Posted in November 2010

Air Traveler’s Holiday List

I first published this in 2002. What is still true? What is worse? Submit your proposed 2010 updates. Surely, “no full body scans” and “no pat downs” will fit in here somewhere. Be sure to follow me on Twitter (@CharlesMcCool) and subscribe to this blog (click button in upper left corner) to be among the … Continue reading

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Travel Deals on Cyber Monday (or Sigh, Brrr Monday)

Cyber Monday 2010 is here. Will there be tremendous Cyber Monday travel deals? Or will it just be a sigh, brrr Monday? Some places that list Cyber Monday travel deals, include CyberMonday.com, BestCyberMondaySales.com, Savings.com, RetailMeNot.com, and Twitter (@CyberMonday, @CyberMondayNews, or @BestCyberMonday).  Definitely check in with merchant’s websites and Twitter feeds for deals. Whether you are … Continue reading

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Black Friday Travel Deals?

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (in the US), is the official kickoff of the ravenous holiday shopping season. If you did not overindulge on food yesterday, then you surely will on shopping today. The travel industry would simply be unpatriotic if it did not copy other retail industries and brainwash consumers into thinking we … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: Save Money With Introductory Offers

When a travel supplier offers a new product or service, rates are usually very attractive while they build market share. For the consumer, this can mean great deals. Pay attention when you see news that an airline is starting a new route (like JetBlue to Anchorage, Alaska), a new hotel is opening, or a cruise … Continue reading

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Air Travel Tip: Free Flights – Win the Bump Game

’tis the season to earn free flights. The busiest 2010 travel days are almost here. Especially tomorrow (the day before Thanksgiving) and Sunday, flights will be cramped and often overcrowded. There is even a slight chance that you will be knocked (bumped) off your flight. There is also the opportunity to get free flights. It’s … Continue reading

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Holiday Shopping – Earn Extra Travel Points

Surely you are not one of those people that are already finished with holiday shopping. There are countless deals out there in the cyberworld. I want to make sure that you remember to “earn” as many points as you can. As I prepare to buy anything online, I visit rewardsdb to see what mile/point values … Continue reading

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Air Travel Tip: Split Tickets Part 2

Split ticketing is a powerful and exciting strategy that will allow you to save money, fly on preferred airlines, and create stopovers. Here are some suggestions for utilizing this air ticketing ploy. Check for flights to South America and Central America through Miami, Los Angeles, or New York. Flights to Asia and Australia through Los … Continue reading

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Air Travel Tip: Split Tickets

“Can you really do that?” In my travel classes, I hear that often from the students. One of my favorite ploys is to find two separate round-trip tickets for a flight that requires a connection anyway. Not only can you save money, but you can choose to fly on airlines you want and you can … Continue reading

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The Demise of the Do-It-Yourself Trip Planner

A recent USA Today article implied that there is a trend of dissatisfied consumers considering using travel agents to make future travel arrangements. My first thought was that this is not good for me since my business supports do-it-yourself trip planners (DIYers). Here we go again, I also thought. My book, Winning the Airfare Game, … Continue reading

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