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Buddy Passes 101

For this week’s tip, we consulted with Rhyse of Rhyse Roams, an airline retiree, to give us the deets on the buddy pass situation. Check out her detailed insights! 

Whether it’s an electronics store, car dealership, or clothing store, many companies offer a friends-and-family discount. You’ve heard or seen the ads when these companies have sales going on or perhaps you have a friend that offers you the hookup for a much-coveted discount from their employer. Most airlines do this as well. They come in the form of what is commonly called a buddy pass.

Buddy passes are extremely discounted tickets that airline employees are allowed to dole out to some very lucky recipients. But, are recipients really lucky to get these? Here is some information, tips, and rules to maximizing the benefit of these perks.

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Hotel Review: Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula

I am an accommodations snob. There, I said it. I always try to book great accommodations at a reasonable rate. So when I learned that I was staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Temecula, courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley, for a wine-tasting excursion with my dad for Father’s Day, I was hopeful—yet admittedly, a bit nervous—about whether the property would meet my typically high expectations.

It far exceeded them.

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Teen Travel Chat: Things for Kids to Do in the Summer Without Traveling

Summer break is filled with endless possibilities. You can travel, or stay at home. You can devote sometime in the summer to take a class in order to make room for a more desirable class next school year or to complete your school’s requirements. Or, maybe sports are a priority. Sometimes I find myself struggling to find things to do, and I fall into the “I’m bored” trap. I have some solutions for those who find themselves or their kids in similar situations. Here is a list of things for kids to do in the summer without traveling.

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Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

For a drive down to Temecula for wine tasting with my dad, I wanted something fancy for the weekend. So I was super excited when DriveShop provided me with a 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring—in cherry red—for the roadie. DriveShop provided me with this car in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Temecula Wine Country: A SoCal Wine Gem

This whole trip came up as a last minute change of plans. For Father’s Day, I had planned to go wine tasting with my dad in Santa Barbara. Then, Santa Barbara caught on fire. So frantically, on the day of his arrival, I started looking into other options so as to salvage the wine weekend. After some quick searching, I came up with and decided on Temecula for our wine tasting weekend.

And I am so glad I did.

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BarrisTourista’s Top Three Sites for Finding a Travel Deal

The idea is to travel fabulously but do it cheaply. I hate paying full price for things. So when I stumbled upon these three sites for finding a travel deal, I was super excited. There are others that are great sites as well, but here are the three picks that have helped me find unbeatable deals in the last year or so. Here are my top three sites for finding a travel deal.

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When Travel Meets the Law: NoirBNB versus NoireBNB

By now, I am sure you have heard about the unflattering coverage that AirBNB has received, specifically with regard to complaints lodged by Black travelers. The hashtag #AirBNBWhileBlack was trending for quite a while. But the interesting aspect is that in trying to fill a void two unrelated companies—NoirBNB and NoireBNB—separated only by an ‘e’—announced their upcoming launches recently. This pitted NoirBNB versus NoireBNB. And now, before even launching, the business for one of the companies as they knew it has to be changed.

To learn more about this developing case, check out the full post on Hughley Smith Law.

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Kick Starting Summer in Fabulous Florida for Families

My trip to Florida was satisfyingly upbeat, but chill at the same time. Getting our summer off on the right foot, we headed to Miami just two days after school let out. My little sister was especially excited to swim in her new mermaid tail; however, Mom, Dad, and I were more into good eats as well as getting lots of relaxation in amongst the palm trees. We got to do the latter (and really explore Florida for families) once we upgraded from our hotel in South Beach, Miami, to a resort we stayed at years before in Ft. Lauderdale.
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