Hi I’m cynthia Simpson.I collect adult level materials here at NDL in the business area, careers, tests, English as a Second Language, and the international languages. Oddly enough, I do not collect the travel titles!The main point of tonight’s program is how to travel smartly, and which online tools to use to help you with that. Flexibility and an open mind are important if you are looking to save, and be a savvy traveler.
Hawaii, Bahamas, England, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Denmark, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan
Bargain Hunting is not for the faint of heartSaving time Saving money is hard work Saving money takes timeSaving money does not mean dirty hotels, skipping meals, camping, or tramp steamersSaving money means you have to have a PLAN
Avoiding the Crowds SeasonsConventionsDays of the Week/WeekendWhy always start on the weekend?
You could spend Sat. night at a motel on the way, near Mackinaw, surely it will be less expensive than $110
Who needs a travel agent when you can do the leg work on line for less?Pay someone to help you when you have money but not the timeDo it yourself when you have time but not the moneyTo find a specialist, visit www.condenasttraveler.com/travel-specialists
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities, plus has maps, flags and time zones. CultureGrams, Mango and Worldbook are available on our website: Reference, Online Resources A-Z, then by name on alpha list. Mango is good for learning conversational language, CultureGrams and Worldbook can provide country information. Wikitravel, Gadling, Concierge.com are travel blogs with ideas on where to go next, interesting topics to explore
Why book each ticket separately? Airlines are required to sell tickets at the same price to all members of a party. If you have a party of 4, and there are 2 inexpensive seats left, you will miss those if you are booking for 4 people. If done individually, you can get the lower priced tickets for 2 seats, and pay the higher fare on 2 seats instead of 4. FareCompare has great articles on travel advice.
Travel options-These sites can help you to formulate ideas, investigate airfare, hotels and transportation once you’ve arrived. All inclusive sites:Kayak-you can use Kayak on your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry. Its tools allow you to search hundreds of travel sites for flights, cars and hotels at once to filter the best options for your trip. Set up alerts to email you changes in prices.Travel Zoo- Has a local deal tab for things going on in your home area. Aggregated travel site for transportation and hotels, with deals pulled together by “producers”. It does cost companies money to have their deals listed on Travelzoo, but the site is independent in its reviews, and will not publish trips that are not worthy. North American, European and Asian focus.Tripadvisor-Another aggregated travel site for bargins. Has 19 subsidiary sites under its umbrella, including sniqueaway, and airfarewatchdog.Priceline- “Name your own price” for transportation and hotels. Enter substantially less than what the current best deal is. Priceline offers a lowest fare guarantee as well. According to their website “If, after booking any of these travel products, you find a better published price online for the exact same product and itinerary within 24 hours, give us a call and we'll refund you 100% of the difference if you qualify. And I'm not done - I'll also throw in a coupon for $50 off your next booking of a 2-nights or longer Priceline Vacation Package (see coupon details). Special discounts and memberships excluded.”Also visit Bidlesstravel, which keeps a database to track historical bids, thus giving you a range of accepted bids to help you determine the lowest possible bid Priceline will accept.Transportation sites:DoHop.com is a search engine for cheap flights, hotels and rental cars. The site searches and matches routes to find the best way to fly between two places, and then searches for the best prices for those routes. CheapAir.com-(Started by U of M student in 1989 in his dormroom.) When you search for flights on CheapAir.com you will see next to each flight, in addition to all the other information like price, times, and number of stops, icons to tell you which flights have in-flight internet, live TV, or personal video monitors with movies-on-demand. Just look under the “Service” column. And if you hover over one of those icons, you will get even more detail, as we’ll break down for you which legs of a connecting flight have which features.Cheapflights.com-check here for a list of alternative airports, rather than flying out of the local hot spot. (http://www.cheapflights.com/travel-tips/alternate-airports/)Airfarewatchdogoffers cheap flight deals based on your home airportSkyscanner-Skyscanner.com is a global, cheap flight search engine, and good for travelers with flexible schedules. Package siteTravel Ticker-Travel-Ticker, part of Hotwire, is a travel site that's home to some of the best insider travel deals at many of the world's favorite destinations. It focuses on domestic leisure markets, Mexico & Caribbean resort getaways, and European vacations. This site is not an aggregator. Their team of travel experts put together deals/packages with over 10,000 travel partners to provide insider deals including special limited-time offers, packages small providers that don't usually sell online, and exotic locations. Sign up for emailed newsletters, or download their app for iPhone and Android. “Ask Angela” is a nice travel related blog on user generated topics. Rental property:Flipkey-will help you find a vacation rentalAND after you’ve made plans, Tripit- TripIt organizes travel plans into an itinerary that has all of your trip details in one place. show video-graphic is linked to video
Private sale sites are by invitation, for members only. Do a Google search for an invitation or request an invitation on the sign-in page. Most of these sites offer sales from 5-7 days, or until the packages are sold out. Some have wait-lists. Many offer a $25 credit when an invitee, or their friend, makes his/her first purchase. Remember to always check their offers with a general online search for similar packages. These sites were all recommended by mashable.com. Jetsetter- Can pay 10% of the trips’s cost to hold the reservation for 72 hours. If you decide to cancel, the money is refunded as a Jetsetter credit, good toward a future purchase.Snique Away- Users have 15 minutes from the time they select the dates to book the trip before it is taken out of their shopping cart.Tablet- listings are discounted at up to 50% off, and users earn $10 with every booking and $25 when an invitee books for the first time. TripAlertz- 1% of each sale’s revenues are donated to the user’s choice of sustainable efforts. Users can also submit and vote on trip ideas. Ideas with the most votes become the deals offered. The person who submits the program with the most bookings for the month travels for free.Vacationist- includes details like hotel features, awards, nearby airports and insider tips. Members receive a $25 credit for each person they invite who joins and makes a purchase.
