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Rating: 0 Posted By: Hannasmother
Views: 446 Replies: 0

Greetings,

I am looking for the lowest price for 3 nights (Jan 9, 2017 to Jan 12, 2017) at Desire Resort Riviera Maya All-Inclusive (Couples Only) Cancun Mexico.

This would be for 1 room with 2 adults.

So far, the best deals I have found so far are $576/night (including taxes) via getaroom.com

I have also seen $678/night at Travelocity,Expedia,Hotwire,Orbitz

I have found $578/night at Trivago and TripAdvisor and Booking.com,but that didn't include taxes. (With taxes, it came to $678/night)

Note: There are 2 resorts in Cancun named Desire. There is Desire Resort Riviera Maya and Desire Pearl. I am interested in Desire Resort Riviera Maya, (not Pearl)

It is also sometimes listed with the terms "Couples Only", "Spa", "Puerto Morelos", "Quintana Roo"

I already have the flights and airport transportation booked.

So, to summarize:

  • Seeking 3 nights (Jan 9, 2017 to Jan 12, 2017)
  • at Desire Resort All-Inclusive Riviera Maya, Cancun Mexico
  • 1 room, 2 adults
  • best price found so far $576/night (which includes taxes)

Thank you in advance!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1528875 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:36:35 -0500
<![CDATA[What's the typical airline compensation for delayed luggage?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527722

Rating: 0 Posted By: StanfordCardinal
Views: 1133 Replies: 3

Just flew back from Cancun and the airline somehow managed not to load any passenger's luggage on the plane--and they made us wait an hour at baggage claim before informing us this was the case. Finally got my bags 2 days later. Wondering... what's a reasonable remediation for delayed luggage?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527722 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:09:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Best flight deals from SFO, LAX, NYC, ORD & SEA]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527720

Rating: 4 Posted By: StanfordCardinal
Views: 2089 Replies: 1

Wanted to put everyone on to GTFOFlights.com--a daily flight deals site that I've been using over the past few months to score some insane airfares. Some of the roundtrip deals they pointed me to:

$179: SFO - Cancun roundtrip (Volaris Airlines)
$375: SFO - Hong Kong roundtrip (Delta)
$419: OAK - Barcelona (Norwegian)

The only issue is that they only service 5 metro areas: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Chi-Town and Seattle. Also, they don't have a real-time alerts service to notify you when deals get posted (which would be helpful since some sell out quickly). They do have a daily mailing list though... Enjoy!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527720 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:03:41 -0500
<![CDATA[Cheap all-inclusives!!!]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527506

Rating: -1 Posted By: arpicked
Views: 1525 Replies: 1

Bookit[bookit.com]has some crazy deals right now for all-inclusives until Friday (click the 99 hour sale). Specifically, Occidental Grand Aruba with a $500 resort credit is the cheapest I have ever seen it and is probably the best all-inclusive of which I know. I have been here 3 times and cannot wait to go back.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1527506 Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:35:09 -0500
<![CDATA[Travelling alone]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1525838

Rating: 0 Posted By: monicalacopi
Views: 1840 Replies: 11

Hi!

I`m traveling to Budapest in Oct and I am very excited, can`t wait!I`ll be traveling on my own and as a woman I am wondering if there are any areas one should be wary of, especially in the evenings\night?

Thanks for your tips.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1525838 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:08:31 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST-Need chear air to Israel from (anywhere in) USA to Israel-on Oct 9, 2016]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1525029

Rating: 0 Posted By: Jazzmaster
Views: 1240 Replies: 1

1 person
Will book RT if needed-one way ix fine, can book return while in Israel. If best deal is RT then return in Dec. anytime.

Used the typical Google flights, Bing...finding flights over $800 RT

No accommodations needed. I'll be backpacking.

Must leave on Oct 9th latest flight.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1525029 Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:57:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Has anyone heard of Trade Show Travel Co?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1524618

Rating: 0 Posted By: maikef
Views: 2253 Replies: 7

I attended a Comicon event a registered for a vacation. I was contacted and told I was picked for a discounted vacation. Honestly it really sounds to good to be true. They said I have 4 destinations for $498. The rep said the companies name is Trade Show Travel Co located in West Palm Beach fl. Has anyone heard or dealt with them?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1524618 Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:03:26 -0500
<![CDATA[Storing luggage in Paris ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1522799

Rating: 0 Posted By: dannyjaes
Views: 1796 Replies: 7

Hi, currently staying at Batignolles with my wife and my 2 kids, we want to store our luggage for our last day on Saturday. Our flight is at 9pm, we want to enjoy the city for the last day;

does anyone know a service or a locker in Paris ?
Thank you
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1522799 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:58:01 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST FOC to NYC(jfk, laguardia or even newark) this week or next week ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1522362

Rating: 0 Posted By: CommunistJack
Views: 2694 Replies: 2

so my mom missed her flight on cathy pacific yesterday

now we have to rebook

after a little bit of searching, the cheapest i could find is $800, but thats almost 2 weeks from now

anyone got any pointers on getting a last minite flight without paying $1000+

currently at FOC

need to fly to any of the 3 airports in NYC area
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1522362 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:43:55 -0500
<![CDATA[where should i get cheap flight tickets to Taiwan ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1521667

Rating: 0 Posted By: roselynda
Views: 2274 Replies: 2

Hey, I am looking for affordable round trip from New York to Taiwan. I found iEagle which provides best offers on cheap flight and their price is $432. I thought iEagle is best for my trip. So shall I go through iEagle or anyone knows cheap site which price is below 432$.

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1521667 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 02:21:42 -0500
<![CDATA[Where to get Priceline bidding help?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1520936

Rating: 0 Posted By: billrubin
Views: 3092 Replies: 4

Are there any decent (and current) sites for getting Priceline bidding help? The former go-to site was http:/www.biddingfortravel.com, but I checked their Washington, DC board and it seemed like there weren't any current posts. Not surprising I guess, given that the site owner was obnoxious and had a habit of blocking people's IP addresses if she didn't like them (or if they did not use her links).

Then I checked http://www.betterbidding.com, which has been good in the past but also doesn't seem to have a lot of current posts.

Finally, I searched and found http://www.biddingtraveler.com/ which seems to operate under the approach where they give you bidding suggestions and then you submit directly thru them (which gets them referral cash, of course). But they don't have a lot of data for Washington, DC, either).

