9 Ways to Avoid Paying Surge Prices on Uber and Lyft

9 Ways to Avoid Paying Surge Prices on Uber and Lyft

Over the past few years, Uber and Lyft have exploded onto the scene, ticking off taxi drivers everywhere and making ride sharing a super cheap, super easy and relatively safe way to get from one place to another. We've talked before about why we like these apps so much, but frequent riders will know there's one major downside to using Uber and Lyft to get around: surge pricing. 

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When is the Best Time to Buy International Flights?

When is the Best Time to Buy International Flights?

I fly a lot. In 2015, I flew 130,000 miles, so I'm always on the lookout for the best airline prices, whether that means paying out of pocket or using my miles. While there's no definitive answer to the question of when to buy international plane tickets, I've gotten pretty good at finding deals on international flights. Here are my X best tips for when to buy when traveling across the pond.

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Starwood and Marriott are Merging. What Does This Mean for Your Loyalty Points?

Starwood and Marriott are Merging. What Does This Mean for Your Loyalty Points?

It's official! After a few weeks of limbo pending approval from China, Starwood and Marriott are officially merging. What remains to be confirmed is how Marriott and Starwood's loyalty programs will be combined. Starwood's loyalty program is much loved by its members -- myself included -- and many people in the travel world are worried about what this merger might mean for this very popular program.

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3 Ways to Save on a Munich Oktoberfest

3 Ways to Save on a Munich Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the annual German celebration of beer and fun, is in full swing now on Munich's Theresienwiese. The festival is running until the first Sunday in October, and if you're looking to get in on the action -- either this year or in 2017 -- here are my tips for saving money on the beer-soaked trip of a lifetime.

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What a Hotel Addict Learned from a Bed & Breakfast Stay

What a Hotel Addict Learned from a Bed & Breakfast Stay

I love using points and miles to earn free travel, so I try to stay in chain hotels that help me rack them up whenever possible. But I recently spent the night along the backroads of Washington state's Cascades, at the Run of the River Inn and Refuge. After my experience at this lovely bed and breakfast, I'm suddenly questioning why I even bother staying at chain hotels at all! Here's what a chronic hotel patron learned from his first B&B experience.

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6 Ways to Enjoy Hawaii Without Going Broke

6 Ways to Enjoy Hawaii Without Going Broke

Every time winter rolls around, I wrap myself up in a blanket burrito, pour myself a cup of hot tea and wonder aloud why I haven't yet ditched my snowy Chicago prison for a beachy island paradise. And then I talk to my friends who actually DID this, friends who left behind their chilly lives on the mainland for Hawaiian adventures, and I realize my dreams cost a LOT more than I've ever imagined.

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4 Ways to Master the Art of Points and Miles

4 Ways to Master the Art of Points and Miles

So, you've decided to start traveling on the cheap using points and miles! Good for you. They've served me well over the years, but I know firsthand that getting started can be overwhelming. Here are some tools to help get you organized and ready to maximize your miles!

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How to Cancel Any Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours Without a Penalty!

How to Cancel Any Airline Ticket Within 24 Hours Without a Penalty!

You book a flight to your cousin's wedding in Tampa, only to realize in horror a few hours later that you booked it for the wrong weekend.

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How to Fly Private for Coach Prices with JetSuiteX

How to Fly Private for Coach Prices with JetSuiteX

Last week, I had the pleasure of flying JetSuiteX from Burbank to Las Vegas, an experience I can't wait to repeat! Here's how you can get the private jet experience for less, and take an additional $50 off to boot!

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10 Positive Travel Trends to Watch in 2016

10 Positive Travel Trends to Watch in 2016

2016 may be more than halfway through, but there’s plenty of travel left to do. As a travel expert, I pay close attention to any travel industry changes, because they often mean new ways to save money on airfare, hotel stays and trip booking. Here are the top 10 trends I've noticed popping up this year, and how you can use them to your advantage the next time you travel.

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