Fatwallet.com Travel Discussion Our Mission - Serve consumers with knowledge, value and guidance. https://www.fatwallet.comhttps://static-forums.fatwallet.com/static/i/spacer.gifFatWallet.comhttps://www.fatwallet.com <![CDATA[How to use the Delta voucher for $500]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1569507

Rating: 0 Posted By: bharatiya
Views: 199 Replies: 5

I have a voucher from Delta for $500 that expires end of July. I need to book a ticket before that and use that voucher. I really don't have any vacation plans right now. So what would be the best way to use that voucher?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1569507 Wed, 24 May 2017 12:11:25 -0500
<![CDATA[Birchcliff Resort - Wisconsin Dells, WI 2-Night Stay- $199 @Groupon]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1568771

Rating: 0 Posted By: johnadamthegreat
Views: 701 Replies: 0

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1568771 Thu, 18 May 2017 07:42:55 -0500
<![CDATA[Delta $444: Boston Hanover / Nuremberg / Bremen, Germany. Roundtrip, including all Taxes Read more: http://www.thef]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1568413

Rating: 0 Posted By: johnadamthegreat
Views: 1633 Replies: 3

A good sale to a few cities in Germany. We found availability for about $444 to:

  • Hanover [HAJ]
  • Nuremberg [NUE]
  • Bremen [BRE]

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample to Hanover
  • September 6th 13th


  • This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the Fare Availability and How to Search for Availability instructions below

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from September October. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure.


  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the How to Book section below.Fare Class:

  • V

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $278.75

Routing:

  • BOS CDG (Paris) TXL (Berlin) AMS (Amsterdam) BOS

Stopover:

Mileage:

  • Miles Flown:7,684 miles or 5.8 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles:7,684 miles
  • Redeemable Miles:1,393 miles

How to Book:



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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1568413 Tue, 16 May 2017 08:30:27 -0500
<![CDATA[Best place to book cruises?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567403

Rating: 0 Posted By: Greatness
Views: 2539 Replies: 9

What are some great ways to book for cruises? It seems all the major travel sites have the same prices and bonuses. Even Costco travel is offering the same. Am I missing other ways to get a better deal or better bonuses?

Thank you.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567403 Mon, 08 May 2017 16:46:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Ritz Carlton Hotel Tip for Check In]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567264

Rating: 0 Posted By: Cashman
Views: 2088 Replies: 4

Is this a no-no for the Ritz? I'm trying to get a better room for our upcoming trip and wanted to see if others have done this with any success.

This is in a tropical destination too.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567264 Sun, 07 May 2017 11:29:34 -0500
<![CDATA[State Department Travel Alert for europe]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567080

Rating: 0 Posted By: smokeycatrules
Views: 1972 Replies: 6

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This Travel Alert expires on September 1, 2017. Will this affect plans? It made me think twice about going to France this summer.
Any thoughts?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1567080 Fri, 05 May 2017 16:39:19 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST Planning Italy Trip in 2018]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1566676

Rating: 0 Posted By: thackermtn
Views: 1946 Replies: 5

Next year is me and my wife's 15th wedding anniversary, and it's always been our dream to travel to Italy together. I was lucky enough to spend a couple weeks there in college, and it was my favorite country that I've ever visited! Here's the info if anyone can offer suggestions on where to look/book!

Dates of Travel: Our anniversary is in March 2018 but we'd be open to traveling January through August.
Departure City: Raleigh, NC; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta
# of People: Just 2 of us (I'm 38 and the misses is 37)...no kids
# of Nights: 7-10 nights
Trip Budget: 3-4k
Activities of Interest: Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Pompeii, Florence, Venice, etc. (My wife is a historian)

Any help in making our dream come true is GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1566676 Wed, 03 May 2017 13:38:49 -0500
<![CDATA[American Airlines is Cutting More Legroom in Economy Class]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1566664

Rating: 3 Posted By: FutureDilemma
Views: 2701 Replies: 22

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1566664 Wed, 03 May 2017 12:46:31 -0500
<![CDATA[Priceline and Expedia are both horrible now]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1565152

Rating: 0 Posted By: deeder
Views: 3165 Replies: 16

Back in the old days, Expediawas excellent, Travelocitywas excellent, Pricelinewas good and Orbitzwas decent.

