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Visiting NYC, LA Or Vegas, But Hotel Rates Are Sky High! PDF Print E-mail


Your hometown and online travel agency may quote $450 or more for that last-minute reservation for just one night or so in the big city. Before you agree to shell out all that moola for just eight hours in a strange bed, check around the internet for apps that get much better deals.

For example, Hotel-Tonght offers its Daily Drop service. It lists up-to-the-minute room deals that appear and disappear quickly as hotels check out departing guests. That’s when room rates may drop. For more info, go to hoteltonight.com

 
Traveling Seniors: AARP Membership = Restaurant Discounts PDF Print E-mail


While wandering around the USA, you often make quick stops for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When you flash an AARP card, it could take 10% or more off the bill. Many chain eateries offer senior discount deals.

Included among them are Taco Bell, Denny’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Dunkin Donuts, IHOP, Jack in the Box and many others. With AARP card or not, when you order food in any restaurant from Miami to Seattle, always ask firmly and politely: Is there a senior discount?

 
Lonely Planet Lists World’s Best 10 Menu Item Faves PDF Print E-mail


Hey, only one of the items on the list is in the USA; #4 is beef brisket in Texas. I disagree, and here are some of my choices: Corned beef and cabbage at O’Brien’s in NYC, Clam Shack fried clams in Kennebunkport ME, Mabel’s BBQ in Cleveland OH, Nick and Sam’s steak in Dallas TX, and all-you-can-eat crab legs at the fantastic buffet at Wynn’s Las Vegas NV.

If you’re interested in the Lonely Planet list, the top 10 are: 1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain; 2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan; 4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA; 5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand; 6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark; 7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand; 8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea; 9. Pizza Margherita in Naples, Italy; and 10. Dim sum in Hong Kong. For more, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/lonely-planet-500-ultimate-eats/index

 
HotelTonight App Lists European Bargains For August PDF Print E-mail


With hotel prices skyrocketing during the busy summer season, most advertised deals seem too good to be true. So, before you book one of the bargains, make sure the quoted low, low prices don’t get grossly inflated with taxes, extra fees and other sneaky add-ons. Consider some of HotelTongiht listed prices: Berlin $103, Madrid $81, Paris $112 and London $130. www.hoteltonight.com

 
Be Aware Of Airline Add-On Fees: The Spirit Is Willing, But… PDF Print E-mail


Savvy senior fliers know airline bargain ads are full of fibs. The typical blab may offer New York to Miami for just $199.99 round trip. Wow, gee, what a bargain, and the flight costs less than $200!

Of course, when you see the bill, the actual out-of-your-pocket and in-your-face ticket charge is more likely $250. Piled on will be taxes, carry-on bag fees, preferred seating and other charges that hike the real ticket cost, as well as the airline’s income.   

According to a report by USA Today, listed are the typical passenger add-on fees per ticket by some airlines: Spirit $51, WOW Air $49, Allegiant $49, Frontier $48, Jet2.com, $43, Qantas Airways: $43, United $39, AirAsia X $33, HK Express $33 and Wizz Air $31.

 
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