Travel Wise is aimed at helping people travel smart, especially independent travelers seeking good value. The column covers everything from the best resources to how to tap into the local culture. It runs each Sunday in the Travel section.
In a routine practice that remains something of a mystery to many travelers, hotels can place pending charges on your card, sometimes for $500 or more.
Tips for pleasant, and budget-friendly, shopping on trips.
How to get airline miles, points or elite status to travel for free or at big discounts.
How to find the most relevant reviews of hotels and restaurants on websites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor.
Some customers and consumer advocates want tougher federal regulations of cruise lines, and a proposed law is pending in the U.S. Senate.
10 tips for getting the best economy-class seat or a deal on a business-class seat.
As it gets harder to earn frequent-flier miles, travelers are dumping their allegiance to airlines and choosing flights more by price or convenience.
The pros and cons, and prices, of getting PreCheck or other trusted-traveler passes for airport security lanes.
Tips for finding the right destination and hotel, plus sightseeing strategies and medical precautions.
Airlines, hotels, cruise lines can change schedules, but travelers usually have to pay penalties for changes. Columnist Christopher Elliott says that’s a one-sided, unfair system that should be changed.