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7 Ways to Book the Cheapest Flights and Save

Book ahead to save

Understandably the cheap tickets are always sold first. Airlines will release only a fixed number of cheap airfares on each flight, in the hope that business travelers and last minute customers will accept paying a premium. Use Webjet to find the cheapest day(s) to travel well in advance of departure. Search for cheap flights the moment you decide to travel and you’ll have greater access to the cheap airfares that get snapped up first. Domestic flights and international flights can be found 12 months in advance at Webjet.

Remain flexible with your flight dates

It’s amazing the difference a day makes. By searching a day before or day after your desired travel dates, you can often save a fortune. Just because the cheap tickets have all disappeared on Monday, doesn’t mean there isn’t a bargain available on Tuesday, in fact airlines will often offer their cheap airfares mid week. Use Webjet to effortlessly scan a variety of days to ensure you find the bargain flight that you’re after.

Avoid high season

Airlines will often price their tickets based on seasonality; plus organized families will often snap up the cheap flights to vacation destinations well in advance of the holiday season. If you’re savvy you can often find cheap flights on the shoulder of peak travel periods, saving you on the cost of your airfares. Or better yet, if possible, avoid travelling anywhere near the school holidays and peak season and your chances of finding cheap flights to just about everywhere will increase.

Mix and match your airlines

One of the best things about booking with Webjet is the ability to create journeys using cheap fares from a variety of airlines. If there’s a cheap Virgin America flight to your destination, but none coming back, Webjet will show you the best cheap flight on a variety of other airlines for your return flight. Webjet gives you the power to mix and match sale airfares from all leading airlines.

Think about alternate airports

In many cases flying into a nearby airport can help you find cheap flights. Whether it comes down to taxes and levies imposed by an airport, or the airlines that operate from them, airfares can vary significantly from one airport to another. Often the amount you save is well worth the short drive resulting, and could even cover the cost of a cheap rental car. Search all airports and airlines for cheap flights with Webjet.

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07/01/2018

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Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay #search #for #airline

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Ditch the Hotel: 10 Cheaper Ways to Stay

Travelers can find cozy, convenient lodging for $50, $20 or even free in virtually every destination — as long as they know where to look.

Aside from airfare, lodging is typically the expense that takes the biggest bite out of a vacation budget. But there’s no need to rack up hotel stays for $100 – $200 a night or more. Creative travelers who are willing to consider alternatives to hotels could pay a fraction of that price — or nothing at all.

Below, we review 10 options and evaluate the pros and cons of each. Read on to see if these affordable alternatives to hotels are something you’ll dig or want to dump.

Short-Term Room Rentals

This is a popular and ever-growing trend in the travel world — a cross between vacation rentals and homestays. Using websites like Airbnb.com and 9flats.com, travelers can rent a room in someone’s house, a cottage or a private studio apartment for low nightly rates (it’s not uncommon to see prices under $50 per night). It’s a way for hosts to open up their homes and make a little extra money, while giving travelers a great deal and a local’s-eye view of a destination.

Do you love a chance to meet people, see how they live, maybe play a midnight game of Scrabble or Call of Duty? Although you may score a cottage all by yourself, it’s more likely you’ll get a small bedroom and share a bath. If that’s cool with you, a short-term room rental is your thing.

If uncertainly keeps you awake at night, you may sleep better at a chain hotel.

Toilet Paper Tussle at the Airbnb: How I Survived a Homestay





27/12/2017

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Cheap airfare deals: The 10 best ways to get a cheap

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Cheap airfare deals: The 10 best ways to get a cheap flight

Michael Gebicki

Nov 29 2015 at 12:15 AM

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MAKING THE UPGRADE

Upgrades usually come at a stiff price but Optiontown sells unsold business class seats aboard Air Asia and several other international carriers at a huge discount. Individual bookings are more likely to succeed than a group or family, and you might have to wait until you’re in the queue at the check-in desk to receive confirmation. See optiontown.com

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FLY ON THE QUIET

Blue Zone seating aboard Air Asia.

Demand for seats fluctuates, and you can use this cycle to buy yourself a cheaper seat. Between cities with healthy business traffic, midweek flights in the middle of the day are usually the cheapest. Use a flight search engine such as Momondo that gives you day-by-day prices, or Kayak, which sends you an alert if the price changes. See momondo.com.au ; kayak.com.au

BOOK YOURSELF A BARGAIN

Most airlines release seats and open their bookings 11 months before flight time and the cheapest “earlybird” seats are the first to go. Book well in advance and you’ll save, airlines have become experts at filling their planes. The days when you could count on a late-breaking, red-hot deal are well and truly over. If the Aussie dollar continues its downward trajectory, an early booking may give you more reasons to cheer.

Air Asia Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

STRETCH OUT FOR LESS

Singapore Airlines’ economy class preferred seats come with many centimetres of extra leg-stretch room and they’re some of the cheapest exit row seats around. The airline charges $US40 ($55) for a preferred seat on a Singapore-Australia flight, $US60 will get you the same from Singapore all the way to Europe. Book online. See singaporeair.com

Singapore’s Changi Airport is not only a place to shop or eat between flights, but also a comfortable place to catch 40 winks.

Flying long haul? It can be cheaper to book sector-by-sector rather than a single ticket that takes you all the way through, for example one ticket from Melbourne to Hong Kong and another from Hong Kong to your final destination. Remember though, you might have to pass through customs and immigration, collect your bags from one flight and check in on another. If so, leave plenty of time between connecting flights.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Budget airlines make much of their revenue from travellers who show up at the check-in desk with baggage and carry-ons in excess of the allowance. They rigidly enforce their limits and if you pay for any extra baggage allowance you may need when you make your booking you’ll save. Wait until you get to the airport and if you’re over, the penalties might end up costing more than your air ticket.

Denver airport, pitched like a row of teepees against the Rocky Mountains.

THE RUB ON HUBS

Competition between airlines is fierce at busy airport hubs, and that keeps prices lower than at smaller airports that are served by just a few airlines. In Europe and the US especially, if you bus or train to the nearest major airport rather than flying out of a regional airport you should be able to travel at a much cheaper price.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW FARES

Although it lacks the bells and whistles of some airfare search engines, ITA Matrix Airfare Search is the go-to fare search engine for many travel professionals. Type in your route, the extreme ends of the dates for your outward and return flights, check the “see calendar of lowest fares” box and back comes a graphic with the cheapest fares available on every day within your time frame. See matrix.itasoftware.com

SNOOZE CONTROL

The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website is a must-read for anyone facing a long airport stopover and looking to inject some comfort into the ordeal without busting the budget. Best seats, quiet zones, free internet, tips from other passengers – this is a goldmine for the cost-conscious traveller. Singapore’s Changi Airport consistently ranks in pole position for travellers looking to sack out between flights. See sleepinginairports.net .

LOCK AND LOAD

Lock in the price of your air ticket with STA Travel’s Airfare Deposit Program. Pay a non-refundable deposit of $300 and you can pay the balance just seven days before flight time. Qantas offers Book Now, Pay Later. Pay a $25 holding deposit and your seat is secured, but the deal does not apply to all seats on all flights, and the final price may change if taxes, fees and Qantas’ charges rise. See statravel.com ; qantas.com.au





24/12/2017

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Best Ways To Purchase Cheap Airline Tickets (LUV, ALGT, EXPE, OWW,

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Best Ways To Purchase Cheap Airline Tickets

If you walk down the aisle of any commercial airlines flight, you’re likely to find that your fellow passengers paid significantly different amounts for the same types of seats, depending on when and how they purchased them.

We decided to put some of these methods to the test. Here’s what we learned about the best ways to purchase cheap airline tickets.

Where to Look

Online, of course – and there are three options: online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch sites and directly from the airline itself. Each source has advantages and disadvantages.

– Online Travel Agencies (OTAs). These sites have largely, though not completely, replaced brick-and-mortar travel agencies. Here you can not only search an extensive database of flights and competitive rates, but also book additional travel needs, such as hotel rooms and rental cars.

OTAs commonly offer discounts for flights packaged with rooms and other items that you couldn’t find elsewhere. However, OTAs will not always have the cheapest fares since some airlines, such as Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV ) and Allegiant Travel Co. (ALGT ), choose not to sell tickets on third-party sites. If these airlines go where you’re headed, it’s worth taking time to check them individually.

Notable examples: Expedia (EXPE ), Orbitz (OWW ), Priceline (PCLN ), Travelocity.

– Metasearch travel sites. Metasearch travel sites conduct specialized searches across major travel sites (OTAs and airlines included) to offer the traveler a wider range of choices.

A majority of the biggest metasearch travel sites use ITA, a special software owned and operated by Google. that finds and curates an exhaustive list of flight options. However, you would still have to book through an OTA to get special packages.

Notable examples: Kayak.com, CheapOair, momondo.

– Airlines. It may be advantageous to book flights directly with an airline for two reasons: First, you’ll get a more accurate picture of the actual price of travel since airlines are generally transparent and upfront with fees. Second, airlines usually pay commissions to sites such as OTAs that bring them customers. With no middleman, you may get a lower price.

The major downsides are, of course, the lack of carrier comparison and the absence of hotel/car packages.

Notable examples: Any airline.

Comparing the Options

To illustrate how prices may vary among platforms, we ran a few hypothetical round-trip flights through the industry’s leading sites: Chicago, U.S. to Milan, Italy; Johannesburg, South Africa, to Osaka, Japan; and Tampa, U.S. to Lima, Peru (each was for May 1 – May 8, 2015; one adult; economy class; lowest ticket price shown as of January 26, 2015). Please note, these prices do not include taxes or fees. The cheapest price in each category, and its airline, is in boldface type.





23/12/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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21/12/2017

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The Best Ways to Buy Airline Tickets #hotel #and #flight #deals

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The Best Ways to Buy Airline Tickets

Airline tickets are available from many different venues. (Photo: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images )

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Fifty years ago there was only one basic way to purchase airline tickets. You went to a travel agent, who would search the listings for all available flights and sell you a seat for your chosen travel date. The travel agency monopoly is gone now, and the average person can choose multiple methods for buying airline tickets. The best way for you to buy a ticket depends entirely on your particular travel needs.

Save Money

Savvy travelers know that the best way to save money on airline tickets is by comparison shopping at least three months in advance. If you know when you’ll be traveling and are willing to spend an hour or two online, you can find the least expensive ticket to your destination. Check ticket meta-search engines such as Kayak, Skyscanner or Fly.com. Look on the airline’s sites for the same flights, as they sometimes offer cheaper seats than the meta searches. Switching back and forth between sites will involve some note-taking and time spent on the computer, but it’s a proven way to find inexpensive airline tickets.





30/11/2017

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses #hotel #and #flight

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





16/11/2017

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #costa #mar

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

3. Get Social Recommendations

There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

4. Forums Still Count

While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

Your Tips

What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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16/11/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #travel

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

1. Be flexible

The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

2. Consider the time of day

Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

3. Alternate airports

Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

4. Consider making a stop

Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

5. Search tools

Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

7. Speak to a human

You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

8. Use frequent flier miles

It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

9. Hidden cities

This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





15/11/2017

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How to save on flights: 11 ways to find the best

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11 Ideas for How To Save on Flights

I’ve always heard conflicting advice on paying  for a flight. Some swear you need to book as early as possible to get the best price, while others say last-minute deals are the best bargain. Even though this remains unpredictable, there are still great ways you can save on airfare. When you are booking your next flight, keep these eight money-saving tips in mind to get the best price for airfare:

Shop midweek.

Just like there are certain days at the grocery store that always seem to have a bargain, you’ll see the same is true with with airlines. Many airlines release sales on Tuesdays and Wednesdays since they are the least popular days of the week people are shopping for flights. “Monday night is when the major airlines announce sales. This triggers airlines to try to match those sales on Tuesday,” Rick Seaney, CEO and co-founder of FareCompare.com says. Once one airline posts deals, others will do the same to compete. Scope the scene Tuesday afternoon for a low ticket price.

According to Susanna Zaraysky, author of Travel Happy, Budget Low. if your departure or return dates are flexible, use airfare search engines to play around with various dates to get affordable tickets. If you can be flexible with the dates and time you travel, it is a huge advantage to saving money on flights. Sometimes booking a day later, or even an hour later, can end up saving you a great deal. Search various dates and times you are available to travel. Some airlines, like Southwest, offer an entire calendar to make it easy to spot when the best time to fly is. Flexibility also comes into play if you don’t mind getting a connecting flight, since many people are so opposed to the idea.

Be a nanny on flight seriously.

If you have any childcare experience, sign up to be a nanny on your flight. Parents sign up at Nanny in the Clouds if they need assistance caring for their child or children while checking bags, getting settled, and in the air flying. For you, simply type in your flight information and see if there are parents in need of an extra hand. From there, you set your wage and literally get paid while you fly.

Choose another airport.

The same way you are flexible with when you travel should also be applied to where you are traveling to and from. Sometimes choosing a different airport can end up saving hundreds of dollars and be well-worth traveling the extra distance. I had relatives coming to visit me in Chicago that flew into an airport one hour south of me to save several hundred dollars. Since they were renting a car anyway, the money they spent on gas and the time were worth it.

Check deal sites AND airline websites.

