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Stupid Tip of the Day: Print Out Your Receipt When Paying In Advance For Lodging

“On checkout I didn’t pay close attention to the emailed receipt. Today I was checking if the points from the stay had been awarded, I opened the receipt and saw that there was no mention in it that the stay had been prepaid. I looked at my credit card account and, sure enough, there is a (still pending) authorisation for the whole amount of my stay. I have called the hotel, spoken to the manager and they have told me that they would investigate and call me back (it seems they didn’t get the money from Hilton). They have asked for the reservation confirmation email (which says that…

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The 14 Most Aggravating Types of Passengers Are…

As a frequent flier, an encounter with a fellow passenger who irritates you is bound to happen sooner or later — and you probably already have at least several of those experiences to share — but which types of passengers are considered to be the most aggravating?

The results of the 2016 Airplane Etiquette Study was released last month from…

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How to Add Spoilers to FlyerTalk and InsideFlyer

You would like to post content to the forums of FlyerTalk or InsideFlyer; but you might want some or all of the content to be hidden for whatever reason — perhaps to save space with a feature which is both expandable and collapsible.

The feature is known as a spoiler; and although it has been around for years, members of FlyerTalk or InsideFlyer rarely use it — even though it is really easy to use.

Here are the instructions as follows…

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How to Be Happy.

“Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment” is the technical definition of being happy, according to the Oxford Dictionaries — but the problem with being happy is that there are few things which ubiquitously define happiness for all people. What causes one person to be happy may not have the same effect on someone else.

In an attempt to define how to be happy, Richard Branson — founder of the Virgin Group, which includes airlines such as Virgin Atlantic — wrote this letter to an undefined stranger as part of an effort to discuss happiness all month long.

Here is an excerpt from the letter…

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Stay Positive.

By now, you are probably overstuffed from that Christmas dinner or those Chanukah latkes; exchanged gifts; listened to holiday music — and most importantly of all, reflected on what attributes and traditions are most important during the festive season of holidays…

…but what exactly is important? Family and friends — sure. Peace — yes. Treating others with respect and civility — of course. Those are only three of many things which are important; but another is to stay positive.

As frequent travelers, we expose ourselves more to the negative aspects of travel — and that exposure occurs more often: irregular operations; missed upgrades; rude people; crowded airports to name only a few…

…and those aspects tend to sour an experience — but how do you remain positive during…

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Warning: Ensure Your Rental Car Reservation is Indeed Canceled — Otherwise…

“I was supposed to go to Kansas City two weeks ago. I had to cancel the trip last minute when I got stuck at work. I canceled my flights and meant to cancel my car but I think now I forgot. Last week I got a call from Hertz that I’d never returned my rental. I called back and was told the call was made to me in error. Today I got an email from Hertz with my e-mail statement of charges. Apparently they think I picked up a Hyundai Sonata at 12:30 PM Friday the 18th and brought it back Saturday the 19th after putting 473 miles on it. I was even thanked for using Express Return. Why the email only got to me today I don’t know.”

Because reservations for rental cars can usually be canceled with no penalty, forgetting about canceling a reservation is not unusual — and what typically happens is…

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Is Loss of Use a Legitimate Charge By Rental Car Companies When Vehicles are Damaged?

You rent a car. You get into an accident. The damage on your rental car is minor. You return the car. You receive your statement. You pay your bill. You hope that your insurance will cover the minor damage; but even if it does not, fixing the car should not cost too much.

You then receive a bill for $1,000.00 for what the rental car company calls “loss of use.” Are you required to pay it — and without question?

Loss of use is defined as…

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Two Quick Things to Know About Those Inexpensive Airfares to Europe

You have seen multiple articles plastered all over BoardingArea about those airfares to Europe from just about anywhere in the United States costing approximately $400.00 to $500.00 — even Atlanta, believe it or not, which indicates just how big and how good is this sale — and you should take advantage of them if it is at all possible.

What I am about to tell you may have been said in other articles; but I will take that chance, as here are two quick things to know about those inexpensive airfares to Europe…

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Do Not Let This Mistake Happen to You When Filling a Vehicle With Fuel

“Yup, I spent $6/gallon to fill up the tank. It may not have been cheaper to return it to the rental company but I still felt like I got taken for a bit of a ride. I noticed this before the tank was full but after I started filling up. I debated going to another station but didn’t know if pricing would be the same.”

Six dollars per gallon?!? With the…

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