Whatever college team you root for (or against), you can save on all your weekend getaways when you make reservations through Travel Plus. What’s your top college football game destination in 2013? Leave us a reply!
One of the joys of vacationing is taking a break from your day-to-day routine. Cooking, cleaning, even laundry chores are put on hold while you relax and enjoy the finer things in life. However, those finer things often come at a premium price; daily maid service, for instance, is a built-in expense that drives up your overall hotel bill. If you’re traveling on a budget and you’d rather spend your money on activities instead of accommodations, consider the benefits of renting a home vs. staying in a hotel:
Rental options are vast and expanding. Vacation rental homes have outgrown “cottage industry” status in recent years. With a simple online search, you can find a widerange of websitesdevoted to vacationrentals, both in the U.S. and abroad.
While there can be advantages to hotel stays — prime locations, convenience, easy access to personal services — renting a home when you travel can help you stretch your travel budget. (To stretch it even further, be sure to book your airline reservations through Travel Plus — you’ll earn 5% cash back!) If you’ve ever rented a vacation home, please share your experiences with us in the Comments section.
When people say, “9/11 changed everything,” one thing that comes to mind is airport security. Pre-9/11, you didn’t need identification that exactly matched your ticket, you weren’t at risk of up-close-and-personal pat-downs, and you could bring your own beverages through security, among other liberties. Post-9/11, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) instituted heightened safety precautions that created longer check-in lines. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get through airport security (relatively) quickly without posing a threat to anyone:
Follow the 3-1-1 rule.The 3-1-1 (well, 3.4-1-1) rule refers to how much liquid you can tote in carry-on baggage. You’re allowed to stuff as many 3.4-ounce (100ml) bottles as you can fit into 1 single 1-quart, clear-plastic, zip-locked bag. (There are exemptions for liquid medicines and baby needs, but you’ll have to declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.) Make sure you know what qualifies as a liquid and how big your bottles are, lest the 3-1-1 rule bog you down.
Pack only a carry-on bag. Some airports, including JFK and LAX, require passengers to accompany their checked luggage through an extra screening process.
Keep your documents handy. To get through security, you’ll need to show a photo ID that matches the name shown on your airline ticket. Make sure these items are readily available before you reach the TSA agent.
Dress for success. You’ll have to strip down during check-in, specifically removing your shoes, metal belt buckles, coats or jackets, jewelry, and anything else that might set off alarms. Dress lightly, and wear slip-on shoes. While you’re in line, transfer your jewelry, watches, keys, and other items in your pockets to your carry-on bag so you’re ready once you reach the front of the line.
Unfortunately, extended security lines are an established part of air travel these days. Fortunately, Travel Plus can help take the sting out of long waits by offering members savings on airport services, pre- and post-check-in. Happy trails!
Vacation plans tend to appeal to a different demographic profile as summer transitions to fall in September. With the school year in full swing, the travel industry starts making room for a more mature crowd, including retirees, childless couples, and empty-nesters. (That doesn’t mean there’s no room at the inn for young’uns, just that they’re not the primary targets of the most popular vacation spots.) If you’re in the market for great September vacation destinations in the United States, consider the following possibilities: