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Hosted by Mark Hoffmann and Tom Romano. The show airs EVERY Sunday, from 3-4pm on KFBK AM 1530 and Newstalk 93.1 FM in Sacramento, CA.

Latest Episodes

NewsRadio KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM

There is relief coming on the Real ID situation. You can now complete some of the process online. United Airlines has joined Jet Blue is raising checked bag fees by $5. Expect the other carriers to follow quickly. We also offer an update on the Corona Virus. We found a couple from New Zealand making a living as house sitters. Haunting in the Heartland is a new Travel Channel series which premieres this last week. Tom has the show’s star to talk about the show and his own colorful lifestyle. * Mark is in Hawaii traveling with a group, and shares some of his recommendations for accommodations, things to do and places to eat in the islands.

42 MIN3 d ago
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NewsRadio KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM

The Travel Guys with Mark Joffman

A new bill in Congress might mean another step towards the end of resort/destination fees at hotels; and Chinese travelers have stopped coming. What does that mean for the businesses who catered to them? Once a year we dedicate a program to interviews gathered at the New York Times Travel Show. With an attendance of over 30,000 in three days, it is the largest show for travelers in the country.

45 MINJAN 27
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The Travel Guys with Mark Joffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Harrah’s Reno, the original downtown club (started as a bingo parlor in 1937) was sold by Caesar’s for $50 million dollars. Jet Blue has raised the price of baggage fees by $5 to $35 bucks for your first bag. Now it’s probably just a matter of a few days until the other carriers join them at that level. A “Love Letter to Spirit Airlines” from one of their flyers.The Last Ship, starring Sting, will arrive in San Francisco in just a few weeks. We have Sting”s co-star, Oliver Savile, with us to talk about the show. When people need help from a consumer advocate with a travel problem or issue, do they always tell a truthful story. Or do they fudge just a little bit sometimes. We ask Chris Elliott the question and his answer probably won’t surprise you.

45 MINJAN 20
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

In the Travel News, Delta employees say their new Lands End uniforms are making them sick, a study of facial recognition sends up some alarms (Asian and African American travelers are misidentified far more often) and the organizers of Burning Man are suing the government for jacking up their permit prices for the annual event in the desert. In our Smarter Traveler segment, we address the issue, “Can you get a refund for your ticket if your airline goes out of business? What if your flight is canceled? Does the airline HAVE to give you your money back, or can they give you a voucher for a future flight?” The answers are yes, if your airline is out of business; and yes again, you can insist on cash if your flight is canceled. Gwen Duncan of Cordially Yours Travel, Clayton Whitehead of Sports Leisure Vacations, and Ed Perkins, longtime travel journalist; all join us for Travel Roundtable. Our topics are how travel changed in the last decade, and what changes might be awaiting us in the next ten years. Uber and Lyft and selfies and Instagram and Facebook all came of age with travelers in the last decade. Plus, discounted long distance airlines came and went, we now pay for our chosen seats on planes and a whole lot more.

45 MINJAN 6
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Carnival says you cannot wear offensive apparel on board its ships any longer; and our Sacramento airport offers some tips for holiday travel, including checking Facebook (@SacIntlAirport), Instragram (@Flysmf) and Twitter (@SacIntlAirport) for updates. Mark also tells listeners the stories on “juice jacking” at airports are mostly false alarms. At least so far. Non-refundable rates on hotel rooms on websites have become the new “basic economy” of accommodations. Reducing our carbon footprint to slow global warming is a topic of importance to many travelers. Consumer Advocate Chris Elliott joins us (www.elliott.org) to talk about first baby steps some major companies are taking to respond. The town of Santa Claus, Indiana, is a small, midwestern city. But as you might suspect by its name, it does become a special place every holiday season. We go to Santa Claus to learn about a project the townspeople volunteer for every year, answering children’s letters to Santa Claus.

44 MIN2019 DEC 23
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Super Shuttle, the original airport ride share, is a casualty of the ride sharing movement, we tell you which destinations have been searched the most often on the web this year… In the back half of the show, it’s a Travel Guys Christmas. Call in and share your best travel tip and get rewarded with a travel gift for the holidays.

44 MIN2019 DEC 16
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Pat Walsh Show, Oct. 30th, Hour 1

Dan Conry fills in for Pat tonight and is talking current events and taking your calls...

33 MIN2019 OCT 31
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Pat Walsh Show, Oct. 30th, Hour 1

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The current administration in Washington has dealt another blow to those wishing to travel to Cuba. Within the next 90 days, all air flights to any city except Havana will be banned. Marriott Hotels appears to be making a real commitment to less waste. The Marriott Marquis in San Francisco has done away with plastic water bottles, installed “filling stations” in the lobby and some Marriott Hotels are using non-plastic straws. The back half of the program features a Travel Round Table with Clayton Whitehead and Gwen Duncan. Both help sell travel to people like you, and they travel often themselves. From the new problem of over-tourism, to the real cost of room service and more.

43 MIN2019 OCT 28
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

We talk about cities with the most fake hotel reviews Houston and Chicago top the list. Remember the man who was arrested for “using a cell phone in the lobby while black” at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland last December? More and more travelers are choosing a vacation home when they hit the road. But the new industry is having some growing pains. Like those nasty fees from the hotel industry are starting to become popular with landlords. Chris Elliott, our resident expert on vacation rentals shares his expertise in an extended interview. This week, we have Meredith J. Eberhart. But we know him by his nickname, NimbleWill Nomad. We reconnected with Will, who likes to hike around the country, to see where he’s been and where he might be headed.

44 MIN2019 OCT 21
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Sacramento was ranked by Wallet Hub as the #1 city in the country when it comes to the affordability and availability of highly rated restaurants.The Empire State Building in NYC has reopened their observation level, Uber says it will roll out Uber Pet in select cities on October 16th. Airlines have devalued their frequent flyer programs this year by “floating” the number of points you need for award tickets. REAL ID will soon be the law of the land. We walk you through the process, with someone who just got their new ID last week. Is it actually possible to attend 365 sporting events in 365 days? We talk to a man who made that journey…

44 MIN2019 OCT 14
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Latest Episodes

NewsRadio KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM

There is relief coming on the Real ID situation. You can now complete some of the process online. United Airlines has joined Jet Blue is raising checked bag fees by $5. Expect the other carriers to follow quickly. We also offer an update on the Corona Virus. We found a couple from New Zealand making a living as house sitters. Haunting in the Heartland is a new Travel Channel series which premieres this last week. Tom has the show’s star to talk about the show and his own colorful lifestyle. * Mark is in Hawaii traveling with a group, and shares some of his recommendations for accommodations, things to do and places to eat in the islands.

42 MIN3 d ago
Comments
NewsRadio KFBK 93.1 FM and 1530 AM

The Travel Guys with Mark Joffman

A new bill in Congress might mean another step towards the end of resort/destination fees at hotels; and Chinese travelers have stopped coming. What does that mean for the businesses who catered to them? Once a year we dedicate a program to interviews gathered at the New York Times Travel Show. With an attendance of over 30,000 in three days, it is the largest show for travelers in the country.

45 MINJAN 27
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Joffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Harrah’s Reno, the original downtown club (started as a bingo parlor in 1937) was sold by Caesar’s for $50 million dollars. Jet Blue has raised the price of baggage fees by $5 to $35 bucks for your first bag. Now it’s probably just a matter of a few days until the other carriers join them at that level. A “Love Letter to Spirit Airlines” from one of their flyers.The Last Ship, starring Sting, will arrive in San Francisco in just a few weeks. We have Sting”s co-star, Oliver Savile, with us to talk about the show. When people need help from a consumer advocate with a travel problem or issue, do they always tell a truthful story. Or do they fudge just a little bit sometimes. We ask Chris Elliott the question and his answer probably won’t surprise you.

45 MINJAN 20
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

In the Travel News, Delta employees say their new Lands End uniforms are making them sick, a study of facial recognition sends up some alarms (Asian and African American travelers are misidentified far more often) and the organizers of Burning Man are suing the government for jacking up their permit prices for the annual event in the desert. In our Smarter Traveler segment, we address the issue, “Can you get a refund for your ticket if your airline goes out of business? What if your flight is canceled? Does the airline HAVE to give you your money back, or can they give you a voucher for a future flight?” The answers are yes, if your airline is out of business; and yes again, you can insist on cash if your flight is canceled. Gwen Duncan of Cordially Yours Travel, Clayton Whitehead of Sports Leisure Vacations, and Ed Perkins, longtime travel journalist; all join us for Travel Roundtable. Our topics are how travel changed in the last decade, and what changes might be awaiting us in the next ten years. Uber and Lyft and selfies and Instagram and Facebook all came of age with travelers in the last decade. Plus, discounted long distance airlines came and went, we now pay for our chosen seats on planes and a whole lot more.

45 MINJAN 6
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Carnival says you cannot wear offensive apparel on board its ships any longer; and our Sacramento airport offers some tips for holiday travel, including checking Facebook (@SacIntlAirport), Instragram (@Flysmf) and Twitter (@SacIntlAirport) for updates. Mark also tells listeners the stories on “juice jacking” at airports are mostly false alarms. At least so far. Non-refundable rates on hotel rooms on websites have become the new “basic economy” of accommodations. Reducing our carbon footprint to slow global warming is a topic of importance to many travelers. Consumer Advocate Chris Elliott joins us (www.elliott.org) to talk about first baby steps some major companies are taking to respond. The town of Santa Claus, Indiana, is a small, midwestern city. But as you might suspect by its name, it does become a special place every holiday season. We go to Santa Claus to learn about a project the townspeople volunteer for every year, answering children’s letters to Santa Claus.

44 MIN2019 DEC 23
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Super Shuttle, the original airport ride share, is a casualty of the ride sharing movement, we tell you which destinations have been searched the most often on the web this year… In the back half of the show, it’s a Travel Guys Christmas. Call in and share your best travel tip and get rewarded with a travel gift for the holidays.

44 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Pat Walsh Show, Oct. 30th, Hour 1

Dan Conry fills in for Pat tonight and is talking current events and taking your calls...

33 MIN2019 OCT 31
Comments
Pat Walsh Show, Oct. 30th, Hour 1

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The current administration in Washington has dealt another blow to those wishing to travel to Cuba. Within the next 90 days, all air flights to any city except Havana will be banned. Marriott Hotels appears to be making a real commitment to less waste. The Marriott Marquis in San Francisco has done away with plastic water bottles, installed “filling stations” in the lobby and some Marriott Hotels are using non-plastic straws. The back half of the program features a Travel Round Table with Clayton Whitehead and Gwen Duncan. Both help sell travel to people like you, and they travel often themselves. From the new problem of over-tourism, to the real cost of room service and more.

43 MIN2019 OCT 28
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

We talk about cities with the most fake hotel reviews Houston and Chicago top the list. Remember the man who was arrested for “using a cell phone in the lobby while black” at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland last December? More and more travelers are choosing a vacation home when they hit the road. But the new industry is having some growing pains. Like those nasty fees from the hotel industry are starting to become popular with landlords. Chris Elliott, our resident expert on vacation rentals shares his expertise in an extended interview. This week, we have Meredith J. Eberhart. But we know him by his nickname, NimbleWill Nomad. We reconnected with Will, who likes to hike around the country, to see where he’s been and where he might be headed.

44 MIN2019 OCT 21
Comments
The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman

Sacramento was ranked by Wallet Hub as the #1 city in the country when it comes to the affordability and availability of highly rated restaurants.The Empire State Building in NYC has reopened their observation level, Uber says it will roll out Uber Pet in select cities on October 16th. Airlines have devalued their frequent flyer programs this year by “floating” the number of points you need for award tickets. REAL ID will soon be the law of the land. We walk you through the process, with someone who just got their new ID last week. Is it actually possible to attend 365 sporting events in 365 days? We talk to a man who made that journey…

44 MIN2019 OCT 14
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The Travel Guys with Mark Hoffman
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