Rounding up some of the best Black Friday deals in travel and tech that I see!
Marriott quietly made a change that’s likely to have a big impact on frequent travelers. Loyalty program members will no longer have elite benefits on stays booked through online travel agencies (OTAs). Will all Marriott properties be enforcing this rule, or will it be selectively enforced? Are you willing to risk it?
Sites like Expedia and Orbitz make it so easy to search for travel, don’t they? But, they’re not a replacement for a real travel agent. Nor are they a replacement for common sense. A recent situation yields some tips for how to protect yourself from issues booking with an online travel agency.
Daily Getaways are travel discounts for normal people. Some deals represent a modest savings while others can save you significant amounts of money on your next vacation. Truly awesome deals are harder to find than they used to be, so plan ahead and research the packages you’re considering.
The Marriott partnership with TripAdvisor is an interesting one. Marriott is the only major top-tier chain to negotiate a direct booking deal with TripAdvisor (Best Western has one as well). What does this mean for the accuracy of TripAdvisor’s rankings? How about the future of companies like Expedia and Orbitz?
TripAdvisor has been shifting from a company that just provides objective 3rd party reviews to one that can book your next vacation for you. Now that Marriott and TripAdvisor have a deal for direct bookings, have TripAdvisor’s motives changed? Read more…
The final Daily Getaway is new for this year and a good one, a $1,000 Expedia gift card for $650. In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association. Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying. For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT. Some offers will sell out in hours, […]
I like all the deals Daily Getaways is offering this week, although there are only 3 of them, including Fairmont getaways, Las Vegas deals and a huge discount from Expedia. There are still some deals left, and you can find my write-ups of the previous weeks here: Week 1 breakdown Week 2 breakdown Week 3 breakdown Week 4 breakdown In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association. Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take […]