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Rating: 0 Posted By: toreishi
Views: 140 Replies: 0

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

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: 565 Replies: 3

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

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: 683 Replies: 3

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!
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: 1676 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.
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: 1472 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..
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: 1937 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.)
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: 0 Posted By: tommywilkens1
Views: 1731 Replies: 1

Looking for the cheapest flight .Would start out in Miami or Jacksonville Fl.
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: 1396 Replies: 3

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.
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: 1816 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?
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: 1009 Replies: 1

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..
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: 2643 Replies: 27

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:


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.


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."


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.

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: 7 Posted By: tomdc
Views: 3503 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.
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: 1666 Replies: 10

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).

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: 1090 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?
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: 1169 Replies: 5


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
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: 2195 Replies: 32

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?
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: 2286 Replies: 14

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?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1508138/ Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:07:14 -0500
<![CDATA[JFK-Milan Italy Delta nonstop $321]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1507667/

Rating: 1 Posted By: MommyOfHAndK
Views: 2670 Replies: 7

Pretty decent summer one way fare for anyone planning on traveling to Europe this summer.
JFK-Milan $321
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1507667/ Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:01:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Anyone have Beaches Promo code?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1507554/

Rating: 0 Posted By: rainyangel175
Views: 1566 Replies: 0

I see that Beaches has an area on the website for a promo code but I cannot find any online. I know that the only place to really book is via their website. Does anyone know where I can find a promo code? Not sure if we will go to Ocho Rios or Turks and Caicos (I have stayed at Negril before).

Thank you for any help
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1507554/ Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:04:37 -0500
<![CDATA[Hey everyone]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1506965/

Rating: -3 Posted By: damirmatisic
Views: 1914 Replies: 3

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
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1506965/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 01:24:15 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST Uber & Lyft nonDriver signup questions]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1505892/

Rating: 0 Posted By: zapjb
Views: 2087 Replies: 1

Never signed up for either. Looked on Google, here & elsewhere. Hopefully I won't be using these much. I have some nonDriver register/signup questions. All I found on my own were rates, levels of service & useless Driver registration tips. I would very much appreciate the help.

Which requires the least information, smoothest on an Android & or is easiest to signup for? I won't give up my ss#. And not my bday if possible. In reading both take Paypal. Do either accept prepaid cc? Is it true neither will tell you what'll it cost before the ride? Also rates go up & down according to demand. Will I have foreknowledge of the adjusted rates? And anything else I should know? Like signup bonuses or coupons.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1505892/ Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:19:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Hertz - book 6 days get 7th free]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1505266/

Rating: 1 Posted By: evanm
Views: 1643 Replies: 1

Get Free Days for your business at Hertz Local Edition
Enjoy extra savings for your companys travel, whether you need a car at the airport or at a Hertz Local Edition near you:

  • Pay for six days, get the seventh day free
  • Use PC# 110364 when you book a qualifying Weekly Rental
  • This discount is in addition to the savings your company receives when booking with your Business Rewards CDP #2074781
  • Valid on most car classes*
  • Requires a seven-day minimum keep
  • Valid on vehicle pick-ups now through August 31, 2016, at participating neighborhood and airport locations
  • Find a Hertz Local Edition near you

As always - please compare rates as YMMV
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1505266/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:30:38 -0500
<![CDATA[Buying Prepaid SIM in Shanghai?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504756/

Rating: 1 Posted By: caproperty
Views: 3005 Replies: 7

I'll be going to Shanghai in the next couple of days. I'm looking for a prepaid SIM with data (~500mb) to use over 3-4 days. What's the best plan I can get where do I buy it? I'm using an iPhone 6s Plus.