So where are people going for bidding help these days? Is there another site?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1520936 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:39:33 -0500
<![CDATA[Vacation Slide Show: Where Have You Been?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1519239

Rating: 4 Posted By: VBMcGB
Views: 2810 Replies: 13

I admit it: I hate travel. My ideal vacation is a staycation, which means spending more time with my cat and dogs while I read and draw. I do, however, love seeing pictures of exotic places that are far, far away (like Minnesota). So....

I thought it would be fun to have a thread to show off some cool vacation pics. Where have you been? What was it like? Would you recommend a trip there for others? And don't forget any funny stories. (How many of you have been locked out of your hotel room with little or nothing on? Fess up!)

Since I don't travel, I don't have any pics. I'm content to live my travel life vicariously.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1519239 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 09:12:55 -0500
<![CDATA[how does apple pay works?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1518869

Rating: 0 Posted By: SunshineGabriels
Views: 3314 Replies: 17

We are going out of the country a couple of months from now, i'm just wondering if it's safe to use our credit cards. I have a friend that experienced credit card fraud when he went to Rio last year, i don't want that to happen to me. Is apple pay accepted worldwide? if it is, is it much better to use it than using my credit card? How does it work?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1518869 Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:18:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Daughter's holiday camp]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1518495

Rating: -2 Posted By: justinchatwin
Views: 2550 Replies: 3

Hey all , I am 35 years oldJustin Chatwin and lived in US with my wife and daughter. My daughter went to Mexico for her summer camp with her schoolmates and teachers. Now, her camp gets over and school teachers requested to all the parents to come Mexico and check their childs report, their performance and bring their kids from Mexico. My wife is going to india for some business work as she "ll unable to go, So i should have to go there and bring my daughter back to US. So, i have just booked my flight tickets. My flight 'll on 10 of this month. So , Can you guys give me some idea about how i 'll book taxi or any cab after reached the Mexico airpot or what type of luggage i should have to bring with me?? Actually i "ll go to that country for very first time in my life, So please give your suggestions and help!!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1518495 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:59:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Ferries in Italy]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1515035

Rating: 0 Posted By: toreishi
Views: 2944 Replies: 1

Hi All

So i am still busy planning my Italy trip in May
I will be in Naples for 3 nights

Day 1 - I will spend exploring Naples
Day 2 - Take a half day tour to visit Mount Vesuvio and around lunch time head off to Procida via ferry
Day 3 - Take half day trip to Pompei and around lunch time head off to Capri via ferry from Naples
Day 4 - Travel to Rome early morning

My question is, has anybody got links for me where i can book decently priced ferries??
From what I have found a return trip from Naples to Capri is 45 Euros, I am not sure if that is the normal price but it seems a bit much.
A return trip from Naples to Procida is about 35 Euros.

Can somebody tell me if these are the usual prices or if there is a cheaper way?
If not, ill book these anyway because Procida and Capri are definitely on my bucket list. Just trying to stretch the budget smile

Thanks
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1515035 Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:34:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Saving on hotel and car rental in Denver]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1514677

Rating: 0 Posted By: mdxorama
Views: 3635 Replies: 6

We are going on trip to Denver on Aug 24 to Aug 29 as a family of 2 with young child.
I've noticed that hotels and airbnb is rather more expensive than other cities of same size. Also
car rental in airport is expensive but do get cheaper if renting in the city.
Anyone has good tips on saving money on hotel and rental in this city, as well as general way to save on traveling to Denver
TIA

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1514677 Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:42:25 -0500
<![CDATA[Purchasing airline tickets for a group]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1513886

Rating: 0 Posted By: BankSpinach
Views: 3551 Replies: 4

I'm trying to buy plane tickets for a group of relatives to go to overseas for a wedding. I suspect it would be easier to just buy vouchers or airline gift certificates. They insist on paying their own way, but I know how much of a hardship it'll be for them, so I hope I can pick up their airfare. What's the best way to do this without asking them for their passport information? If I ask them for it, they'll protest, so I'd rather just tell them after the fact.

Thanks in advance!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1513886 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 03:24:31 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST Advice for NYC Trip]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1511393

Rating: 0 Posted By: anonguy
Views: 4032 Replies: 8

You guys were very helpful on our DC trip a couple years ago, so I figure I would try again asking for advice on a quickly-arranged NYC trip.

My Mom (73) and I will be flying in to JFK Airport 7/10 in the morning (red eye from west coast). We have Amtrak tix leaving Penn Station on 7/12 in the mid-afternoon. So there is roughly two and 1/2 days to do something. Any advice on the following would be greatly appreciated.

1) What part of NYC should we stay? I was thinking somewhere near Penn Station so it wouldn't be far to go on Tuesday. I saw the Savoy and the Belvedere for $150-200 a night (would that be a good deal?). But would somewhere else be better? Maybe near JFK?

2) Since check-in would probably be in the afternoon, and checkout probably 11AM, what would you suggest for handling luggage? Do they still have lockers at train stations like Penn, or is that no longer a thing? Or will most NYC hotels hold your luggage if you show up early?

3) If we stay in an area away from JFK, what would be the best form of transportation in going to the hotel? I'm assuming cabs are the least attractive price-wise, but are there shuttle services one could recommend? Or would Uber be best, cheapest, bet?

4) Is the subway system relatively easy to navigate? The one in DC was terrific. It was a breeze going all over the city there.

5) I'm thinking Monday would be the one unencumbered day when we could really move around a bit from wherever we are based, what would be some of the "can't miss places" or the overrated ones? Looking at TripAdvisor, and just off the top of my head, Central Park, Times Square, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building seem like the big, popular ones. Could one squeeze these all in, or are there some hidden gems I should focus on instead?

6) Would anybody recommend one of those Grayline-type tours? I know they are usually rushed, but maybe having someone drive a narrated bus around the city hitting some of the highlights might be preferable for Mom, rather than jumping from train to train doing it on our own. Any experiences with NYC tour companies or should we just avoid?

7) Finally, any suggestions on must-eat places? As a dedicated Fat Walleter, I'm thinking popular cheap eats and not a fine dining $$$$ experience. Given NY-style pizza and hot dogs, there has to be a local fave as opposed to the ubiquitous chain.

