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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

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 Thanksgiving. We also looked at the best and worst days to travel during the five days before and after ...

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Over 4 Million Miles Up for Grabs in the First Half of 2016

Consumers didn't even need to fly to take advantage of most of the nearly 1,000 offers by airlines

Using credit card spending to rack up miles can be incredibly rewarding and allow you to earn a free flight. What many people don’t know is that they can take advantage of promotions offered by airlines and their partners to quickly boost the number of miles in their frequent flyer account and put them on the fast track to their next vacation.

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Buffalo Travelers Have Advantages When Flying in September, Especially to Eastern Corridor Destinations

Brooklyn, NY (August 20, 2016) - Frequent travelers departing from Buffalo’s Niagara International Airport during September will find significant advantages when using flyer reward programs. In fact, RewardExpert.com reports that September averages out to be the most advantageous month for Buffalo travelers using flyer reward miles to travel to domestic cities. International travel was split between September and December as the most favorable times to book through rewards programs.

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