Standby websites like Orbitz  and CheapTickets.com  (and a host of others) offer an overview of what the lowest prices are out there. This is a great start, but a big mistake that people make is not looking at the airline’s actual website too. Airlines want you to book through their site, so they often offer a deal that the travel search sites don’t know about. Also keep in mind that many airline rewards are only offered if you book through their website.

Get the package deal.

The interesting thing about the search sites mentioned above, is they allow you to book your hotel stay and book your rental car as well as a flight. Booking things together in a package can easily add up to a discount. Sometimes, you don t even have to do it at the same time. For example, CheapTickets.com offers users booking a flight a promo code good for a 15 percent discount on your hotel. That said, shop around and price each item separately to see if you are truly getting a deal.

Keep an eye out on for a lower price.

You’re excited for your trip, you find a good deal and book your tickets, and you anxiously await take off. But do you ever check back to see if the price went down? I’ll admit that I used to never check back, until I found one day that the price had significantly dropped. Once you book your ticket, watch for the price to go down. If it does, contact the airline to see if they will give you a refund or credit for the difference.

Book a red eye flight or flight with stops.

It may be late, but booking a red eye flight is most likely going to be significantly cheaper. And on that same page, flights with multiple stops will cost less. Sure, it is much more convenient for a nonstop flight, but if you can save hundreds of dollars, it could be well worth the trouble.

Watch for hidden fees.

The best way to save money is to know what you are actually spending. You might see a good deal, but with hidden fees, it can turn out to be much more expensive than you think. Some things you can be charged for include: checking bags, booking fees, food and drink on flight, boarding early, or premium seating. Find out what is included and not included before you book. Also, find out the airline’s policy on changing flights. Some airlines can charge a change fee of $170 plus your new flight’s difference if you need to change your flight.

Keep an eye out for sales and promotions.

Airlines are always offering deals, sales, and other promotions throughout the year, especially during off-travel times. Sign up for airline e-mails to hear about these money-saving offers and receive coupons or promo codes. Also, follow airlines on Twitter and Facebook to hear about deals as well.

Use a credit card to your advantage.

Using a credit card in a smart way can score you free flights or reduced airfare when you fly. If you’re in the market for a new credit card, consider applying for one through an airline. They’ll offer free flights or a ton of bonus points. Plus, when you use your card, it results in points toward free flights.

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24/09/2017

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

Work As An Au-pair

An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

Teach English

This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

Work on a Cruise Line

This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

Work as a Tour Guide

Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

Workaway

You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.





07/09/2017

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Best Ways To Purchase Cheap Airline Tickets (LUV, ALGT, EXPE, OWW,

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Best Ways To Purchase Cheap Airline Tickets

If you walk down the aisle of any commercial airlines flight, you’re likely to find that your fellow passengers paid significantly different amounts for the same types of seats, depending on when and how they purchased them.

We decided to put some of these methods to the test. Here’s what we learned about the best ways to purchase cheap airline tickets.

Where to Look

Online, of course – and there are three options: online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch sites and directly from the airline itself. Each source has advantages and disadvantages.

– Online Travel Agencies (OTAs). These sites have largely, though not completely, replaced brick-and-mortar travel agencies. Here you can not only search an extensive database of flights and competitive rates, but also book additional travel needs, such as hotel rooms and rental cars.

OTAs commonly offer discounts for flights packaged with rooms and other items that you couldn’t find elsewhere. However, OTAs will not always have the cheapest fares since some airlines, such as Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV ) and Allegiant Travel Co. (ALGT ), choose not to sell tickets on third-party sites. If these airlines go where you’re headed, it’s worth taking time to check them individually.

Notable examples: Expedia (EXPE ), Orbitz (OWW ), Priceline (PCLN ), Travelocity.

– Metasearch travel sites. Metasearch travel sites conduct specialized searches across major travel sites (OTAs and airlines included) to offer the traveler a wider range of choices.

A majority of the biggest metasearch travel sites use ITA, a special software owned and operated by Google. that finds and curates an exhaustive list of flight options. However, you would still have to book through an OTA to get special packages.

Notable examples: Kayak.com, CheapOair, momondo.

– Airlines. It may be advantageous to book flights directly with an airline for two reasons: First, you’ll get a more accurate picture of the actual price of travel since airlines are generally transparent and upfront with fees. Second, airlines usually pay commissions to sites such as OTAs that bring them customers. With no middleman, you may get a lower price.

The major downsides are, of course, the lack of carrier comparison and the absence of hotel/car packages.

Notable examples: Any airline.

Comparing the Options

To illustrate how prices may vary among platforms, we ran a few hypothetical round-trip flights through the industry’s leading sites: Chicago, U.S. to Milan, Italy; Johannesburg, South Africa, to Osaka, Japan; and Tampa, U.S. to Lima, Peru (each was for May 1 – May 8, 2015; one adult; economy class; lowest ticket price shown as of January 26, 2015). Please note, these prices do not include taxes or fees. The cheapest price in each category, and its airline, is in boldface type.





31/08/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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29/08/2017

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare – Business Pundit

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare

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I can be a savvy, well-dressed business traveler when my company pays for it. But with my current small-business budget, I d rather cram myself into a budget airliner s T-row (you know, the one in front of the bathrooms) in livestock class than spend $20 extra on emergency row seating.

Even if you have a high discomfort tolerance like me, some airlines still get away with charging more than you need to pay for a flight. Over the years, I ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me minimize transportation costs, to the point where friends have expressed jealousy. Here s what I ve learned.

Tip #1: Cut out the cab

What s the point of getting super-cheap airfare if you re going to spend an extra $50 on a cab ride? If you can schedule in a little extra time, public transportation can be your friend. If you re gone long enough, it might even beat airport parking rates.

I recently took a road trip to Hood River, Oregon from Colorado, where I live. After a week in Hood River, I wanted to visit a friend in Ashland, Oregon, while the friend I drove with returned with the car to Colorado. This meant I was in Hood River without a car. I wanted to get to Ashland, spend a few days there, then go back to Denver.

My first challenge was to get from Hood River to Portland, OR, which is about an hour away. I had to leave on a Saturday, barring me from the one weekly shuttle that does the trip. A Craigslist s rideshare post didn t pan out. Taxi fare cost upwards of $65.

So, for $23, I took that eminent bastion of American luxury, the Greyhound bus. Then, for a little over $2, I took Portland s light rail all the way to the airport.

It wasn t a bad deal. And, aside from the obligatory Greyhound scents and walking a couple of blocks from the station to the light rail, it probably only took about 30 minutes more than a cab would have.

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Tip #2: Look Outside Airline Comparison Sites

Airline comparison sites don t include every airline out there. If you don t find a price you re comfortable with through a comparison site, try those unlisted airlines. Or you can try airline consolidators, which sell seats at near-wholesale prices. AirlineConsolidator.com is one such consolidator.

Next, I had to figure out how to get to Medford, OR. This would either take 6+ hours on the Hound or, for $13 more, less than an hour on an airplane. The flight would cost $70 each way. So, for $140, I could get back to Portland. What about flying back to Denver?

At the time I looked, a one-way flight from Portland to Denver cost $230. So my entire travel adventure would cost $370, way more than I wanted to spend.

I hovered over travel comparison sites for a week, waiting for the price to go down, but it never did. So I started visiting the websites of other airlines that weren t included in the travel sites I was using. These airlines included JetBlue, Southwest, and the dirt-cheap Allegiant Air, which doesn t seem to advertise at all.

Lo and behold, Southwest had the cheapest fare. But I still had one more thing to try.

Tip #3: Nearby airports can be your friend

Some airlines offer you cheaper prices for flying from small nearby airports. If you re near one such airport, it s worth looking into.

Oregon is a big state. I couldn t really believe that it only had one major airport. I started playing around with airline comparison site Sidestep.com. What if I flew directly from Ashland to Denver? Did airlines do that?

It turns out that southern Oregon does have another airport, near Ashland in the city of Medford. American Airlines flew out of Medford. And, oddly, it was $40 cheaper than flying from Portland to Denver on the cheapest airline, Southwest. I would actually save money by flying from a smaller, more convenient airport.

The trade-off, of course, was my time. I had to fly through LA, with a 3-hour layover. But as someone who works online, I didn t mind spending more time in transit, as long as I could get an Internet connection at the airport.

Tip #4: Booking early doesn t always give you the best deal

Sometimes you can get a cheaper flight by booking it later. It s worth checking out if you have flexibility.

If I d booked my flight three days before starting my trip, it would have cost $209, thanks to airlines weird price fluctuations. I ended up booking a flight for $160, four days before I had to take it. So much for booking two weeks ahead, or whatever that rule of thumb is.

Tip #5: Time Your Trip for Fare Sales

If you re a true cheap-flight junkie, you won t time your vacations around the time that everyone goes. Instead, you ll time them around fare sales.

I flew to Hawaii in April 2010 for around $700 round trip. At the beginning of August 2010, Alaska Air came up with a dirt-cheap fare sale to Hawaii. Round-trip fares between Portland and Honolulu, for example, added up about $318 with taxes. With a cheap round trip flight from Denver to Portland, I could get to Hawaii for about $450. That s much, much cheaper. Waiting for the off-season, or an airline promotion, pays.

If you want to stay afoot of such promotions, subscribe to an airline comparison website s automatic email updates. I use SideStep.com, which emails you when fares go below a fare that you set.

Honorable mention: Fly Mid-Week

In general, you can land a cheaper fare if you fly on an off-day, like Wednesday or Saturday morning, than if you fly when everyone else does.





13/08/2017

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Student Loan Services – Ways to Pay for College #student #loan


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* Multi-year approval funds available for future use are subject to a soft credit inquiry at time of your next request to verify continued eligibility. After we make the initial loan to you, we may refuse to allow you to take out additional loans under the multi-year approval feature, terms and conditions will be outlined in your promissory note.

1 Average savings of $643 are calculated using the 2016/2017 Award Year Federal Direct PLUS Loan program reporting (as of 5/03/2017 for quarter ending December 31, 2016 not including Grad PLUS) of originations of

$11.1 billion to 740,097 borrowers through 769,597 loans with an average loan size of $15,035.30. Average fee savings is possible with either private student loan option we offer, including the Citizens Bank Student Loan or the Citizens Bank Student Loan for Parents.

2 Average savings based on 57,772 actual customers who refinanced their federal and private student loans through our Education Refinance Loan between January 6, 2014 and January 31, 2017. The borrower s savings might vary based on the interest rates, balances and remaining repayment term of the loans they are seeking to refinance. The borrower s overall repayment amount may be higher than the loans they are refinancing even if their monthly payments are lower.

3 U.S. Dept. of Education. The loan fee is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. For Loans first disbursed between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017 the origination fee is 4.276%.

4 Interest rate reduction of up to 0.50 percentage points is possible with the following discounts:

Loyalty Discount: The borrower will be eligible for a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on their loan if the borrower or their co-signer (if applicable) has a qualifying account in existence with us at the time the borrower and their co-signer (if applicable) have submitted a completed application authorizing us to review their credit request for the loan. The following are qualifying accounts: any checking account, savings account, money market account, certificate of deposit, automobile loan, home equity loan, home equity line of credit, mortgage, credit card account, or other student loans owned by Citizens Bank, N.A. Please note, our checking and savings account options are only available in the following states: CT, DE, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, and VT and some products may have an associated cost. This discount will be reflected in the interest rate disclosed in the Loan Approval Disclosure that will be provided to the borrower once the loan is approved. Limit of one Loyalty Discount per loan and discount will not be applied to prior loans. The Loyalty Discount will remain in effect for the life of the loan.

Automatic Payment Discount: Borrowers will be eligible to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction on their student loans owned by Citizens Bank, N.A. during such time as payments are required to be made and our loan servicer is authorized to automatically deduct payments each month from any bank account the borrower designates. Discount is not available when payments are not due, such as during forbearance. If our loan servicer is unable to successfully withdraw the automatic deductions from the designated account three or more times within any 12-month period, the borrower will no longer be eligible for this discount.


13/08/2017

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses #heena #tours #and

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





12/08/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights – Johnny Jet #cheapest

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

All my friends keep asking me how they can find cheap Thanksgiving flights. I feel like saying, don’t you remember what I told you last year and the year before? Hello. Strategies don’t change that much just the dates. Instead of losing my voice and mind, I created this guide so I can just send them the link.

For starters, the airlines are expecting to have full planes over the 12-day holiday period. But don’t sweat if you haven’t bought your tickets yet you will be happy to know that I haven’t either. And I’m not that worried because I always have a few tricks up my sleeve on how to save money.

10 Ways to Find Cheap Thanksgiving Flights

1. Be flexible

The key to finding cheap Thanksgiving flights is to be flexible with your days. If you aren’t flexible, then you aren’t going to get a deal and you can stop reading right now. It’s not that difficult to figure out that the most expensive time to fly is when everyone else is too. For example, everyone and their brother wants to leave the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and return on the Sunday or Monday after. I see you agreeing but guess what? You aren’t going to get a deal on those days so just stop trying.

That means the deals are going to be either the week before or the Sunday or Monday before (depending on the destination), Thanksgiving Day and returning on Friday or the following Tuesday or better yet Wednesday after turkey day. To prove my point I ran a flexible search on ITA Software (below) for round-trip non-stop flights from Miami to New York for a four night stay and you can see which days are the cheapest to travel.

