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2017’s Best Cities for Halloween

RewardExpert digs into the five best cities in each region of the country to find Halloween vacation spots that are so good, it's scary

Fall is a little bit of a middle child when it comes to travel. Summer vacation gets all of the headlines. Vacationers head to the airport and hit the beach so they can beat the heat unwind from work and school. After autumn is over, winter travel season starts. You get to go home for the holidays to see the family, roast chestnuts on an open fire, let Jack Frost nip at your nose – you know the drill.

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State Spotlight: The Best of Alabama

RewardExpert analyzes all 460 towns and cities in Alabama to determine which destinations are must-sees for those traveling through the Heart of Dixie

Sweet Home Alabama! Known as the Heart of Dixie, Alabama is a wonderful vacation destination; travelers of all stripes will find there is no lack of things to do. The state has a rich history, plenty of outdoor activities, and endless opportunities for relaxation, such as golfing, walking, touring wineries, or seeing live music.

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2017’s Most and Least Expensive U.S. Airports

RewardExpert examines which U.S. airports are most expensive

Travel can be awfully expensive. Between the plane tickets and taxi fares, even the little things like coffee, sandwiches, or Wi-Fi can start to add up. Airports aren’t exactly helping consumers’ wallets either. Today we live in a time where practically everything incurs a charge: switching seats, an extra bag, or even a bottle of water.

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Greenest Cities to Visit in 2017

For many people, big cities are synonymous with concrete, traffic, and congestion. For the eco-conscious traveler, big cities aren’t first to come to mind when picking a green destination. However, many of America’s biggest metropoles are making big strides towards becoming more eco-friendly.

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2017’s Best American Foodie Towns

Any foodie knows that great cuisine can be found in big cities like New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and do on. But isn’t it time to look beyond the metro hubs for all the good grub? This is a big country; there are many other incredible dining experiences to be had in America’s many nooks and crannies. Some of the tastiest and most authentic dishes are found in ma n’ pa restaurants in towns scattered across the country. Yet, the most important question remains; how do you find them? Most often, these hidden gems are known only through word of mouth or among the locals. To help ...

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2017 Labor Day Air Travel Forecast

Flight delays, cancellations, and various disruptions are inevitable while traveling. However, for those flying for Labor Day this year, let’s take a look at the track record of some destinations, airports, and carriers to help you prep for every eventually.

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2017’s Best U.S. Destinations for Retirees

No one deserves a vacation more than retirees. They've worked a long time for it, and many choose to spend their retirement exploring new destinations. In fact, in a survey conducted by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), they found that 39% of the retirees surveyed said they expect to take 4 or more domestic trips in the upcoming year.

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Destinations Where Your Dollar Takes You Further

Summer travel season is officially here. Students unshackled from finals are free to roam around the world and workaday types of all sorts put in hard-earned vacation days to do some international unwinding. These foreign romps aren’t cheap and it’s important to know how far your dollar will get you wherever you’re planning to travel. A cappuccino that might cost more than five bucks in Iceland could run you less than $2.00 in Czechia.

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2017 Independence Day Air Travel Forecast

Flight delays, cancellations, and various disruptions are inevitable while traveling. However, for those flying for the Fourth of July this year, let’s take a look at the track record of some cities, airports, and carriers to determine the best route to your destination.

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2017’s Best Destinations for Dads

Father’s Day is the one day of the year we can’t tell Dad to cool it on the dad-jokes. It’s a special day to celebrate him and he gets to do anything he wants! In a study by Home Away, 5,000 Dads were asked what they really wanted for Father’s Day. It wasn’t a tie. It wasn’t a new watch or cologne. It was a family vacation. Of the dads surveyed, 72.0% said they wanted a family vacation more than any other gift.

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2017’s Best Destinations to Explore by Bike

The benefits of biking are clear; it’s healthy, fun, and good for the environment. In recent years, local officials and policy makers have noticed and initiated legislation to make the country’s cities more bike friendly. Most recently, cities around the U.S. have adopted bike share programs making it easy for visitors to get around. People can rent bikes by the hour and return them to a variety of stations across the city. Initiatives like these combined with the expansion of protected bike lanes have led to to more bike-friendly cities.

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When Does Your Rewards Credit Card Start Paying for Itself?

