Leave Your Heels Behind: A Road Trip to the Algarve in Portugal as posted in Adventuress Travel

See our article on our road trip through the Algarve in Portugal published in Adventuress Travel Magazine.

Leave Your Heels Behind: A Road Trip to the Algarve in Portugal

 

 

Travel Tips: 10 Ways to Spot Fake Deals/Scams

The internet and email are full of travel deals too good to be true. Want to make sure you don’t get scammed? The following are signs that you need to tread carefully:

  • Unsolicited deals with a tone of urgency
  • The offer requires personal account information in order to for you to see details
  • When you hover over the link, there is a different URL listed
  • You can use facecrooks.com, snopes.com, bbb.org, fraud.org and scambook to check out a deal
  • Make sure there is no RED DOT in the url
  • The travel agent should have USTOA or ASTA license and they should be willing to provide references and speak via Skype or FaceTime. Do call the references. Make sure there’s a working customer service line
  • Pay by credit card only.
  • If you don’t receive tickets immediately, ACT
  • If a deal looks very enticing, call the company to verify before clicking on any links
  • Book only on secures servers (https or shttp)

From the New York Times Travel Show

Top 10 things I learned at the New York Times Travel Show–Save $$ on Booking Flights

Top 10 things I learned at the NYT travel show:

When booking flights:

  • First step before booking check flights using aggregators (momondo, skyscanner, google flights – sign up for alerts when fare changes).
  • Most of these are not booking engines but search the internet for lowest fares
  • Aggregators do not include some low cost carriers like Southwest Airlines, EasyJet and Ryanair
  • Also check consolidators like flyinternational.com, cheapoair to compare
  • Don’t forget to check flyertalk for premium fare deals
  • You can predict air fare hikes by downloading hopper (app), airfarewatchdog, airfarespot, google flights
  • AARP members get 10% discounts on British Airways flights
  • Best time for fare deals tend to be mid-day Tuesday (when airlines release deals after reviewing weekend bookings)
  • Always clear your cache/cookies after each search, or use a different browser
  • Fares appear to be higher for Mac vs Windows users