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MOB #34 – Chasing Down Money, Travel Tips & 7 Vacation Spots

June 18th, 2008 · podcasts

This week we discuss a couple incidents that occurred in our lives recently. The first was a medical provider who owed us a credit for services rendered, but was holding the money. The second was the expiration of some frequent flyer miles. Both incidents taught us lessons.

Gas Price Update: $4.56/gallon

Next, we discussed 10 travel tips that we’ve gathered over the many years that we’ve traveled. Talli as the member of a family that traveled extensively and David as the son of a United Airlines employee and as an ex-process consultant for Accenture.

Discount Travel Sites Mentioned:
Travelzoo – A site we use often.
Sherman’s Travel – A site we check sometimes.
Priceline – Good when you’re very flexible in travel times.
Orbitz – We always check this site, then compare the best price against that airline’s own site just in case they have a lower price there. Sometimes, they do.
Hotwire They offer a trip watcher to tell you when the price for a specific trip drops.
Gate 1 Travel – The site we use for most of our trips abroad. Look for the special deals.

Next we discuss an article entitled “Vacation where the dollar is still strong” by Sheridan Prasso of Money Magazine. We discuss the seven options that she has put forth. We’ve only visited two so far, but a lot of them sound good.

Finally we listened to some feedback from Matt from Seattle. He recommended two websites:
www.fatwallet.com – A coupon and cash back member site. During the podcast I was incorrect. It isn’t $20 of cash back accumulated to get a check. It’s actually $10.
www.dinkytown.com – 300 financial calculators (Very useful)

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