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Save Money on Lodging With University Rates

Over the weekend I booked a hotel with a new (to me) discount rate. Using my typical process for finding discounted lodging rates when I am on a road trip, I asked about AAA and other discounts. The agent would not budge from the $58 walk up rate. The property was not at full capacity so … Continue reading

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Filet Mignon Travel at Hamburger Prices

After college graduation, I changed apartments every few months, eventually renting a room in Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates. Palos Verdes is one of the most beautiful spots on earth, with extraordinarily high real estate prices to match. A softball teammate called Palos Verdes “Hamburger Hill”—because people spend so much for their houses they … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tip: Another Vacation Rental Advantage

Vacation rentals are one of my favorite travel value. Compared to hotels, vacation rentals (houses, condos, apartments) offer more space and amenities at a lower cost. Here is the view from the private walkway to the beach from our beach vacation rental last summer. During a Twitter chat yesterday, I thought of another advantage of … Continue reading

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8 Great Ways to Get Free Lodging in New York City

Originally posted September 6, 2010 on Travelskills.blogspot.com. ****************************************************** Tomorrow I (and many others) begin a month of travel using JetBlue‘sAll-You-Can-Fly pass. One destination I want to visit is New York City. That is convenient, since New York’s JFK airport is a JetBlue hub and their HQ. Some say New York City is the greatest city in the world. I recently … Continue reading

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Are Entertainment Coupon Books Still Worth Buying?

This is a repost of a recent post. The information is important enough to repeat. Strongly consider buying Entertainment books for your upcoming travels during the next year. Entertainment books are now on sale online and in stores. Every year about this time (early to mid October), I want to hurry up and use a … Continue reading

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Save 43% on Entertainment Books

I hope my previous post convinced you that Entertainment coupon books are still worth buying. Entertainment coupon books allow you to save hundreds or thousands of dollars (it is up to you!). My previous post showed you six ways to save money off the retail cost of a new Entertainment book. Well, I just purchased … Continue reading

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Are Entertainment Coupon Books Still Worth Buying?

Every year about this time (early to mid October), I want to hurry up and use a bunch of my Entertainment book coupons. Most Entertainment book discounts expire on November 1–after which the next year’s edition is active. You see, Entertainment books have SO MANY discounts that it is impossible to use them all. On … Continue reading

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Matching Lower Prices

Have you ever asked a travel company to match an advertised price from a competitor? Most airlines are copycats anyway. When one carrier drops the price on a route, the other carriers flying that route will match the lower price. When the sale is over and fares goes back up, they magically go up from … Continue reading

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8 Great Reasons to Stay At Independent Motels

I often stay at independent hotels or motels, rather than chain hotels, especially on road trips. Not only do I find that I get more value from independent properties, I also experience better service from the workers. Here are 8 great reasons to stay at independent motels: Save Money. Rates are typically lower at independent … Continue reading

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