Saturday March 8, 2014
Room rates are among the keys to a budget trip. Find a discounted rate, and you've cleared the way for lower bills.
But some innkeepers are more than happy to offer a low room rate if they can collect on extras once you check into the room. Will you bite on the expensive parking, over-priced bottled water or satellite movies?
Take a look at some budget-busting hotel charges and make plans to bypass added expenses.
Monday March 3, 2014
Last week, Delta announced it will revamp its SkyMiles loyalty program in 2015. It will adopt a model similar to Southwest, JetBlue and several other programs that rewards money spent rather than miles traveled.
This will benefit big spenders, mainly business travelers who book the most expensive refundable tickets. There are many nuances to the Delta changes, so it's difficult to say how individual travelers will benefit or lose ground.
But programs like this are set up to build brand loyalty, not necessarily to provide budget travel options. Miscalculating such things is one of 8 common frequent-flyer mistakes. Find out how you can avoid these simple errors and gain the most from your rewards program.
Sunday March 2, 2014
Here's the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you're interested, act quickly. But don't act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Winter Travel Deals aren't quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week's deals: an offer for an all-inclusive beach resort, a sale on weekend car rentals and discounts on spring and summer travel packages.
Sunday March 2, 2014
There are benefits available to senior travelers in the form of discounts. Some of these benefits go to people you might not consider "senior."
For example, some age-related discounts start at age 50. For others, a senior is defined as someone age 55 or older. Age 62 is a common point for discounts to begin flowing with many companies.
Some readers take these definitions personally, because they imagine the age designations are my ideas. Far from it. I don't think anyone accurately can define a senior traveler with an age number.
But as a 54-year-old, I'm more than happy to accept any discounts that are coming my way, senior-oriented or otherwise. I suspect most of us see it that way.
So here are some Senior Discounts for Budget Travel for various travel categories that could make budget travel possible for you, a friend or a loved one.