Nowadays due to mergers and acquisitions, these firms are horrible. Incompetent and corrupt players. They make money by huge change fees, avoiding payment to airlines and hotels, making false claims on hotel quality, being low in the queue for rental car and more. Complaints seem to be constant and not favorable in any way.

I used to find Kayak best for domestic pricing straight from airlines. Now the fares are showing up mostly directed fo their partners who are all of low quality.

Google flights and ITA matrix are still good and Hipmunk seems to be good as well. Tried a new one highly rated on app store but it was all quotes from low grade sellers. Very misleading.

Airlines seem to be best way to book tickets depending on what airline you prefer based on choice. These days sticking to an alliance or preferred airline better than before though I am sure people have highly rated local consolidator / agents they know and trust since the trust level on online ones is poor and I don't know of any good online ones at the moment.

American Airlines owned Travelocityand now its fares are essentially on its own website and internal systems. I don't believe their fares are even on search sites anymore but there could be a small few.

Momondo also has fares from lower grade online firms.

Published fares seem to require airline websites more than ever while unpublished requires a quality consolidator agent who is preferably local and someone with recommendation and you trust.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1565152 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:55:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Any recommendations for Destin, Florida area hotels/vacation rentals?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564884

Rating: 0 Posted By: buchanaj28
Views: 1915 Replies: 3

I'm experiencing analysis paralysis trying to come up with the best deal possible on a place to stay in the Destin/Miramar Beach area. We've never been before so I'm not sure of the best places to stay. I don know I'd like to be on the beach or REALLY close. We are flyng into Panama City Beach. It will be just me, my husband, and our teenage daughter.

Any amazing deals to be had or recommendations?

Jennifer
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564884 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:14:59 -0500
<![CDATA[Best Domesrtic US airlines in NYC]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564780

Rating: 0 Posted By: deeder
Views: 1982 Replies: 8

In NYC market, Alaska (including Virgin America), Delta, American, United, Alaska Air, Jetblue and Southwest give coverage.

Delta seems to be on a downward spiral as of late with system issues leading to cancelled flights. Alaska is riding very high with a new lounge to be opened at JFK and other airports. American is upgrading their JFK lounge. Jetblue seems to be adding Mint product to additional flighte.

If you wanted to travel in this marketand the route had competition of multiple of these airlines, which one would you choose?

I personally would avoid Southwest and United. Alaska is very nice but too route limited on east coast and internationally. American seems to be the best one size fits all airline. Jetblue has nice product but only single class service and no real lounge or international access.

Southwest seems to be best for value travelers which probably fits the Fatwallet demographic since they probably have lower fees but without the frills,
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564780 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:32:56 -0500
<![CDATA[Where Can I get last minute flights deals from Los Angeles?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564507

Rating: -1 Posted By: kurarajesh
Views: 1682 Replies: 6

I am looking out for last minute travel deals but could not find anything that is suitable to my need. Please can you guide me the best way to get last minute flight deals from Los Angeles.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1564507 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:35:15 -0500
<![CDATA[Rental car in Miami Beach or Uber?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1563351

Rating: 0 Posted By: InFlamed
Views: 2509 Replies: 9

I will be going to Miami Beach for 2 day later this month. I will be staying in the mid-beach area. I can't decide if I want to get a rental car or just use Uber. It looks like my hotel only has parking for Valet. The closest meter is 5 minutes of walking. If it wasn't for the everglades tour we want to go to, Uber would have likely been the clear choice. If I do get a rental, how much do you think I will pay for overnight parking?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1563351 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 10:31:59 -0500
<![CDATA[Any coupon codes for Europcar UK? ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1563302

Rating: 0 Posted By: wantonsoup
Views: 2324 Replies: 3

I can't find anything. I've got AMEX Gold, but they don't seem to have any codes either. If you know of one, please let me know, thank you!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1563302 Sat, 08 Apr 2017 19:07:16 -0500
<![CDATA[Car rental in Mexico]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1561348

Rating: 0 Posted By: fungo45
Views: 2719 Replies: 10

Anyone ever rent a car in Mexico while on vacation? I've been reading up on it and there are either people saying it's easy and others saying it's a nightmare. Seems like there are a lot of scams out there to take advantage of tourists.
From what I read, people advise taking video of literally every angle of the car, inside and out (and underneath). Most of the issues are the companies trying to get you on damages that were already there.
Besides that, any suggestions?

