Important news before you travel:
If you live in the United States you should be aware of certain Travel Advisories which are given to citizens who choose to travel abroad. These advisories can affect you and may even change your travel plans. So before you go to the airport you should always check to see if your destination country is on the List of the United States Government Travel Advisories.
For more information: Check out the link below which will send you to the US Governments official website.
TIPS ON MAKING
When traveling for business or fun, there’s nothing worse than thinking you have a reservation and learning your hotel reservations been lost, your room has one bed and not two bedrooms, or you thought your check-in time was noon, only to find out it is really 3:00pm. To help avoid these things from happening, there are a few helpful hotel reservation tips seasoned travelers recommend:
Always use a credit card when making a hotel reservation. Using a credit card offers the guest some level of protection should the hotel stay go awry. Any disputes a guest may have with the hotel, or with the billing can more easily be rectified through the credit card company. The card company will act as a mediator once their client can show effort to resolve the dispute. Additionally, if a dispute cannot be resolved, the credit card company has the authority to remove the charge from a client’s bill. If cash were paid, a hotel guest would have no recourse.
Note: If you don’t use your own credit card to secure a reservation, be aware that the person whose name is on the card will be responsible for showing the card and signing at check in. If the card does not belong to the person staying at the hotel, notify the desk before leaving home (prior to arrival) and ask what their identification procedure is. They may accept a letter from the credit card holder authorizing use, and a copy of both the front and back of the card.
Ask for deals/discounts at each hotel. Many hotels offer corporate, AAA, senior, or even mid-week/off-season discounts. If one is not offered - ask about them. Many hotels now offer ‘rewards’ programs and some hotels reduce rates by $50 or more, for simply signing up for their program. If making reservations online, look for internet-only rates and shop various websites to find the best deals. Travel agents can often secure unadvertised specials or late check-in opportunities which can translate into huge savings.
When making reservations speak clearly and repeat spelling of all names. There have been many reservations lost because of inaccurate spelling and guests have been told they did not have rooms when a hotel or an entire city was booked to capacity. If any special requests are made, verify them and if possible get them in writing. Also make sure to get the name of the employee. Verify everything spell names and verify information/requests etc. Double check reservations prior to leaving for hotel and make sure names of all hotel employees you’ve spoken to are taken.
When reservations are made, changed and cancelled-confirmation numbers are given. Make sure all numbers are kept in a safe place until credit cards are billed and all charges are verified. Cancellation and confirmation numbers are often the difference between being charged for a hotel reservation that was cancelled, the possibility of a free upgrade when the hotel overbooks and you can prove when your reservation was made, and being stranded away from home without a room for the night.
Discuss hotel policies prior to making reservations, and verify them at check-in. Some hotels require credit cards at check in for any hotel charges, such as telephone usage, room service, meals in the hotel, or even take -out arranged through the hotel with area restaurants, etc. If a credit card is not available, a cash/check deposit maybe required for any services/fees that may accrue during the hotel stay. Determine when check-in/check-out times are, when cancellation policies go into affect and verify occupancy limits if staying in a room with multiple occupants.
Remember these hotel reservation tips when scheduling your travel plans. Whether by internet, through a travel agent, or by telephone, it pays to research the hotel and be meticulous when making arrangements. A little pre-planning when making reservations can save major headaches when traveling away from home.
HOW TO PAY LESS
1. Buy your tickets online
Buying your tickets online will actually help you save more money than buying at the airport or at an agent. Services like Google Flights or others which can be found by a simple online search.
2. Join Frequent flyers
Frequent flyer programs have a lot of benefits and some can offer discounts on future tickets after building up miles, and others may even offer free flights!
3. Not All Sales are Lowest prices
Sometimes a flight ticket may be on sale, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it is a bargain for you. Always keep this in mind because that sale could end up costing you more than other deals!
4. Check For Hidden Fees
Always check other fees for tickets that may not be listed at first sight of the price. Make sure to be aware of the price of the ticket at all times and this can be avoided. Many hidden fees are luggage or even meals.
5. Compare Ticket Prices
If you are shopping online, there are various sites you can use to compare prices for different venders of tickets.
6. Choose The Right airline
Make sure when traveling on a budget to go with the airline that is the most comfortable to your budget. Even though it may not be as popular as others, they all get you to your destination!
7. Select an Off-Hours flight
When shopping for tickets, try to buy tickets that have flights early in the morning or late at night if you can. Sometimes these tickets can save you a bundle!
8. Buy tickets months In Advance
Try to plan your trips, if possible, months in advance to save a lot more in the long run. Sometimes, depending on where you travel, this little tip can end up saving you hundreds on your tickets.
9. Find Vacation Packages
When planning your vacations, try to purchase trip packages as they can end up saving you a ton of money in the long run. If you have the time, compare a package with the costs of buying everything separate.
10. Different Types Of Flights Help You Save
Sometimes it would be wiser if possible to purchase a flight that maybe has one stop before it reaches its final destination, instead of doing a non-stop flight. This can end up helping you save and you can even enjoy the different merchandise at the airport you stop at before your flight continues.
LAX INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the world's fourth busiest passenger airport. It also ranks eleventh in air cargo tonnage handled, and its popularity shows no sign of decreasing.
