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Travel Secrets Winners

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ASK FOR HELP AFTER HOURS

The after-hours staff at most large hotels often have more free time to assist you in making plans (restaurant reservations, day trips, or unique cultural events) than those on duty during prime check-in/checkout periods.
—Forest Redding, Muskogee, OK


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TAKE A COOKING CLASS

To really experience a destination fully and enjoy the best meal in town, sign up for a cooking class. You'll dine like a native and pick up other valuable travel tips from your fellow students.
—Erica Klein, Jersey City, NJ


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SNAP YOUR SUITCASE

Take a picture of the contents of your suitcase before you go. If your bag gets lost, you can claim everything accurately.
—Stephanie Holcomb, Vinton, VA


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GET PAID FOR DELAYS

If you're involuntarily bumped from a domestic flight and are then scheduled to get to your destination two or more hours later than your original arrival time, the Department of Transportation requires airlines to pay you up to $400. (This is known as the "Bumping Rule.") Even if the airline puts you on an alternate flight that is supposed to get in within two hours, they may still have to pay you up to $200.
—Jim Mean, Beaverton, OR


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CHECK BEFORE YOU INSURE

Check with your credit card companies before buying car insurance directly from rental agencies. Some companies provide insurance if you put the car rental on their card.
—Carol McGowen, Austin, TX


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