Restaurants. Get what you can.

Dress to impress, ask for the rest. Fancy restaurants are usually much, much cheaper at lunchtime than they are in the evening … again this comes back to the flexibility thing … if you are prepared to do your upmarket …

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Hotels.

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Speak up if you’re unhappy. If you are not satisfied with the room you are first offered … have no qualms about asking for an alternative.  We remember one stay at a Lake Toxaway resort hotel in North Carolina (www.greystoneinn.com) …

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Frequent flyer cards.

They are worth applying for Some airlines will give upgrade priority to passenger who sport their “loyalty” card … even one at the most basic level Just like frequent flyer cards, hotel loyalty cards can fairly quickly generate enough points …

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Hotels. Getting the most out of your stay.

Burrow through chain hotel web-sites. Often their luxury brands will offer the same type of deals (e.g. 3 nights for the price 2) on the luxury hotels as are offered on the bread-and-butter ones Be flexible … if you can …

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Hotel upgrades.

Take a punt, there’s nothing to lose. Large chains, such as Hyatt, will normally charge if you ask for a room upgrade (you will have the option of utilizing some of your hotel loyalty points you have been earning so …

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Car Hire.

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Work with local preferences. In the US the real cost of motoring is considerably cheaper than in Europe.  Use this to your advantage.  If you want to drive a convertible or an SUV for a few days or a week …

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