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Private Vacation Rentals: Use Caution

My experience with private vacation rentals was not great. I was not able to get an early check-in when I needed to, and I had to pay extra for a late check-in when needed. The owner at one of the rentals chose to keep my damage deposit even though there was no damage to the apartment, and there was no recourse through VRBO. And finally, I had multiple rentals cancelled; this a major inconvenience and there is a risk of not getting your deposit refunded.

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Marrakech Tourist Scams

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in the city of Marrakech, Morocco.  While the overall trip was simply amazing, I experienced a few scams that travellers should be aware of. Tannery Scam This is a popular Marrakech tourist scam.  In Marrakech, there are a few tanneries on the outskirts of the Modena […]

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Using Priceline for Paris Hotels

Paris, like most European cities, can be expensive, particularly when it comes to hotel accommodations. Paris is, after all, the most visited city in the world with over 40 million visitors annually. This drives up accommodation prices. Fortunately for travellers who are prepared to do a bit of research, there are many options to get a great accommodation in a spectacular location at a great price. Priceline probably offers the lowest prices for hotels in Paris.

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Affordable Accommodations in Paris Using Priceline

Priceline is a great alternative for travelers booking a hotel in Paris where the exact hotel does not matter. That’s because with Priceline’s Name Your Own Price, you bid on a hotel by specifying your hotel criteria: travel dates, vicinity, and hotel star rating. However, you do not know the exact location of your hotel until after you place a bid. If your bid is accepted, you then find out which hotel you received. Note that reservations on Priceline are non-refundable and cannot be changed or cancelled.

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Use Caution When Using Priceline in Osoyoos, British Columbia

In Osoyoos, BC, Priceline Canada divides the general vicinity into two main bidding zones: (1) Osoyoos and (2) Osoyoos Similkameen. What is interesting about these two zones is that they overlap forming a Venn diagram. This is quite rare. In fact, I have never seen this before. Does this mean a hotel can be situated in both zones? Technically, the answer is yes. Most travelers probably want to bid only in the Osoyoos zone, and not the Osoyoos Similkameen zone. The reason is that …

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How Far in Advance to Bid on Priceline

Find out if it is better to book early or last minute when bidding on a hotel room on Priceline. As a general, 4-6 weeks out is best when bidding on hotels, but in some cases it may be necessary to book earlier.

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Payless Car Rental San Francisco Airport SFO

I recently received a great deal on a car rental out of SFO.  This is based on a decent amount of research that I did to ensure I got the best deal possible.  For this particular trip to San Francisco, I needed a car rental so I did the regular checking of rates on Priceline and […]

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Priceline Hotels Near Disneyland in Anaheim, California

Priceline offers some great prices for travelers looking for hotels near Disneyland in Anaheim, California. However, Priceline reservations are non-refundable and extra caution should be exercised when booking Priceline hotels. This article discusses some of the ways to save money while avoiding the common pitfalls travelers make when booking their hotel on opaque bidding sites.

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Villa Del Arco on Hotwire

The Villa Del Arco is quite easy to identify on Hotwire. It is a 4-star hotel located in the Cabo San Lucas East hotel zone. In addition, it has the following distinct features to help make it fairly easy to identify. Look for a hotel with…

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Hotwire Hotels In Las Vegas

Hotwire is a great way to book hotels in Las Vegas because travelers can save a lot of money on hotels. Hotwire uses a blind bidding or ‘opaque’ model, where travelers do not know the name of the hotel until after they make their hotel reservation (which is non-refundable). This can save travelers money but there are also some risks involved. Specifically, you do not know what hotel you are getting and you cannot cancel your hotel. Fortunately, there is an effective way to figure out or reveal Hotwire hotels in Las Vegas before you book. This method is explained in this article and provides some other tips and advice.