I've been Googling around for the info but all I can find is this insanely long China prepaid SIM article or really outdated Tripadvisor forum posts. Thanks!
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504756/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:58:01 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST - Need advice on trip to Hokkaido in Sept.]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504660/

Rating: 0 Posted By: gummibear
Views: 2462 Replies: 3

My husband and I are planning a first-time trip to Hokkaido Japan for this Labor Day Weekend. Will stay there a week, arriving in Sapporo from Narita. We have browsed several websites on things to do/places to see/where to stay, but would really like to ask fellow travelers here who have been there and can recommend anything about this place.​
* Will we need a JR pass to travel around Hokkaido or is there alternative for transport between cities/places? Or rental car?
* Any recommendation on specific places to see/visit? Where's a good Onsen to stay at? Good places for food that you'd recommend?

Any input would be greatly appreciated! TIA!
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504660/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:32:04 -0500
<![CDATA[What is the Best part of Disney World?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504244/

Rating: 0 Posted By: oliviaharp
Views: 2444 Replies: 17

Hi Guys,

I am considering visiting Disney World in for 3-4 days later this month for the time ever. I heard that it is nearly impossible to see the whole park in that short of time. What are some areas of the park that you would consider a must see?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1504244/ Sun, 05 Jun 2016 23:01:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Last min. military/ Disneyland deal?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1503491/

Rating: 0 Posted By: needhelpplease
Views: 2592 Replies: 9

Is this the bestLast min. military/ Disneyland deal?


Also same q: for hotels. Want ez access for baby to room


https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1503491/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:33:35 -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: 3611 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..
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1503014/ Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:41:25 -0500
<![CDATA[booking airline - price comparison website vs direct company website - which credit card?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1502886/

Rating: 0 Posted By: coolmind
Views: 2685 Replies: 6


I am looking for tickets for my parents.

from AMD to LAX
9th or 10th August to 1st Feb
dates flexible (up to 2-3 days)
looking for shortest flight - 1 stop only.

Emiratescoming up to $1356 per person which is shortest running time ~22 hours.
similar prices in =Expedia,CheapOair
,Emirates.com, and almost everywhere

I have Discover Card, Amex Card.
which website should I use which covers delays/damages etc. Also, which one would be more preferable in terms of changing return dates in case needed? thanks in advance.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1502886/ Tue, 31 May 2016 21:50:13 -0500
<![CDATA[Unethical Business Practice by Spirit Airlines]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1501078/

Rating: -3 Posted By: smrahma
Views: 2743 Replies: 4

I need your advice.
I bought two non-stop airline tickets from Las Vagas to Atlanta, GA, which is only 3h 57 min flight with Spirit airlines. They sent an email 1 month ago after that they changed the flight which will cause 1 extra stop with 4 hours delay. I realized it on the day before my flight. When I called them they said that I can cancel-get refund or they can reschedule the flight. I have connecting flights and plans associated with this trips. I had to accept the flight, they did not want to compensate me any ways.How do I complain against this Airline? Any suggestions?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1501078/ Tue, 24 May 2016 17:17:57 -0500
<![CDATA[Tickets to Buschgardens Williamsburg, VA]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1500378/

Rating: 0 Posted By: MamaZ
Views: 2532 Replies: 2

I've seen a smokin' hot deal on Groupon for Buschgarden tix but they sold out before I could purchase them. Anyone have a good reliable place to get discounted Buschgarden Williamsburg, VA tickets?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1500378/ Sat, 21 May 2016 19:51:35 -0500
<![CDATA[the Bahamas cruise]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499910/

Rating: 0 Posted By: dalyssa
Views: 2700 Replies: 1

Hello, I'm new in here, is there any body who can help me to find a very good deal for the Bahamas cruise? Thanks
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499910/ Thu, 19 May 2016 17:26:47 -0500
<![CDATA[Has Zika virus changed your travel plans?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499130/

Rating: 1 Posted By: chc
Views: 3666 Replies: 23

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?

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1499130/ Mon, 16 May 2016 11:30:29 -0500
<![CDATA[Sinorama Holiday travel to China 19-day tour $2800 included airfare, meals, excursions, and more!]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497314/

Rating: 16 Posted By: chc
Views: 3961 Replies: 5

We returned from a 19-day group tour of China with the Canadian firm called Sinorama Holiday. In operation for about 10 years, they have various length group tours to China, Vietnam, and South Korea.
We only went to China.

