Beware of This Car Rental Nightmare

I’ve been renting cars for over 20 years. I’ve seen many of the tricks and know how to avoid many of them. I sign up for the car rental programs so I don’t have to go through the pitch for insurance coverage. I always decline the prepaid fuel purchase because that’s for suckers. However with all my knowledge, I was almost caught in a trap when returning a car to the airport.  How’d they get me? Read on…

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Airlines Made HOW MUCH Money On Extras Last Year???

If you’re old enough to remember the early 21st century (PLEASE tell me you are…), you’ll recall the U.S.-based airlines were in a heap of trouble right after 9/11, and again (or still) during the Great Recession of about 10 years ago, to the point where they eventually got some huge bail out money from the government in the hopes they could pull through. Well, apparently they did, as evidenced by the results of a new study that just came out which includes just how much money the major airlines pocketed in 2016.
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The Interesting Way One Airport Is Stopping Birds From Hitting Planes During Takeoff

Although birds and planes have shared the skies for over 100 years, they’ve never lived in harmony. The planes go in the air, the birds hit the planes (or the planes hit the birds), the birds always die and occasionally it causes an aviation disaster. The most famous of these encounters was dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson,” when, in 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of Canada geese 3 minutes after takeoff from LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and, as a result lost all engine power. The pilots glided the plane into the Hudson River, and all 155 people aboard were rescued.

Since then, the USDA has slaughtered tens of thousands of birds on or near runways across the country. But one airport has opted for a more humane solution.

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Save Up To 40% on Tickets to Gaylord Resort’s “ICE!” 72 HOUR FLASH SALE!

It’s never too early for Christmas, right? Well OK, I know some people who are saying “YES!!!” very, very loudly right now. But when one of the Gaylord Resorts is offering up to 40% off its tickets to ICE! during a 72-hour online flash sale, perhaps it can be Christmas in September for a little bit.

Here are the details:

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Why You Should Visit Cities After Natural Disasters

You watch the news and see stories about natural disasters all the time. Right now I’m watching people I know post from Key West, talking about the destruction caused there by Hurricane Irma. Natural events happen. Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes. Earthquakes. Wildfires. We can’t avoid them.

One thing you need to know is the people who live in these areas often make their living by providing for the numerous tourists who flock to visit. After cleaning up and getting basic services on line, the next priority is to get the guest areas ready as quickly as possible, often even before cleaning up their own personal properties.

That’s why you need to support these places instead of putting off trips because the area might still be “recovering.”

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Starwood & Marriott Winter Hotel Promotions Are Out!!

I previously wrote about the winter promotions for IHG and Hilton. But with all of the Hurricane Irma excitement, I missed out on the promos that Starwood and Marriott announced this past week. Now that things are getting back to normal, I’m checking to see if any of these are valuable. As always, if you think you might be eligible for any promotion, it pays to register even if you don’t take advantage of it. Otherwise you might forget or miss out on the registration date.

Here are the details for each promotion:

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Muggle? Wizard? NoMaj? Witch? A Harry Potter Themed Bar Just For You!

Sometimes bars just do things “right.” And if you’re a fan of Harry Potter, the Wizarding World and all it encompasses, there’s a bar (two, actually – they’ve expanded!) that’s perfect for you!

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