Airport -  Busy check-in area (Photo: San Francisco International Airport)

Earlier this month, when Delta announced that it was raising the price of annual Sky Club lounge memberships by 54 percent, many travelers responded with raised eyebrows and a gruff "For what?"

Perhaps in response to that question, Delta today posted the following announcement on its Taking Off blog:...read more»

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Is it better to look fabulous or to travel lightly? This common packing dilemma hangs on the choice between fashion and function. But where there's a will, there's a way to master the art of dressing well—no matter what the weather—and packing intelligently. With the right combo of versatile, classic, and seasonally appropriate pieces, you can look chic and put together in any season. Here's our guide to packing well in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

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Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem (Photo: Rick Steves)

Rick Steves has been traveling in Israel and Palestine to film a documentary about these complex and fascinating places. This is the first article in a four-part series about his impressions of the Holy Land.

Before Columbus, many maps of the world showed Jerusalem as the center of the world. Jerusalem—holy, treasured, and long fought over by the three great monotheistic religions—has been destroyed and rebuilt more than a dozen times. Its fabled walls corral a tangle of colorful, holy sites, and more than 30,000 residents—most with a deep-seated reason to live so close to their religious ground zero. ...read more»

Train riding along the coast (Photo: iStockphoto/Paul Erickson)

In just about any part of the world that has a good rail system, traveling by train is far more pleasant than traveling by economy-class air. Seats are wider, legroom is better, you avoid the time and expense of getting to/from airports, you avoid security hassles, and you see some great scenery out of wide windows. Relative costs vary—in many places, trains are cheaper than flying; in others, rail fares are higher. Many rail systems offer discounted rates to seniors, youth, and members of various organizations, but "sale" fares for travelers of any age are sometimes better. ...read more»

Woman shopping online (Photo: Image DJ/Index Open)

"You gotta get a gimmick," sang three strippers in the musical Gypsy, and some wannabe Internet start-up millionaires have taken that advice to heart. By now the "we find the lowest fares" shtick is very 20th century, and innovators realize they either have to add something to the raw fare/rate information or allow you to search beyond the mere base prices. Here are three recent innovations. ...read more»

TSA Agent Searching Bag (Photo: Carolina K. Smith, M.D. /Shutterstock.com)

The TSA sure was busy in 2013—according to the agency's Year in Review blog post, they screened 638,705,790 passengers last year. That's over a million more flyers than in 2012. And of course, when you screen that many people, you're going to find some weird (and scary) things. ...read more»

Bahamas: Exumas, Beach (Photo: Shutterstock/Knumina)

After decades of domestic-only service, Southwest will begin flying overseas, to the Caribbean, in July....read more»

Luggage: Money-Filled Bag (Photo: Shutterstock/Sergej Khakimullin)

In yesterday's teleconference with financial analysts and the press, Southwest capped its 41st consecutive year of profitability by announcing record fourth-quarter and full-year profits, of $212 million and $754 million respectively.

Nice, if you own Southwest stock.

But there was some good news for travelers as well....read more»

Cayman Islands, Seven Mile Beach (Photo: iStockPhoto/Jodi Jacobson)

Enter the STARZ "High Seas" sweepstakes by February 15, 2014, for a chance to win a five-day trip for two to Grand Cayman, including air, hotel, most meals, and a rental car....read more»

Miles & Points (Photo: Shutterstock)

Following is our regular summary of the latest travel news and best frequent traveler promotions reviewed during the past week.

If it was a good deal—or a notably bad deal—from an airline, hotel, or car rental loyalty program, you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly.

Southwest: 'No Bag Fees in 2014'

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly laid to rest rumors that Southwest would begin imposing fees for checked bags and for flight changes. Not in 2014, he promised. ...read more»

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