Happy Saturday friends, and welcome to the weekend! HOORAY! Here’s a recap of what we wrote on YMMV this week. From great travel deals to what we’ve written to what others wrote that we really liked and wanted to share, it’s all here, in one convenient place!
Happy Saturday, travel friends! This weekly list will include travel-related contests and sweepstakes we’ve found. Eligibility will vary and it’s up to you to determine if you’re eligible, as well as to enter. Good luck!
With over 20,000,000 visitors in 2017 alone, Walt Disney World (WDW) is the undisputed leader in theme park attendance. It’s a huge complex, with four major theme parks, over 140 restaurants, over twenty five hotels, three 18-hole golf courses, two full-sized water parks, a miniature golf course, a shopping district, special events galore, and dozens of other options packed into a resort that encompasses nearly 25,000 acres or just shy 40 square miles.
For those who visit WDW on a regular or even semi-regular basis, they learn how to negotiate everything that the resort has to offer. But for newbies who have never been before, or who haven’t gone in decades, planning their WDW vacation can be a daunting and even overwhelming task.
Here are some things to make things easier and hopefully give you the lay of the land…
Many of the co-brand hotel credit cards offer a free night as a yearly benefit for paying the annual fee for the card. For almost all cards, this night is capped and leaves out the best hotels (IHG cardholders just lost their unlimited free night with the relaunch of the IHG Rewards Club Premier card). You’re often left trying to decide when’s the best time to use the free night and maximize the value. Problem is, you never know when you’ll be able to get the max value and suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I’ve changed to the mindset of using these free nights wherever I can. I don’t need many single night stays so staying for free is better than paying and I don’t want to end up wasting one at the end of the year.
Here’s an example to show why only looking at the price of the hotel you’re booking might not be an accurate way to judge the value of the free night certificate. Continue reading “What’s A Free Hotel Night Actually Worth? And Is It Worth It?”
Just like clockwork, every autumn, migrations to Florida and Arizona happen. Except it’s not snowbirds, or even real birds.
It’s rental cars.
While it’s cold in much of the rest of the country, it stays toasty warm in Florida and Arizona, so, of course, a lot of people flock to those states during the winter months. Lots of those tourists will want to rent cars, so instead of bringing them here by the truckload, the car rental companies make it financially lucrative for customers to drive their cars from up north to select cities in the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon State.
And the time of the year that they do this is now.