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Traveling By The Book

The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2009 - by Sehlinger & Testa With over 4 million copies having been sold this latest edition is sure to be a hit.  The guide is based on evaluations from readers surveys and other research compiled by a group unbiased "mickey mouse" inspectors. From The Publishers:
    "A Tourist's Best Friend!" â€" Chicago Sun-Times "Indispensable" â€" The New York Times Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide:
    1. Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as four hours of standing in line in a single day
    2. New color section with practical information for your trip
    3. Almost 250 hotels rated and ranked for quality and value, including the top non-Disney hotels for familiesÂ
    4. A complete Dining Guide with ratings and reviews of all Walt Disney World restaurants, plus extensive alternatives for dining deals outside the WorldÂ
    5. Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective, head-to-head comparisons of the Disney and Universal theme parks
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Missed Your Flight: Pay Big Bucks

airplane iconRead a recent article where a couple flying from Los Angeles to Rome who got cornered into paying $10,000 as their discount tickets went bad. The American Airlines flight they took from LAX to New York was delayed and the couple missed their Alitalia flight for Rome.

Due to a lack of communication/partnerships between American and Alitalia they were forced into purchasing one-way seats only to discover after arriving in Rome that their non-refundable return tickets had been voided when they missed their NYC to Rome flight. They then had to purchase return flights.

How do you avoid such disasters?

- Find and use a good travel agent.

- Buy trip insurance.

- Book with airline alliance partners.  When a partner sells you a seat on another partner airline they are responsible for resolving problems.

- Fly Non-Stop and avoid congested airports.  And if your trip involves a scheduled cruise or tour, plan on arriving a day early.