This was a great price for the number of travel days, same English speaking tour guide the entire trip, three meals a day, all intra-China flights (four of them!) and high-speed train, all hotel stays included, almost all excursions included (we paid $100pp extra for the optional Hong Kong tour; and we got ripped-off on the "water village" tour for about $45pp which I'll describe below)..
$2800 per person for double occupancy INCLUDING FLIGHT from Los Angeles to Beijing AND from Hong Kong back to Los Angeles! (Actually flight was LA to Vancouver to Beijing; From HK to Vancouver to LA).

But, DON"T expect to have great Chinese food. Your best meal of the day will be breakfast at the hotel, buffet style and decent variety. But lunch and dinner is family-style service for 8 -10 people with predictablebatter coated chicken, a sweet-sour Dish,French fries, eggplant, vegetables, rice, bean curd, occasionally beef or pork, etc (up to 10 dishes per tableof 8-10 people). You won't go hungry, but you won't be impressed. They gotta cut back somewhere with the low price you paid. No one in our group got sick from the served food. (We even ate in the home of a local village for an experience of the hard life of local Chinese; it was an off-the-itinerary stop because her living room could only fit two dining tables of 10 each.)

Hotels are 3-4 stars for the most part. Toward the end we stayed at a couple 5-star hotels (ex. SheratonZhuhai just outside of Macau).All hotelshad hot shower, clean enough bathrooms and bedrooms, many with great views, toiletries (including robes and slippers), some with refrigerator.

Excursions: This is where the Sinorama Holiday puts their emphasis. You are on the go from shortly after breakfast to the sometimes late evening. Even after dinner there is usually a night show to attend. Yes, you will go to a pearl, jade, jewelry, silk, tea manufacturer but all were very educational. Several people did buy things. However, you can find all items cheaper online or even at your local stores. Ex. we bought silk bed cover only to find it was only 70% silk and we could have foundsimilar for less online back home.

Bejing, Xian, Chongqing, Shanghai, Guilin, Macau, Hong Kong are just a few places we visited. We also had a 4 day river cruise on the Yangtze River which was included in the trip. That was another amazing part of tour that did not cost extra. However, skip the optional tour from the cruise ship to the "water village" which is merely a 2-3 hour walk up and downa stream of water from a small waterfall. The government constructed all kinds of structures to mimic the likely lifestyle of the native minority Chinese group of the past. People wearing native costumes, playing Chinese musical instruments, having a mock wedding ceremony, selling local vender foods, etc was a commercialized tourist trap. At about $45 U.S. dollars a person, it was the rip-off of the tour. They will tout you may see native monkeys, but no one saw any (hundreds of tourist that day). The one authentic feature was something called the hanging coffins. They were placed hundreds of years ago on high cliff edges by native chinese minority clan. But it was not worth paying $45pp.

On the highlight of the trip: We went to a night show at the Han Theater Show.in the city of Wuhan.It was getting late and several people were tired in our group so the show was "optional" for them. Those of us who went unanimously felt it was the highlight of the entire tour (including seeing the Great Wall or Terracotta Warriors; but the awesome unusual mountains of Guilin was the highlight in the natural beauty category and the Yangtze River Three Gorges was a close second). The theater alone was a marvel to experience. It was a combination of Bellagio Hotel water fountains meets Cirque du Soleil.
We've been to the Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show called "O" which pales in comparison to the Han Theater show. Not all Sinorama tours include the Han Theater show. We just happen to be on the tour group that did have it included. We heard that if you travel down-river on the Yangtze River, then you are more likely to have the Han Theater show included. But those going up-river did not have the time to attend that show.
Try to confirm the show is included in your tour. This is separate from the Shanghai Acrobatic Show which is included on the tour and also quite good, but not in the flashy kind of way this Han Theater Show was.