Thanks again for any help. The advice I received on the DC trip was invaluable. Even the scolding I received for worrying about potential crime in DC was warranted, as we felt safe wherever we went. In fact, afterwards, I was kind of embarrassed I had brought it up in the first place. So any thoughts are gladlywelcome.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1511393 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 02:53:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Verizon prepaid phone deals]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510582

Rating: 0 Posted By: VAIndigo
Views: 3192 Replies: 2

Need to give gift to an international traveler. I heard Verizon prepaid comes unlocked and get go from the start for international. Any good deals around that i can grab now in the range of $99
Any other options for an international phone at good price..
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510582 Sun, 03 Jul 2016 07:54:32 -0500
<![CDATA[Can Fatwallet bring back the stickied thread that says: "Welcome to the Travel Forum - here's how to post a question"]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510480

Rating: 0 Posted By: oppidum
Views: 3473 Replies: 0

Can Fatwallet bring back the stickied thread thatsays: "Welcome to the Travel Forum - here's how to post a question"

To start with, you can put the following"Travel FAQ" content in it, even though it's SEVEN YEARS old and is surely out of step with the current iteration of Fatwallet: https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/919858/

Putting the Travel forum's FAQ into a little box in the upper right corner, where new members are not going to see it, isn't enough -- people never look at that.

(This has been requested before, discussed before, agreed to before, but it wasn't done, so I thought I'd mention it once again.)
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510480 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:07:17 -0500
<![CDATA[Whats the cheapest way to fly Round Trip to Brussels Belgium ??]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510477

Rating: -2 Posted By: tommywilkens1
Views: 3474 Replies: 5

Looking for the cheapest flight .Would start out in Miami or Jacksonville Fl.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510477 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 17:56:39 -0500
<![CDATA[Washington dc, Phili or NYC]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510390

Rating: -1 Posted By: BSH1
Views: 3217 Replies: 5

I need to take a group of 6 in a trip to washington, phili and NYC for 7 days.
I started reasearch but anyone know the cheap (family friendly) places to stay, eat. Can you please share ?
If anyone did this trip have a trip.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510390 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 07:49:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Exploit GBP currency conversions to get cheaper tickets]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510133

Rating: 6 Posted By: StanfordCardinal
Views: 3523 Replies: 1

I was able to nab a cheap ticket to Europe by purchasing them in GBP (using a credit card w/ no foreign transaction fees) rather than USD. From my research, Norwegian Air and WOW Airlines seem to be the prime sites for such exploitation. Simply declare your country as "United Kingdom" when you land on the site and the quoted prices will be cheaper, once converted, than if purchased in USD. Found several good deals on a GTFOFlights.com, a travel "deal-of-the-day" site (unfortunately, it only serves major markets like NYC, LAX, SFO, and ORD though). Some examples...

R/T SFO to Stockholm - Pay $324 instead of $372
R/T LAX to Dublin - Pay $374 instead of $400+
R/T JFK to Paris - Pay $358 instead of $398

Anyone have luck using this tactic on other sites?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510133 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 02:32:23 -0500
<![CDATA[last minute cruise deals from SoCal or Galveston?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510086

Rating: 0 Posted By: vickh
Views: 2761 Replies: 2

Looking forlast minute cruise deals from SoCal or Galveston. Any good agent/site recommendations?

Short trips over the weekend in July/Aug but flexibile based on price..
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1510086 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:30:56 -0500
<![CDATA[BEWARE: OCI VISA NO LONGER HAS LIFETIME VALIDITY!]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509825

Rating: 5 Posted By: love4money
Views: 4906 Replies: 28

As per the Indian Govt website we are required to have OCI card reissued every time we renew our US passportunless the US passport renewalhappens to bebetween the age of 21 and 49 years:http://mha1.nic.in/pdfs/GuidelinesOCI.pdf

Also, the Consulate General of India, Washington, DC has officially posted this travel advisory:

https://www.indianembassy.org/pages.php?id=20

As per the CKGS website (CKGS is the official partner of the Indian Consulate, providing consular services for applying for/reissuing of OCI card, visas, etc)https://www.in.ckgs.us/oci/oci-categories.shtml,as of January 2016, unless you renew your US passport between the age of 21 and 49 years, you MUST get your OCI cardreissued.

PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL TO INDIA WITHOUT HAVING YOUR EXISTING OCI REISSUED (IF YOU ARE RENEWING YOUR US PASSPORT WHILE YOU ARE OUTSIDE THE AGE RANGE OF 21 TO 49 YEARS)

I would like to add a very important piece of information that will make the case and appeal even stronger:
Please see this policy for tourist visa, as stated on the official website URL below:

"The Validity of an Existing Tourist Visa does not expire if a Visa holder acquires a New passport (if old passport has expired or is damaged), as long as his / her personal particulars (Name has remained the same and nationality of the holder has not changed.) The visa holder can travel carrying their old passport with a valid Indian Tourist Visa along with new passport."

http://ww2.in.ckgs.us/visa/type-of-v...ist-visa.shtml

So, that means the OCI card/visa holders are being penalized for opting for a premium choice visa for which we paid 3 times more than the tourist visa fees. Not to mention, so much for being of the Indian origin, having the so called status of "Overseas Citizens of India" while we are being treated worse than those who would only have a 10 year tourist visa and a lot of them are not even of the Indian origin.

All NRIs are feeling betrayed by the Indian government for givingthe so called lifetime validity by charging almost $300 and making us go through the headache-filledapplication process, and now we have to reapply if we want to travel to India on my renewed US passport!

Case and point: My children and I have our OCI visa issued only 8 years ago, and yet all of us are being forced to reapply all over again (despite having lifetime validity endorsed on our OCI card and visa in the passport) just because we are only renewing our US passports and that too with no changes in our names. We too should be allowed to have the same luxury as a tourist visa holder has, meaning, as OCI visa/card holders we too should be allowed to travel carrying their old passport with the U visa sticker on it, original OCI card, and with new passport - just like 10 year tourist visa holders are allowed.

My point is that the new policy for OCI visa/card holders is illogical, discriminatory, inconsistent, counter-productive and therefore unnecessary.