More than 61 million people traveled through LAX last year. A commerce leader, its ever-expanding air cargo system handled more than 2.1 million tons of goods. International freights account more than 50 percent of this total. Convenient location, modern facilities, and superior sea/air/land connections have led to LAX's designation as a world-class airport.
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WHISTLER SKI RESORT HOTELS
& PROPERTY RENTALS
Whistler is one of the best North American ski resorts; highest vertical drop, acreage of groomed runs and variety of expert terrain. Accomadations offer many choices of hotels and a variety of rentals, condos and cabins.
Many of the properties at Whistler vary along three key dimensions: size, quality and location. There are a wide range of properties available from 350 sq ft to beautiful chalets of 6000 square feet or more. Most people go to the many hotels in the area but there is a growing trend of property rental.
Many of the Hotels are found at convenient locations in Whistler from the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, throughout Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside. Whistler has hotel accommodation for travellers with a range of budgets and travel needs. All hotels offer 24-hour check-in and include services such as concierge, hotel shuttle, room service, daily housekeeping and ski valet.
Luxury Hotels *****: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Four Seasons Private Residences, Four Seasons Resort Whistler, The Westin Resort & Spa, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Nita Lake Lodge, Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Delta Whistler Village Suites
Deluxe Hotels ****: Aava Whistler Hotel, Crystal Lodge & Suites Legends, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel Sundial Boutique Hotel
Moderate Hotels ***: Blackcomb Lodge, Cascade Lodge, Coast Blackcomb Suites, Whistler Peak Lodge, Listel Hotel Whistler, Tantalus Resort Lodge, Whistler Village Inn & Suites, Adara Hotel, Mountainside Lodge, Mountain Side Hotel by Executive, Executive The Inn at Whistler Village, Pinnacle Hotel
Luxury Condo & Townhomes: 4.5+ star condos offer apartment-style living, First Tracks Lodge, Evolution, Montebello, Northern Lights, Pinnacle Ridge, Telemark.
Deluxe Condo & Townhomes: Carleton Lodge, Legends, Greystone Lodge, Le Chamois, Glacier Lodge, Horstman House, Woodrun Lodge, Aspens on Blackcomb, Mountain Star, Blackcomb Greens, Cedar Hollow, Painted Cliff, Town Plaza Suites, Valhalla, Forest Creek, Glen Eagle, Stoney Creek Lagoons, Stoney Creek Sunpath, Stoney Creek Northstar, Treeline, Arrowhead Point.
Moderate Condo & Townhomes: Alpenglow Lodge, Lost Lake Lodge, Marquise, Wildwood Lodge, Lake Placid Lodge, Marketplace Lodge, Tyndall Stone Lodge, Alpine Greens, Market Pavilion, Symphony, Forest Trails, Glaciers Reach, Granite Court, Powderhorn, Snowgoose, Symphony.
Whistler Homes & Chalets: A chalet or private home may be the perfect accommodation option for you. Whistler’s 4 to 4.5 Star homes offer spacious and well-crafted accommodations that are close to Whistler‘s attractions but still private and quiet:
Deluxe and Luxury Homes, Falcons Nest Estate, Northern Lights, Pinnacle Ridge, Montebello, Cedar Hollow, Cedar Ridge, Glacier View Chalet, Falcon Chalet.
Location is perhaps the key issue in choosing your Whistler rental. There are many different areas you can choose from for your vacation, and each of them have a unique and comfortable setting.
The Village is the place for proximity to bars and restaurants, and for being a relatively short walk to the lifts. However most of the inventory in the Village is small, with one or two-bedrooms units dominant in the mix, and it was all built to a cheap standard. It is critical to find a unit that has received a recent quality renovation. There are also one or two units that are larger, but you may have to search hard to find them.
The Upper Village is on the lower slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. This is the location for ski-in, ski-out units that are also reasonably accessible to the Village. However, if you want ski-in, ski-out make sure that you check what this means. Some properties are actually on the slopes; others, still styling themselves 'ski-in, ski-out' may be up to 5 minutes walk away. Still others are ski-in, but not ski-out.
The second main location for ski-in, ski-out units is Taluswood on the lower slopes of Whistler Mountain. This is a very upscale area with a variety of accommodation, but all of a high quality standard using peeled logs, natural materials and quality décor. Access to the slopes is very easy, with no more than a 2 minute walk from most properties. However you need a vehicle to get to shops and restaurants, as this area is not served by either the free shuttle or by municipal buses.
The fourth location is Creekside, the original location of Whistler. This used to be a very downmarket area, but recent heavy investment has made it a decent alternative to the Village. The Creekside gondola is always less crowded than the lifts in the Village, and there is now a great selection of shops and restaurants in town. The quality of accommodation is very mixed, with many unattractive older properties and a few newer, luxury chalets that are equal to any in Whistler. You can walk to the lifts from most locations in Creekside.
Finally, there is a selection of other locations, including Blueberry Hill, Nicklaus North and Alpine Meadows. Here you will generally find larger homes, but they are not ski-in, ski-out and you will have to drive to the Village as well. However, you will get more for your money in terms of the quality and size of the property itself here.
More info at: Whistler
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