Link to video of sample of Han Theater

Drawback: We went during the spring to avoid the excessive coal-burning for energy that occurs during the winter and summer. Yet the air was persistently polluted. There was never any blue sky in big cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing. Some people wore masks.
But a good point: Our tour guide followed us the entire way and was supplemented by another English speaking tour guide who was localat each city.

Tourist tip: We had a small group of 20, but usually the group size is about 30. Listen to the tour guide's rules. They uniformly expect you to follow closely to them as they walk to the next point of interest, and NOT delay the group with taking pictures before gathering at the next point of interest. At the destination of interest, AFTER they give you a few minutes of information of significance of the site, THEN you have severalallotted minutes to take photos before promptly moving on to the next walkingpoint of interest. It took a while for many of us to get the hang of it. But when stragglers who missed the informative talk started asking questions that were already answered earlier by the guide, the group realized why the guide set some rules.

ADDENDUM: We noticed that the 2016 and 2017 costs have changed considerably. For the remaining 2016 departures, you can still get our deal by finding the cruise ship Sinorama DIAMOND. (which is listed below the Sinorama Gold 8 cruise ship costs). Also, it looks like the 2017 costs will be inclusive of all of our included excursions except if you select the lower cost cabin prices. For 2017 they will charge you for previously included excursions if you select the less expensive cabins. We choose cabin A type because all the cabins have balcony views and it was less expensive. For example: We attended the "impressions of Liu" water theater in Guilin which was included in our price, but for 2017 it shows as an optional $45pp show if you select the lower priced cabins. Yes, the "Impressions of Lui" river front show is worth seeing because it uses the Guilin mountains as a backdrop and is quite grand in scale (600 perfromers). The difference for what you paid for 2016 was merely the cruise ship cabin, the rest of the tour was identical regardless of which price you paid; it seems not so for 2017. Although the site recommends tipping the guide about $200 U.S. dollars per person for the 19-day tour, most in our group tipped about $25 - $100 pp.

Linkto Sinorama Holiday. Don't go when it is too hot or too cold and likely even more air pollution.

Other silly tips: Bring an umbrella, water-resistant jacket, water-proof covers for shoes. It rains a lot and we all had occasions of shoes getting soaked. (We finally put some plastic bags over our dry feet with socks on, then wore them in the shoe. The shoe got wet, but our socks and feet stayed dry!) But all hotel rooms had hair-dryers which were handyfor wet shoes and doing some hand laundry. You don't need to bring toilet paper because you can just take a roll from your hotel room. Yes, there are squat "toilets" in many local areas and some venues don't supply toilet paper. Your hotel has western style flush toilets. NEVER take anything from the hotel room (except the disposable toiletries) because they will charge you for it and prevent the group from checking out. NEVER take anything from a restaurant (ie menu) because they will also charge your table. We were very fortunate with the weather to see many sites which were not viewable during rainy weather... as with most travel, your experience is always at the mercy of the weather. As for buying knock-off items, listen to your tour guide. Many people were eager to buy such items early in the tour. He warned us, for example, that a knock-off Rolex from street venders have been known to stop working in less than a week or doesn't keep proper time. They advised us not to eat or drink vender foods for our own health safety... but we did on some occasions. Art souvenirs were some bargains. Some embroidered "paintings" were just stunning and colorful. All machine made and negotiated down to about $10-$20 U.S. dollars for 2x1 foot size canvas art. (That is about 60-120 yuan, from the initial quoted price of $350-$500 yuan.) As a rule, counter the initial quote with about 10-15% of their price to start. They expect you to bargain with them. Don't use credit card unless your guide says it is OK, for obvious reasons. We converted currencies in Los Angeles before departing to get the best exchange rate. Our guide warned us and taught us how to identify currency valuations. Beware of venders giving you change with incorrect denominations or even fake currency. You can only drink bottle water and bottled drinks. Sinorama arranged for hotels to provide two bottled waters a day per room (ie one per person), and there are bottles you can buy on the tour bus. We did the inexpensive rickshaw ride through a tight village area and it was worth it (everyone in our group did it). I also wish we had paid some local venders at another stop who offered to carry one person up the destination with a two-person hand-carried basket-seat. It was also inexpensive, but not one tourist was taking that offer and that opportunity passed. How often do you get to be hand carried and feel like an emperor or empress??
There is little free time during the tour, and the hotels are not always in great walkable areas. If you really want some nightlife, then consider staying longer in Hong Kong. It is the most western atmosphere of the entire tour, safe to walk about, and tons to do, see, and eat! We went to the nightly laser show along the waterfront buildings in Hong Kong and it was synchronized to music and interesting. (starts promptly at 8PM and lasts about 14 minutes).