Keep in mind the airlines are expecting the busiest days to be Sunday, December 1, and Monday, December 2. The best day to fly will be Thanksgiving Day (November 28).

2. Consider the time of day

Everyone wants to leave after work and school so when doing your flight search don’t put a specific time. Generally, the most expensive times to fly are peak business travel hours (8 to 10 am and 5 to 7 pm). Cheaper seats tend to depart early in the morning (5 to 7 am) or late in the evening (after 8 pm). NOTE: By leaving early in the morning you have the best chance of not getting delayed.

3. Alternate airports

Not only do you want to be flexible with dates and times but be flexible with airports too. For example, rather than flying into (or out of) Miami when going to South Florida, check out Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) it s 25 miles north and usually much cheaper. You can also check out West Palm Beach, which is another 49 miles away. To help you with all the major U.S. alternative airports (by actual driving miles), I created a website called AlternateAirports.com. To see what I m talking about, see the flexible search for flights from NYC to FLL below.

4. Consider making a stop

Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports. Here’s a link to an airport and airline scorecard to help you make a good decision.

5. Search tools

Everyone knows there’s not one website out there that has the absolute cheapest price for airfares, hotels, car rentals, cruises and package deals so the trick is to do your research and check them all to see who has the best deal at that moment in time. That’s one of the reasons why I created JohnnyJet.com to begin with.

We now have a new search engine  (below) where all you have to do is input your city pairs and dates and click check rates. Six windows will open up as they simultaneously search a variety of travel websites like Expedia, Priceline and TripAdvisor. It not only saves you time but money. Check it out for yourself!

7. Speak to a human

You never know if an airline representative can find a better deal but in my experience, it’s usually only worth it (most charge a $25 fee) when booking a mileage award ticket since they can check partner airlines and alternate cities much quicker. To get in touch with your airline I created AirlineNumbers.com that lists all of the airline’s phone numbers and websites. To bypass the airlines annoying and time consuming automated prompts, log on to GetHuman.com .

8. Use frequent flier miles

It’s almost impossible to use your frequent flier miles during the holidays unless you are flexible with dates or are willing to use double or triple the usual amount. I don’t recommend the latter but last year I used 12,500 American miles to fly from Toronto to Los Angeles the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. If I left Sunday or Monday before it was double.

9. Hidden cities

This hidden city trick is against airline policy so you didn t learn it from me. But once I needed to get to Cleveland from L.A. and a nonstop one-way ticket was $600. I took my own advice and searched alternate airports and when I found a ticket to Buffalo for only $230 I noticed the flight first stops in Cleveland ON THAT SAME EXACT $600 flight. I know it makes no sense since Buffalo is farther from Cleveland and you have to take two flights instead of one but that’s the airlines for you.

If I wanted to break airline policy I could ve just gotten off in Cleveland and let my connecting ticket to BUF go to waste. But if I did that I would ve bought a one-way ticket, made sure not to check bags or put in my mileage account number. Remember I’m not recommending this and if you do it a lot you WILL get caught.





12/08/2017

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The 7 cheapest ways to travel – Travel – Travel Tips

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This tough economy doesn t mean you have to shelve your wanderlust

Although a trip may seem like an extra expense that should be shelved in today’s economic climate, most devoted travelers are not inclined to relinquish their cherished pastime. Instead, those of us who aren’t ready to hang up our packable travel hat are desperately seeking less expensive ways to get away.

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If you want to stick to your budget and satisfy your wanderlust, try rethinking your travel style. Just because one type of trip is less expensive than what you’re used to, it doesn’t mean you’re getting a sub-par experience — you’re just getting a different experience. Go out on a limb and try some cheaper ways to take a trip, like cruising, couch surfing or taking a day trip. You’ll save money by choosing a less expensive vacation, and the best part is you may even discover a new favorite way to travel.

Go couch surfing

No, this is not an activity that mixes water sports with furniture. Couch surfing is an unconventional way to find cheap or even free accommodations in a destination by arranging to sleep on a local’s couch (or sometimes in a spare bedroom, but we think “spare bedroom surfing” sounds less catchy).

One of the most popular couch surfing networks is CouchSurfing.com, where citizens of the world meet and arrange couch stays with other travelers. Sleeping in the home of a stranger naturally raises issues of safety, but a good host will provide plenty of references. In addition, CouchSurfing.com has developed a number of safeguards for its users. For example, the site has a verification process for hosts; in order for a host to confirm that he or she is an actual resident of his or her community, the host must enter a special code online after receiving the code on a postcard in the mail.

While couch surfing is generally a safe way to travel, nothing is foolproof. A sense of adventure is a prerequisite for any successful couch surfing experience. If you don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the home of a stranger, don’t do it!

Travel in the low season

With spring approaching, travel providers are serving up a variety of shoulder-season deals for popular destinations like Europe and Alaska. While shoulder-season deals offer great prices to destinations just as the weather turns favorable, those brave enough to take the less-traveled path of low-season trips can expect to put up with less desirable weather for deliciously low prices. In many destinations (like Ireland and Greece), some attractions, restaurants and even hotels close during the low tourist season — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan a great low-season vacation.

Plan ahead to make the most of your low-season getaway. Buy a good guidebook and call each place you want to visit ahead of time to make sure that it will be open. Dress appropriately, especially if you will be dealing with frigid temperatures. And focus on the positive!





09/08/2017

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7 Ways to Book the Cheapest Flights and Save #the #travel

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7 Ways to Book the Cheapest Flights and Save

Book ahead to save

Understandably the cheap tickets are always sold first. Airlines will release only a fixed number of cheap airfares on each flight, in the hope that business travelers and last minute customers will accept paying a premium. Use Webjet to find the cheapest day(s) to travel well in advance of departure. Search for cheap flights the moment you decide to travel and you’ll have greater access to the cheap airfares that get snapped up first. Domestic flights and international flights can be found 12 months in advance at Webjet.

Remain flexible with your flight dates

It’s amazing the difference a day makes. By searching a day before or day after your desired travel dates, you can often save a fortune. Just because the cheap tickets have all disappeared on Monday, doesn’t mean there isn’t a bargain available on Tuesday, in fact airlines will often offer their cheap airfares mid week. Use Webjet to effortlessly scan a variety of days to ensure you find the bargain flight that you’re after.

Avoid high season

Airlines will often price their tickets based on seasonality; plus organized families will often snap up the cheap flights to vacation destinations well in advance of the holiday season. If you’re savvy you can often find cheap flights on the shoulder of peak travel periods, saving you on the cost of your airfares. Or better yet, if possible, avoid travelling anywhere near the school holidays and peak season and your chances of finding cheap flights to just about everywhere will increase.

Mix and match your airlines

One of the best things about booking with Webjet is the ability to create journeys using cheap fares from a variety of airlines. If there’s a cheap Virgin America flight to your destination, but none coming back, Webjet will show you the best cheap flight on a variety of other airlines for your return flight. Webjet gives you the power to mix and match sale airfares from all leading airlines.

Think about alternate airports

In many cases flying into a nearby airport can help you find cheap flights. Whether it comes down to taxes and levies imposed by an airport, or the airlines that operate from them, airfares can vary significantly from one airport to another. Often the amount you save is well worth the short drive resulting, and could even cover the cost of a cheap rental car. Search all airports and airlines for cheap flights with Webjet.

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31/07/2017

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10 Inexpensive Ways to Advertise Your Small Business

Banner ads and print ads can be expensive. And they are not necessarily the best way to advertise your small or mid-size business. So to find how to get the greatest return on your advertising investment, Small Business Computing surveyed small business owners. Here’s what they had to say.

10 Inexpensive Ways to Advertise Your Small Business

Banner ads and print ads can be expensive. And they are not necessarily the best way to advertise your small or mid-size business. So to find how to get the greatest return on your advertising investment, Small Business Computing surveyed small business owners. Here’s what they had to say.

Invest in Google AdWords

Google AdWords and PPC [pay-per-click] can give you crazy amounts of traffic if you are tight with your campaign and run niche ad groups,” explained Andrew Riker an SEO specialist at WordStream. “Focused, long-tail keywords that are specific to your industry will cause the highest possible click-through rate and in-turn conversions.”

Riker adds that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a lot of traffic. “A small daily budget—$10-$20/day—can provide you with a large amount of traffic and in turn qualified leads, as long as the ad is relevant,” he said. If you’re new to AdWords or just want to keep up with the latest tips and info, be sure to check out Inside Adwords . Google’s official resource blog on all things AdWords.

Try Facebook Ads

“We tried print ads and banner ads, but for our money Facebook Ads provide us with the most focused consumers,” explained Chris Knollmeyer, Web manager for Carolina Rustica. “Being able to target specific demographics lets us pinpoint people we have not reached yet and provides us with a platform to reach out to them. This kind of targeting allows us to minimize extemporaneous clicks from consumers [who are] just browsing or searching for information and gets us the most for our money.”

“Facebook ads have definitely been the most successful overall,” concurred Megan LaBant Abrahamsen, the owner of Blue Star Bazaar. “I can set a small budget (less than $10 per day) and target specific customers – [by] age, gender, education and interests similar to my product categories.”

Even if people don’t immediately make a purchase because of the Facebook ad, many of them wind up “liking” her business, she said, which lets Blue Star Bazaar create a database of potential customers.

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Look into StumbleUpon Ads

“One of the best ways to advertise and get traffic to your website is by using StumbleUpon Ads ,” noted Chris Wise, the online marketing director at CustomerRave. “They cost as little as $0.05 a click, so for $5 you can get 100 unique visitors to your site. While the bounce rate is more often than not higher when using these ads, it’s a great way to advertise contests, giveaways and big promotions,” he said.

And if the content you are promoting proves to be popular and receives a lot of “likes,” you will start receiving free traffic from Stumbles, which can go on for months, even after you have stopped advertising.

Get Published Online

Another great way to advertise your business is to “submit articles on topics your customers may be interested in to reputable websites, such as Ezinearticles.com . Articlesbase.com . or TheFreeLibrary.com ,” said Matthew Kostanecki, a marketing specialist at Archon Systems.

“In exchange for the content, they allow you to include a couple of back links to your website. Not only does this provide you with potential traffic and leads to your business, it also helps establish you as an expert in your related field,” said Kostanecki. Can’t come up with a subject to write about? He suggests asking your customers about their biggest pains and problems.

Donate Products or Volunteer Services to a Worthy Cause

“I got the equivalent of $1,000 in advertising by building the website for the Rhode Island Rally for Recovery ,” explained Benjamin John Coleman, founder of The Origami Bonsai Company. And his investment of time really paid off—resulting in $5,000 in new business. That’s because when other vendors who participated in the Rally saw what a great job his company did building and maintaining the Rally website, they hired Coleman to help them with their websites.

Cultivate Bloggers

Find influential bloggers in your industry and ask them to review your product or service,” suggested Daniel Weaver, the president and owner of Daniel’sPromise. “Many will be happy to do so if you give them free product for them to use.”

That’s what Juppy, the maker of the Juppy Baby Walker, did. “When we started out, our company we didn’t have a lot of cash on hand to spend on advertising,” explained Mayra Sotelo, the COO for Juppy. “So we decided to seek out mom bloggers who would review The Juppy Baby Walker. This worked out great for us… because there is no better [endorsement of] our baby walker that fits in a purse than by a real mom who loves our product.”

And if you can’t find a blogger who will review and write about your product for free, there are also bloggers “who will write about your site/product/company in exchange for a fee,” noted Mike Scanlin, CEO of Born To Sell. And even with a fee, that kind of endorsement is typically more effective and less expensive than a banner ad.

Claim Local Listings on Google Places, Yahoo Local and Bing Local

“You’d be amazed at how many small businesses forget to sign up for services like Google Places, Yahoo Local, and Bing Local even though it’s free!” explained Mandy Boyle, the SEO manager for Solid Cactus. “Claim your local listing, fill out the information and take advantage of people searching for businesses in your area,” she advised.

Use Community Sites and Local Directories

Leavy uses a site called Quentin’s Friends . an invitation-only network where members can post recommendations and offers for their products and services for a very small fee. “The service is location-specific, so my ad is going out to thousands of people who are specifically in my geographic area, New York,” she said. And Leavy’s return on investment has been an impressive 6,500 percent.

Link Up with LinkedIn Ads

If you own a B2B company, a good way to reach your target audience is through LinkedIn Ads . “We are a small business and our target market is small business users,” explained Damian Raffele, vice president, marketing, AnyMeeting.

LinkedIn Ads has worked well for the company, because it allows them to target a specific audience by geography, demographics, job title or LinkedIn Group. “Being able to target users who belong to specific LinkedIn Groups…allows us to design ad copy that is tailored for them, which has resulted in great conversion rates, providing us with a great ROI on our marketing spend.”

Distribute Flyers

“If you have a small business that focuses on a particular area, flyers are a great way to advertise,” said Nathan Letourneau, co-founder of CampusBooks4Less. And they needn’t be expensive. Chances are you have someone in your company, or a friend or family member, who can help you design the flyer inexpensively (or for free) – and you can print the flyer in house or find an inexpensive printer.

As for distribution, “hire some high school or college students and have them put the flyers on parked cars, attach them to house entry doors and distribute them inside area businesses (to employees and on any bulletin boards, if allowed) and apartment complexes,” he advised. “We saw huge increases in traffic after having students distribute flyers on parked cars in our target areas.”

