Month: September 2019

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France itinerary: 10 days from Paris to Marseille

France is one of the world’s most visited destinations for a reason. From the dreamy cultural capital of Paris to the glitz and glam of the sun-soaked Cote d’Azur, France ticks off every box. History and culture? Food and wine? Natural beauty? Art and architecture? More wine? Check, check and check. While it’s tempting to spend a whole vacation in Paris, there is more than the illustrious City of Light to experience. With easily navigable roads and a stellar train system, the options abound, and Cheapos will delight in the variety of budget-friendly experiences in store in every corner of “l’Hexagone.” To see it all in 10 days, however, is impossible. Instead, consider following our advice, making some executive decisions to visit a few select destinations to get a feel for France’s diversity. More France tips: • 50 Ways to save on your trip to France • 10 tips for saving on your French rental car • The best SIM cards for your trip to France France itinerary: Where to go on a 10-day trip This itinerary hits a few major sites of interest, mixing in some history and winemaking alongside some unexpected but welcomed discoveries in cities like Bordeaux…

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How to Choose a No-Annual-Fee Card

Many credit cards yield awesome benefits, but those perks frequently come at a cost: $95 annual fees are not unusual, and in some cases the fee can escalate to $450-595. For a true points and miles enthusiast with many credit cards, having a few with no annual fee can help keep expenses down. Like other types of cards, no annual fee cards are not created equal. Here are some of the key things to look for: Cashback: If you believe that cash is king, it’s possible to earn between 1-5% back on a variety of cards, which can add up to a hefty sum at the end of the year. It’s important to do your homework, though. Some cards will limit earning to specific categories, and others will cap the earnings you can achieve in those categories. If you make the right choice, this can be one of the simplest ways to maximize your benefits. 0% interest on transfers and purchases: To get the most out of the points and miles hobby, it’s best to pay your balances in full every month. Even so, life happens, and sometimes bills pile up. If a credit card offers you 0% for balances…

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How to Travel Cheap in South America

Do you want to travel on the cheap in South America? Well I’ve got a few time-tested ideas on that subject. A few years back I wrote an article for Transitions Abroad simply called “Budget Travel in South America”. Most of the advice in there is still accurate, but exchange rate fluctuations, air connectivity, and […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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Save Money by Booking Your Next Cruise Onboard

Cruise insiders always seem to tout the idea of booking your next cruise while onboard. The conventional wisdom is that booking on the ship gives passengers access to discounts, onboard credits and other great deals. It sounds believable, but is it true? My wife and I just returned from a seven-day Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox. The experience was exceptional in every way, so much so that we decided to book another cruise on the same ship for next May. We paid a visit to the Future Cruise office to get a sense of the situation. Like many other cruise lines, Celebrity runs frequent sales. In their case, the rates are bundled with a choice of two, three or four different perks (Classic Beverage Package, unlimited high-speed internet, prepaid gratuities and onboard credit). We usually forego the added perks and book the lowest available rate, preferring to add extras on an a la carte basis. As an incentive to book, the future cruise representative offered a “special rate” that included our choice of two perks. The rate in question was $1100 higher than the lowest available price for that cruise (a ten-day Caribbean sailing). Even when I added in the…

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WHOA: Delta purchases 20% stake in LATAM, LATAM leaving Oneworld

Wow. Seriously shocking news. Click through because you want to see what all the fuss is about. The post WHOA: Delta purchases 20% stake in LATAM, LATAM leaving Oneworld appeared first on Andy's Travel Blog. Source: Andys travel blog

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Florence: New additions to our cheap hotels guide