Jaydeep
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509825 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:26:35 -0500
<![CDATA[70,000 point Southwest Airlines Business Card- Invitation ?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509821

Rating: 8 Posted By: tomdc
Views: 5717 Replies: 14

A former housemate just got an invitation in the mail from Chase for a70,000point Southwest Premierbusinesscard after $3000 spend in 3 months. Annual fee is $99 and a 6000 point bonus on anniversaries.

Highest bonus I've ever seen. Odd in that this person does not have any business of any kind.

The invitation starts with 49441058 followed by four more numbers and the telephone number for the offer is 888-589-5039. The Offer Code is1CM. The offer expires August 8, 2016.

The web site for the offer iswww.RapidRewardsBizCard.comand since it's a biz card the name is blank and the address can be changed. It does ask for the zip code.

I haven't tried it myself as I first have to check if I had this exact card within the past 24 months.

Again, it's the Southwest Premier Business card.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509821 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:07:00 -0500
<![CDATA[$200 r/t WoW air - Newark to Reykjavik(Iceland) ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509798

Rating: 1 Posted By: comphollic
Views: 3507 Replies: 11

WoW is starting their service out of EWR this fall and they currently have a deal from EWR to KEF (Iceland) for under $100 each way ($200 r/t)

So far I've only been able to find around $300 for Nov /Dec travel but was able to find sub $200 tickets for Feb/Mar travel. Check the WoW site for prices and to reserve.

A reminder, WoW is a no frills airline, which means they will charge for everything including preferred seat assignment and water on board and apparently strict with carry-on size and weight (11lbs).

http://wowair.us
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509798 Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:25:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Where to research all inclusive Puerto Vallarta]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509286

Rating: 0 Posted By: miserly
Views: 2671 Replies: 1

we did an all inclusive in Cancun and enjoyed it. Want to do another but shorter, more affordable. since we're on west coast, looking at Puerto Vallarta. looking at tripadvisor, but what other websites to do research specifically for all inclusive resorts?
tia
m
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1509286 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:23:01 -0500
<![CDATA[Travel Health Insurance]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508995

Rating: 0 Posted By: samandy
Views: 2725 Replies: 5

Gurus,

My parents are travelling for about 30 days to VA. What are the best options to buy health insurance?Age: 69, and 67 , some preexisting conditions1) ICICI Lombard- Platinum plan - about 9000 INR (120$) Its called Travel Insurance2) Visitorscoverage.com - gives Patriot and Atlas plan about $400.Any experiences? Is it better if 'they' buy for any technical reasons(seems from some previous threads)?Appreciate input!!Thanks
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508995 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:41:01 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST: cheap airfare to London]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508852

Rating: 0 Posted By: amheck
Views: 4013 Replies: 33

We're hoping to go on a cruise this summer to England/Scotland/Ireland. The cruise price is ok, but the airfare is really adding up. Family of 4, I have found roundtrip from Tampa to London for about $1600. Seems to be a bit cheaper if I buy a ticket from NYC to London, which is about $1100, and then we could just hope for a $200 ticket to NYC, which I think should be fairly doable. So looking at maybe $1300, but would sure like to get it a bunch cheaper.

Is CheapAir.com and those sites going to be the best for international travel? I read somewhere that it might be worthwhile to call a travel agent? I didn't even know they were still around. Any other tricks for flying cheaper to London during the summer?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508852 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 13:59:24 -0500
<![CDATA[Any car rental companies without one way fees?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508138

Rating: 0 Posted By: atikovi
Views: 4129 Replies: 15

5 or 10 years ago you could drop off a car hundreds of miles away and the total cost was $30 or $40. Now they have all kinds of fees that raise that to $150 or more. Need to get from Buffalo back to DC in a week, but can't find anything without a large drop off charge. Might as well take a bus or even fly back. Anything I missed?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508138 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:07:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Hey everyone]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1506965

Rating: -3 Posted By: damirmatisic
Views: 3644 Replies: 5

I'm new here and I need help.
I will soon be traveling to US for holidays with some friends. I'd like some info on how to get more for as little money as possible
Thanks
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1506965 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 01:24:15 -0500
<![CDATA[UPDATED!!! Does the $20 sandwich trick still work in Vegas?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1503014

Rating: 1 Posted By: KayK
Views: 5877 Replies: 20

Going to Vdara in a month.. check-in would be around midnight.
What are the chances for an upgrade using the trick? Is there a sweet spot as far as the tip goes?

Staying there for 4 nights..
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1503014 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:41:25 -0500
<![CDATA[Has Zika virus changed your travel plans?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499130

Rating: 1 Posted By: chc
Views: 5597 Replies: 24

We have been to Costa Rica, Panama, Peru in past few years and now we are reluctant to travel to similar region because of the Zika virus. We would like to go to Cuba, but the government will never release any trustworthy information about Zika virus in their country.

Scientists say the Brazil Olympics will significantly contribute to rapid spread of the Zika virus as travelers who have been bitten by local infectedmosquitosreturn home with it (symptoms or no symptoms, it is now known to spread via sex as well as mosquitos). Apparently study shows Zika virus remains in sperm up to 6 months (maybe longer? study still ongoing).

Anyone avoiding travel to Zika virus regions?

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499130 Mon, 16 May 2016 11:30:29 -0500
<![CDATA[Disney starts charging alot extra for early morning admission]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1490598

Rating: 0 Posted By: sloppy1
Views: 5324 Replies: 10

http://fortune.com/2016/04/07/disney-early-morning-surcharge
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1490598 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:07:05 -0500
<![CDATA[Best place to get vacation package ???]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1485055

Rating: 0 Posted By: daddyoftwins
Views: 6853 Replies: 19

I'm looking for the best place to get a vacation package including flight, hotel, and car. There are many places but wanted to find out if anyone has used sites in the past to purchase at. Thanks!!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1485055 Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:44:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Has anyone used www.bookvip.com?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1307689

Rating: 1 Posted By: etschool
Views: 140480 Replies: 158

Has anyone used www.bookvip.com to book a trip?

It looks timeshare items, but the website does not say.

I can find any reviews from tripadvisor or google.

Any information would be appreciated if you share your experience.

Happy fawalleting.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1307689 Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:14:54 -0500
<![CDATA[CAR RENTAL FAQ- READ THIS FIRST BEFORE POSTING]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1010946

Rating: 25 Posted By: riaesq
Views: 102972 Replies: 40

UPDATED 11/10/10
My FAQ for the Car Rental Thread, trying to cover more angles than the other one. This is the first draft, still subject to revisions as I think of them. In an effort to keep from having to repost the same info repeatedly, I suggest we point to this for all new requests that fail to show any homework. Hopefully, it'll become a sticky. In the works- a short list of safe, reliable codes.

