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Travel News You Can Use

By Judy Newell

This week I’m offering you some great travel related websites that you might not know about!

Auto Europe

Good for air travel, accommodations, and car rentals in Europe.

Preview first- and business-class dining menus and see pictures of actual airline meals. More than 300 airlines are represented, from Aer Lingus to Yangon Airways.

Cruise Mates

Provides information for experienced and aspiring cruisers.

Locates the best gas prices at service stations throughout the United States and Canada.

Good for last-minute travel deals.

Hostelling International USA

Book an inexpensive bed or a private room from Hostelling International—choose from affiliates in 60 countries and more than 5,000 hotels.

Real-time auction system that allows users to bid on the price they would like to pay for a specific service as well as the type of car.

By using this website, which offers coupons for discounts on parking at (or near) 47 U.S. airports and several U.K. locations, travelers can save up to 70 percent.

Allows consumers to exchange points and miles from one participating loyalty program to another to achieve the rewards they want faster than ever before. To date, the Points Exchange has attracted close to 40 partners, including American Airlines, InterContinental Hotels, Amtrak, Delta SkyMiles, and Fairmont

Hotel Shark

Publishes unvarnished guest opinions of hotels.


Offers savings of up to 60 percent on various hotels, including Sonesta and Loews properties.


Provides quick access to 120,000 vacation rentals worldwide.

Side Step

This free program downloads to your Web browser and searches for cheap fares on more than 585 airlines.

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Finds unsold airline seats, hotel rooms, and rental cars and bundles them into reduced-rate vacation packages for last-minute travelers.

Lets travelers to major European cities purchase passes (often at discounted prices) for museums, sightseeing tours, and ground transportation before beginning their vacations. The tickets are received within 48 hours.

Virtual Tourist

Get insider destination advice from fellow travelers—450,000 members from 220 countries—who have just been there.

Where to Stay

Searches hotels, villas, and vacation packages in the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, and Hawaii.


Details the pros and cons of different frequent-flier programs.


Sources: Travel Weekly, Crystal Cruises, Tauck, Travel Pulse, Bermuda Tourism, AMA Waterways


Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes in custom-designed tour and cruise travel. She presents “Travel Tuesdays”, a free seminar on travel topics at the Biblioteca Publica – the next seminar will be August 28. Topics will be announced in Que Pasa. Contact Judy by email at


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