Great Ways To Save On Travel From The AARP Bulletin

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420x316-grad-lee Dee Lee
Dee Lee is a Certified Financial Planner who received a diploma in...
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BOSTON (CBS) – There are 99 suggestions in the AARP article and we left off on #62 last week. No you didn’t miss anything we did not review every one of the money tips. Just some of them. You can link to the original article from our website. Let’s start off on the travel section.

#64 Hotel Upgrade: Never book a premium hotel room or luxury car. Instead, save money by reserving a standard room or car and then asking for a free upgrade upon arrival.

Dee: That has never worked for me. Never! And I have tried. Even when we had a leak one time in our bathroom which left big puddles they did not upgrade. They gave us another room and free breakfast the next morning but no fancy upgrade.

#65 Freighter Cruises: Looking for an offbeat cruising experience at a reasonable price? Check out freightercruises.com. You’ll travel with the crew and cargo aboard a commercial vessel and save a boatload of money.

Dee: Don’t do this no matter how cheap it is. Freighters are just that, freighters! Filled with cargo. There is not much to do onboard except read and eat. There is no activity director! And you’ll be eating what the crew eats and with the crew.

If cruising is your thing find a way to do it cheaper. Wait to the last minute to book. There are two-for-one deals right now. Most people who cruise spend very little time in their room so book the cheapest cabin. The food and activities are the same for everyone.

#66 Pre-Trip Planning:  Before traveling, consider subscribing to a daily deal website like Groupon, LivingSocial or Double Take Deals in your destination city and take advantage of discounts at restaurants and attractions.

Dee: It might work. But I got on all 3 sites and there were some restaurant deals, but it was mostly stuff to purchase like sheets, computers cases, candy and very few restaurant and attraction discounts.

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