NOTE: this is NOT the correct thread to ask for deals on cars. Those should still go on the Matrix thread (http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643/).

1) How to ask for help. When posting a request, be sure to give all the pertinent info: type of car you would prefer (and what you might settle for); dates and p/u times (along with how flexible you may be on this, and remember there isn't much of a grace period nowadays and that extra hour may cost a LOT) and WHERE you will be picking up and dropping off. Also, you MUST post a bare minimum of 3 codes and companies from the Matrix thread you have already tried (preferably something you can qualify for) and what the results were for each, including fees and taxes. Glance at the first page of the thread and thoroughly review the most recent 5-6 pages to see what's working well lately and what topics are under discussion This way, we don't re-create your work; your post may help someone else; and perhaps you will have learned something valuable doing your homework. Remember that this is all volunteer and it's just as much work for the old-timers to plug in the numbers as it is for the newbies. You must make an investment of time if you want to save money.-- pretty much like with everything else.

2) Flexibility. The more you have with your dates, times, and type of car you will accept, the better your deal power. Need a car from Tues to Thurs? Insisting on an SUV for that mountainous Florida excursion? Must have a convertible? You limit your options for a cheap rental. Short-term midweek rentals make you a business-class renter, the RAC's meat and potatoes. There is little incentive to offer you a deal. It will cost them more to turn the car over than they will make renting to you.

Unless you have saved up some reward points or days, your best bet for these cases may very well be Priceline or Hotwire. Refer to bidding educations sites like betterbidding, biddingfortravel, and tripducky to see what kinds of bids are being accepted for your approximate dates. Remember that if you use an opaque, there is a good chance you will lose the perks of your loyalty program (ie, Emerald Aisle, miles, free drivers, upgrades,etc) so that is one of the opportunity costs of the savings; and, of course, you don't get your money back if your plans don't work out, so don't lock yourself in too early.

Timing is important, so if you can be flexible here, that can work to your advantage. Usually weekly deals are available for a rental of 4 days + 1 or 2 hours. It may be worth it to play with your p/u and drop times to snag a weekly deal and use a weekly coupon on top of that. HOWEVER-- don't try to beat the system by dropping off early on a weekly deal. You could wind up paying the walk-up rate at $$$$$.


3) THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "THE ONE BEST CODE". If there were, the Matrix thread would be one page long. A corollary to this is that there is no "best price" or even "average price" for any particular car or date or area. The "best price" can only be judged in relationship to what everyone else is charging at that moment, in that place, for that type of car. Prices in the RAC biz fluctuate literally minute to minute depending on Supply and Demand; it's all constantly re-computed, so don't even try to understand it. Which leads to the motto -- WHEN YOU SEE A GOOD DEAL, BOOK IT IMMEDIATELY. Why would you hesitate as long as no prepayment is necessary? Blink your eye and it could be gone- we see that happen over and over again on the matrix thread. Continue to hunt for a better deal, if you have the time and energy; and when you find one, book it FIRST and then cancel the old one. Cancelling is a courtesy and a CYA that should be extended so that others may still get deals on cars and so that the industry will allow us to continue to book without prepaying- a luxury in the travel biz that applies to no other venues.

4) If you are going to use a code you that probably wasn't intended for your use ---say, State of FL Employee, or Red Cross, or Military personnel-- I suggest you don't, at least, not til you've exhausted other possibilities. Try other, safer codes FIRST which may very well produce similar or even better deals than the "iffy" ones. Why sweat it at the desk, wondering if you will have to present ID. This goes double if there is insurance included in the code . Many of the codes that include insurance are self-insured thru whatever company made the contract- do you think they won't check to see if you are an employee before paying out on a claim? There are plenty of codes listed that anyone can use. Join whatever's free to be able to use their codes-- you may even get a joining bonus.

ETA 7/7/10-- to prove my point:

Blackhawkfan said:
______________________________________________________________________________________
Topspin14m said:
I have regular Emerald status. They never check anything at National. My buddy gets the carpenter's union discount all the time. He barely knows how to hold a hammer. If you can get the Exec. status card then I am sure that you are good to go.
_______________________________________________________________________________________
That's what I thought until my last rental!

I picked up my car at Emerald and drove up to the exit booth with my DL, Emerald Card, and the car's hang tag.

They wanted proof of my qualification for the rate code in my profile!

She ask me to produce an employee ID, but she accepted a business card showing my employment with the company on my profile.

I complained about the hassle and asked what was going on.

I was told that there has been a great deal of abuse of rates being posted online and they are now spot checking for rate qualifications.

In all the years of renting from National, nothing like this has happened to me.

Apparently the purchase of National by Enterprise is resulting in new policies.

I know that in the past National has cancelled out codes that were being abused, but I was never asked to provide proof of qualification at the exit booth.

AND YET ANOTHER ONE:
"i used one of the codes and picked up the car without any issue, but when i returned it they asked for some proof which i didn't have. so they are now charging me for more than triple of the original rate. i'm still disputing this with my credit card company but am doubtful if i can win."

This was with Avis State of FL code, and if you follow the Matrix thread, you will learn that the poster was not successful with the credit card company. The poster was probably flagged sometime during his/her trip in a crackdown on fraudulent code use and was shocked at dropoff to learn tbere was another $250 being charged.
Most of the contracts mention something about being "subject to audit".
__________________________________________________________________________________________
AND YET ANOTHER ONE:

naveenee221 said:
Hello guys i need a Help, i used TX720 coupon for car rental,and accident occurred and the enterprise people sent me a letter saying that talk to the respective insurance company if they pay it is fine ,if not i need to pay,can you guys please help me regarding this,i am in big trouble.

(This code is for employees of University of Texas)

FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.



5) Insurance is a whole separate topic. Check your coverage thru your own insurance company and your credit cards, and consider investigating AMEX's policy, which is much cheaper than buying thru the RAC. See the other stickied thread for more discussion.