While not every method will work for every business, each advertising strategy is inexpensive enough that you should be able try a few to find out what works for you. Also, many of the sites mentioned, such as Google AdWords and Facebook, periodically offer advertising credits or discounts, which small business owners should use to their advantage.


15/07/2017

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The Best Ways to Book Cheaper Hotel Rates – TripIt Blog

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Book Last Minute

This is a trick best reserved for shorter trips, like romantic weekend getaways or impromptu get-togethers with friends in the city. I certainly wouldn’t advocate waiting till the last minute to book a hotel room for that expensive international trip you’ve been saving up for or leaving your lodging needs up to fate when there could be a major conference happening that results in a hotel room shortage. That being said, if you do a bit of research and are flexible, booking last minute can result in much cheaper rates. Last-minute booking apps like HotelTonight. which works with hotels to negotiate deep discounts on unsold rooms, are a great starting point, and many of the online booking sites, like Expedia and Priceline, have their own “Tonight” or “Deals Tonight” section.

Tip: Many sites offer last-minute deals sections, but are really just pulling the available inventory for the specified locale (not that this is a bad thing), as opposed to working with hotels to provide negotiated last-minute deals. Just be aware of this and shop around before committing to any last-minute deals.

Remember to use TripIt to organize all of your hotel confirmations (and any other trip confirmations) in one spot. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial of TripIt Pro to try out premium features like alerts, alternate flights, seat tracker, point tracker, fare monitoring, and more.

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14/07/2017

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare – Business Pundit

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare

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I can be a savvy, well-dressed business traveler when my company pays for it. But with my current small-business budget, I d rather cram myself into a budget airliner s T-row (you know, the one in front of the bathrooms) in livestock class than spend $20 extra on emergency row seating.

Even if you have a high discomfort tolerance like me, some airlines still get away with charging more than you need to pay for a flight. Over the years, I ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me minimize transportation costs, to the point where friends have expressed jealousy. Here s what I ve learned.

Tip #1: Cut out the cab

What s the point of getting super-cheap airfare if you re going to spend an extra $50 on a cab ride? If you can schedule in a little extra time, public transportation can be your friend. If you re gone long enough, it might even beat airport parking rates.

I recently took a road trip to Hood River, Oregon from Colorado, where I live. After a week in Hood River, I wanted to visit a friend in Ashland, Oregon, while the friend I drove with returned with the car to Colorado. This meant I was in Hood River without a car. I wanted to get to Ashland, spend a few days there, then go back to Denver.

My first challenge was to get from Hood River to Portland, OR, which is about an hour away. I had to leave on a Saturday, barring me from the one weekly shuttle that does the trip. A Craigslist s rideshare post didn t pan out. Taxi fare cost upwards of $65.

So, for $23, I took that eminent bastion of American luxury, the Greyhound bus. Then, for a little over $2, I took Portland s light rail all the way to the airport.

It wasn t a bad deal. And, aside from the obligatory Greyhound scents and walking a couple of blocks from the station to the light rail, it probably only took about 30 minutes more than a cab would have.

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Tip #2: Look Outside Airline Comparison Sites

Airline comparison sites don t include every airline out there. If you don t find a price you re comfortable with through a comparison site, try those unlisted airlines. Or you can try airline consolidators, which sell seats at near-wholesale prices. AirlineConsolidator.com is one such consolidator.

Next, I had to figure out how to get to Medford, OR. This would either take 6+ hours on the Hound or, for $13 more, less than an hour on an airplane. The flight would cost $70 each way. So, for $140, I could get back to Portland. What about flying back to Denver?

At the time I looked, a one-way flight from Portland to Denver cost $230. So my entire travel adventure would cost $370, way more than I wanted to spend.

I hovered over travel comparison sites for a week, waiting for the price to go down, but it never did. So I started visiting the websites of other airlines that weren t included in the travel sites I was using. These airlines included JetBlue, Southwest, and the dirt-cheap Allegiant Air, which doesn t seem to advertise at all.

Lo and behold, Southwest had the cheapest fare. But I still had one more thing to try.

Tip #3: Nearby airports can be your friend

Some airlines offer you cheaper prices for flying from small nearby airports. If you re near one such airport, it s worth looking into.

Oregon is a big state. I couldn t really believe that it only had one major airport. I started playing around with airline comparison site Sidestep.com. What if I flew directly from Ashland to Denver? Did airlines do that?

It turns out that southern Oregon does have another airport, near Ashland in the city of Medford. American Airlines flew out of Medford. And, oddly, it was $40 cheaper than flying from Portland to Denver on the cheapest airline, Southwest. I would actually save money by flying from a smaller, more convenient airport.

The trade-off, of course, was my time. I had to fly through LA, with a 3-hour layover. But as someone who works online, I didn t mind spending more time in transit, as long as I could get an Internet connection at the airport.

Tip #4: Booking early doesn t always give you the best deal

Sometimes you can get a cheaper flight by booking it later. It s worth checking out if you have flexibility.

If I d booked my flight three days before starting my trip, it would have cost $209, thanks to airlines weird price fluctuations. I ended up booking a flight for $160, four days before I had to take it. So much for booking two weeks ahead, or whatever that rule of thumb is.

Tip #5: Time Your Trip for Fare Sales

If you re a true cheap-flight junkie, you won t time your vacations around the time that everyone goes. Instead, you ll time them around fare sales.

I flew to Hawaii in April 2010 for around $700 round trip. At the beginning of August 2010, Alaska Air came up with a dirt-cheap fare sale to Hawaii. Round-trip fares between Portland and Honolulu, for example, added up about $318 with taxes. With a cheap round trip flight from Denver to Portland, I could get to Hawaii for about $450. That s much, much cheaper. Waiting for the off-season, or an airline promotion, pays.

If you want to stay afoot of such promotions, subscribe to an airline comparison website s automatic email updates. I use SideStep.com, which emails you when fares go below a fare that you set.

Honorable mention: Fly Mid-Week

In general, you can land a cheaper fare if you fly on an off-day, like Wednesday or Saturday morning, than if you fly when everyone else does.





09/07/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Flights and Save #travel #gift #ideas

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Flights and Save

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1. Planning ahead will save you

The cheap airline tickets always sell first, rewarding organised travellers. Often business people are caught out with meetings at late notice when there is no choice but to book an expensive airfare. The Webjet Deal Finder helps you find cheap airfares from available airlines up to 6 months in advance for international flights. You can also compare domestic flights from leading airlines on one screen for travel in Australia, to Fiji, Bali and New Zealand.

2. Be flexible with your travel dates

Flexibility with your travel dates often means that you can take advantage of cheaper airfares on days when the airlines aren t as full. Traditionally domestic airlines offer lower priced flights mid week (Tuesday-Wednesday). International airline flights and prices vary greatly from day to day. The Webjet Deal Finder allows you to compare international flights on one screen from the leading airlines.

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3. Avoid travelling during peak season

Travel during school holiday periods is often expensive but there are options for you. Travelling towards the end of the summer school holidays could see you find some shoulder season deals. If you don t have children then wait until the school holidays are over. Airlines and hotels offer great deals during off peak times and your savings on flights and accommodation could be significant. The key message here is don t travel when everyone else is.

4. Compare airlines – Mix n Match

Compare available flights and airfares from different airlines. If you are flying in Australia, Fiji or New Zealand you can often save even more by flying one airline on your departing flight and selecting a different airline on your return journey. These cheap flights are commonly referred to as Mix n Match flights. Webjet s unique technology makes it easy to compare airlines whether flying domestic or to and from New Zealand and Fiji.

5. Check airline schedules

Not every airline flies every day of the week, and it is often these carriers that have the cheaper fares. It s useful to check airline schedules to ensure you are selecting the correct departure and return days. For example, cheap Jetstar international flights depart and arrive on selected days of the week.

6. Ask about taxes and airline surcharges

Make sure your quoted airline ticket price includes taxes and surcharges. Some advertisements for cheap international flights don t include taxes and fees. Depending which airline you choose, you could end up paying hundreds more! Webjet displays all international and domestic fares with taxes and airline surcharges included.

7. Get more out of your trip

Stopovers and Land Leave Flights are now available at Webjet, allowing travellers far more flexibility. Many visitors to London stop over for a few days in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai depending on the airline, which is a fantastic way to see another country at a small cost. Land Leave Flights are perfect if you re going on a touring holiday. For example you could fly into London, make your way to Rome by car or bus and then fly home from Rome without having to travel back to London.

8. Consider alternate airports

Airfares can be much more expensive when flying into large international airports, usually due to airport taxes and airline capacity. Compare flights to other airports surrounding your desired destination. For example, you could save several hundred dollars by flying into Amsterdam instead of London and the savings will more than cover your ground transportation.

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08/07/2017

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5 Easy Ways To Cut Your Household Expenses

Are you shocked when seeing your household expenditures every month? The expenses seem to increase every month. If you are in this situation, try these 5 recommendations before your extra paid money will accumulate to a significant amount!

1. Recycle those junk letters. Each month, you will probably received a dozen or more letters from direct mailing companies in your mailbox. Some of these letters are printed on one side only. Collect these letters and combined them into a writing pad. You can also used them to print draft documents. Besides saving money, you are also saving a lot of trees.

2. Install water saving kit in your toilet cistern. When flushing the toilet, the amount of water used is usually more than is required. By installing a water saving kit in the cistern, the amount of water saved can be as much as three gallons per month.

3. Use the fan Whenever possible, use the fan. The air conditioner is a major contributor to your utility bill. By using the fan, not only are you saving on your utility bill, you are also building up your body’s tolerance to heat. Your chances of getting heat exhaustion or heat stroke during the hot summer season are greatly reduced.

4. Do not throw away that old bar of soap yet. As your wash your hands with soap on a daily basis, the bar will become smaller and smaller until it is almost unusable. Instead of throwing it away, simply stick the old bar of soap onto the new one. Just make sure both of them are wet when sticking them together.

5. Cut the tube of toothpaste into half. When you can no longer squeeze out any toothpaste from the tube, just cut it in-half. There is some more toothpaste left that can last you for a couple of days if you have a large family. If you live alone or with your spouse only, the extra toothpaste can last up to five days or even more.

Start cultivating these useful habits today and make them a part of your daily life. You will be pleasantly pleased when you notice your household expense start to decline bit by bit as time goes on.





08/07/2017

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Puerto Rico Travel: 5 Ways To Make The Island A Cheap

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Puerto Rico Travel: 5 Ways To Make The Island A Cheap Getaway (PHOTOS)

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — There may have been a time when Puerto Rico was a cheap getaway but those days are long gone. Puerto Rico is heavily dependent on imported goods and fuel and that’s reflected in prices from a taxi ride from the airport to the mojito at your hotel. And it is, after all, the Caribbean, where tourists should expect eye-popping bills in season. A six-star hotel that opened recently in Dorado, east of San Juan, advertised rates starting at $1,500 a night, ranging up to nearly $5,000. There are, of course, cheaper options. There are also things to do that don’t cost anything at all. Here are five of them:

BEACHES

It’s an island about the size of Connecticut so there are many beaches, about 300 according to some estimates. In the capital, Isla Verde Beach is good for swimming and lolling on soft sand, groomed daily. Playita del Condado is a protected cove that is ideal for young kids and a surprisingly good place to snorkel for being in the middle of San Juan.

Things get much better outside the capital. Crash Boat, about an hour west of San Juan, is great for swimming and snorkeling. Farther west in the west coast town of Rincon is Maria’s, which has great surf. Also recommended are the beaches along the entrance to the Guanica Dry Forest Reserve as well as Seven Seas in the east coast town of Fajardo. A good tip for all Puerto Rican beaches is to go early in the morning when the water is calm and there are no crowds. Otherwise, go to Vieques, which has spectacular beaches and that are secluded even in the high season.

EL YUNQUE

About a half-hour drive from San Juan, thanks to a relatively new toll road, is an actual tropical rain forest, the only one that is part of the U.S. forest system. El Yunque National Forest is a cool oasis on a hot day. The well-maintained trails are often shrouded in misty clouds and you can cool off in a waterfall or a river pool along the relatively easy Big Tree Trail.

EL MORRO

There’s an entrance fee to enter the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, but the best way to enjoy this U.S. National Historic Site requires no money at all. The fort that towers over San Juan Bay, known universally as just “El Morro,” is a great place to stroll, especially at sunset. The massive rolling expanse of grass at the foot of the fort has spectacular views in any direction. It’s a popular place to picnic and fly a kite, sold by nearby street vendors.

OLD SAN JUAN

At the foot of El Morro is the old city, the colonial heart of San Juan. In recent years, Old San Juan has been on an upswing; its cobblestone streets are cleaner and livelier. New stores, restaurants and coffee shops have opened and many of the old homes have been restored. It’s a working city, home to the governor’s office and mansion said to be the oldest in the western hemisphere as well as other government offices and an increasing number of professional firms. It’s also become an increasingly busy cruise ship port and outlet and luxury goods shops have proliferated in response.

