UberPool App (Photo: Uber Technologies Inc.)

The wildly successful ride-sharing service is poised to expand into meal-delivery services. ... read more»

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Enter the United "Golf Destination" sweepstakes by December 31 for a chance to win a golfing trip for two to Hilton Head, including air, hotel, and 18 rounds of golf. ... read more»

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Beginning next year, members of the Delta and Alaska Air loyalty programs will earn fewer miles when flying on the other airline. It's complicated. ... read more»

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If it's a good deal (or a notably bad one), you can read all about it here, and plan your travel accordingly. ... read more»

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Exit rows and bulkhead seats will soon be the target of fees ranging from $15 to $50, writes Tim Winship. ... read more»

United: Docked Planes (Photo: Shutterstock/Songquan Deng)

Hard on the heels of upping the requirements to qualify for elite status in its MileagePlus program, United has announced a series of cutbacks to elite members' perks. ... read more»

Since May of this year, our sister site CruiseCritic has been reporting on rumors that billionaire Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, wants to expand his oeuvre into the cruise business. Early reports indicated that a Virgin cruise line would likely launch around 2019 in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, but we haven't heard any specifics in a while. 

Today, things got a little more official.

In a press release, Branson officially launched Virgin Cruises and appointed its CEO, Tom McAlpin (former president of Disney Cruise Line). Virgin Cruises will be based in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area with a fleet of two brand-new cruise ships. The line's lead investment partner will be the private investment firm Bain Capital, which means that very big money will likely be pumped into this very big project. ... read more»

Consumer advocate Ed Perkins is traveling in Europe this week, sending tips and tales from the road. Follow along here.

I'm not the first SmarterTravel contributor to ride the 787. But as far as I know, everyone has found it to be unusually comfortable, largely because of the low cabin altitude and high humidity. Those big windows are nice, too.

The technical element is also good; the 787 performs very well. I was amazed that our flight on Norwegian's 787 Dreamliner climbed right to 40,000 feet before we flew over Vegas. Most jets can't get that high that fast, but apparently it's routine for the 787. Also, according to trade reports, the 787 is meeting its ambitious goals of low fuel consumption. ... read more»

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What Is it: The Tortuga Travel Backpack.

Price and Where to Buy: $199 on Tortuga's website.

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Consumer advocate Ed Perkins is traveling in Europe this week, sending tips and tales from the road. Follow along here.

I don't usually write about travel gadgets, but on this trip I took three that have really helped.

One was an all-purpose adapter that lets you use your U.S. plug to get juice almost anywhere: a Jumbl. Its best feature: Jumbl has a USB socket that you can use to charge stuff even when you have something else connected. It's $9.99 at Amazon. ... read more»

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