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Geez…more travel tips?!?!

December 13, 2012

This is the time of year that I travel. Generally it is for two reasons…the timing of the holidays and I like to get away before tax season starts. When I was younger and my kids were still in school we would take trips over the Christmas holiday and they literally grew up as savvy travelers. So much so that Lace, my youngest daughter, has the travel bug and when she graduated from college she took a map of the US and threw a dart and where it landed is where she wanted to start her “after-college” life and career…but it had to be a coastal town, so she had quite a few dart throws…LOL

Conde Nast Traveler magazine came out with some cool tips that save both time and money. With all my travels I had not even known about a few of them. Maybe these can help during your holiday travels.

  • Fly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday. Traveling on off-peak days-and at off-peak times-means lower fares, a less crowded cabin, and a greater chance of snagging those elusive mileage-award seats. Taking two days off for a long weekend? Instead of a Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Monday trip, save money by flying on a Saturday and returning on a Tuesday.
  • Buy airline tickets midday on Tuesdays. When I purchase a domestic ticket, I usually do it on a Tuesday between noon and 3 p.m. Airlines tend to announce fare sales on Monday nights, and other airlines match those sales on Tuesday mornings, explains Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, which means that by 3 p.m. on the East Coast and by noon Pacific time, the greatest number of sale tickets has hit the system.
  • Stay over Sunday. Many hotels get Friday and Saturday night bookings from leisure travelers and Monday-through-Friday traffic from business travelers, so there’s a void on Sunday night-which increases your chances of an upgrade. Instead of going for Friday and Saturday nights, book Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday.
  • Carry credit cards that earn you elite status. Play your travel-rewards credit cards right and you’ll receive special rates and perks. Carry one airline-branded card and one hotel-branded card that help you attain and maintain elite status-and make sure that at least one of those cards charges no foreign-purchase fees (preferably a Visa or MasterCard, since those are more widely accepted overseas than American Express).
  • Book through “Top Producers.” The travel agent who sends the most travelers to a leading hotel or cruise line will be able to get you the most perks. These usually come in the form of resort credits, complimentary meals, and/or free upgrades. Ask an agent whether he is on any travel companies’ advisory boards.

It is funny to change our thought patterns on travel or our work/vacation schedule to anything but a calendar week. Usually when we take time off it is a Monday thru Friday, but works do allow your vacation to be a Tuesday through Monday (or any variation like that). Gunwel Associates Inc is sort of like a travel agent as we will accommodate any and all dates for appointments. (Great transition huh?)

This time of year is a great time to have your year-end tax check up or even just fax over your last paycheck stub to see how your tax liabilities may be looking. Give us a call at 615-730-9444 and visit our website at www.gunwel.com as we have loads of information for you. Remember, you work hard for your money, let Gunwel work smart to help you keep it! Happy travelling.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 14, 2012 9:40 am

    Nice! This post is really great.

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