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Save Time & Money On Flights: Lug Your Luggage PDF Print E-mail


With baggage fees and other airline charges ever rising, consider carrying everything on you. Shop for jackets with four or more roomy inner and outer pockets.

Clothing companies, including Jaktogo and Bagket, offer wearable luggage, some with protective locking flaps. For example, Jaktogo sells a jacket that can also convert into a large bag. Wear it loaded as you go through security, while you save money, avoid long lines and potentially lost luggage.

 
Glowing Online Travel Reviews: Truth Or Planted? PDF Print E-mail


Of course, some are legit opinions by actual customers who enjoyed the experiences. However, in today’s tough marketing battles, many hotels, restaurants, resorts, cruise lines and other travel-related businesses create and post fake positive testimonials.

Las Vegas, where reality rarely happens, is an example of fake customer testimonials. Ongoing resort and hotel ads in many media should serve senior travelers as good examples of fake ads. Included in the exaggerations are vacation packages, hotel rooms, dining, entertainment and other features.

Rule of travel testimonials: Take it all with a grain of salt. Before you book one of the alleged fantastic offers, check with friends and relatives who have recently actually experienced the destinations.

 
Southwest Offers $99 Flights Between US Cities To Hawaii PDF Print E-mail


Before the pricey holiday and winter seasons happen, SW entices retired seniors and others with bargain tickets. Of course, seats are limited, and advertised prices may not include add-ons, taxes and other costs. If planning some Aloha time in the next few weeks, check with your travel agent and/or SW for best times and prices.

 
Scratch, scratch! Watch Out For Hotel Bedbugs! PDF Print E-mail


Awhile ago your travel4seniors.com editor woke up in a Las Vegas hotel room with the urgent need to scratch. It was bedbugs. A call to the front desk resulted in an offer to move to another room. Result: A quick shower, immediate check-out and refusal to pay for the room.

Don’t let it happen to you! When going into your hotel room, first thing to do is pull the covers off the bed and check closely for any suspicious spots, live and otherwise. If you see anything suspicious, go to the front desk, report it and check out. Preferably without paying. If bites become infected, see your doctor.

 
For Better Prices, Book Your Holiday Travel ASAP PDF Print E-mail


Did you happen to notice that travel ads are already sneaking up on to your TV and smartphone screens? Meanwhile, greedy airlines and hotels are about to gleefully hike prices for the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel rush.

For Thanksgiving flights, ticket prices start to rise after Monday, November 25, and may be slightly lower on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. For Christmas Day and New Year’s Day week flights, the same applies. When everyone else is around the tree and/or boozing on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day, flight and hotel ticket prices are less.

When holiday booking early, be flexible in timing for best deals, such as red-eye flights. Check all potential added charges, including those for carry-on and checked luggage, as well as seat choices. That extra-legroom seat could cost you $100 just to be able to stretch out during your short holiday hop.

 
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