Unfortunately, I came away with the impression that I saw the future of big cities on planet earth. Forests of high-rise apartments, relentless traffic, and hazy blue-less skies, People everywhere and no personal space when out in public.
Now I cherish my simple walk to my local park when sometimes there is no one else there but me. I can take in a deep breath of fresh air, not hear a single car, and look up and see the currently familiar blue sky. So great to be home.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497314/ Sun, 08 May 2016 12:44:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Ypsilanti, Mi]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497308/

Rating: 0 Posted By: jruizbot
Views: 2982 Replies: 1

Looking for all local restaurant and foodie coupons in the Ypsilanti area. Daily specials, groupon, limited time deals. The ultimate goal is to only eat out to places where we can get a discount or take advantage of the special they would have going on. Spend little, eat big!!
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497308/ Sun, 08 May 2016 12:13:25 -0500
<![CDATA[Discounted hotel Los Angeles Memorial Day Weekend - $119]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497021/

Rating: 1 Posted By: drtran
Views: 2649 Replies: 1

Looks like a conference rate at the hotel Memorial Day weekend.


$119 per night instead of $130
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1497021/ Sat, 07 May 2016 01:16:52 -0500
<![CDATA[350 - 700 American Airlines AAdvantage miles exp June 1 2016]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1496564/

Rating: 62 Posted By: DeGlass
Views: 8962 Replies: 29


Share a milestone trip for 350 ADDITIONAL MILES.
Click on a tab below to choose your method of sharing. Only one method of sharing is needed to earn your 350 miles.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1496564/ Wed, 04 May 2016 18:43:09 -0500
<![CDATA[Best Airline Travel Card?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1496553/

Rating: 0 Posted By: colby_worldtraveler
Views: 4157 Replies: 30

I'm in the hunt for a new travel card. Wanted to see if anyone has seen any good offers recently?

The cards I've liked in the past are:
- Chase Sapphire
- True Blue (JetBlue)

- Discover It Miles

What do you guys think?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1496553/ Wed, 04 May 2016 17:19:26 -0500
<![CDATA[Fare sale from Southwest features discounted one-way fares on 200 routes starting at $49]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495304/

Rating: 7 Posted By: ctgolfer
Views: 4907 Replies: 3

Fare sale from Southwest features discounted one-way fares on 200 routes starting at $49


Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days in advance of the departure date.
Travel to/from Florida and Nevada valid on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Travel to/from San Juan valid on Monday through Thursday.
All other travel valid on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Fares include all government taxes and fees.
Checked Baggage Fees: (for bags weighing less than 50lbs.)
1st Bag: No Charge
2nd Bag: No Charge
date specifics:
Travel to/from San Juan valid: 5/10/16 5/25/16 and 9/7/16 11/2/16.
Travel to/from all other destinations valid: 5/10/16 6/15/16 and 8/23/16 11/2/16.
Domestic travel blackout dates: 5/26/16 5/27/16, 5/30/16, 9/2/16 and 9/5/16.

To find the best deals, search for departure and return flights on Tuesday and Wednesday and use the Low Fare Calendar.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495304/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:50:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Flights from Chicago (CHI) to Beijing (BJS) from $494 Roundtrip, Including Taxes]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495258/

Rating: 10 Posted By: ctgolfer
Views: 3660 Replies: 8

Flights from Chicago (CHI) to Beijing (BJS) from $494 Roundtrip, Including Taxes

American Airline has direct non-stop flight from Chicago to Beijing China for $494 include taxes. This is for travel from September 2016 to December 2016.

