My budget travel guide: Priceline, Hotwire, airfare, etc

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#1
Lafayette, IN
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Hi everyone, I've posted this a few other places as I keep forgetting there's a "saving money" section on this board.

Anyway, I've been invited the last couple of years to give travel talks to student organizations at my University. I've put together this 11-page guide to trying to save money on conference travel. While it doesn't talk about cruises specifically, it offers a few websites and information about finding deals with ground transportation, airfare, hotels, etc.

I hope someone can find it useful.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~cmong/tri...nce_travel.pdf
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Chris's guide for budget travel - Made for conferences (may make a cruise version some time) but airline, shuttle, Priceline, and Hotwire tips should remain the same

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#3
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Joined Jun 2004
Very nice write-up! I'd like to think I'm pretty good at finding travel bargains, and you have most of my secrets wrapped up neatly in one document!
#4
Fort Wayne, IN
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Joined Oct 2005
Bob,

That's great. Many of my favorites too. I would have loved this information when we first started traveling. It would have been much easier on us rather than learning as you went along. It's a great way to start Students out on their traveling adventures.

Thanks!
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#5
Lafayette, IN
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The only problem is ... they hear about my travel expenses and all of my cruises so everyone comes to me to make sure they are getting the best deal ... perhaps I'll have to start charging a commission.
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Chris's guide for budget travel - Made for conferences (may make a cruise version some time) but airline, shuttle, Priceline, and Hotwire tips should remain the same

Cruise Albums on Flickr
#7
Perth Australia
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Thanks for posting this Chris. I always wondered how priceline worked. Thanks also for posting the websites - I'm off to check them out now.
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#9
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I'm going to see if I can scrape together some free time to make a cruise-specific version as the response seems to be pretty decent on this one.
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Chris's guide for budget travel - Made for conferences (may make a cruise version some time) but airline, shuttle, Priceline, and Hotwire tips should remain the same

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#10
NC
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Joined Aug 2009
Carnival said that they are continuing to look at Fuel Surcharges in the Conference call yesterday....only one place guaranteeing to pay fuel surcharges for you if the cruise lines reinstate them for cruises all the way out through 2011 - - Google 'Fuel Surcharge Guarantee' - -
#12
Mississippi
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Great tips ! This is the first year I have used last minute travel! Got a great rate! CC is the best!
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#13
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Great tips! I am always looking for hotels that include breakfast, internet and airport shuttle; I use hotwire,etc.
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Thanks, looks like it could be helpful!
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#17
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Originally posted by silentbob007
Hi everyone, I've posted this a few other places as I keep forgetting there's a "saving money" section on this board.

Anyway, I've been invited the last couple of years to give travel talks to student organizations at my University. I've put together this 11-page guide to trying to save money on conference travel. While it doesn't talk about cruises specifically, it offers a few websites and information about finding deals with ground transportation, airfare, hotels, etc.

I hope someone can find it useful.

http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~cmong/tri...nce_travel.pdf
Your great guide was posted here over 4 years ago, has it been updated?

Thank you!
#18
United States
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Joined Aug 2012
Originally posted by silentbob007
I'm going to see if I can scrape together some free time to make a cruise-specific version as the response seems to be pretty decent on this one.
Did you ever get around to doing a cruise-specific version?
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#19
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Thanks for the guide ..
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