6) Consider whether you will be needing an additional driver. You may have to pay a daily fee of up to $10 or more for the privilege OR you may be able to get that for free. Policy will vary by company, state, and code. CA and NV don't charge for spouses driving. Budget doesn't charge for spouses; National won't if you are an Emerald Club member; and Hertz won't if you are both AAA holders. Alamo's WalMart code will include almost anyone for free. These are just some of the variations.

7) More reasons to join the loyalty clubs- advance emails of deals and coupons; better likelihood of an upgrade; opportunity to earn free days (this can be valuable on pricy one-ways!); quicker escape with your car.

8) If you have a larger group to transport and multiple drivers, consider renting two smaller cars. ( this goes back to #1, flexibility). When minivans and SUV's are at a premium, it can save you more than half the price and give you more freedom besides.

9) One-way rentals can cost BIG $$$$. Join promotions for free days (like National's 1-2-Free) and save them up. Consider seasonal relocational deals, especially into Florida in late fall and out of FL in mid-spring. "Drive out specials" can be had dirt cheap post- spring break into late spring/early summer. Also, an understanding of how different companies price them can be handy. Some companies will charge a drop off fee of as much as $600 or more. Others, especially National, will build the fee into the daily charge. When that is the case and your travel plans permit, consider multiple reservations: one for the days you will be driving locally, and one for the days you will be traveling to the new location.

A car is not always the most economical means of transportation for one-ways. Consider other options.

10) International and long term rentals-- we don't seem to get a lot of input with these special circumstances here so far. Both of these could probably use their own FAQ's.

Common Sense Summary

Check the RAC sites for specials- there's usually a tab.
Put your codes and your coupons in the correct boxes on the page.
Check back often, both on the Matrix thread and on the RAC sites
More flies with honey- be nice here, say thanks when someone helps you, be polite to the rental agent. It goes a LONG way towards an upgrade or whatever else you'd like.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1010946 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:05:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Official Travel to India- version 2.0a]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/939804

Rating: 36 Posted By: sensia
Views: 385013 Replies: 3307

As the fellow FW travelers noticed, the original travel to India thread reached an enormous length since I started the thread in 2006. the thread would have never reached this much popularity without the gracious help from "PatelforIndia". Now it is time to make a cleaner and leaner thread, so that most people will find it easy to gather information. I hope posters would maintain the sanity of this thread by refraining from asking "price quotes", as no one can possibly give you a travel quote in an open form, due the unpredictable nature of airline pricing. So PLEASE DO NOT ASK PRICE QUOTES for your trip, if you need help with that, send email to a travel agent or simply call. Remember, our motto is to have a thread which will provide useful information on travel deals to India.
PatelforIndia wrote a very helpful post here which I wish everyone should read.
I have borrowed much of the OP from the original post; below is a list of travel agents who were quoted by several fellow members as decent set of travel agents who are specialized in our subcontinental destinations. A hefty list of agents/phone numbers are listed in the previous thread, so kindly check back the first post of the old thread as well- but be warned that some of those numbers and email IDs may no longer work.

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Mudra Travels
2994 AUTUMN APPLAUSE DR
COLUMBUS, OH 43035
Email: MudraTravels@yahoo.com
FatWallet PM: PatelFromIndia
Phone 614-818-2783

(excellent service, and CHEAP. In most cases payment can be made by credit card)

Mitra Travels
12375 Bissonnet St # 41, Houston, TX
(281) 530-3000
(excellent fare but service is very scary. You have to cross your finger for a long time after paying for tickets, send my paper ticket by regular firstclass mail; ticket fare can be paid by credit card without any additional fees in most cases)

Trade Wings Travel
2611 S 90th St, Omaha, NE
(402) 399-2004
(Usually gives very good rates from midwest, thru Northwest/KLM)

Vati Travels Website
206 W College, STE #4,
Carbondale, IL 62901
vatitvl@frontier.com
Telephone: 618-549-9214
fax: 618-549-9215

Stanmore Travels
11616 Queen Nicole Terr,
Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: 240-422-2353
http://www.stanmoretravels.com
EmailcWorldTravel@gmail.com
FatwalletID : ramkyk

Shalom Travel and Tours Inc.
info@shalomtrip.com
714-484-TRIP



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List of agents I have not dealt with:-

Relaxtrip Travel
website
46708 Flicker Ter
Sterling, VA 20164
Ph:703 444 2526
Contact person: Manju


Easy Travel Inc.
7191 Camelot Drive
Canton, MI 48187
Toll Free:1866-51-INDIA
Fax: 1866-908-6663
punjabi2002@msn.com
(FW username garysingh)

Alanita Travels Website
87 Common Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617.254.8045
Fax: 617.923.4821

One of the highly recommended agents. You can contact them by email but a quick phone call is the best way to communicate.

Highfly travels Website
1897 Woodbridge Ave., Suite 10
Edison, NJ 08817
Tel: 732 985 5855

A-ONE TOURS & TRAVELS (unprofessional, at least in my experience)
2341 W. Devon Ave,
Chicago, IL 60659
Ph 773-274-6969
Fax 773-274-2898

http://skymastertravels.com
One Irving Plaza
415 E Airport Freeway
Suite# 380, Irving TX 75062
(972) 256-2200
(972) 252-4454


Another big travel agency specialized in India/Pakistan tours. According to many posters here, they are as good as Alanita, but once again I don't have personal experience.


Fly4less Website
Globetravels Website
Makemytrip Website
Kayak.Com

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Black listed agents
1. Azure Travel Bureau Inc., contact name, Mr. Ravi Kohli .
47 West, 34th. Street, Suite # 409,
New York, NY 10001 Ph : (212) 239 1999
Number of complaint#1 from user dluxarun

EZ world Travel as reported by user sasa12
Schaumburg
IL-60173

Alanita Travels,
as reported by dixitsantosh.
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Best time to travel
Here is what I found from Alanita's website about seasonal fares:-

Jan 17 2005 to May 08 2006 (Low Fare)| May 09 2006 to May 31 2006 (Medium Fare)|
Jun 1 2006 to Jul 12 2006(High Fare) | Jul 13 2006 to Dec 10 2006 (Medium Fare) |
Dec 11 2006 to Dec 27 2006 (High Fare) | Dec 28 2006 to May 08 2007(Low Fare)
The fare database above is approximately followed by other airlines too.