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495258/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:39:22 -0500
<![CDATA[Las Vegas to San Jose, Costa Rica $274 Roundtrip, including all taxes (April, May, June)]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495257/

Rating: 6 Posted By: ctgolfer
Views: 3100 Replies: 2

Las Vegas to San Jose, Costa Rica $274 Roundtrip, including all taxes (April, May, June)

AA has a lot of availability through early June for roundtrip flights from LAS to SJO.

You can take AA through LAX or MIA or PHX
Copa through Panama City is a few dollars more

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495257/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:36:27 -0500
<![CDATA[delta miles]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495169/

Rating: -1 Posted By: manuvns
Views: 3101 Replies: 6

need around 24000 delta miles . is there a quick way to get them without flying ?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1495169/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:40:54 -0500
<![CDATA[Need Gift Travel Voucher ideas upto 5K]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1494639/

Rating: 0 Posted By: catguy
Views: 2438 Replies: 0

My friend is looking to give a 5k gift travel voucher to his business partner for his wedding.
Any suggestions, the idea is that the itinerary should be flexible.

Thanks in advance
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1494639/ Tue, 26 Apr 2016 07:55:39 -0500
<![CDATA[Save 8% on any Roayl Caribbean Cruise!!!]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1493429/

Rating: -1 Posted By: levineninja
Views: 3083 Replies: 3

Buy a gift card from Raise.com. All Royal Caribbean cards sell for 8% off.

Here is the link: https://www.raise.com/buy-royal-caribbean-gift-cards

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1493429/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:59:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Request - Good deal on SIM card for use in Japan (Unlocked iPhone 6+)]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1492205/

Rating: 0 Posted By: joemi
Views: 3412 Replies: 11

I've just started to research (google) and there are quite a few options.
I don't see any mention of SIM cards for use in Japan in this forum so thought I'd post to see if anyone had any suggestions on the best deals?

Will be staying there for at least 3 months and would only need to use it occasionally since internet access would be free where they would be staying. (I'm researching this for someone else)

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1492205/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:20:18 -0500
<![CDATA[REQUEST: Trip to Cancun]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1491762/

Rating: 0 Posted By: piratemeninja
Views: 4141 Replies: 17

  • Flights: AUS to CUN
  • Dates: 11/22/2016 to 11/26/2016
  • People: 2 Adults
  • Budget: preferable $2k for flight + hotel
  • Been looking at costcotravel and Travelocity. Seeing some deals around $2k for those times at Omni, Riu Caribe.

Questions: Is $2k for flight+hotel enough for a good to great hotel? Should we go all-inclusive (does that save money after all is said and drunk)?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1491762/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 14:19:23 -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: 3827 Replies: 10

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1490598/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:07:05 -0500
<![CDATA[Cruises thru Priceline?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1487582/

Rating: 0 Posted By: Sharkdiver49
Views: 4769 Replies: 11

Has anyone ever booked thru Priceline (thru FW)? Offering high percentage back! Looking at a Holiday Week in February 2017. Should I book now or wait?
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1487582/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:52:17 -0500
<![CDATA[Purchase AAA card for cheap?]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1486463/

Rating: 1 Posted By: gifpaste
Views: 4284 Replies: 4

We travel about 3x a year (two in states, 1 foreign) and I was looking at getting a AAA membership. Are there any discounts on buying the actual AAA card?

https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1486463/ Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:09:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Best place to get vacation package ???]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1485055/

Rating: 0 Posted By: daddyoftwins
Views: 4998 Replies: 14

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!!
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1485055/ Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:44:16 -0600
<![CDATA[custom luggage tags]]> https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1477055/

Rating: 0 Posted By: skarloey
Views: 4883 Replies: 10

Has anyone had a good experience with custom luggage tags? If so, please post. I would like to try a good source.
https://www.fatwallet.com/forums/travel-discussion/1477055/ Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:51:07 -0600