MUSIC AND SALSA

A good place to catch free live music several nights a week is the Plaza Mercado, a fruit and vegetable market in Santurce, a neighborhood that is also home to what are considered some of the best restaurants in Puerto Rico. The lobby of the El San Juan in Isla Verde usually has live music and dancing on weekends. The bar of course isn’t free but there’s no charge to get in. The dancers can be intimidatingly good so the less-skilled may be content just to watch the scene. A number of restaurants and hotels also regularly advertise free salsa lessons.

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Cheap Airfare Deals The 10 Best Ways To Get A Cheap

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Airfare forecast: how to get the best deals in 2015, Find competitive destinations. airfare prices for some cities will drop; see red-hot markets like dallas (thanks to the end of the wright amendment) or typically cheap cities like boston, denver and dublin. • force yourself to be flexible. everyone.

Build your ski vacation around airport hubs, The easiest way to get the best price for your ski and snow vacation is to find a winter destination with cheap airfares and then build your vacation around that. once you know the cheapest destination, you can search for ski deals at nearby resorts..

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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Top 25 Ways to Save on Europe Travel

When is a dollar not worth its weight in gold? When you’re measuring in pounds.

British pounds, that is.

A few years ago, the pound reached an exchange rate of $2 against the American dollar for the first time since September 1992. While the pound has weakened a bit since then, it still makes for a challenging exchange rate for Americans traveling in the United Kingdom.

And though the exchange rate for the euro remains decent, Europe is one of the world’s most expensive regions to explore. Hotel rates are sky-high in major capitals like London. Paris and Moscow, and the hefty cost of living (particularly in Scandinavian countries) makes everyday purchases such as meals and public transportation tickets a pricey proposition for travelers.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t see Europe on a budget. We’ve gathered 25 tips to help you save your pennies (or pounds!) on your next trip to Europe.

Trip Planning

1. Get rate quotes in U.S. dollars. Long before you travel, when you are booking your hotel. car rental and other non-flight essentials, try to get quotes in U.S. dollars and pay in U.S. dollars whenever possible. This way there are no surprises when your credit card statement arrives and you find out you paid a lot more than your quick back-of-the-envelope estimate when calculating the exchange rate. With the boom in Web booking, many international hotels now offer guaranteed dollar rates to U.S. travelers; inquire at the time of booking.

2. Find your focus. When planning your European itinerary, consider exploring one region or country in depth rather than bouncing around from place to place. For example, spend a week sightseeing in Florence and taking day trips to nearby towns in Tuscany rather than trying to squeeze Milan, Venice. Florence and Rome into seven or eight days. You’ll not only spare yourself hours of sitting in transit, but you’ll also save big on transportation expenses such as airfare or pricey train tickets. Learn more about slow travel .

3. Save on museum entrance fees. Many museums offer free admission on certain days or nights of the week or at certain times of the month. (For example, the Louvre is free on the first Sunday of each month between October and March.) Check ahead of time for free admission at the museums you’re interested in, and schedule your visit accordingly.

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4. Find free entertainment. Similarly, keep an eye out for free concerts or performances going on in local parks, churches and other public venues. The best place to find these is in the local newspapers or entertainment listings — or simply by stumbling upon them.

5. Purchase a pass. Most major cities offer special cards that include discounts or free admission for museums, attractions, tours and public transportation. These can be a great value if the card covers many of the attractions you were already planning to visit, but be sure to evaluate whether it’s really worth it. If the card costs $30 and you’re only going to use it at one or two museums, it may be better to pay a la carte.

Money Management

6. Get cash from ATM’s — at a bank. An ATM is your best option for a combination of a fair exchange rate and low surcharges and fees. At an ATM, you’ll likely pay a transaction fee from your bank (typically 1 – 2 percent), but you’ll also get the favorable interbank exchange rate rather than the higher rates you’ll find at typical exchange bureaus. To avoid excessive fees, take out large amounts of cash at a time and store the excess in a money belt or hotel safe. For more tips, see our feature on money safety .

You’ll do well to avoid stand-alone, off-brand ATM’s of the kind you can find stateside in the back of convenience stores. These typically have the highest transaction fees; use an ATM from a reputable bank instead. (If possible, use your own bank to avoid fees from other institutions. Check your bank’s website for ATM and branch locations.)

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7. Use your credit card. Many of the benefits of using an ATM card also apply to your credit card, particularly the strong exchange rates. However, keep in mind that many credit card companies charge fees for purchases made in foreign currencies, usually 1 – 3 percent. Choose the right card and you can avoid these fees. Capital One, for example, is a major credit card company that levies no surcharges on foreign transactions for its U.S. card holders. Check with your credit card companies to figure out which of your cards has the lowest fees for foreign purchases, and then use that one for your overseas purchases.

Out on the road, also check the fine print to make sure that your hotel, restaurant or other outfit does not tack on a percentage fee on all credit card transactions to cover authorization fees.

8. Choose your counter wisely. If you absolutely must use a currency exchange counter, skip the airport or train station kiosks where you are almost guaranteed to get the worst rate available. Instead, choose a bank if you can find one. Wherever you are, exchange only enough money to get the job of the moment done (whether it be a cab ride, emergency rations or the purchase of a pinata), and then get thee to an ATM as soon as you can.

9. Fly cash (and coin) light. Wait until you reach your destination before exchanging currency. and spend the bulk of your foreign currency at your destination before you go home. This way, you won’t have to pick up and then dump a lot of money at an exchange booth while taking losses both coming and going.

This is especially applicable to the piles of rattling coins you accumulate while traveling. Good luck finding a place back home that accepts a bucket of euro tin and Queen Elizabeth heads in your neighborhood. (And remember — those two-pound U.K. coins are worth more than $3 each!) Spend all your change on the way out, or at least stop at a bank and convert it to bills; you might actually get your money back someday if you do. For more tips, see Foreign Currency .

10. Don’t be afraid to haggle. We wouldn’t recommend trying this at Harrods or other department stores, but there are still plenty of places in Europe where bargaining is acceptable. Outdoor markets and street vendor stalls offer prime opportunities to try your haggling skills.

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25/05/2017

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare – Business Pundit

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5 Sneaky Ways to Find Dirt Cheap Airfare

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I can be a savvy, well-dressed business traveler when my company pays for it. But with my current small-business budget, I d rather cram myself into a budget airliner s T-row (you know, the one in front of the bathrooms) in livestock class than spend $20 extra on emergency row seating.

Even if you have a high discomfort tolerance like me, some airlines still get away with charging more than you need to pay for a flight. Over the years, I ve discovered a few tricks that have helped me minimize transportation costs, to the point where friends have expressed jealousy. Here s what I ve learned.

Tip #1: Cut out the cab

What s the point of getting super-cheap airfare if you re going to spend an extra $50 on a cab ride? If you can schedule in a little extra time, public transportation can be your friend. If you re gone long enough, it might even beat airport parking rates.

I recently took a road trip to Hood River, Oregon from Colorado, where I live. After a week in Hood River, I wanted to visit a friend in Ashland, Oregon, while the friend I drove with returned with the car to Colorado. This meant I was in Hood River without a car. I wanted to get to Ashland, spend a few days there, then go back to Denver.

My first challenge was to get from Hood River to Portland, OR, which is about an hour away. I had to leave on a Saturday, barring me from the one weekly shuttle that does the trip. A Craigslist s rideshare post didn t pan out. Taxi fare cost upwards of $65.

So, for $23, I took that eminent bastion of American luxury, the Greyhound bus. Then, for a little over $2, I took Portland s light rail all the way to the airport.

It wasn t a bad deal. And, aside from the obligatory Greyhound scents and walking a couple of blocks from the station to the light rail, it probably only took about 30 minutes more than a cab would have.

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Tip #2: Look Outside Airline Comparison Sites

Airline comparison sites don t include every airline out there. If you don t find a price you re comfortable with through a comparison site, try those unlisted airlines. Or you can try airline consolidators, which sell seats at near-wholesale prices. AirlineConsolidator.com is one such consolidator.

Next, I had to figure out how to get to Medford, OR. This would either take 6+ hours on the Hound or, for $13 more, less than an hour on an airplane. The flight would cost $70 each way. So, for $140, I could get back to Portland. What about flying back to Denver?

At the time I looked, a one-way flight from Portland to Denver cost $230. So my entire travel adventure would cost $370, way more than I wanted to spend.

I hovered over travel comparison sites for a week, waiting for the price to go down, but it never did. So I started visiting the websites of other airlines that weren t included in the travel sites I was using. These airlines included JetBlue, Southwest, and the dirt-cheap Allegiant Air, which doesn t seem to advertise at all.

Lo and behold, Southwest had the cheapest fare. But I still had one more thing to try.

Tip #3: Nearby airports can be your friend

Some airlines offer you cheaper prices for flying from small nearby airports. If you re near one such airport, it s worth looking into.

Oregon is a big state. I couldn t really believe that it only had one major airport. I started playing around with airline comparison site Sidestep.com. What if I flew directly from Ashland to Denver? Did airlines do that?

It turns out that southern Oregon does have another airport, near Ashland in the city of Medford. American Airlines flew out of Medford. And, oddly, it was $40 cheaper than flying from Portland to Denver on the cheapest airline, Southwest. I would actually save money by flying from a smaller, more convenient airport.

The trade-off, of course, was my time. I had to fly through LA, with a 3-hour layover. But as someone who works online, I didn t mind spending more time in transit, as long as I could get an Internet connection at the airport.

Tip #4: Booking early doesn t always give you the best deal

Sometimes you can get a cheaper flight by booking it later. It s worth checking out if you have flexibility.

If I d booked my flight three days before starting my trip, it would have cost $209, thanks to airlines weird price fluctuations. I ended up booking a flight for $160, four days before I had to take it. So much for booking two weeks ahead, or whatever that rule of thumb is.

Tip #5: Time Your Trip for Fare Sales

If you re a true cheap-flight junkie, you won t time your vacations around the time that everyone goes. Instead, you ll time them around fare sales.

I flew to Hawaii in April 2010 for around $700 round trip. At the beginning of August 2010, Alaska Air came up with a dirt-cheap fare sale to Hawaii. Round-trip fares between Portland and Honolulu, for example, added up about $318 with taxes. With a cheap round trip flight from Denver to Portland, I could get to Hawaii for about $450. That s much, much cheaper. Waiting for the off-season, or an airline promotion, pays.

If you want to stay afoot of such promotions, subscribe to an airline comparison website s automatic email updates. I use SideStep.com, which emails you when fares go below a fare that you set.

Honorable mention: Fly Mid-Week

In general, you can land a cheaper fare if you fly on an off-day, like Wednesday or Saturday morning, than if you fly when everyone else does.





18/05/2017

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #svr #travels

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

3. Get Social Recommendations

There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

4. Forums Still Count

While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

Your Tips

What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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Cheap Ways to Travel to Italy #sherman #travel

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Cheap Ways to Travel to Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just one of the many famous landmarks of Italy. (Photo: pisa lean tower image by Gary from Fotolia.com )

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The famous boot-shaped country of the Mediterranean, Italy is home to some of the world’s most well-known tourist destinations. The romantic canals of Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the ancient ruins of Sicily all sit within the borders of Italy. The cost of travel to Italy can be quite expensive, especially if you’re coming from across the Atlantic. But with a little flexibility you can make the trip to this Mediterranean country on a relatively cheap budget.

Air Travel

Obviously, if you’re departing from the United States, or anywhere else not connected to Italy by land, your choice of transportation is limited to either ship or airplane. However, if you’re willing to be flexible with your departure times, you can significantly lower the cost of your air fare. Many travel agencies, including a number of online agencies, offer “flexible date” scheduling, which helps them fill empty seats, while helping you obtain the cheapest rate.

In addition, flexibility concerning your arrival destination can also save you a wad of cash. Europe has an extensive and interconnected public transportation system, and if you are willing to land in a city, or even country, other than your final destination, you can easily book a train, bus or connecting flight to that destination for a combined cost of much less than a direct flight.

One of the most important factors in procuring a cheap flight to Italy is booking ahead. If you’re a last-minute planner, you’re going to end up paying full price for that plane ticket. However, if you can book your flight a month or more in advance, you’ll easily save at least a couple hundred dollars.

Cargo Ship

Departing from the Americas, your only other means of travel to Italy, other than by airplane, is by ship. Cruise ship fare can grow expensive, especially for a trip across the Atlantic. However, most cargo ships also feature passenger cabins at a much cheaper rate than cruise liners. Considering travel alone, cargo ship fare can cost two or even three times that of a flight. However, you have to consider the fact that, on a cargo ship, your room and meals are included in the price. Also, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of destinations, other than the just the few Italian port cities on the itinerary, as many cargo ships make stops all over the world.





02/05/2017

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

Work As An Au-pair

An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

Teach English

This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

Work on a Cruise Line

This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

Work as a Tour Guide

Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

Workaway

You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.





29/04/2017

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Cheap airfare deals: The 10 best ways to get a cheap flight

Michael Gebicki

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MAKING THE UPGRADE

Upgrades usually come at a stiff price but Optiontown sells unsold business class seats aboard Air Asia and several other international carriers at a huge discount. Individual bookings are more likely to succeed than a group or family, and you might have to wait until you’re in the queue at the check-in desk to receive confirmation. See optiontown.com

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FLY ON THE QUIET

Blue Zone seating aboard Air Asia.

