SPECIAL EVENT: TRAVEL TIPS FROM RUDY MAXA'S TULSA VISIT 2017 - RECOMMENDED WEBSITES AND APPS
FLIGHTS: The first two websites I visit before buying an airline ticket:
Neither site sells tickets, but you can see flights and perhaps choose different airlines for departing or returning. Keep in mind, Southwest Airlines does not allow third-party sites to list its flights. If Southwest serves your routes, check www.southwest.com.
If you’re flexible about your destination and want to see where good fares are right now, check out:
You’ll save money by booking a hotel and airline ticket together at third-party sites (so-called “OTAs,” or Online Travel Agencies) such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz. Airlines also offer their own vacation packages at sites such as DeltaVacations.com, AAVacations.com, and UnitedVacations.com.
MILES: If you collect frequent flyer miles in a serious way, sign up for free newsletters from these two mileage gurus:
You’ll be amazed at the tricks you can learn for boosting your mileage accounts. Both sites also will also do thorough searches for a fee (about $125) for award tickets. This is most helpful if you’re planning international travel because they’re adept at searching alliance partners for award tickets that might require fewer miles than the airline in whose name you have your miles.
Follow these sites on Twitter, as well, if you want up-to-the-minute, short-lived deals.
This is a phone app (not a website) for booking last-minute hotels at good prices. The site posts last-minute hotel deals at noon in each city’s local time. Some hotels allow you to book ahead, as well.
Co-living website with locations in Miami, Tokyo, London, and Bali:
Roam.co (note “co,” not “com”)
SURPRISE ME: Sites that arrange “surprise” trips or “curated experiential travel.” They ask you your interests, and you don’t know where you’re going until you show up at the airport:
Jubel.co: Surprise adventures on a budget; average trip price, $1,000
Pack Up + Go: Three-day, two—night trips to 70 cities in the continental US from $400/pp for a road trip, $650 for a train/plane/bus trip. (www.packupgo.com)
Black.Tomato.com: Choose “polar,” “jungle,” “desert,” “mountain,” or “coastal.” About $20,000/pp (yes, $20,000) for a weekend.
BrownAndHudson.com: High-end surprises based on extensive interviews. $27,700/pp
CRUISES: Bid for cruises or let cruise lines bid for a cruise you describe:
CARS: Discounted car-sharing rental websites:
Turo.com (Rent someone else’s car and below-retail rates.)
GetAround.com (Rent someone else’s car.)
LOCAL FLAVOR: Interact with locals in a new destination by renting a private home, apartment, treehouse, castle or by arranging meals in private homes:
Italy’s home food program site: www.cesarine.it/en
Many cities around the world offer sites that link you with local families that will invite you to dinner, usually for a modest charge.
My suggestions for places to visit now: Argentina, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Vancouver, Nova Scotia, Berlin, Greek Islands, Estonia, Hong Kong, Bangkok/Northern Thailand/Southern Thailand, Charleston, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oregon Wine Countr,
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