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Entries from January 2011

Cruise Cashback Hack: Charge Casino Chips to Stateroom

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Cruise Cashback Hack: Charge Casino Chips to Stateroom

Going on a cruise? Here’s a tip that will guarantee you walk away from the casino a winner – charge your chips to your stateroom. Many cruise lines will let you charge your chips to your stateroom because they want you to have easy access to gambling money! So they’ll offer it as a convenient […]

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Tags: Money Tips

The Best Time to Buy an Airline Ticket

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Best Time to Buy an Airline Ticket

Normally, the Middle Seat on an airplane sucks… but the Middle Seat column on the WSJ is pretty good and last week they shared some money saving tips about buying airline tickets. Many of these tips are well known, having been passed from frugal flyer to frugal flyer, but I still enjoy reading them because […]

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Disney Scraps/Denies Plan to Limit Roaming Characters

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Disney Scraps/Denies Plan to Limit Roaming Characters

A week ago, Mouse Planet reported that Disneyland was planning on limiting the number of roaming characters, they’re known as “walkarounds” or “atmosphere characters,” in order to increase their PhotoPass sales (they’ve since backed down). Atmosphere characters just wander the park interacting with guests, which includes photographs. When you take your own photo, you don’t […]

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Port of Baltimore Sets Passenger Record

January 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Port of Baltimore Sets Passenger Record

It’s a modest record compared to other ports but Baltimore saw off 210,549 cruise passengers in 2010 on 91 cruises, an increase from 2009 where 167,235 passengers departed on 81 cruises. It’s really convenient to cruise out of your home city but you do pay a small price for that convenience. Most of the cruises […]

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New Southwest Rapid Rewards Program

January 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Southwest Rapid Rewards Program

The most appealing thing about Southwest’s old Rapid Rewards program was how easy it was to understand. You flew eight round-trips and you earned a Rapid Rewards voucher good for a seat on any flight, subject to seat limitations and blackout dates. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Now, Southwest is migrating towards a […]

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Delta Flyers Bid on Bumping Compensation

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off on Delta Flyers Bid on Bumping Compensation

Alex at Marginal Revolution shared a photo of what Delta’s been doing to figure out how to compensate bumped passengers – they’re having customers bid when they check in. Gone are the days when they try to guess… throwing out free flights, $300 vouchers, $500 vouchers, etc. Now they’ll just pick the cheapest and work […]

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Duncan House in Polymath Park Resort

January 6th, 2011 · Comments Off on Duncan House in Polymath Park Resort

Over the holiday break, we spent a night at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Donald C. Duncan House at Polymath Park in Acme, Pennsylvania. We were there to celebrate the thirtieth birthday of one of our good friends and the Duncan House was a fantastic venue to do it. The Duncan House is a prefab […]

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New Rome Hotel Tax

January 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on New Rome Hotel Tax

As a part of the austerity measures in Europe, the Italian government has cut funding to Italian cities. This cut has led the city of Rome to institute a new hotel tax of €3 per person per night at four and five star hotels, €2 for lower categories with children exempt from the new tax. […]

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