Demand for seats fluctuates, and you can use this cycle to buy yourself a cheaper seat. Between cities with healthy business traffic, midweek flights in the middle of the day are usually the cheapest. Use a flight search engine such as Momondo that gives you day-by-day prices, or Kayak, which sends you an alert if the price changes. See momondo.com.au ; kayak.com.au

BOOK YOURSELF A BARGAIN

Most airlines release seats and open their bookings 11 months before flight time and the cheapest “earlybird” seats are the first to go. Book well in advance and you’ll save, airlines have become experts at filling their planes. The days when you could count on a late-breaking, red-hot deal are well and truly over. If the Aussie dollar continues its downward trajectory, an early booking may give you more reasons to cheer.

Air Asia Sydney to Kuala Lumpur.

STRETCH OUT FOR LESS

Singapore Airlines’ economy class preferred seats come with many centimetres of extra leg-stretch room and they’re some of the cheapest exit row seats around. The airline charges $US40 ($55) for a preferred seat on a Singapore-Australia flight, $US60 will get you the same from Singapore all the way to Europe. Book online. See singaporeair.com

Singapore’s Changi Airport is not only a place to shop or eat between flights, but also a comfortable place to catch 40 winks.

Flying long haul? It can be cheaper to book sector-by-sector rather than a single ticket that takes you all the way through, for example one ticket from Melbourne to Hong Kong and another from Hong Kong to your final destination. Remember though, you might have to pass through customs and immigration, collect your bags from one flight and check in on another. If so, leave plenty of time between connecting flights.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

Budget airlines make much of their revenue from travellers who show up at the check-in desk with baggage and carry-ons in excess of the allowance. They rigidly enforce their limits and if you pay for any extra baggage allowance you may need when you make your booking you’ll save. Wait until you get to the airport and if you’re over, the penalties might end up costing more than your air ticket.

Denver airport, pitched like a row of teepees against the Rocky Mountains.

THE RUB ON HUBS

Competition between airlines is fierce at busy airport hubs, and that keeps prices lower than at smaller airports that are served by just a few airlines. In Europe and the US especially, if you bus or train to the nearest major airport rather than flying out of a regional airport you should be able to travel at a much cheaper price.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW FARES

Although it lacks the bells and whistles of some airfare search engines, ITA Matrix Airfare Search is the go-to fare search engine for many travel professionals. Type in your route, the extreme ends of the dates for your outward and return flights, check the “see calendar of lowest fares” box and back comes a graphic with the cheapest fares available on every day within your time frame. See matrix.itasoftware.com

SNOOZE CONTROL

The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website is a must-read for anyone facing a long airport stopover and looking to inject some comfort into the ordeal without busting the budget. Best seats, quiet zones, free internet, tips from other passengers – this is a goldmine for the cost-conscious traveller. Singapore’s Changi Airport consistently ranks in pole position for travellers looking to sack out between flights. See sleepinginairports.net .

LOCK AND LOAD

Lock in the price of your air ticket with STA Travel’s Airfare Deposit Program. Pay a non-refundable deposit of $300 and you can pay the balance just seven days before flight time. Qantas offers Book Now, Pay Later. Pay a $25 holding deposit and your seat is secured, but the deal does not apply to all seats on all flights, and the final price may change if taxes, fees and Qantas’ charges rise. See statravel.com ; qantas.com.au





25/04/2017

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Google Flights offers 6 new ways to score cheap airline tickets

Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier. If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Google has introduced a new search tool that makes finding the best airfare deal significantly easier.

Lowest prices by time of year

If you have your destination ready and your travel dates are flexible, your chances of snagging the lowest price goes up. That s because Google Flights will present a calendar of the dates with the cheapest prices for your travel.

The prices that Google shows will appear in gray and green (green for lowest).

When you click on the day you want to travel, Google will list the flights for that date in order of cost, grouping together all the times when you can fly at the lowest price.

Chart tools created to monitor yearly trends

If you re curious about what time of the year flights between two cities are the lowest, Google Flights can show you a bar chart that will give you a glimpse of the best prices throughout the year.

Google Maps with flight prices

Maybe you know when you want to fly, but you re not sure where to go? Google Flights has an interactive map that will show you prices for destinations around the world.

I m feeling lucky

You can also search for generic terms, such as flights to Europe or flights to Mexico. Google Flights also has an I m feeling lucky button that will suggest popular destinations and other locations based on your search history.

Don t know where to go?

Google said it found that 54% of people don t know where they want to travel when they decide to plan their vacations.

What Google doesn t show is whether prices will drop in the near future. Microsoft Bing and Kayak provide services that predict when prices are expected to rise or fall.

But Google said those tools aren t typically very helpful.

Don t know when to go?

Though it s sometimes hard to pull the trigger because you re afraid the price will drop tomorrow (or next Tuesday, maybe?), our experience shows it s usually best to book right away, said Eric Zimmerman, Google Flights product manager, in a blog post.

A nifty trick is to save your flight booking on Google Flights and use the Google Now app to receive updates if the price drops substantially.  Although there are not guarantees when it comes to the price of airfare, if you re unsure that s a great way to be able to jump on the discount, if it happens.

In 2011, Google purchased a company called ITA, which provides flight information to websites, such as Expedia, Kayak, Hipmunk and Priceline. The data Google controls includes flight times, availability and prices.

Competitors Kayak and Expedia initially opposed the deal before the Department of Justice forced Google to promise that it would continue to promote competition.

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Top 25 Ways to Save on Europe Travel #flight #& #hotel

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Top 25 Ways to Save on Europe Travel

When is a dollar not worth its weight in gold? When you’re measuring in pounds.

British pounds, that is.

A few years ago, the pound reached an exchange rate of $2 against the American dollar for the first time since September 1992. While the pound has weakened a bit since then, it still makes for a challenging exchange rate for Americans traveling in the United Kingdom.

And though the exchange rate for the euro remains decent, Europe is one of the world’s most expensive regions to explore. Hotel rates are sky-high in major capitals like London. Paris and Moscow, and the hefty cost of living (particularly in Scandinavian countries) makes everyday purchases such as meals and public transportation tickets a pricey proposition for travelers.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t see Europe on a budget. We’ve gathered 25 tips to help you save your pennies (or pounds!) on your next trip to Europe.

Trip Planning

1. Get rate quotes in U.S. dollars. Long before you travel, when you are booking your hotel. car rental and other non-flight essentials, try to get quotes in U.S. dollars and pay in U.S. dollars whenever possible. This way there are no surprises when your credit card statement arrives and you find out you paid a lot more than your quick back-of-the-envelope estimate when calculating the exchange rate. With the boom in Web booking, many international hotels now offer guaranteed dollar rates to U.S. travelers; inquire at the time of booking.

2. Find your focus. When planning your European itinerary, consider exploring one region or country in depth rather than bouncing around from place to place. For example, spend a week sightseeing in Florence and taking day trips to nearby towns in Tuscany rather than trying to squeeze Milan, Venice. Florence and Rome into seven or eight days. You’ll not only spare yourself hours of sitting in transit, but you’ll also save big on transportation expenses such as airfare or pricey train tickets. Learn more about slow travel .

3. Save on museum entrance fees. Many museums offer free admission on certain days or nights of the week or at certain times of the month. (For example, the Louvre is free on the first Sunday of each month between October and March.) Check ahead of time for free admission at the museums you’re interested in, and schedule your visit accordingly.

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4. Find free entertainment. Similarly, keep an eye out for free concerts or performances going on in local parks, churches and other public venues. The best place to find these is in the local newspapers or entertainment listings — or simply by stumbling upon them.

5. Purchase a pass. Most major cities offer special cards that include discounts or free admission for museums, attractions, tours and public transportation. These can be a great value if the card covers many of the attractions you were already planning to visit, but be sure to evaluate whether it’s really worth it. If the card costs $30 and you’re only going to use it at one or two museums, it may be better to pay a la carte.

Money Management

6. Get cash from ATM’s — at a bank. An ATM is your best option for a combination of a fair exchange rate and low surcharges and fees. At an ATM, you’ll likely pay a transaction fee from your bank (typically 1 – 2 percent), but you’ll also get the favorable interbank exchange rate rather than the higher rates you’ll find at typical exchange bureaus. To avoid excessive fees, take out large amounts of cash at a time and store the excess in a money belt or hotel safe. For more tips, see our feature on money safety .

You’ll do well to avoid stand-alone, off-brand ATM’s of the kind you can find stateside in the back of convenience stores. These typically have the highest transaction fees; use an ATM from a reputable bank instead. (If possible, use your own bank to avoid fees from other institutions. Check your bank’s website for ATM and branch locations.)

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7. Use your credit card. Many of the benefits of using an ATM card also apply to your credit card, particularly the strong exchange rates. However, keep in mind that many credit card companies charge fees for purchases made in foreign currencies, usually 1 – 3 percent. Choose the right card and you can avoid these fees. Capital One, for example, is a major credit card company that levies no surcharges on foreign transactions for its U.S. card holders. Check with your credit card companies to figure out which of your cards has the lowest fees for foreign purchases, and then use that one for your overseas purchases.

Out on the road, also check the fine print to make sure that your hotel, restaurant or other outfit does not tack on a percentage fee on all credit card transactions to cover authorization fees.

8. Choose your counter wisely. If you absolutely must use a currency exchange counter, skip the airport or train station kiosks where you are almost guaranteed to get the worst rate available. Instead, choose a bank if you can find one. Wherever you are, exchange only enough money to get the job of the moment done (whether it be a cab ride, emergency rations or the purchase of a pinata), and then get thee to an ATM as soon as you can.

9. Fly cash (and coin) light. Wait until you reach your destination before exchanging currency. and spend the bulk of your foreign currency at your destination before you go home. This way, you won’t have to pick up and then dump a lot of money at an exchange booth while taking losses both coming and going.

This is especially applicable to the piles of rattling coins you accumulate while traveling. Good luck finding a place back home that accepts a bucket of euro tin and Queen Elizabeth heads in your neighborhood. (And remember — those two-pound U.K. coins are worth more than $3 each!) Spend all your change on the way out, or at least stop at a bank and convert it to bills; you might actually get your money back someday if you do. For more tips, see Foreign Currency .

10. Don’t be afraid to haggle. We wouldn’t recommend trying this at Harrods or other department stores, but there are still plenty of places in Europe where bargaining is acceptable. Outdoor markets and street vendor stalls offer prime opportunities to try your haggling skills.

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13/04/2017

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Best Ways To Get Cheap Airfare: Money Talk News #best #price

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Best Ways To Get Cheap Airfare: Money Talk News

Amanda Geronikos Money Talk News

Airfares are taking off. According to Travelocity. the average round-trip domestic airfare this Thanksgiving is $386, up 9 percent from last year.

But if you’ve got the will, there’s always a way to land an airfare bargain.

If your itinerary for travel savings begins and ends with a trip to an online travel agent like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity, you could easily miss out on a lower fare. You could also miss out if you confine your search to sites that aggregate fares, like Cheapflights, Kayak, or Mobissimo.

That’s because the best fares might be available from the place many travelers neglect to check: the airlines themselves. In the video above, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson explains why. Check it out, then read on for more.

As Stacy mentioned, some airlines have been offering lower prices on their websites to keep fliers from online agencies and aggregator sites. The reason is simple: They want to avoid paying commissions of roughly $10 to $25 per ticket .

Toronto-based Porter Airlines, for example, offers savings of up to 50 percent on its website. Southwest, the lowest-cost carrier in many markets, has never offered fares on sites other than its own.

At least one other airline isn’t stopping with incentives – they’re also placing restrictions on passengers that don’t book from them directly. Frontier Airlines recently announced that failing to book from their site will result in half the frequent flier miles, higher fees, and no ability to get a seat assignment until check-in.

Bottom line? If your goal is the best possible deal, you might not find it with one-stop shopping. Use an online agency or aggregator to see the options, but don’t book until you also check the airline’s site.

More tips for extra savings…

1. Follow your favorite airlines on Twitter and Facebook Many airlines, including American Airlines, Southwest, and Delta, tweet hourly, offering info about deals and discounted fares.

2. Sign up for email alerts Sign up for deal alerts to be emailed or texted to you. I get weekly emails from Airfarewatchdog to stay informed about the lowest fares out of my local airport. You can also personalize your settings so you’ll be alerted when that flight to Aruba drops in price. Some other great options for alerts: Smartertravel.com and TripAdvisor.com/Flights.

3. Look for discount codes Don’t ever buy a plane ticket (or anything else) without searching for a coupon code. It only takes a few seconds: Simply go to your favorite search engine and type in “(Airline) Promo Code.” And if you need them, check for promo codes on rental cars and hotels while you’re at it. 4. Fly on less popular days and times As we said in last year’s 7 Steps to Cheaper Airfares, try to book an early morning Tuesday or Wednesday flight. Airlines also tend to charge less for the first flight out each day, and weekly price wars between airlines work in your favor on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

5. Consider traveling in shoulder seasons Going to Europe? Consider flying in late August or September, when prices tend to drop. Early December or after mid-April are good times to find lower fares for the Caribbean.

6. Consider crowdsourcing Earlier this year, we told you about a site called Flightfox, run by experts (also known as “flight hackers”) who compete to find you the best flight. Finder’s fees start at $24, but if you aren’t satisfied, the service is 100 percent refundable.