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1561348 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:23:17 -0500
<![CDATA[AA flight voucher expiring soon, buy refundable ticket and then cancel?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560811

Rating: 0 Posted By: goku2
Views: 3445 Replies: 12

A friend has an American Airlines flight voucher that is Expiring Apr 2. He doesn't have any plans on flying anytime soon so I suggested he buy a refundable flight with his voucher with a value that slightly exceeds the value of his voucher, then a few days from now he cancels the flight and hope he is reissued a new voucher or something so he gets another year to decide what to do with the voucher.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560811 Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:29:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Any San Francisco (SFO) to Toronto (YYZ) deals?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560651

Rating: 1 Posted By: mailvips
Views: 2584 Replies: 12

We need to travel first week of August from Bay Area to Toronto for a week. Our preference is non-stop or 1 stop of 1-1:30 hrs max. I looked up Kayak/Google flights, Expedia etc but the cheapest nonstop found was around $775 per person return on Air Canada and cheapest 1 stop was around $550-600 per person return. Is there any other way to save money? Thanks

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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560651 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:45:28 -0500
<![CDATA[Electronics larger than a cellphone to be banned from flights from some countries.]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560590

Rating: 5 Posted By: burgerwars
Views: 3809 Replies: 23

CNN Link

This does suck. When they include the United Arab Emirates,the thinking is it also assumes connections. Dubai is a huge hub. No guarantees they won't add more countries.

Then there is the question whether this really does improve safety. If one was going to hide some sort of explosive device in their carry-on electronics, is it any harder to do the same checking-in the same electronics? Also, what would be the use of WiFi and workstation areas in airports/airplanes if you have to check that stuff in? Checking in laptops is risky. A highly prized item to be stolen out of someone's luggage like a photographer's expensive camera. That along with important and confidential data people carry with them, and also the fact that luggage is lost and manhandled You could be without your important laptop once you get to a business meeting. It could also be damaged or destroyed. I've got back my luggage after checking it in that ended up looking like it fell out an airplane. I doubt electronics would survive.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560590 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:03:11 -0500
<![CDATA[monthly car rental needed]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560396

Rating: 2 Posted By: Doan
Views: 3029 Replies: 11

I need to rent a car for 6 weeks. Any suggestion? Thanks
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1560396 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:47:47 -0500
<![CDATA[Hawaii Peak Season?!?!]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1559817

Rating: 0 Posted By: alfredtv
Views: 2865 Replies: 5

I know it's peak season, but I've already committed to it with the family (between kid in college, other kid going to high school, etc)..

Details on me:
Veteran, Costco Member, willing to sign up for AAA, Gold Hilton, Amex Platinum (travel perks)

Family of 5
Wife, 3 kids (18, 14, 8) at time of trip

Trip details
Oahu island (want to visit Pearl Harbor) as beach front as possible
Out of LAX area
End of July (looking at 7/17 and about 7 days)
Don't know if I need a car the whole trip or not (Emerald from National)

I've looked at Travelocity, Orbitz (seems to be identical to Travelocity) and Costco

I did some searching on the site (longtime stalker) but didn't see anything too recent on Hawaii other than DON'T GO PEAK SEASON!!

I would like to be around 1500 pp including air and hotel (prob not car) but my reason for checking here is to see if I can get a better pp then that!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1559817 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:43:31 -0500
<![CDATA[Hertz will drive you back to the airport (Not Shuttle) anyone else?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558926

Rating: 0 Posted By: CHaoZ
Views: 3134 Replies: 3

hertz has a service for i think $25. You pull up in your rental to return and they get in and drop you off at the airport.

Does anyone know any other car rental companies that offer this?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558926 Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:17:48 -0600
<![CDATA[ Timeshare Presentations for cheap vacations - Part II]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558714

Rating: 0 Posted By: JorrieM
Views: 5517 Replies: 17

I'm looking for a timeshare offer or preview opportunity for my anniversary. We did one for our honeymoon and the hour spent was worth the value provided (US Virgin islands). I found an earlier thread on this but it appeared archived. Is anyone aware of any active offers from major providers (Marriott, Hilton, etc) that are available now? When I did our honeymoon a quick google search turned up the one I ended up using and though I'm seeing a few for FL I'm looking for something a bit nicer and more exotic. I know current owners used to also get points for referrals who attended so open to that as well....
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558714 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:46:11 -0600
<![CDATA[REQUEST Best vacation rentals in Outer Banks, NC]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558624

Rating: 0 Posted By: SaraNOLA
Views: 3353 Replies: 4

The husband and I are looking to book a vacation rental in the outer banks, North Carolina area for May 1st - 25th.

