Sometimes it can’t be helped. You have a super long connection time between flights. Or maybe you planned a long layover on purpose so that you could quickly explore a new city and country. Either way, some cities make it even easier for travelers who want to be explores by offering free layover tours. Check out some destinations where you can explore a new place and save money with free layover tours.
The Olympics are fast approaching. Rio has been in the news for a number of issues surrounding the Olympics, one of which being the Zika virus outbreak. Many other countries are also seeing increasing numbers of cases as well. Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life is an M.D. who has written a comprehensive piece on what you need to know about Zika virus. Here is some crucial need-to-know information.
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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.
I am a hoarder. Not the traditional type of hoarder… A points hoarder. (I do the same with gift cards.) I rack up a bunch of points to cash in on the huge trip. But given impending changes in a few loyalty programs, I am going to have to change my ways and spend loyalty points soon. And you should, too.
We all have fears. Be of bugs (me) or spiders (me) or not having solid ground under my feet (also me), there are some fears we can face and some we just try to live with. But what happens when your fear directly impacts your work? Like a fear of flying, and you are…say… a travel blogger? After all, we travel for a living. Well, we found a few travel bloggers the world over who have that exact fear. Check out how they overcome that obstacle and their tips for fear of flying.
Airports are notoriously money traps. The same value meal from your favorite fast food restaurant that is $4.99 in the outside world suddenly costs $9 after you pass through the security checkpoint. But there are ways to save your coins while waiting to board your flight. Here are some tips on ways to save money in the airport.
In the age of search engines and travel competition, hotels want to be competitive in pricing, just like airlines do. This is especially true in comparison to third-party travel agencies like Expedia or Travelocity. So when researching rates, be sure to look for the bonuses or special offers like free breakfast, or free airport transfers, as many third party sites will throw in these options, and the hotels themselves will try to match. By learning how to find hotel deals and special rates, you can save yourself money traveling.
This oldie-but-goodie tip is born of experience. And given that we are heading into the summer travel season, it bore repeating and I had to pass it along. Last year, two times that I have had a hotel to book, I searched early and found some reasonable deals. I booked through the hotel’s website directly and waited patiently.
A couple of weeks before I was scheduled to check in, I started to check the websites again. I checked Trivago, Kayak and the hotel websites. Still no change, so I waited. Same thing occurred the week before.
When on the hunt for low fares, it is important to keep your options open and be flexible. And this year, airfare deals have been fantastic, with trips from various U.S. cities to hot-spot destinations like Europe and Australia ringing in at a fraction of the cost. But are there some deals that don’t need to be chased? As the website The Flight Deal’s motto states, “Just because it’s a great fare doesn’t mean it’s a great deal.” Given some of the horror stories I have heard, airlines like Spirit Airlines may fall into that category.
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