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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Weekly Review: Approach to booking flights, This weeks Daily Getaways, Accidentally saving points

Here is a brief recap of all the posts you may have missed from this past week. I know I've been slacking lately so will try to do better next week.

My general approach to booking flights (both paid and award)

There are many ways to skin a cat so I'm in no way implying that this is the correct way you should go about booking travel but I just wanted to share my general approach and offer some tips. As I seem to have become the family expert on award travel as well as finding the best deals and discounts on flights and hotels I am usually the one in charge of planning as well as booking all the travel arrangements. This can be both good and bad as I've pointed out in a previous post. However, I have learned quite a few lessons along the way but usually as a result of the many mistakes I've made.

This week's Daily Getaways deals

Last week marked the return of the U.S. Travel Association's Daily Getaways deals. For those of you who don't know this is an annual promotion that offers travel getaways across the United States at discounted prices every weekday at Offers are sold at a fixed price in limited quantities and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Offers are purchased on the site but booking can be done at a later date. Offers go on sale at 1:00pm ET each weekday and began April 4th, 2016.

How I accidentally saved over 13,000 points

As the primary vacation organizer of the family it is my responsibility to book all the plans usually including flights, hotels, transportation, etc. I actually don't mind this usually unless a problem arises and then I want to rip my hair out. This was the case recently when a change in my work schedule forced me to rearrange 3 upcoming vacations which I spent countless hours trying to fix. Luckily, some of the flights fell under the DOT's 24-hour cancellation policy but others didn't. Overall I was able to change most plans without penalty and the damage could have been much worse.

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