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I recently read an article in USA Today with tips on how to avoid additional costs when booking flights.  One tip which I've not heard before was don't book airline tickets at night.  Apparently airlines release a small number of discounted coach tickets in the mornings or early afternoons. When you book later in the day you have less of a chance of grabbing a deal.  I decided to put this theory to the test as I was looking for a deal on a round trip flight to Vegas.  On Wednesday morning this week I found an awesome round trip deal departing from Richmond, VA (RIC) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $251.  I wasn't able to book it that moment because I needed to confirm my time off at work.  Later in the day I went back and the price for the exact same flights rose from $251 to $335.  I decided to wait till Thurs morning to see if the same round trip deal for $251 would come back.  Throughout Thursday morning and afternoon I kept checking and the price remained at $335.  Since I'm not traveling till February I decided to hold off and see if the deal would come back again in the next few days.  This morning (Friday) I checked again and the $251 Round trip deal was back!  So I'm now all booked and looking forward to my next trip to Vegas!

Here is a link to the USA Today article I referenced.  There are other tips there that Insiders my find helpful in booking flights.

7 booking errors that will cost you money -

I had some use or loose vacation time and decided to take this week off and head to Virginia Beach for a couple of days for some R&R. Yesterday I checked into the Courtyard by Marriott North in Virginia Beach. This is an excellent Courtyard that is well maintained.  Since most of the rooms are oceanfront suites its really easy to get an upgrade here.  The front desk clerk who helped me with check in was really friendly and in addition to giving me points I also received a separate welcome gift of bottled water, cookies, and a coupon for a free Starbucks beverage.   This hotel is a category 7 hotel so I do not recommend using points to stay here but they do offer great fall/winter rates if you live near this area its a nice escape.  Here is a pic I took this morning from my balcony.



Rental Car Tips

Posted by vaboywnder Oct 2, 2012

Here are some tips at finding deals on Rental Cars!

Otherwise here are a few other tips you may find useful:


1.) Airport Locations are usually high.  If your able to swing it try renting from a local office.  Some Marriotts have a local edition Hertz which are usually much cheaper than the Airport locations.


2.) AAA Discount- I've found that AAA usually offers the best discount for Hertz rentals.


3.) Advantage Rent a Car- The car company was purchased from Hertz a couple of years ago and is now a Generic Brand of Hertz.  Their rates are usually less than the major name brands and most Hertz discount codes work in their reservation system.


4.) Geico Privileges - You don't have to have Geico insurance to sign up for a free account with Geico Privileges (  Once you sign up your able to get discount codes for multiple car rental companies like Enterprise, National, and Alamo.


5.) Priceline (Name Your Own Price)- a good option only if your travel plans are firm.  Advanced Payment required with No Refunds.