The BIG Stories: Best Airline Brand + 12 Budget Destinations + Air-Travel Safety + Nasty Basic YCL Fares

In case you missed something, following are the biggest travel stories and best deals covered this past week. Check ’em out!

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.

A Suggested Budget Destination for Every Month of 2018

Here are 12 suggested destinations – one for every month of the year – where your travel dollar will go further.

And the World’s Leading Airline Brand Is … Aeroflot?

The World Travel Awards has some predictable “best of” picks. But Aeroflot as the world’s best airline brand … ?

Wallet Watch: The Latest Nasty Fee for Basic Economy Fares

A new fee shows that basic economy fares can get even less consumer-friendly.

2017 Was the Safest-Ever Year to Fly

Last year was the safest ever for air travel. The new normal, or just lucky?

Wallet Watch: The 20 Most Expensive Cities for Business Travel

When it comes to business travel, you go where the business is. Here’s how much it will cost you.

Wallet Watch: Award-Price Increases at 10% of InterContinental Hotels

InterContinental will raise prices for award stays at around 10% of its properties. Ouch!

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians

Walking is part of traveling, but some cities are more dangerous than others for pedestrians.

It’s Not Just You – Air Travel Really Has Gotten Worse

A new report confirms what we all suspected: Air travel is getting worse rather than better.

Here’s How to Win a Trip for 2 to Fiji

Prize includes $1,000 toward airfare and accommodations at a beach resort.

Somebody has to win this trip, right? Might as well be you.

After 20 years working in the travel industry, and almost that long writing about it, Tim Winship knows a thing or two about travel. Follow him on Twitter @twinship.

This article first appeared on, where Tim is Editor-at-Large.