More Posts On: Advice

The Worst Case Scenario of Booking a Hotel Room Reservation Early?

During the spate of sales with discounted hotel room rates which have been highlighted here at The Gate in recent days, more often than not, one requirement is that you pay for the reservation at the time of booking it; and no refunds, cancellations, modifications or adjustments to the reservation is permitted without a penalty — or at all…

…but what if you checked on a hotel reservation which you booked months ago and found that rooms are being sold at less than half of the room rate which you paid, as has apparently happened to…

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How to Disable Infinite Scroll on FlyerTalk

When FlyerTalk underwent an upgrade to the software that powers it on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, a functionality known as Infinite Scroll became the default in terms of viewing content — and many FlyerTalk members expressed their dislike for it for a variety of reasons.

If you happen to be one of those FlyerTalk members, you can easily turn Infinite Scroll off…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Lock Yourself Out of Your Hotel Room

A rare moment for me occurred when I accidentally left my key cards in the room just as the loud click came from the door to my room as it shut, assuring me that my belongings are safe and protected — from me as well as almost anyone else.

No problem, I thought, as I was on my way to…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Have Vehicle Damage Officially Recorded Before Leaving the Rental Car Facility

“It really only takes under 1 minute to video around the car and zoom in on anything that you may be charged for after the fact when a rental company says ‘you’ did this to the car. The only mistake I made was not panning the camera up to show I was still at the airport and the slot the car was in (will make sure I do that next time).”

You can indeed potentially save yourself time and trouble with this advice which was imparted by…

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New Travel Warning to Mexico Issued: Should You Avoid Going There?

Citing violent crimes on American citizens — including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery — as a result of the activities of criminal organizations, the Department of State of the United States issued this official warning alerting to the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico…

…but does that mean that you should not travel there?

Before attempting to answer that question, here is an excerpt from the official warning…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Do Not Try to Park For Free at a Hotel Near the Airport

“Has anyone parked at hotels without staying there and leaving your the car for 2-3 days without getting in trouble ? if so what hotels do u use? I’m thinking ill be using a high traffic hotel so hopefully they don’t notice my car!”

FlyerTalk member futbol90x is already starting off on the wrong foot with that question.


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Why You Would Need an International Driving Permit

An International Driving Permit is considered to be a valid form of identification in 199 countries and autonomous territories worldwide and contains your name, photograph and driver information — and many countries highly recommend carrying one along with your driver’s license…

…but an important reason to carry an International Driving Permit is because…

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