Tagged with emerald club

Hertz Gold – Golden and Tarnished

Longtime McCool Travel followers and former students know that Hertz Gold is one of my favorite travel programs. Well over 90% of my car rentals over the past 20 years have been with Hertz Gold and National’s Emerald Aisle. Though I typically rent cars less than a handful of times a year, I (and anyone) … Continue reading

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Easiest Way to Avoid Car Rental Hard Sells

A few days ago, the Washington Post published an article titled The Art of Resisting Rental Car Companies’ Supplemental Insurance Hard Sell. This article interested me–and also surprised me. Interested—because most travel articles in newspapers and magazines are about specific destinations. You know, like what to do in Krakow or taking the grandkids in an … 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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Favorite Annual Travel Deals

Some travel deals predictably occur around the same time each year. One is Cunard’s transatlantic crossing starting at $999 (per person). I remember this deal being offered since the early 1990s. McCool Travel Tip: Interestingly, even though Cunard advertises rates starting at $999, they are currently selling cabins for $849 (per person). My favorite annual travel … 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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Forgotten Travel Tips and Travel Karma

It would be snarky to say that I have forgotten more travel tips than you will ever know. I don’t know what you know nor will ever know. On my last trip I was reminded of a travel tip I wrote about long ago and forgot for many years. Maybe I have forgotten more travel … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Week in Review – March 14 – March 18, 2011

Thank you for visiting McCool Travel. Did you miss anything this past week on McCool Travel? Topics included travel tips from Pauline Frommer and Samantha Brown, cheap flights, saving money and choosing your own rental car, and an interview with the adventure couple behind ThePlanetD.com The blog posts from McCool Travel this week: March 14: … Continue reading

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Cheaper Rental Cars in Emerald Aisle

I mentioned in a previous post that I like to rent from National Car Rental. With their Emerald Aisle service, I can reserve a cheap rental car (using whatever discounts and codes I can) and then select from a pool of cars when I arrive. That’s right! I choose the car I want. When my … Continue reading

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