Norwegians Take United for a Ride

A little known Norwegian airline website named Widerøe generated a tremendous amount of buzz and a lot of very happy customers this weekend when word got out that supposed unintentional error in their reservation system was allowing people to book international tickets on United Airlines and its affiliated carriers at incredibly low prices. As sometimes happens, however, things are not always as they seem.

To give you an idea of the types of deals we're talking about, how about $130 round-trip from New York to Milan, Italy? That's not the base fare before tax—that's the total fare including all taxes and fees. Other examples include $280 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Dubai in the UAE, and $298 from Houston to Bombay, India. These are just a small smattering of the incredible deals that lucky travelers scored on Saturday and at least part of Sunday. Unheard of fares were available from across the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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An Insider's Guide to the Most Useful Travel Websites

Car Rental Prepayment It seems like every day another new travel website is being touted as being the "best" place to go when booking travel on-line. There are literally thousands of sites out there, and it's often tough to know which ones stand out when it comes to getting a good deal or making your life a little easier. Being a travel industry insider as the founder of, people often ask me what travel sites I find most useful. The question has come up enough that I decided to share my share my go-to list.

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Is Prepaying for your Car Rental Worthwhile?

Car Rental Prepayment Shopping for a car rental online can often be a confusing process. One of the choices consumers often face is whether to make a standard reservation in which you usually don't provide your payment information up front, but instead pay at the rental counter, or a prepaid rental in which you pay in full at the time the reservation is made. Is prepayment worthwhile for the average rental? Can you get a better deal this way? Let's take a look at the various options to find out.

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A Quick Primer on Car Rental Insurance

Hertz Gold Choice You've probably been there before. You're standing at the car rental counter, and the agent is trying to terrify you into purchasing an insurance package that totals more than the rental itself. After all, they're not getting rich off that super $10/day deal that you snagged on-line.

Before you dismiss the pitch with a wave though, and initial eight times in the 'DECLINE' section of rental agreement, there are some things you probably should consider to ensure sure you're adequately protected in the event of an accident. Here's a quick guide to covering your bases when renting in the U.S. (policies outside the U.S. vary greatly).

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The Power to Choose

Hertz Gold Choice When it comes to renting a car, there are some people who'd be perfectly happy with little more than a cardboard box and four wheels if it got them where they were going, while others have specific preferences about make, model, color and the condition of the vehicle. If you fall in into the cardboard box camp, you can probably stop reading now, but if you'd like to find out how to have a choice in vehicle selection when it comes to your next rental, then read on.

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