Another detailed pricing trend from fly4less:-

USA to India Travel pattern What's happening Suggest booking
------------ -------------- ---------------- ---------------
01Jan - 15Jan =========== Overspill from winter holidays by mid Nov
16Jan - 31Jan ======== Slowing down by mid Dec
01Feb - 15Apr ====== Slow Jan onwards
16Apr - 10May ========= Pre summer travel picks up Feb onwards
11May - 31May ========== Start of Summer Holiday rush Feb onwards
01Jun - 10Jun ============ Summer rush picks up before Mar end
11Jun - 15Jul ============ Peak summer travel before Mar end
16Jul - 31Jul ========== Continuing Apr onwards
01Aug - 15Aug ======= Slowing down May onwards
16Aug - 31Aug ===== Slow Jun onwards
01Sep - 15Sep === Low fare rush May onwards
16Sep - 10Oct ===== Slow Jun onwards
11Oct - 15Nov ========== Diwali travel Jul onwards
16Nov - 30Nov ============ Thanksgiving Holidays travel Jul onwards
01Dec - 10Dec ============== Low fare rush before mid Jun
11Dec - 15Dec ============== Winter Holidays rush begins before mid Jun
16Dec - 24Dec ========= Peak winter travel before mid Jun
25Dec - 31Dec ===== Low fare rush before Jun end

India to USA Travel pattern What's happening Suggest booking
------------ -------------- ---------------- ---------------
20Aug - 08Sep ============= Peak summer return travel by mid Mar
20Dec - 10Jan ============= Peak winter return travel before mid Jun


Also, please post your itinerary and paid $$$$ for the plane fare so we can have a good idea of the current fares/promotions. Also, as we reorganize/rewrite this thread, please send me your input to make it a better thread. More changes will come soon once I am off my vacation.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/939804 Sun, 19 Jul 2009 13:52:32 -0500
<![CDATA[FAQ: How to find the best hotel deals]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/874645

Rating: 26 Posted By: lkas
Views: 120050 Replies: 41

Since the original hotel deals FAQ has disappeared, heres one I put together for FW to use before posting any requests in Travel Deals.

This is to supplement the FatWallet Travel Deals FAQs. Please also refer to the FAQs/Guidelines.

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Before posting a new topic requesting help on the board, please make sure that you conduct a SEARCH to make sure that it has not been covered previously.

If you are seeking assistance in planning a trip, please include ALL of the following information:
a. Make sure you begin your Title with REQUEST - For example, REQUEST Need cheap air/hotel package to Vegas from LAX in Oct
b. Dates of travel
c. Departure city (and airports)/destination
d. # of people (adults/children) (if children, you may wish to include ages)
e. # of nights
f. Approximate budget for your trip
g. Activities that interest you
h. WHAT YOU HAVE FOUND SO FAR IN YOUR RESEARCH. Please include complete prices (incl all taxes and fees) and where you have located the deal.

Please DO NOT post a new topic until you have done the items listed above. Finally, once you have posted your information, and received feedback from the community for your trip, please try to post a message indicating the details of what you finally ended up purchasing so that others may benefit.

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FW Info Threads

Best Hotel Rate Guarantees

Las Vegas Promos List

Las Vegas Front Desk Tipping

Travel Guides to Popular Destinations

Hotel Search Tools

Kayak.com

Orbitz
Expedia
Travelocity

HRS (good for European hotels)

Hotel Deals & Other Search Tools

Travelzoo.com (lists hotel specials and packages & offers a weekly travel deals email)

Lastminute.com (offers last second deals on hotel + airfare and hotel + car packages)

hotelpricebot.com (hotel price comparison website)

hotelscomparison.com (hotel price comparison website)

Gtahotels.com

Octopustravel.com

Quikbook.com

Skoosh.com

BookIt

SkyAuction.com (offers hotel and vacation package auctions be sure to factor in the taxes and service charges!)

Venere.com

Vrbo.com Vacation Rentals By Owner

Travelworm.com (Las Vegas deals)

Vegas.com (Las Vegas deals)

Opaque Booking Websites

Betterbidding.com (PL & HW assistance)
Biddingfortravel.com (PL only)

When using Pricelines name your own price for a hotel, research on betterbidding or biddingfortravel BEFORE bidding on Priceline!

Pricelines name your own price and Hotwires limited rate are non-refundable reservations. Priceline might grant you a one-time exception should you make an error. If they do, they will charge a $25 penalty and will require you to correct your error by bidding again.

Priceline guarantees bedding for 2 people, not the type of bedding (king/two queens).
Note that some hotels may only fit 2 people in a room according to fire code regulations.

Hotwire allows you to select more than 2 people when making a reservation.

Also note that Priceline & Hotwires total price does NOT include any resort fees which must be paid directly to the hotel.

Hotel Reviews & Travel Information

Tripadvisor.com (hotel reviews & traveler photos)

Tripkick.com (online database of hotel rooms)

Smartertravel.com

Budgettravel.com

0rbitz Blog

Hotelchatter.com

Hotel Rewards Program Info

pointmaven.com (lists hotel point promotions)
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/874645 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 15:26:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Updated Rental Car Discount/Coupon thread with sample price matrix]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643

Rating: 125 Posted By: matskul
Views: 1412618 Replies: 6357

Update: August 20, 2012

A short note before we begin

We are all volunteers, helping others out with absolutely no recompense. Please be polite.
PLEASE PLEASE read the following information and ESPECIALLY the FAQ. PLEASE.
The whole point of this forum is for SHARING of info; therefore, what you post MAY help someone else.





How to ask for help!!!!

1. Location: From-to, Airport or city. Renting a car in the city will be MUCH cheaper than getting it at the airport. If youre arriving at the airport, consider using TAXI FARE FINDER to figure out the cost of a taxi to the rental agency in the city + cost of car rental there. This will usually be cheaper than renting it at the airport.

NOTE OF CAUTION: City offices often close sooner than the airport ones. If you're going to rent in the city,Make SURE that they're going to be open!

2. Type of Car: Mention if youd work with any size, or if you HAVE to have a certain type. You can find a good table of various car sizes HERE, and the types of cars they usually include, along with how many people and bags you could fit in it.

3. Date & Time: When doing your research, play around with the timings. For Example : If you rented the car at 11am on Monday and are returning it on Wednesday, see if returning the car a few hours earlier will reduce the price.
Remember that if youre late in returning the vehicle, there is a VERY SMALL grace period allowed. Some dont give you a grace period at all. Also keep in mind, that the rental agency could charge you extra if you decide to return the car to a different place.

