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The Hidden Costs of Rental Cars

You're renting a vehicle, not buying it, but many consumers have likely looked at their bill and wondered if that's really the case.

The Savvy Grown-Up's Guide to Spring Break on a Budget

College students aren't the only ones heading south for spring break. Couples and families of all ages want to escape the winter blues too, preferably with a great deal. Here's how to beat the crowds and find the least expensive, most relaxing vacations available.

Mickey Mouse Is Watching You: Does MyMagic Know Too Much?

Walt Disney World is about to get a bit more magical, but Mickey Mouse will have to soothe some skeptical privacy advocates along the way. Guests using its new MyMagic wristbands will get a more personalized vacation -- but do you really want Snow White to "magically" know your kid's name without being told?

FTC Warns Hotel Chains to Stop Hidden 'Resort Fees,' 'Drip Pricing'

Frequent travelers know that extra airline fees have become the norm. But resorts and hotels make it even harder to figure out what your final bill is going to add up to. Now, the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection is fighting back on our behalf.

Cruise Lines Gain Steam Again, a Year After Costa Concordia

Shares of Royal Caribbean coasted higher on Thursday after the cruise line posted an encouraging quarterly report -- and market leader Carnival followed in its wake. But it's when you dive deeper into the numbers that you can see how things will be getting even sunnier in days ahead.

Gas Prices Aside, Americans Have Been Hitting the Road Again

We're a nation that loves to drive, but in recent years, the soaring price of gas and the stuttering economy have kept our cars in our driveways more often. However, according to the Chase Freedom Lifestyle Index, our spending on road trips seems to be rising again.

I Love (to Shop for) You: Valentine's Spending to Rise

Chances are, you'll be more generous with your honey this Valentine's Day than last. Consumer spending on the holiday is expected to exceed last year's levels, according to surveys from the National Retail Federation and American Express.

Why Carnival Will Never Be Great Again

It's now been two weeks since the Costa Concordia accident off the Tuscan coast of Italy. That tragic event aside, cruising is still a remarkably safe vacation choice. What's probably not as safe is investing in Costa's parent Carnival.

4 Reasons to Book a Cruise Now

Last weekend's Costa Concordia accident, when the Carnival luxury liner tipped over after running aground on a rock off the Tuscan coast, was a thankfully rare tragedy. But even one such event is enough to scare some people away from floating vacations. If you're not one of the skittish, that temporary slowdown in bookings is just one reason this is a great time to schedule a cruise.

Frugal Americans to Take a DIY Approach in 2012

Americans plan to apply a new DIY-attitude across the board this year -- to their vacations, staying in shape and even beauty maintenance. It's all part of the trend of trying to scale back and save more money.

Disney's Leap-Day Venture: 24 Hours of Nonstop Magic

If you've ever wanted to spend a day at Disney World or Disneyland -- a whole day -- Feb. 29 is your chance. To celebrate the leap year, Disney will keep its flagship parks open 24 hours straight. That'll be a challenge for the House of Mouse -- and for Leap Day visitors' endurance.

Expert Tips for Racking Up Free Airline Miles

Now that summer is nearly over, you can start planning for next year's big vacation by racking up airline miles. We spoke with one expert who scored 250,000 miles in a 12-month period by opening just three cards. But his strategy isn't for everyone.