So far the only luck I have had is looking onhttps://www.twiddy.com/outer-banks/ and http://TripAdvisor.com and it's sorta overwelming with the amount of different places you can stay and where to get the best deal.

It seems like Duck and Nags Head are the main places to stay.

Does anyone have some tips on how to get some good discounts since we are staying for so long?

​Thanks so much
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558624 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:58:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Travel insurance coverage ]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558218

Rating: -2 Posted By: rufflesinc
Views: 3353 Replies: 3

As often happens when trying to save a buck , people book two tickets seperate airline tickets A-B and B-C when they just want to go A-C, with maybe only a few hours layover at B.

Does anyone know in practice if any card's travel insurance will cover the case where the A-B flight is delayed , causing you to miss B-C flight, if they are booked on separate tickets, by paying for the cost of change/standby fees or even a walkup ticket? Because that would be phenomenal.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1558218 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:53:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Request for help/guidance with using points for flights for HI trip 2018]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557803

Rating: 0 Posted By: Skim1
Views: 3994 Replies: 17

This is my first request for help, so please be kind with responses if I have omitted any details or posted incorrectly. I am looking to travel to Honolulu, HI on 3/24/18, and catch a flight back on 3/31/18. I'm trying to plan far in advance so that when options open, I can pounce on them. Departure airport would be either CAK or CLE. The trip will be for myself and my 9 year old. I am familiar with how to utilize options when it comes to deals for hotels, and I have done quite a bit of searching when it comes to utilizing points for flights, but I am still a little clueless for maximizing points for flights. The hotel portion of my stay is all set, but l would be grateful for help/direction for the flight portion.

I have searched FlyerTalk and this site for guidance. It looks like Korean Air's Skypass is the best option. Due to a back problem, I really, really want a lay-flat first class option for the longer leg of the flight, and I would therefore need to book the same for my child. If need be, I can just do first class for the return trip, but that's not my preference. Although flights for my time frame aren't yet published, for the past couple months I've monitored what's available for this coming March, as well as next January (the latest option currently available) to get an idea of what my flight options will be. It looks like I would need to leave early on 3/24, and fly a red eye on 3/31. To avoid first flying east on the initial departure from Ohio and adding extra hours to travel time, it looks like Delta out of ATL is the best option. To book directly through Delta using points it exceeds what I have available to transfer. That's why I was going to utilize Skypass because I read that the points needed to book a Delta flight through them are far less, but the bulk of my points are in AmEx points, and I don't see Skypass listed as an option with them. Here's what I have available:
220,000 AmEx points
68,000 Chase points
137,000 Citibank points (with Premier card, can transfer to a few different options)
60,000 Starwood points
195,000 Marriottpoints (I realize I can combine the latter two, but I haven't yet)

If at all possible, I'd prefer to book airfare using just points. I have no problem paying cash for the economy flight to and from somewhere like ATL though, and I have no problem paying for some fees with cash as long as they aren't ridiculously high. Travel dates are not flexible. As long as the seats lay flat I'm open to other airlines and layover options, but I wouldn't want more than one layover. Thank you in advance for suggestions and guidance.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557803 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 18:55:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Economy Rent A Car]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557763

Rating: 0 Posted By: FatWKing
Views: 4415 Replies: 16

They have the best rental rates in Florida. https://www.economyrentacar.com/

Wanted to get feedback from my fellow FWers on this company and their service. There are some critical reviews out there.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557763 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 10:24:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Beautiful and best Accommodation in Goa]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557151

Rating: 0 Posted By: dennielfernandis
Views: 2904 Replies: 0

HiI am planning to explore India and want to start from Goa. As I heard that Goa is a very beautiful place. Can anyone suggest me some best resorts to stay in Goa with affordable prices.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557151 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:05:09 -0600
<![CDATA[How good are Websites like Kayak/Hopper at predicting Ticket Price Decrease or Increase?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557079

Rating: 0 Posted By: frankwu55
Views: 4181 Replies: 7

I'm looking to buy a NYC-Belize flight roundtrip in early May.

Tickets were <$300 but then increased.

