Today you’re going to get a little of bit of everything. The last couple of days I’ve read some really great blog posts and found a web site that I think will be very useful to people looking for inexpensive hotels.
I read a number of blogs every day. I think of them as my morning newspaper. Nearly all of them are focused on travel and financial related topics. One of these blogs, Money and Map, had a great article about how your child can get a book for free this summer at Barnes and Noble. The post explains exactly how to participate in the promotion. Essentially the kids need to read 8 books and then they get to pick one book for free from a list of books at Barnes and Noble. I suggest checking out the other posts on her site as well. She has great information about taxes, family travel and other financial topics.
Another blog that I love is One Mile at a Time. This blog is very well known in the travel hacking community for good reason – he knows a ton about the game and knows how to explain it so everyone can understand. I’ve also found him to be one of the definitive sources for information on the American Airlines frequent flyer program. And a post this week shows just how well he understands the program. He wrote about the rules for the North American gateway city stopovers.
Finally, I’m trying to plan a weekend getaway for my husband and 2 friends. I was searching the various options for booking a hotel room such as using points and Priceline. While researching the Priceline option, I came across a web site called The Bidding Traveler. You may recall that a long time ago I wrote bidding strategies for bidding for hotels on Priceline where I talk about how you can get extra bids each day by including other zones that don’t have hotels in the category that you want. It is a very effective yet manual process. Well, The Bidding Traveler web site seems to make the process a whole lot easier. You give the web site the minimum and maximum you’re willing to pay and they execute the bids using the permutations I talked about on the bidding strategies post. You can read more about the site on this FlyerTalk thread. I haven’t used the site yet, but I expect to once I know exactly which city they want to go to.