Yelp is great for getting ideas on where to go from locals in your area, or from locals in the area you want to go. United States and International recommendationsTripping.com links you with locals internationally. Experience local culture with the people who live in it. You can ask to lodge or see the sites with them. Community has several procedures in place to protect community members ranging from anonymous ratings, references and validation with Tripping staff to show proof of ID and valid government issued passports. Couchsurfing-first travel social network, with millions of members in over 230 countries. Way for people to find ride shares, travel tips, flight deals, info about specific places,resources, cities, etc. Nile guide- Resource for researching and planning travel. Site covers 120+ destinations around the world and provides personalized travelrecommendations, itinerary management tools, and a free downloadable custom guidebook.Gtrot links into foursquare and fb to find what locals and visitors are saying. Covers art/entertainment, food, nightlife, outdoors, shopping, places to stay, and has a map feature.
Fastpass-Disney's FASTPASS allows guests to make 'reservations' for a popular ride to avoid waiting in long lines.
Fastpass-Disney's FASTPASS allows guests to make 'reservations' for a popular ride to avoid waiting in long lines. Picture linked to text below. Using Disney FASTPASS ServiceLook for the FASTPASS distribution area near the entrance of an attraction.Check the FASTPASS "Return Time" display to learn when you can return to experience the attraction.Insert your Disneyland Resort admission ticket, readmission ticket or Annual Passport into the FASTPASS machine.A FASTPASS ticket will be printed with your Return Time.Enjoy the rest of the Disneyland Resort.Go to the "FASTPASS Return" queue at your Return Time, show your FASTPASS ticket to the Cast Member and enjoy the attraction!
Being prepared, and doing your homework will prevent disaster or worse-overpaying! Have a safe trip and happy trails to you!
For example…Best Western Dockside Mackinaw City Fri/Sat nights July 13-15: $159 + $179 = $388 Sun/Mon nights July 17-19: $149 + 129 = $278….save $110
Deals account Create a special email account strictly for vacation planning Sign up for e-alerts at a few deal finding Web-sites (coming up later) Sign up for alerts with your favorite resorts, airlines, cruise lines and hotel chains State and city tourism Web sites Destination + CVB (convention and visitors bureau) + tourism
Be your own travel agent… Or for a specialist, visit http://www.cntraveler.com/travel- tips/travel-specialists
Before you go Travel books in the library (914.04-919.7) International languages (433-499) Culture Grams Mango Worldbook CIA world fact book Current travel warnings at http://tinyurl.com/6avbp Wikitravel-user generated guides to destinations across the world- food, hotels, events, safety Gadling-huffington Post /AOL travel blog, check out the breakfast from around the world photo gallery Concierge.com-CondeNast magazine, great series of blogs for inspiring travel ideas Bootsnall.com for great indie travel reviews
When flying domestically…. Cheapest-Wednesday, followed by Tuesday and Saturday Red eyes, flight during/after lunch, flights at dinner time Most expensive- Friday and Sunday Best time to buy- TUESDAY AT 3PM EASTERN Buy ticket for each party member separately- inconvenient but can save hundreds Sign up for alerts at www.farecompare.com
Cars… Check…book…then check again and again Make each reservation separately (air/car/hotel) Costco, Sam’s Club Alamo & National: choose your own car, kiosks Collision Damage Waiver vs. Insurance Credit Card secondary insurance Credit Card matters : you need one What is a day?
Hotel thoughts TripAdvisor AAA, AARP Hotel/Chain websites Hotels.com, PriceLine, and discounters Watch for pre-payments, cancellation fees! Wirele$$ Woe$- Is it available? Extra Charge? “Resort” fees-What does “all inclusive” really mean? How to cancel
5 Private Sale Sites Find an invitation online.... Jetsetter-luxury travel site offering trips to destinations all over the world at discounted prices. Advertise 30-50% off best available rates Snique away- Showcases hotels in private sales that last 7 days or until sold out. Cancellations are NOT available. Global focus. Tablet Hotels- “Hotels which have personality and obsess on the details.” Trip Alertz- 30-75% off premium hotels. Offers prices that go down as the number of bookings go up. Vacationist- Features sales at up to 40% off on fine hotels around the world. Sales last between 3-7 days, or until sold out. Cancellations are NOT available.
Disney Best time to visit is Labor Day through early November First 2 weeks of December After New Year’s Eve through end of February Minimals crowds are on school days – Tues or Wed Sundays are better than a Saturday if you have to visit on a weekend Mornings better than afternoons