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Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP)

By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel

Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away.

The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate.

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Norwegian Air Shuttle

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With practically the entire summer ahead of us, winter was far from our thoughts — until now. Norwegian Air Shuttle is launching flights from the East Coast to Guadeloupe and Martinique for $79 one-way and $99 for the return flight beginning December 3.

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Jaymie DeGaetano

Many American airline carriers now offer enhanced economy options for fliers, which usually entails just a sliver of extra legroom, often at the front of the plane — all for an exorbitant price. Luckily, this isn’t the case with Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy class, which debuts on August 9, Singapore’s Independence Day, with service from Singapore to Sydney. Stateside, the service is launching from Los Angeles and New York in December, followed by San Francisco in January. In the meantime, here are five premium economy perks that go above and beyond the extra legroom.

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Air Tahiti Nui

Is a trip to New Zealand or Australia in your future? Air Tahiti Nui’s South Pacific Hopper promotion can get you a second vacation in without costing you a cent. Score a three-night stopover in Tahiti — hotels included — on round-trips between Los Angeles and New Zealand that take place between this August 22 and next March 31, 2016.

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By Annie Daly for Yahoo! Travel

The Best and Worst Airports for — Wait for It — Summer Flight Delays

Fly into the right airport so you can kill time on the beach — not in the terminal. (Photo: Simone Becchetti/Stocksy) 

Summer is unofficially here, and you know what that means: It’s travel time. Unfortunately, traveling during the summer can get pretty annoying, thanks to the bigger-than-usual crowds and the lines and the heat throughout it all. And no, it’s not just in your head: A new report from MileCards.comfeatured on Travel Pulse, found that more than one third of 50 airports surveyed had worse delays in the summer than in the winter.

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5 Things to Avoid Wearing at the Airport

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It’s no fun being stuck on an endless TSA security line because a newbie in front of you has to practically disrobe or sets off the metal detector. Here are five things to avoid wearing so you aren’t that person.

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Running it late for your flight and cutting it close? We’ve all been there. Here’s what to do, and how to get through security and on your flight, before it leaves.

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Christine Wei

Jet lag can put a serious crimp in your longhaul travels, making you feel exhausted, scatter-brained, or even physically ill. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and in some cases avoid jet lag altogether. Here are a few classic strategies — and a few alternative methods, just to be safe.

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All Nippon Airways

Look, up in the air! It’s a Hello Kitty, R2D2 and…a flying salmon? Airline liveries are usually pretty ho-hum, but some companies know how to put the fun back in flying with colorful characters and eye-catching exterior paint schemes. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Virgin Atlantic Airways

It took a while for Virgin Atlantic Airways to open their sleek Clubhouse at Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 2. Despite flying daily routes to Heathrow from LAX for 25 years, real estate in the terminal was limited, as Virgin Atlantic’s Reuben Arnold explains. But once Air France moved out of its 4,000-square-foot space, Virgin took the roomy area down to the studs and started all over again.

What has risen is the carrier’s tenth Clubhouse, the place where the line’s Upper Class ticketholders and Gold Card customers can freshen up — and of course get online — before their flights. Diamond, platinum, and gold members of new partner Delta Airlines (who are flying on a Virgin-operated flight) also have complimentary access. There’s a lot to love about this cool new Clubhouse; here are just six highlights.

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For today only, on May 7, KLM is having a flash fare to Abu Dhabi. The special offer is available from New York and Houston with fares starting as low as $799 for a round-trip economy class ticket — that’s up to 40 perfect off the airlines standard full fares.

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For those of us who travel often, keeping our toiletry and beauty essentials within TSA limits just got easier. Thanks to the brave new world of beauty, some of our traditional mainstays now come in solid form. (This means a lighter bag, too, if you’re backpacking anywhere this summer.) These are our favorite non-liquid beauty products:

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Deal Alert: All-Business Class Airline Offers Summer Fares to Paris or London from $2,990

La Compagnie

Are you basking in the euphoria of the weak Euro? If you haven’t already jumped on plans to go to Europe in the coming months, maybe the Summer Duo fares promotion from La Compagnie, an all-business class airline, will give you that little nudge.

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Airfare isn’t cheap and time is precious. So it behooves all of us to make the most of every flight we book. Taking advantage of stopovers and open-jaw ticketing is a great way to squeeze more out of each departure, even if you only have an extra day or two to spare. We already told you about airlines offering free international stopovers, but there are a couple of additional tactics you might want to try. You can use them to secure round-trip pricing (which almost always costs less than purchasing one-way tickets) while fitting an additional city into your flight itinerary, or even plan a whole separate trip between departure and return flights. Below, we’ll take a closer look at how to do it.

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We all want to travel smart and healthy — but that’s often easier said than done. Long layovers at the airport, tight connections, and tired caffeine and carb crashes can lead to making bad choices. The best tool for making the right decisions is being prepared — and knowing what is actually good for us rather than what pretends to be. Here’s how to do it.

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