Marriott Replacement Benefit, Busted Myth to Save Money on Flights, Are Airbnbs Cheaper than Hotels?

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Marriott Bonvoy members, ask for your resort fee replacement benefit. – It always frustrates me when I get charged a resort fee for benefits I’m already entitled to with my elite status. I never knew this existed, but it comes at the perfect time since I’m getting ready for a Marriott stay for a conference in Orlando. Have you ever tried to get a replacement benefit?

Google Flights just busted a popular myth about saving money on flights. – This “hack” used to work a long time ago, but it has been dead for years. Airlines dynamically price their tickets based on seats sold, time of year, etc. You no longer get the best deal by buying tickets on a Tuesday. That said, it is still cheaper to fly on certain days of the week. So plan accordingly if you have flexibility in your travel days.

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This Airline Has Offered One Rare Amenity Since 1952 — and It’s Still the Coolest Thing in the Skies. – If I have a choice, I pick KLM every time just because of this awesome collectible amenity. Scarlett and I grabbed a couple when we flew to Belgium a couple of years ago. And they’re still sitting in our family’s kitchen today.

Why Travelers Are Being Encouraged to Apply for TSA PreCheck Instead of Global Entry. – Global Entry applications are severely backed up with processing times taking 6 to 18 months. It’s easier to find a TSA PreCheck interview location, and you can use the free Mobile Passport Control app in the meantime when traveling internationally.

Are Airbnbs Cheaper Than Hotels? – While we had a great experiece on our first Airbnb stay, I wouldn’t pick them for overnight stays. The cleaning fees that many hosts charge make it too expensive for just one night. However, if you’re traveling with a large group or staying for more than a few days, staying at an Airbnb can make sense. Before you book your stay, read our 11 pros and cons of Airbnb that you need to know.

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