WDW Hotel Expansion, Tricks To Saving Money While Shopping, New Way Of TSA Pre-Check Enrollment & More…

Happy Sunday, travel friends! Here are some articles we’ve read this week from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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When You’re Staying At A Hotel, Don’t Do What “Naked Guy” Did!

When you leave your hotel room for the day, there’s a bunch of stuff you may want to bring with you…wallet, jacket, anything you may need for the day, etc. But if you’re just putting your room service tray outside your room, you may think your door will stay open, so you might not bring your key. Especially when

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Understanding Hotel Taxes, Resort Fees & Deposits For Incidentals

When you find a hotel rate, especially in the United States, you will rarely, if ever pay just that amount. Just like when you purchase an item in the U.S., unless it says that tax is included, chances are good that you’ll have to pay tax on top of the advertised price; that’s just how we charge for things in the U.S. The same goes for hotels. Unless an advertised price explicitly says that taxes & fees are included, you can bet that something(s) is/are going to be added on to make your final price. And in recent years, some hotels have added on something sneaky called a “resort fee,” too. Plus you often have to put down a deposit for incidentals. But let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start):

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What You Get If You Sign Up For These Hotel Programs

Miles and points are two ways to improve the way you travel and getting a healthy balance of hotel points is a major part of that. Even if you don’t go out of your way to collect hotel points through other means, just getting points for the stays you pay for can eventually earn you enough for a night or two off on a future stay. That’s money you can use for something else on your trip.

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We used our Starwood points for a room at the Great Northern Hotel in London – it’s just outside King’s Cross Station

Nothing in the miles and points world is free and keeping these points active does require work to make sure the points you have don’t expire.  However using a website like AwardWallet can help you keep track of all of your points and miles accounts.

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The Most Useful Hotel Points Out There

When booking hotels, you have many choices available and why you pick one over another might be based on location, price or reviews. If you’re into points and miles, you also have to consider if you can use points to pay for the room or if paying to stay there will earn you enough points for your next hotel stay.

So with all of the major brands to choose from, which one have I found to be best to fit our travel needs? Hilton? Marriott? Hyatt? Nope.

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