During the past year, the roll out of huge credit card sign-up bonuses and lucrative reward programs have made high-fee luxury cards increasingly appealing. Even budget-conscious Millennials are jumping on the gravy train, as seen with their unprecedented interest in the pricey Chase Sapphire Reserve, which came out last summer and costs $450. In fact, a study from R.K. Hammer notes that income from credit card fees has risen in recent years, which means there’s an increased interest among consumers in these cards.

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2017’s Best Cities for Staycation

Staycations, also known as holistays, are an excellent option for those looking to “get away” without having to hop on a plane. Staycations are when people or families take a vacation without leaving their home city. Why would anyone want to stay home for vacation? Well, we’re glad you asked.

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Most Kid-Friendly Cities to Visit in 2017

For many families, planning for vacations can be time consuming and stressful - particularly when you have to factor in the many needs of young children. Many parents avoid visiting a big city with their little ones; the traffic, congestion, and stress can be too overwhelming to bring the children. However, certain cities in the United States are more child-friendly than others and they offer numerous opportunities that can help your family make lasting memories on your next vacation.

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RewardExpert 2017 Ranking of Best Cities to Travel with Pets

Traveling with pets can be a hassle. Pet parents are reluctant to leave their furbabies behind when they go on vacation, but it requires an extra layer of vacation planning to research pet-friendly accommodations and activities - especially when traveling to a big city.

The good news is that cities in the United States have become increasingly pet-friendly. Travelers are experiencing new cities with their pet in tow while exploring pet-friendly restaurants and cafes, parks, beaches, hiking trails, and more. RewardExpert set out to determine which of America’s biggest cities are the most welcoming and accommodating for the whole family, including Fido.

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RewardExpert’s Best Mid-Sized Cities to Visit in 2017

Most travelers fall into two buckets; they either want to explore the culture and heartbeat of a big city, or they want to get lost in nature. However, in the United States, there are many wonderful mid-sized cities that combine the exciting range of activities one might find in a big city with the space and greenery that outdoorsy travelers yearn for. While often overlooked, mid-sized cities offer the diversity of recreational activities at a more leisurely atmosphere and affordable price.

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RewardExpert 2017 Airport Dining Scorecard

In the not-too-distant past, airport food was considered a punchline and mainly thought about as the mixed nuts at a smoky airline lounge or a burger from a fast food joint like McDonald’s. As the years have passed, terminal operators have upped their culinary game to accommodate hungry travelers.

With the accommodations arms race sweeping many of America’s airports, we sought to find out which airport serves the best food. We compiled nearly 75,000 restaurant reviews from the top 20 most trafficked airlines in the country and gathered menu and pricing options to determine the best airport in terms of overall restaurant quality, variety, as well as the top airports for different dining categories.

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The Ultimate Pokéroute

Traveling the world to catch Pokémon certainly falls in line with the spirit of the games, but it also costs thousands in airline fares.

RewardExpert has crunched the numbers to provide Pokéfans with an around-the-globe strategy to catch even the rarest of Pokémon without breaking the bank.

With Pokémon Go, you can experience the thrill of catching rare Pokémon in the real world. Yet the only way to be a true Pokémon master is if you catch ‘em all. Since some of the rarest creatures are only available in specific areas, real Pokémasters have to travel the world.

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RewardExpert 2017 Mishandled Baggage Report

RewardExpert looked at DOT domestic-system data to determine which airlines offer the best baggage experience and which ones miss the mark. We analyzed the performance of 13 airlines from October 2013 to September 2016 to see how they ranked based on reported numbers of baggage complaints compared to the number of passengers on board. We also looked at the time of year baggage blunders are most and least likely to occur across the board. The numbers representing mishandled baggage were based on reports carriers received from passengers concerning lost, damaged, or pilfered baggage.

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Thanksgiving 2016 Holiday Air Travel Forecast

RewardExpert looks at the best and worst days to travel and the airports and airlines to avoid Flight delays are inevitable over the Thanksgiving holiday, but a look at the track record for some destinations, airports and carriers might have you rethinking your plans. RewardExpert analyzed Department of Transportation flight data from the past five years to give travelers an idea of where the most delays have been reported and which airlines were responsible. This report looked at the on-time performance of the top 10 domestic airlines at the 45 busiest airports in the U.S. over ...

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