Whether you are scoping out the best meals in the city or making your way to the Duomo, Florence has a little something for everybody. Not to mention a plethora of cheap hotels in the city center and beyond. That being said, those budget hotels can fill up quickly with others looking to enjoy all that Florence has to offer. To keep you in-the-know of some of the hidden gems dotted along these ancient streets, we’ve combed through thousands of hotels and recently added some of our favorite cheap hotels in Florence to our guide. Related: 10 travel tips to help you save in Florence Newly added hotels in our Florence guide Here are five excellent budget hotel options that are new to our guide. Dante Alighieri Neighborhood: Duomo Rooms from $78 Located in the center of Florence just 800 feet from the Cathedral, Dante Alighieri B&B offers peaceful rooms at rates that can’t be beat. Rooms here are styled minimally, but the historic building lends some charm in the form of frescoed ceilings. Although the decor is basic, amenities are aplenty with air conditioning, an elevator and free Wi-Fi all available. The nightly rate includes breakfast. Book a cheapo…

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Rick Ingersoll Is Back on Frugal Travel Guy

Hi, My name is Rick Ingersoll. I have been playing the game since 2001, I founded this blog in October of 2007 and sold it to its current owners in January 2012. With the tricks of the trade others have taught and shared with me, I hope to share with you our travel story and how this hobby has been so significant in making this so affordable, My wife, Katy and I have visited over 70 countries, been to each of our 50 states and filled our scrapbooks with a lifetime of memories. Retirement is hard for Type A personalities. After selling the blog I continued to play golf til my skillset became embarrassing to me. I walked the beach, went to the coffee shop and yes continued to travel. Maybe not the wild weeks on end adventures of days gone by, but we kept “Seeing the World at Prices We Could Afford” I’ve missed the opportunity to share my story with so many of you, I got to know over the years, and am thrilled to make a small contribution again to the blog I started 12 years ago. I have been invited back to speak at the Chicago Seminars…

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Build in Splurges for That Trip Around the World

There’s no such thing as an average travel budget for a trip around the world. Whether you’re going to circle the globe or just go backpacking through the Americas for a year, you need to give a calculator a workout and do some math. After all that though, you need to be honest about how […] Want to live a better life for half the price? Sign up for the Cheap Living Abroad Newsletter.               Source: Cheapest Destinations

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How to Get Free Nights With Hotel Credit Cards

Frugal travelers know that cheap is good, but free is better. But are free hotel stays really “free?” Strictly speaking, the only hotel nights that are truly free are the bonus nights booked on award stays with selected chains: Hilton offers the fifth night free on award bookings for any HHonors elite member (from Silver through Diamond). The nights must be booked consecutively on a Standard Room Award. You’re limited to four free nights in a single stay, for a total of 20 nights. If the point cost of the room fluctuates during your stay, the cost will be averaged out. Status can be achieved with any of the American Express Hilton cards, the Platinum card, or earned the old-fashioned way with paid nights. With Marriott, you also get the fifth night free on award bookings, and anyone can take advantage of it—not just elite members. There’s no stated limit on the number of times you can use the free night during a single stay. Guests staying more than five nights can mix and match the nights for the award stay, creating the opportunity to pay cash for the cheaper nights. IHG is even better: Members holding their Rewards Club Premier Credit…

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New routes to Paris: French Bee and Corsair launch cheap flights

Are you thinking of heading to Paris for 2020? You might want to start making your travel plans sooner than later. Two airlines based in France, French Bee and Corsair, have just announced that they will be launching new routes between Newark and Paris with rock-bottom prices starting next June. I remember being a student and hoping I could book a flight on Air India between Newark and Paris, which was among the cheapest ways to get to and from France back then. Today, it seems like budget options are the norm whether it’s scoring a low-cost flight on Norwegian or Level or waiting for a flash sale from your favorite airline. New cheap airline routes to Paris First, French Bee, an airline that lays over in San Francisco on the way to Tahiti, announced it will begin brand-new service between Paris (ORY) and Newark (EWR), and the prices are pretty incredible. Almost unbelievable! A one-way ticket begins at just $138 — no typo there! We played around with the website and landed a round trip ticket for under $300. Who’s ready to go? The flights begin on June 10, 2020, but bookings are available right now. There are catches, of course,…

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