nothing but more pain, in terms of both costs and inconvenience.

Say Goodbye to Summer Airfare Deals

Fewer seats and more travelers returning to the skies means you can forget landing a cheap airfare deal this summer. A survey of the average round-trip purchase price of an airline ticket on Travelocity.com found prices are higher by 13.4% than last summer, and slightly higher than 2008. The average fare for all domestic and international flights purchased on the travel site jumped from $415 last summer to $471 this year.

Economic crisis: best time to travel

Pack your bags, Americans, it's time to head to Europe. Major airlines--Continental, American, Lufthansa and Alitalia, to name a few--have slashed...