Gas Prices Surge but Still Way Lower Than Last Year

Filed under: Energy, Personal Finance, Travel, Gas Prices, Economy Wilfredo Lee/AP By Jennifer Saba The average price of regular grade gasoline rose 21 cents in the past two weeks, bringing it to $ 2.54 a gallon, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices bottomed out on Jan. 23. However, the price for gasoline is still lower by 97 cents ...

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When Gas Prices Drop, America Goes on Vacation

Filed under: Travel, Vacation Planning, Spending, This Built America Shutterstock / paffy By Evelyn Cheng When gas prices fall, the U.S. consumer spends more in the stores. That much is clear. But when they plummet-like they have during the last three months-consumers get even more excited, hitting the road, plane, or boat for vacations to the Caribbean and Las Vegas, ...

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Hilton and Marriott to You: Be Sure You’re Coming

Filed under: Travel, Travel Industry, Vacation Planning Alamy By Robert McGarvey Mark your calendar: Jan. 1. That is when both Hilton (HLT) and Marriott (MAR) stop permitting same-day hotel reservation cancellations. That may mean you will be paying for rooms you never set foot in. This is why you now need to know your other, better options that will save ...

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Gas Prices Drop Below $2 a Gallon in Texas, Oklahoma

Filed under: Energy, Travel, Transportation, Gas Prices, Saving By KEN MILLER OKLAHOMA CITY — Gas has dropped below $ 2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group said Friday was the lowest in the nation and a bargain that’s proven irresistible to some long lines of drivers coming ...

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Gas Prices Jump 13 Cents a Gallon; Could Go Higher

Filed under: Travel, Transportation, Gas Prices, Oil & Gas Industry, Consumer Issues CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of a regular gallon of gas jumped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $ 2.20, ending a sustained drop. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that a rebound in the price of crude oil caused the run-up at the pump. ...

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12 Ways to Save on Last-Minute Holiday Travel

Filed under: Travel, Saving By Maryalene LaPonsie If going home for the holidays — or escaping from home — is a part of your December plan, you may think it’s too late to score a deal. After all, aren’t we always told to book in advance for the best prices? While it can be easier to find deals if you ...

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5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays That You’ll Never Forget

Filed under: Holiday Shopping, Personal Finance, Travel, Gift Guides, Vacation Planning Robert Benson via Getty ImagesThe US Grant Hotel in San Diego. By Mia Taylor NEW YORK — Anyone can put up a Christmas tree and a sprig of mistletoe to celebrate the holidays, or pop a bottle of champagne to toast New Year’s. If those traditions have become too ...

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These Items Will Cost More in 2015

Filed under: Travel, Inflation, Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Products Tom Williams/Getty ImagesWith coffee prices on the rise, your morning latte will hit your wallet a little harder in 2015. By Susan Johnston Bad news for chocoholics: More worldwide demand and a West African drought impacting cacao crops could raise the price on your favorite sweet treat next year. “Manufacturers ...

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How Ordinary Folks Can Cheaply Fly on Private Jets

Filed under: Travel PeskyMonkey Tired of crowded airports and all the hassle that goes along with them? And jamming into coach seats along with the rest of the sardines? Would you rather dodge the lines, stretch out in a roomy seat seat on a private jet instead? It’s not as farfetched as it might seem. Sure, that’s the way celebrities ...

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Dropping Off Your Rental Car Doesn’t Mean You’re Off the Hook

Filed under: Travel Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg/Getty Images By Christopher Elliott Budget Rent a Car (CAR) recently quoted Roy Bonney a $ 96 rate for a one-day rental from Norfolk, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. But it sent him a bill for $ 3,374. The reason? A tire on Bonney’s car went flat only a few hours before his flight back home to ...

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