According to Kayak.com, we should buy now. But according to Hopper, I should wait for tickets to drop till April 22nd. How accurate have people found these types of sites predictions? Curious for opinions & feedback. Thanks!

https://www.hopper.com/
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557079 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:14:40 -0600
<![CDATA[AirFrance/Flying Blue Multi-City Award search broken]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557016

Rating: -1 Posted By: orey10m
Views: 2717 Replies: 1

It's my understanding that AirFrance/Flying Blue is generally troublesome to book award flights through (as shown here:http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/06/26/air-france-flyingblue-award-search-glitches/) but I havent seen the specific issue I'm referencing mentioned anywhere on the travel forums/blogs. The AirFrance Multi-City Award Search doesn't allow you to put in a different city from your origin. See attachment.
This is mainly just informational, but if anyone knows of a workaround, or a better website to try searches for Flying Blue awards from, let me know.

Best
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1557016 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:05:36 -0600
<![CDATA[Selling Hotel Points]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556791

Rating: 0 Posted By: margolis
Views: 3509 Replies: 3

Has anyone had experience selling hotel (e.g., Marriott, IHG) points? If so, which sites would you recommend?
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556791 Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:11:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Planning to travel Paris!! Please give suggestions.]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556631

Rating: 0 Posted By: geekssem
Views: 4102 Replies: 18

=11.5ptHello to all! I'm George Smith, 27 years old. I recently got married, my wife Emily and I, we are planning our honeymoon trip to Paris but dont have any idea about best places to see and hotel to stay. I want some good recommendations from the guys who has already been there. Suggest me best, as I want this trip to be perfect and memorable.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556631 Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:52:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Can United Airline Electronic Travel Certificate be used for reward flight?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556093

Rating: 0 Posted By: ussrfw
Views: 3757 Replies: 3

United Airline offer me $75Electronic Travel Certificate for some defect on my seat during my last flight.
I have lots of UA miles, so I usually only book reward flight.
For example, it cost 35000 miles + $5.6 tax to fly to China.
There is $75 catch up fee if you book the ticket in 21 days before flight.

I wonder whether the$75Electronic Travel Certificate can be used to pay the tax and catch up fee of reward flight ticket?
Thank you very much!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1556093 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:45:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Japan or Hawaii request. Thanks]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1554739

Rating: 0 Posted By: wino4ever
Views: 3658 Replies: 4

Any tips where to find deals? Looking to travel in August 2017. No children. 3 adults. Would like all inclusive package. Adventure, sophistication and exploration of locations. Thank you.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1554739 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 12:13:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Cashless tolls in Orlando area]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553660

Rating: 0 Posted By: MommyOfHAndK
Views: 5427 Replies: 12

I have read TA and other travelsites and am still not clear; renting a car in Florida Sanford airport and heading to Orlando and around it. Are there any of those cashless tollroads that rental company is warning me about? Seminole Expressway (417) getting in out airport and 4 are most likely the only highways I'll be taking and neither one requires SunPass or other pass, correct?
Thanks!
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1553660 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:24:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Question about getting bumped on United]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547344

Rating: 0 Posted By: syrauch
Views: 7570 Replies: 17

When United overbooks, when you check in online, sometimes you are asked if you will consider being voluntarily bumped. Usually there are no details regarding exact compensation or on what flight you will be rebooked.

My question is... if I check "yes", that I am willing to be voluntarily bumped, and I get to the airport and I don't like the compensation offered or the rebooked flight, can I then refuse to be voluntarily bumped?

I'm always willing to consider being bumped... but depending on the compensation and the rescheduled flight, I might not want to... so I'm always reluctant to check "yes" on check-in for fear they will bump me regardless. Can I refuse the offer once at the gate and claim my reserved seat?

Thanks for your input.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1547344 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:24:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Has anyone heard of Trade Show Travel Co?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1524618

Rating: -2 Posted By: maikef
Views: 11452 Replies: 13

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[Has anyone used www.bookvip.com?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1307689

Rating: 1 Posted By: etschool
Views: 157162 Replies: 165

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: 111948 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 (https://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:
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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.
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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".
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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: 37 Posted By: sensia
Views: 438613 Replies: 3320

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: 129433 Replies: 43

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: 127 Posted By: matskul
Views: 1508732 Replies: 6364

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: 16197 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.
Edit by Moderator: Thank you for your participation. Please note that there is also discussion about this topic Here.
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https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/777439 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 03:08:31 -0500