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    Re: Travel tips

    Yes, priceline gives you a variety of choices and airlines. He's flown Delta, US Air and United from priceline.

    We usually like to have him arrive in Charlotte mid-day, and leave Charlotte in the late afternoon and every time we've used priceline they've had those options available.
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    Re: Travel tips

    Quote Originally Posted by RealityDiva;2475675;
    Yes, priceline gives you a variety of choices and airlines. He's flown Delta, US Air and United from priceline.

    We usually like to have him arrive in Charlotte mid-day, and leave Charlotte in the late afternoon and every time we've used priceline they've had those options available.
    I forgot to ask earlier: when I was playing around with it, I kept going lower and lower on the flight price. When I finally got to $1.00, it said their price was $50.01. So, is that the actual price I will pay, or will it be much higher? That was one of my concerns also.

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    Re: Travel tips

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikesgal;2475724;
    I forgot to ask earlier: when I was playing around with it, I kept going lower and lower on the flight price. When I finally got to $1.00, it said their price was $50.01. So, is that the actual price I will pay, or will it be much higher? That was one of my concerns also.
    From what I understand, it really is the price you are paying. Just to make sure, do you mind PMing me the info so I can check it myself to see what you're talking about? To be honest, I've never seen it THAT low, so you probably need a 2nd opinion and I'd be glad to check it for you!
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    Re: Travel tips

    Quote Originally Posted by RealityDiva;2475807;
    From what I understand, it really is the price you are paying. Just to make sure, do you mind PMing me the info so I can check it myself to see what you're talking about? To be honest, I've never seen it THAT low, so you probably need a 2nd opinion and I'd be glad to check it for you!
    Thanks- I think I PM'd you, but I'm not sure. Let me know and I'll try it again. I'm not good with that sort of stuff

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    Re: Travel tips

    My two cents...

    Mr. C & I travel a lot ... frequently overseas, and often throughout the US. For all trips, if you are checking liquids (ie shampoo, contact solution, etc) that are in plastic bottles, do the following before you leave home:

    Open the bottle top, squeeze out as much air as possible (assuming the container isn't full), then close the lid with the bottle squeezed in. Then, when air pressure changes during the flight, your bottles will be less likely to leak when they expand.

    Next tip ... for those who love to eat, check out Chowhound Boards - Chowhound before you travel. It has reviews of all types of food in almost every place imaginable. It's a great resource. It has boards too ... so you can write and ask about certain places if you can't find info about the place you're planning to visit.

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    Re: Travel tips

    we are heading up to the Canadian side of niagara Falls this weekend for a few days. (bumpkins from Ohio)

    What is your all suggestions about Canadian money? Should we get some, just use credit cards for everything, or what? Where/when is the best time to exchange some?

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    Schmoo2, almost any place will take US dollars anyway, at least that close to the border. I went to Vancouver Island last month, and never got any money changed. It wasn't a problem anywhere, even the smallest shops.
    If you must have some Canadian money (I think the machines in the casino used to require it), just buy something with US cash and your change will be Canadian. "Loonies" are $1 coins with a loon on them and "toonies" are $2 coins, with a silver and gold color. There are no $1 bills (I'm pretty sure), so don't expect them. $5 and larger bills are paper. Have fun!
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    Re: Travel tips

    This is why I love The Fort. I came to this thread to post that I will be travelling to Colorado on Saturday and noticed the last few posts about exchanging money.....I had totally forgotten that I need to do that.

    So, after a trip to the bank, I'll be on my way to Denver/Broomfield on Saturday!! I'm there for a conference Mon/Tues/Wed, but my friend and I are planning on getting in a round of golf at the Omni Interlocken on Sunday. It's been cold and rainy here (near freezing temps!!) for the last week, and the forecast in CO is mostly sunny and 30 degrees C!!!! I'm so excited!!

    We're renting a car so we'll have some freedom to roam the area. Any quick tips on places to go/things to do???
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    Re: Travel tips

    Some of the travel tips I like to give-

    When shopping for flights, shop early, and shop often. Prices are so variable, sometimes changing a great deal over a few days, and there may only be a few seats available at the cheapest price. Have an idea of what a good deal is in the market, and keep checking back-- though prices might still drop, don't hesitate too much if you see a good deal.

    Rental Codes.com - Car Rental Coupon Code Source - Avis, Budget BCD, Dollar, National, Thrifty & Enterprise. - This site has definitely saved us some money.

    Do your research-- sites like tripadvisor.com are priceless, but do take some of what you read in reviews with a grain of salt (i.e., don't let one or two bad ones turn you off much if excellent ones are the norm).

    Don't be too ambitious-- this is one my husband and I have felt the consequences of. We love to see and do a lot on our trips, but often overschedule some days and wind up exhausted.

    For Vegas and other gambling destinations, if you are planning to play, don't book your trip through a 3rd party site. If you do, properties won't be able to comp or discount your stay if you qualify from your play.

    Package deals can be easier, but in my experiences it is better to shop around and book separately from a cost standpoint.

    For airport waits and long flights books and such are a great idea as everyone knows-- consider also investing in a Nintendo DS. Tons of fun and entertaining (great distraction if you are scared of flying), and if you buy the Opera browser for it, you can jump online at free hotspots.

    Avoid time share vultures like the plague.

    A travel sized Irish Spring soap, still in the box, if thrown into luggage seems to make everything smell really nice!

    On long flights, get up and move around from time to time. Though rare, blood clots can be deadly and strike even the young and healthy.

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    Re: Travel tips

    Quote Originally Posted by pakacat;2572411;
    On long flights, get up and move around from time to time. Though rare, blood clots can be deadly and strike even the young and healthy.
    This is especially important for our pregnant FoRTers! Also, once you do book and pay for a flight, don't torture yourself by checking to see if the price has gone down. Just assume you've gotten the best deal EVER and enjoy your vacation! (I'm also this way with homes, cars, and any clothing I buy at full retail price! )

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