IMPORTANT NOTE- Timing is important, so if you can be flexible here, that can work to your advantage. Usually weekly deals are available for a rental of 4 days + 1 or 2 hours. It may be worth it to play with your p/u and drop times to snag a weekly deal and use a weekly coupon on top of that. HOWEVER-- don't try to beat the system by dropping off early on a weekly deal. You could wind up paying the walk-up rate at $$$$$.

that is , 4 days plus change may be cheaper than 4....by using a coupon with a weekly deal

4. 3 Attempts MINIMUM: you MUST post rates from a bare minimum of 3 different companies and AT LEAST 3 different combinations of codes and coupons. Post the prices you've returned.
Don't forget to include tax. Go to the LAST PAGE to see the complete price with discounts, taxes and coupons applied

Dont just use 3 random codes and ask us to help you. Try using as many codes as you can (that you are ELIGIBLE for). And then post the 3 BEST rates that you found.
Also review the last 4-5 pages for codes that others have used. This way, we don't re-create your work; your post may help someone else; and perhaps you will have learned something valuable doing your homework.

Remember that this is all volunteer and it's just as much work for the old-timers to plug in the numbers as it is for the newbies. You must make an investment of time if you want to save money.-- pretty much like with everything else.


A good example of how to post can be found HERE.



FAQ
1. No one here has a magic way of finding the best rate. Please do some research yourself. And post with AS MUCH information as you can.

2. Always try LEGIT codes FIRST. If you dont belong to a certain government organization or university or corporation, DONT use that code. Expect to be asked for proof of membership for the code youve used, and if you cant supply it, you will end up having to get a car at the walk-in rates, which would be WAY WAY more expensive.
Yes, you could be thinking that youve never been asked for proof before but there have been many instances where people have been asked for ID and proof.
FOREWARNED IS FOREARMED.

3. BEWARE of using codes that you dont qualify for, that include insurance. If youre in an accident, the corporation that supplied the code will check to see if youre eligible and if youre not, you will have to pay up!

4. Flexibility. The more you have with your dates, times, and type of car you will accept, the better your deal power.
Need a car from Tues to Thurs?
Insisting on an SUV for that mountainous Florida excursion?
Must have a convertible?
You limit your options for a cheap rental. Short-term midweek rentals make you a business-class renter, the RAC's meat and potatoes. There is little incentive to offer you a deal. It will cost them more to turn the car over than they will make renting to you.
Unless you have saved up some reward points or days, your best bet for these cases may very well be Priceline or Hotwire. Refer to bidding educations sites like betterbidding, biddingfortravel, and tripducky to see what kinds of bids are being accepted for your approximate dates

5. Additional drivers: Most corporate accounts allow free additional drivers IF it is a business rental. If the additional driver does get into an accident there most probably will be an investigation before your insurance is willing to pay out. They will probably determine that the driver was unauthorized, and void your insurance, so be careful. It is usually safer to pay the fee to have the additional driver listed in the contract.

6. Prices VARY like crazy. Let me repeat that PRICES VARY LIKE CRAZY. If you find a rate that looks somewhat better than what youve seen so far, reserve it. Reserving is free and you can always cancel if you find a better rate later. Dont hold out in search of a better rate. Book that rate first and then keep looking.
Again- IF YOU FIND A GOOD RATE, BOOK IT IMMEDIATELY.

7. Insurance is a whole separate topic. Check your coverage thru your own insurance company and your credit cards, and consider investigating AMEX's policy, which is much cheaper than buying thru the rental agency. Most insurance companies will provide you with Primary coverage. As long as you pay for your rental in FULL with a credit card, that credit card provider will provide you with secondary coverage. Please research LDW and CDW and whether youre insurance coverage provides you with these. Also note that some states such as NY have a clause where car insurance policies HAVE to include car rental insurance. So if youre NOT a resident of NY, you will be forced by the rental agency to buy insurance through them, or else they wont rent you the car.

8. Additional Driver: Consider whether you will be needing an additional driver. You may have to pay a daily fee of up to $10 or more for the privilege OR you may be able to get that for free. Policy will vary by company, state, and code. CA and NV don't charge for spouses driving. Budget doesn't charge for spouses; National won't if you are an Emerald Club member; and Hertz won't if you are both AAA holders. Alamo's WalMart code will include almost anyone for free. These are just some of the variations.

9. Loyalty Clubs: More reasons to join the loyalty clubs- advance emails of deals and coupons; better likelihood of an upgrade; opportunity to earn free days (this can be valuable on pricy one-ways!); quicker escape with your car.

10. Rent Smart! If you have a larger group to transport and multiple drivers, consider renting two smaller cars. When minivans and SUV's are at a premium, it can save you more than half the price and give you more freedom besides.

11. One-way rentals can cost BIG $$$$. Join promotions for free days (like National's 1-2-Free) and save them up. Consider seasonal relocational deals, especially into Florida in late fall and out of FL in mid-spring. "Drive out specials" can be had dirt cheap post- spring break into late spring/early summer.
A car is not always the most economical means of transportation for one-ways. Consider other options.

** Thank you riaesq and j129 for putting this together for the community! **
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/790643 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 02:48:54 -0600
<![CDATA[REQUEST - Cheapest 1 day car rental in Spain]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/777439

Rating: 0 Posted By: passingout101
Views: 10510 Replies: 4

ok, so I plan on going to Spain. And it is much cheaper for me to fly to Madrid and then drive to Merida. Ticket to Madrid is $450, ticket to closest airport to Merida is about $950, so that is enough of a difference that merits a car rental.

One one site, I did the "search for flight with rental" but it had to be a round trip flight. I simply did it to get an idea of how much a rental for one day would be and it had come out to be about $24 dollars a day.

But then I was on another site and cheapest I have been able to find for a 1 day rental is $86 dollars, which to be honest is pretty expensive compared to rentals here in the USA for one day.

So, is anyone aware of a 1 day rental spot that would be cheaper then $86? Not to mention, I do not even recall which site I found that on.

The distance is 358KM, but that doesnt take into account wether I get lost or not.

So, Madrid to Merida on the 28Th of Dec.
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