7. Compare airports Being picky about airports can cost you. That’s why travel search engines like Kayak include that little box that says “add nearby airports” – check it and you might see lower rates. For example, testing a round-trip ticket from Miami to Los Angeles found a low price of $430 the week before Christmas, but when including nearby airports, Kayak found a $389 ticket flying out of Fort Lauderdale instead.

8. Use your frequent flier miles If you’re not already enrolled in a frequent flier program, you might want to sign up for one. When deciding which one to use, consider where you’ll be flying frequently and which airlines you’ll travel with. Also consider what type of tickets you’ll be buying and if the airline offers useful upgrades for you.

9. Avoid baggage fees Choose an airline that has a low-cost or no-cost baggage policy. Fly Southwest and you can check two bags for free. With JetBlue, you’ll get one bag in for free. United Airlines is a different story, charging $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second, as we explained in 10 Tips to Save on Baggage Fees .

10. Beware of pricing glitches In June, we told you Delta Airlines was charging higher airfares to frequent fliers when they logged into their account, and lower fares when they were not logged in. We also told you Mac users were paying more for flights when they used Orbitz, based on the fact they spent 30 percent more on hotels than PC users. These matters have since been addressed and resolved, but it taught us a lesson. Be sure to perform multiple airfare searches.

11. Book early Planning ahead can give you a good jump on savings. Rates start rising two weeks from the flight date, according to FareCompare.com. They recommend booking two to 12 weeks out.

12. Name your own price Sites like Priceline.com let you make the price offer, but require flexibility in exchange: You don’t know the airline, departure time, or layovers until you buy. You also can’t earn frequent flier miles. The price can be significantly lower than published fares, though – up to 50 percent in some cases.

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09/04/2017

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media #travel #supermaket

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5 Ways to Find Travel Deals Using Social Media

By Erica Swallow 2012-02-07 08:49:57 UTC

Finding travel deals on the Internet seems to get easier and more fun each year.

It used to be that you’d have to book directly through airlines and hotels, and then came the aggregators. Sites like Orbitz and Priceline made prices more transparent — and deal seekers rejoiced.

Now, there are tons of web and mobile applications that specialize in travel, and social media is making easier than ever for travelers to plan, book and share details about their travel itineraries.

The world of social media travel deals is ever-changing, so we’re glad to present you with the latest information on how to find travel deals using social media. Read on for five hot tips, and let us know your deal seeking strategies in the comments below.

1. Stay on Top of Twitter Deals

Finding travel deals on Twitter is all about following the right accounts, utilizing search and acting fast when the right deal pops up.

For starters, follow — or make a Twitter list of — the airlines you often fly and the hotels you often book. Wanderlisting is a great resource for finding not only airlines and hotels on Twitter, but also travel bloggers, publications and tips. Just a heads-up, JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic are known to tweet out some pretty sweet deals, too.

But you don’t always have to be on Twitter to reap the rewards of its service. FareCompare.com enables users to receive real-time tweets when airfare prices drop from their home airport — or you can simply browse its web app for deals.

If following isn’t working out for you, try searching Twitter. A quick search for “NYC travel deals,” for example, yields a number of relevant tweets, including one from Travelzoo. promoting NYC hotel deals, and another from the L.A. Times promoting a Valentine’s Day dinner deal in New York.

If you’re really not sure where you’d like to go, the hashtag #traveldeals is always a good fallback.

2. Use Facebook for Loyalty Reward Programs

While you could follow airlines, hotels and deal sites on Facebook. we don’t recommend clogging up your stream with travel deals. The occasional “like” for your favorite travel companies is enough.

In general, Facebook doesn’t offer many good experiences for finding deals and booking travel. While a number of airlines — including Alaska Airlines and Malaysia Airlines — have Facebook apps that help you book flights, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re searching just one airline.

If serendipity presents you with a great deal, that’s wonderful. Otherwise, keep your Facebook travel deal searching to a minimum. You’re better off using the usual web apps of choice — Kayak. Orbitz. Hipmunk and Airbnb. among others.

That being said, Facebook does come in handy when you’re a member of a hotel or airline’s loyalty membership program. If you are a Hilton HHonors member or Starwood Preferred Guest. for example, it’s a great idea to “like” the program’s Facebook Page and sit back while offers roll in.

If you’re seriously addicted to Facebook, though, you should try out Airbnb’s Facebook app. which enables users to find and rent homes around the world.

3. Get Social Recommendations

There are a number of apps — such as Gogobot — that enable users to pull travel advice from their social graphs.

Check out the latest on the block, Trippy. It lets you get your friends’ recommendations for places to visit and things to do when you’re planning a trip. After all, it’s great to get a recommendation from a friend who has already traveled the road you’re about to take. Once a trip is planned, the user can even check rates or book the trip right from Trippy’s platform.

This strategy should be used in tandem with other deal searches, though — while it could lead to finding the best recommendations from your friends, they may not be the cheapest.

4. Forums Still Count

While you don’t hear about forums much anymore — mostly due to the fact that they’re horribly designed and difficult to navigate — they can still be useful, especially for the travel-deal hunter.

For all the latest news and gossip regarding loyalty reward programs and travel deals, check out FlyerTalk. which deems itself “the world’s most popular frequent flyer community.” This savvy group of travelers will have you snatching up great deals in no time.

5. Last-Minute Lodging Deals

If you fly by the seat of your pants and have arrived in your destination city without a place to stay, there are a number of options for booking last-minute lodging. For starters, check out HotelTonight. an app that enables you to book a room at discounts of up to 70%.

Likewise, you could try using Airbnb’s iPhone app. which has a button appropriately labeled “Help! I need a place tonight!” You could also try the standby feature if you can’t find an Airbnb spot — this prompts local homeowners to send offers your way, usually at lower rates than they usually charge.

And lastly, don’t forget Foursquare. While it’s unlikely that you’ll find discounted hotel prices, you could discover some other sweet perks. I did a quick search for on Foursquare for hotels within 10 miles, and I found a special for 1,000 Priority Club Rewards Bonus Points for checking in three times at the Crowne Plaza in Times Square. For the right person, loyalty points could be a better deal than a discounted bill. Not too shabby, right?

Your Tips

What’s your strategy for finding travel deals using social media? Let us know your best tips in the comments below.

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07/04/2017

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Flights and Save #cheapest #rental #cars

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10 Ways to Find Cheap Flights and Save

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1. Planning ahead will save you

The cheap airline tickets always sell first, rewarding organised travellers. Often business people are caught out with meetings at late notice when there is no choice but to book an expensive airfare. The Webjet Deal Finder helps you find cheap airfares from available airlines up to 6 months in advance for international flights. You can also compare domestic flights from leading airlines on one screen for travel in Australia, to Fiji, Bali and New Zealand.

2. Be flexible with your travel dates

Flexibility with your travel dates often means that you can take advantage of cheaper airfares on days when the airlines aren t as full. Traditionally domestic airlines offer lower priced flights mid week (Tuesday-Wednesday). International airline flights and prices vary greatly from day to day. The Webjet Deal Finder allows you to compare international flights on one screen from the leading airlines.

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3. Avoid travelling during peak season

Travel during school holiday periods is often expensive but there are options for you. Travelling towards the end of the summer school holidays could see you find some shoulder season deals. If you don t have children then wait until the school holidays are over. Airlines and hotels offer great deals during off peak times and your savings on flights and accommodation could be significant. The key message here is don t travel when everyone else is.

4. Compare airlines – Mix n Match

Compare available flights and airfares from different airlines. If you are flying in Australia, Fiji or New Zealand you can often save even more by flying one airline on your departing flight and selecting a different airline on your return journey. These cheap flights are commonly referred to as Mix n Match flights. Webjet s unique technology makes it easy to compare airlines whether flying domestic or to and from New Zealand and Fiji.

5. Check airline schedules

Not every airline flies every day of the week, and it is often these carriers that have the cheaper fares. It s useful to check airline schedules to ensure you are selecting the correct departure and return days. For example, cheap Jetstar international flights depart and arrive on selected days of the week.

6. Ask about taxes and airline surcharges

Make sure your quoted airline ticket price includes taxes and surcharges. Some advertisements for cheap international flights don t include taxes and fees. Depending which airline you choose, you could end up paying hundreds more! Webjet displays all international and domestic fares with taxes and airline surcharges included.

7. Get more out of your trip

Stopovers and Land Leave Flights are now available at Webjet, allowing travellers far more flexibility. Many visitors to London stop over for a few days in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok or Dubai depending on the airline, which is a fantastic way to see another country at a small cost. Land Leave Flights are perfect if you re going on a touring holiday. For example you could fly into London, make your way to Rome by car or bus and then fly home from Rome without having to travel back to London.

8. Consider alternate airports

Airfares can be much more expensive when flying into large international airports, usually due to airport taxes and airline capacity. Compare flights to other airports surrounding your desired destination. For example, you could save several hundred dollars by flying into Amsterdam instead of London and the savings will more than cover your ground transportation.

9. Sign up for Webjet Mail

Webjet Mail provides you with weekly updates on flight and airline specials to the most popular international and domestic destinations.





07/04/2017

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10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets

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I love to travel. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. At one point, I had been out of the country every summer for six years, including a six-month stay in Europe that included the ubiquitous backpack. (See also: The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe )

Now that I have a family, traveling is a lot more expensive, and airfare is a huge chunk of that. I haven’t given up on future trips, though, because there are so many ways to get free tickets these days. Below are some of the ideas that have worked for me or for people I know.

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1. Volunteer to Get Bumped

If you’ve flown at all, you probably know this drill. A flight gets overbooked, and so the gate agent asks for people to give up their seats in exchange for some sort of incentive. Often, that incentive is a voucher for a free or discounted ticket in the future. When you volunteer, they will usually book you through on another flight, so you still have a guaranteed way to get wherever you’re going.

2. Rack Up the Miles

Join an airline frequent flyer program, and begin collecting miles towards a free ticket. It really is as easy as that. And most airlines are fairly good about helping you redeem your miles, as long as you follow their rules and plan your travel well in advance. You can maximize miles earned by choosing the longest route when you do fly, and you can often earn additional miles by making purchases through the rewards program website, etc. (See also: 5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards )

3. Complain (Politely!)

Did something go wrong on your last flight? If you write a polite letter to the airline, you will often receive some sort of compensation in return. This is sometimes even a voucher for a free flight! Even if you don’t get that big payoff, you will often receive a discount on future tickets or some sort of free upgrade for your trouble. Most airlines respond positively to polite complaints. If something went wrong and you can document time, place, flight number, and personnel involved, you are likely to get something in exchange for your trouble.

4. Look for Incentives

These days, free airline tickets are offered as incentives for everything from opening a brokerage account with a certain minimum amount of money to taking out a mortgage. While you don’t want to do these things just for the tickets, if you’re going to do them anyway, you may as well get the free travel. If you’re looking to make some sort of large investment, see if there’s a way to do it that involves free tickets.

5. Redeem Those Credit Card Rewards

Credit cards have gotten a bad rap when it comes to actually letting you use your points to get free airline tickets. However, some of them actually do have quality programs. If you’re looking for free tickets and will be using a credit card anyway, you might as well earn points towards your next trip. If you tend to fly one airline most of the time, you can also get a credit card that is strictly for that airline. American Airlines has a particularly well-reviewed program. (See also: The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards)

6. Get a Job at the Airline

Airline employees often get discounted flights or get to fly standby for free. If you do a lot of flying, or would like to, and are open to a new or a second job, there’s no reason not to try and get hired by an airline. As a bonus, many airlines also offer free standby tickets for immediate family members, so you can all fly for free together.

7. Ask for Tickets as a Gift

Ok, so this one may sound like cheating because someone is still paying for the tickets, but the key is that YOU are not paying for them. If there’s a trip you’d particularly like to take and you’re the plan-ahead type, go ahead and see if you can’t get the tickets for Christmas. Maybe all of your friends or relatives could go in together. Even if they can’t come up with the full price of the tickets you want, asking for contributions can lower your personal investment significantly.

8. Ask for Miles Rather Than Money

If you know someone who racks up the frequent flyer miles, see if they’d be willing to transfer some to you so that you can get a free ticket. This is particularly useful if the person giving the miles has more than they will ever use, knows that their miles will expire before they use them, or wants to give you a significant gift but really doesn’t have the money. Try focusing your efforts on friends or relatives who travel quite frequently for work.

9. Win a Sweepstakes

There are many contests and sweepstakes out there that offer free airline tickets to winners. Sure, your chances of winning any single contest are low, but if you enter them systematically and frequently, your chances of winning eventually go up. While you can’t plan your life around winning a sweepstakes, the tickets would be a nice surprise whenever your name comes up.

10.Watch for Airline Mistakes

A couple months ago, United Airlines made a mistake and offered a bunch of tickets for very cheap or free. While the mistake was only live for a couple of minutes, many people took advantage of it. If you frequent travel forums, though, you can catch these deals because people will post about them almost as soon as they happen. Sometimes, airlines will try to rescind the tickets sold during these mistakes, but most often they are honored. If you want free tickets, this is a great way to find them.

Bonus Standby Tip

Standby is no longer free, unless you or an immediate family member works for the airline. Flying standby used to be a great way to get free and/or deeply discounted airline tickets. However, most airlines now require you to have already purchased a ticket to even be eligible for standby flights, and many will charge you an additional fee, too. Each airline has a different policy, so check this out before you try to fly on a standby basis.

Good luck, and good flying!





07/04/2017

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This tough economy doesn t mean you have to shelve your wanderlust

Although a trip may seem like an extra expense that should be shelved in today’s economic climate, most devoted travelers are not inclined to relinquish their cherished pastime. Instead, those of us who aren’t ready to hang up our packable travel hat are desperately seeking less expensive ways to get away.

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If you want to stick to your budget and satisfy your wanderlust, try rethinking your travel style. Just because one type of trip is less expensive than what you’re used to, it doesn’t mean you’re getting a sub-par experience — you’re just getting a different experience. Go out on a limb and try some cheaper ways to take a trip, like cruising, couch surfing or taking a day trip. You’ll save money by choosing a less expensive vacation, and the best part is you may even discover a new favorite way to travel.

Go couch surfing

No, this is not an activity that mixes water sports with furniture. Couch surfing is an unconventional way to find cheap or even free accommodations in a destination by arranging to sleep on a local’s couch (or sometimes in a spare bedroom, but we think “spare bedroom surfing” sounds less catchy).

One of the most popular couch surfing networks is CouchSurfing.com, where citizens of the world meet and arrange couch stays with other travelers. Sleeping in the home of a stranger naturally raises issues of safety, but a good host will provide plenty of references. In addition, CouchSurfing.com has developed a number of safeguards for its users. For example, the site has a verification process for hosts; in order for a host to confirm that he or she is an actual resident of his or her community, the host must enter a special code online after receiving the code on a postcard in the mail.

While couch surfing is generally a safe way to travel, nothing is foolproof. A sense of adventure is a prerequisite for any successful couch surfing experience. If you don’t feel comfortable sleeping in the home of a stranger, don’t do it!

Travel in the low season

With spring approaching, travel providers are serving up a variety of shoulder-season deals for popular destinations like Europe and Alaska. While shoulder-season deals offer great prices to destinations just as the weather turns favorable, those brave enough to take the less-traveled path of low-season trips can expect to put up with less desirable weather for deliciously low prices. In many destinations (like Ireland and Greece), some attractions, restaurants and even hotels close during the low tourist season — but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan a great low-season vacation.

Plan ahead to make the most of your low-season getaway. Buy a good guidebook and call each place you want to visit ahead of time to make sure that it will be open. Dress appropriately, especially if you will be dealing with frigid temperatures. And focus on the positive!





31/03/2017

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get

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9 Ways To Travel The World For Free (Or Even Get Paid To Do It!)

When I turned 18, I decided to move out of my parents’ home. I wanted to see the world, but I had no money at all. How could I travel the world when I was totally broke? But I also believe our dreams can come true when we set ourselves up for success. I found ways to move around despite my lack of money. I hope I can open your horizons a bit and inspire you to find creative ways of getting paid to travel, or at least to cover some (if not all) of your travel expenses.

Work As An Au-pair

An au-pair (literally meaning an extra pair of hands) is usually a young foreign person between 18 and 30 years old, who wants to travel the world, learn a new language, experience a new culture, and live new adventures. In exchange for that, they offer a maximum of 25 to 30 hours of help to a local family who provides food and accommodation, plus pocket money. The au-pair lives with a local family, usually helps with the children, and should be considered a member of the family and treated respectfully.

When searching for a host family, make sure you are like-minded and have a lot of things in common. That s the key to a great experience. Some families will offer some perks, like your airfare, a language course, a monthly transportation pass, etc. Check which family offers you the best perks, but always keeping in mind that compatibility, similar ethics and lifestyle is way more important than any “perk.”

I´m now in Switzerland, doing a very short au-pair program. I have a wonderful host family, great children and I´m very glad I had this chance to live in Zurich, while experiencing the culture through the eyes of a local family.

Work At Summer Camps Across the United States

Summer camps can be a great opportunity for you to travel to the States and have all your expenses met. Every summer, hundreds of American summer camps fill up with children wanting to have a great time. You can travel to another state if you want a new experience as a camp counselor, and some of the camps also hire young foreigners who want to have a taste of America and meet people from all walks of life in exchange for daily activities with kids. You won t make a fortune and you might not be able to save much, but you ll be paid and have zero expenses.

After the summer camps are over, you have the opportunity to travel all over the United States with the money you made. You ll probably team up with other people you ve met at the camp so you won t be on your own.

Teach English

This is probably the most profitable work/travel opportunity out there. If you re a native speaker, you can just take a short online course or even find countries which won t require any certificate.

If English is not your native language, you can still do it, but you should have decent English skills. Having actually completed an ESL course is a plus as well.

Work on a Cruise Line

This is hard work and you ll be living with the people you work with, which is not always easy — especially if you don t like or don t get along with someone. But it s a great opportunity to travel and making good money at the same time. Your ability to have time off when the ship arrives at a certain port depends on your type of job and duties. If you re in the cleaning department, you might have to work, but if you re working with other departments like entertainment, massage, hairdresser, etc, you might have time off.

Every year many cruise lines around the world recruit people from all walks of life. If you want to sail across the world, get a CV ready and check for hiring dates. A quick Google search should tell you which cruise lines fit you better, which routes you d like to do, and who s recruiting. There are also forums where you can ask questions to people who work or have worked aboard cruises.

Work as a Tour Guide

Are you extrovert, communicative, and have patience to deal with people all day long?

I believe being a tour guide or tour leader can be one of the best ways of exploring the world, get paid, and have no expenses. You might get to experience things you wouldn t otherwise. You ll meet people from all over the world and live a wonderful adventure. Some tour companies specialize in adventure travel, budget travel, spring break adventures. you ll find something that relates to you if you search for it. Contracts usually last for a year or more, so you ll have to be very available with no attachments, no pets, no and no significant other (unless you don t want to see them more than once a year!). This is easy for the early 20s, but more complicated for the older folks. I think it s a chance you could grab if you re totally free.

Get A Temporary Agriculture Job

I ve picked up grapes in France for 3 weeks and then had money to travel for a year — on a super low budget, not luxury traveling for sure! Usually, the money is great and the work is temporary. You ll meet other people from all over the world, mainly travelers who are also gathering some cash together. You usually get a free place to stay and some wine for your efforts. Everyone I know and who did grape picking in France said the job was super easy, relaxed and fun. Australia and New Zealand usually welcome farm workers as well.

Workaway

You won t be paid as a workawayer, but you should have all expenses covered, while volunteering. The Workaway website is a work/exchange volunteer type of program, with projects all over the world. I love the workaway concept of making your way around the world by volunteering and giving back to the community, while having the expenses paid and getting to know a new culture in depth. Workaway is perfect for people who want to stay a long time in a certain place for free or as a chance to learn a new language.

Couchsurfing And BlaBlaCar

I ve met the most amazing people through the Couchsurfing community. People are usually very open-minded and generous. If you want to travel around and have a free place to sleep, this is the best option! Remember that hosts’ homes are not a free hotel, so treat them and their space with respect, offer to cook for them, and always keep in mind you re being welcomed by a very generous person who hosted you out of kindness.

If you want to connect with local people, hang out, make new friends, find company to do activities, check out the events page at the Couchsurfing website. There s always something going on!

If you have a car or a van and enjoy traveling by road, using BlaBlaCar or some other type of carpooling website will meet all of your travel expenses. On these carpooling/ride share websites, people share expenses and travel by land. You have to all be heading in the same general direction, but if you take a couple of people, you re probably be able to cover 100% of the fuel costs. This is a win-win situation for all: carpoolers will have the convenience of going by car and not having to drive, and you’ll have your gas money covered. (Don’t have a car? Check it out anyway for a few outstanding cheap rides; you ll save an incredible amount of money. Oftentimes, there are free rides because some people get really bored traveling long distances alone and are happy to just have company to chat while they’re driving.)

Making Sure Your Food Expenses Are Covered

I didn t buy basically any food during those overland trips. I had no cash for that, so what did I do?

Most bakeries, pizza shops, and restaurants throw away ALL the fresh food they didn t sell during that day. So I took advantage of that. When I traveled around Italy, I ate pizza nonstop: they were free and healthy, and filled with veggies and good quality ingredients. In the evening, before the bakeries or pizzerias closed, I d ask if they had any food they were about to throw away. I usually got more food than I could even carry, leaving me with dinner, breakfast and lunch for next day.

People can be extremely generous and they have nothing to lose by offering the food. Be aware this WON T work with big chains, just small family businesses!

I also asked around in the markets. I remember in Venezia, I got so many fresh tomatoes that I had daily delicious sandwiches. I got lots of free fruits as well. In France, I got lots of veggie burgers and other 100% organic/bio products from health food stores. They gave me excellent products that were about to expire in a couple of days. Most market vendors will give you free vegetables and fruit, sometimes more than you can carry! If you have access to a kitchen, you can eat extremely well without spending a cent.





11/02/2017

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Cheap Ways to Travel to Europe on Points

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Visiting Europe is expensive. Most people scrimp and save to be able to afford a very basic trip to a city like Paris or Rome. staying in cheap hotels and enduring a brutal flight in a cramped seat. But budget-minded travelers don’t have to accept this fate. With the help of a few travel hacking tips, it’s easy to book a trip to Europe for less.

1. Off-peak awards The standard redemption level for a round-trip ticket to Europe is 60,000 miles. However, some airlines offer discounted redemptions for travel during the off-season. American Airlines defines the off-season as Oct. 15 to May 15, when economy-class redemptions are as low as 40,000 miles round-trip. Factor in the 10 percent discount offered to Citi AAdvantage Platinum cardholders and the total redemption is just 36,000 miles round-trip.

US Airways offers discounted off-peak redemptions of 35,000 miles round-trip, though dates are a bit more limited — Jan. 15 to Feb. 28 of each year. Since US Airways has joined the Oneworld alliance and is in the process of merging with American Airlines, you can book the same partner airlines using US Airways Dividend Miles.

2. Distance-based awards Distance-based award programs can offer even cheaper award flights to Europe. For example, at a distance under 3,000 miles, economy tickets between Boston and Dublin can be redeemed for just 25,000 British Airways miles round-trip. Business-class tickets are just 50,000 miles round-trip. A traditional zone-based frequent flier program would require 60,000 miles in economy and 100,000 in business class for the same itinerary.

With the British Airways Visa Credit Card currently offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (after spending $2,000 within three months), one credit card sign-up bonus would cover two economy class tickets to Ireland — a terrific deal.

3. Airline and hotel credit card perks Once you make it to Europe, the challenge is booking affordable accommodations. If you’re strictly a rewards traveler, the Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card is a great option. Cardholders earn 97,500 points after spending $2,500 within the first three months of opening the account, which is enough for up to 10 nights at a Club Carlson hotel, such as the Park Inn Budapest. Cardholders who book an award stay get their last night free. On a two-night award stay, you are essentially getting a two-for-one redemption rate, which is a great way to further stretch your points.

Many hotel rewards credit cards offer some level of elite status, giving the cardholder access to perks like complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, room upgrades and club lounge access. The best example is the Hilton HHonors Reserve Card issued by Citi, which comes with instant HHonors Gold status. Gold status members are guaranteed breakfast either in the hotel restaurant or in the club lounge. With club lounge access, cardholders can munch on snacks and appetizers throughout the day, helping reduce the cost of meals and freeing up their travel budget for other expenses. HHonors Gold status can also be leveraged to get a status match with other rewards programs.

Home exchange sites like Airbnb can also help you secure comfortable accommodations for less. Airbnb is especially helpful for those traveling with a group, since renting an apartment is cheaper than booking two hotel rooms. As an added bonus, Airbnb is categorized as a travel merchant, so charging the stay to a card like the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard means you can redeem your Arrival miles at a rate of 1.1 cents each.

4. Discount airlines The recent trend in discount international carriers has resulted in competitive fares between the U.S. and Europe. For example, Norwegian Air has round-trip fares between the West Coast and northern Europe for under $500 round-trip. Purchasing these fares on a flexible rewards card like the Barclay Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard can be a great option because points earned from that card can be redeemed to reduce the cost of airfare. A $500 fare would require 45,000 Arrival miles, which is still significantly less than the standard 60,000 mile redemption required for a round-trip economy flight to Europe.

With that in mind, discount carriers do tack on fees for checked bags, in-flight meals and the ability to choose your own seat. Since these expenses can quickly add up, these fares aren’t necessarily for everyone. However, if you skip the extras and carry your own bag onboard, you’ll get to Europe for less.

5. Mistake fares Every once in a while, airlines or travel booking sites make mistakes that result in super low fares and hotel rates. A first-class ticket to Hong Kong redeemed for just four frequent flier miles; $150 round-trip tickets between New York City and Milan and a $29 nightly rate at the Hilton San Francisco all come to mind. I personally booked all three of these mistake fares. The last two were honored, while the first was not.

It takes a bit of work, but leveraging rewards currency and following the travel hacking world can make travel to Europe and beyond much more affordable. What’s more, you can travel more comfortably and use your freed up travel budget to enjoy all that Europe has to offer.

See: How to Get Upgraded on Your Next Flight Ariana is a travel writer who enjoys helping others navigate the world of travel hacking though her blog, PointChaser. You can follow Ariana on Twitter or connect with her on Google+ .





08/02/2017

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