Nothing like bumping a pilot from the plane

Every once in a while, I get an email or Facebook message from an irate Airline employee saying they’re in the industry and THERE IS NO WAY the mistake fares I am posting are legit.  (That’s them yelling. Not me.) Ummmm… How do they know? They fly standby for free and rarely even pay for […]

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Travelocity did to Travel Agents what Wal-Mart did to Mom & Pop Stores

Let’s talk about travel agent commissions. Travel agents get 0% to help you book a domestic flight. (But they usually help in hopes that they can book your hotel & car too.) They get between 4% and 8% to book an international flight. They get 5% or so to book a rental car for you […]

Traveling affordably (with no math involved)

In case you didn’t know it. I’m a numbers guy. My co-author and I wrote a book about cracking Google’s algorithm with paid advertising (Google AdWords for Dummies), and after that, Google hired us to write two books for them to give to their advertisers.  Now, I use algorithms to find mistake fares the same […]

Coming to you from the future

Hey. I know this is weird, but this is the future you, and I just got in a time-machine. I’m contacting you from 6 months in the future because I’m (we’re) in a bit of a bind… So our friends John & Sally are going to have to cancel their holiday weekend trip in exactly […]

That feeling when you’re driving and you see a radar gun pointing at you

Have you ever been driving down the highway and have your heart skip a beat when you see a police car on the side of the road with a radar gun pointing at you? Fortunately, I just got a new car that has a pretty cool sign recognition technology that keeps track of that for […]

Formula for a cheap vacation AND free babysitters

Need a quick getaway without the kids, but don’t have family in town to help watch them? This little trick will take 3 or 4 months of advance planning, but it is sure to: Find a dirt-cheap vacation to a place you didn’t think you could afford. Find free babysitters you can trust while relaxing […]

My visit to Puerto Vallarta, MX

Although Puerto Vallarta wasn’t high on our list, when you can get $86 flights and a nearly free place to stay, why not? We’re glad we went. Collectively, we’ve been to Mexico 12 to 15 times, and Puerto Vallarta is officially each our favorite Mexico destination so far. (Videos of our cooking class, tequila tours, […]

Free pair of shoes from Nordstrom’s! What would you choose???

Let’s say you got a coupon from Nordstrom’s good for any pair of shoes in their store. You’ve been needing a new pair of running shoes… Maybe you should use it for that. Ummmmm. NO! The coupon said ANY pair of shoes! Pay cash for the $80 sneakers Use your coupon for the $2200 Jimmy Choos […]

Tips from an expert: Taking better vacation photos

Nearly a decade ago, I got to go on a photo-walk with renowned photographer – Trey Ratcliff.  (Click here to see some of his work.) I’m not a professional photographer, but ever since applying things I learned from Trey – I’ve been asked to shoot weddings, events, and births of babies – all because of […]

“It’s not safe to travel”

After objection #1 (“Your deals seem too good to be true“), and objection #2 (“I don’t have the funds to travel right now“), third most common objection I hear regarding travel is : “It’s not safe to travel outside the U.S.” I couldn’t disagree more. Other than a handful of politically unstable countries, the majority of […]

My $480 chicken bus tour through Belize

A few years ago, my wife, kids and I went on a cruise, and after hours of debate and discussion, we all agreed on doing the “Jungle river tour along with a 90 minute guided tour of the countryside” when we dropped anchor in Belize.  It was pricey at $120 each, but it had something […]

New premium member feature: Customizing trip alerts

As a premium subscriber – you get 5 times as many alerts as free subscribers get (and you get them 3 days before free subscribers get them), but sometimes the trips I send you still sell out before your daily email digest gets sent. If  you’d like to get alerts sooner than the daily emails OR […]