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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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Car Rental Rates–The Numbers

Recently I booked a flight and was intrigued by the airline’s plug to use their negotiated car rental discount. Many times I have researched car car rental rates using  airlines’ codes but I always find lower rates with my codes. Will this time be different? First, I used JetBlue’s link for Hertz car rentals. Here … Continue reading

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Tips for Negotiating a Cheaper Hotel Rate

Have you ever negotiated a hotel rate? Yes, I said negotiated. By negotiating, I don’t mean simply trying to get lower hotel rates–although, that is the intent. I don’t mean applying your discount programs (AAA, Costco, Entertainment, Room Saver) to get the best possible published rate. Negotiated hotel rates are not published–or at least I … Continue reading

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Do You LOVE Travel Deals?

Happy Valentine’s Day. A couple of months ago I found a good hotel deal. Although we will not stay there for another two months, Julie (my valentine) asked me about it over the weekend. She saw that the current rate is $30 less than what I reserved. I pushed a couple of buttons and saved … Continue reading

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Hotel Deals From Visitor Centers

When looking for hotel discounts, I sometimes find lower rates through visitor centers. I encourage you to include visitor centers in your trip planning toolbox to save money and time on future lodging searches. Here are two methods to find discounted hotel rates from visitor centers. Search Online. For Washington, DC, I sometimes find cheaper … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: You Get What You Ask For

When I lived in Monterey (tough gig, but someone had to do it), one day I stopped at the Monterey visitors center. I eavesdropped for a few minutes. The staff member recommended the same couple of tourist trap seafood restaurants to several people. One man asked for a Mexican place, like Taco Bell. The worker … Continue reading

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Ritz-Carlton Discounts

The best hotel rates are usually accompanied by a special rate code. You never know where you will find that almighty elusive code. I consider the AAA rate as my baseline amount and try to find lower rates than that. Last September, I was looking up college football 2010 schedules. On the website with the … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: Save Money with Travel Memberships

Many years back, I bought an annual membership to Best Fares. I spent the year looking at their negotiated rates but never bought anything. I always found better prices on my own. After all, I wrote the book on finding airfare deals. Although it is not a stated McCool Travel 2011 resolution, I want to … Continue reading

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