Travel News Round-Up
Week Ending July 21, 2012

By Marianne Schwab | Best Travel Deals Tips Blog

The travel news round-up for Mid-July marks the halfway point of summer. On the downside, summer is more than half over. On the upside, we still have five more weeks of summer weekends before Labor Day so it's time to make the most of it.

This week, we have tips on how to avoid the vacation from hell with a link to the entire episode of ABC-TV's 20/20 episode of Vacation Confidential plus info on tipping and the most incredible travel deal ever caused by a computer snafu. You may want to bookmark this page as you may want to refer back to these money-saving travel tips from time to time.

Should United Honor 4 Miles + $43 to Hong Kong?

When Brian Kelly's intern called to alert him to chatter on FlyerTalk, a popular frequent-flier website about an extraordinary airfare deal to Asia, Kelly jumped on it and booked a first-class, round-trip ticket from New York to Hong Kong. Total cost? Four frequent flier miles and $43.

Kelly, a travel expert who runs a website called The Points Guy, is no stranger to "error fares," as they're called in the industry. Typically, an error fare will leave off a zero on the price, or something similar. But Kelly said errors on rewards tickets are far more unusual. More

From @ABCNewsTravel

Did You Miss 20/20's Vacation Confidential?

Finally, your vacation is here. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, everything. Insider tips to make sure you don't get stuck with the vacation from hell from screaming babies in the airplane to vacation rental travel scams to dodging pickpockets. If you missed this broadcast last week, no worries. You can watch the entire info packed episode here.

From @TravelProducer

Tipping and traveling: Does everyone expect something extra?

Tipping is a hot-button issue for travelers, we've found. A recent USA TODAY online survey on whether to give the driver of the rental-car airport shuttle something extra generated more than 7,350 votes.

More than a third of respondents said they tip $1 or more; a third said it depends on their mood or if the driver helps with their bags; and a quarter said no, that tipping doesn't cross their mind or shouldn't be expected for a free service.More

From @MalloryOnTravel

Best Waterfalls In U.S. National Parks

Waterfalls are the perfect destination for a summertime hike — the areas around them tend to be cooler during hot days, and they are meditative as well. Standing near thousands of gallons of water running over a precipice and crashing below reminds us of the power, and the beauty, of the natural world. Kids always love a good waterfall (adults aren’t immune to its powers either), and waterfalls tend to be some of the most popular destinations in our national parks. Here are some of our favorites. More

From @SkySteward

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You're packed and ready to go on vacation, so now comes the most important issue at hand: avoiding jet lag when you arrive at your destination. A survey by Conde Naste said that 93% of travelers get jet lag but you don't have to be one of them if you use my tips.
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About Marianne Schwab
TV Travel Show Producer

For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer, Marianne Schwab, has been collecting money saving travel tips as a travel producer for high profile television programs. She has flown all over the world and produced live television productions on location from Caesar's Palace on the Vegas Strip to the beautiful island of Oahu. Read more