The 10 worst travel apps in the world

If you travel, you probably already know that smartphone apps aren’t that smart. In fact, they’re sometimes buggy, sluggish and hard to use.
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They flew first class for free and here’s how you can, too

A “free” first class upgrade is the Holy Grail of air travel. And Sam Huang did it with one of the most sought-after premium sections on the planet — an around-the-world flight in one of Emirates’ legendary First Class Suites.
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Let’s set the Wi-Fi free now!

If it’s 2015, then why are hotel guests still doing something so ’90s, like paying extra for an Internet connection?

Charging for wireless access in the 21st century is as silly as it sounds. An Internet connection is so essential, many guests would sooner do without indoor plumbing, electricity or heat in their room. A 2014 survey by Hotels.com found Wi-Fi was the most desirable in-room amenity.
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Warning! These “free” travel offers can really cost you

The travel industry is infatuated with the word “free,” and face it, so are travelers. Don’t believe me? Then feel free to ask anyone who has taken advantage of a “free” deal and regretted it.
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Get your free credit report right here (some restrictions apply)

If you aren’t familiar with the “free” credit report scam, then meet Brian Youngblood. One day while he was online, he clicked on an ad that offered a “free” credit report.
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In 2014, beware of the word “free”

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How dumb do they think you are?

As the dust settled on the now-finished holiday shopping season, I couldn’t help but wonder. One study concluded it was one of the strongest seasons in recent memory, adding that more than seven shoppers said they plan to take advantage of “free shipping” offers, while nearly half expect “free” returns.

I nearly choked on my espresso when I read that. Did they just say “free”?

Right about now, half of you are saying to yourself: TANSTAAFL! That’s shorthand for “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” and you’re right, of course. Bonus points if you can tell me which Robert Heinlein book it’s from. (Yeah, I grew up reading sci-fi novels.)

The other half? “Grinch!” (Belatedly.) Or worse.
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A la carte the way it’s supposed to be: Hotel chain offers free food to guests

druryTurns out there is such a thing as a free lunch. Or in this case, dinner.

Drury Hotels, the family-owned hotel chain that includes mid-priced properties such as Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Plaza Hotels, and Pear Tree Inn by Drury, are offering free hot food at a time when competitors are busy cutting back amenities.

Seriously.
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