The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status

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In this remarkable book, world travel expert Joel L. Widzer reveals his method for traveling in the lap of luxury without breaking the bank. Joel's techniques are simple, proven, and available to even the infrequent traveler. Fulfill Your Travel Dreams Now!

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Overview

In this remarkable book, world travel expert Joel L. Widzer reveals his method for traveling in the lap of luxury without breaking the bank. Joel's techniques are simple, proven, and available to even the infrequent traveler. Fulfill Your Travel Dreams Now!

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Widzer believes in traveling in style but without paying luxury rates. He manages to achieve this using his travel experience (he flies at least 100,000 air miles each year) and his knowledge of the travel industry. By carefully maintaining customer loyalty and by knowing exactly who, how, and when to ask, Widzer manages to get much more than he pays for. Here he explains how. Arranged topically in ten chapters, clear explanations with examples detail how to leverage customer loyalty and travel mishaps. Examples and strategies attempt to cover all types of travelers, from very frequent to infrequent, but are more effective for frequent travelers. Customer service providers may find this interesting as an analysis of what quality really means to a customer. Purchase for larger public libraries.--Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Briarwood, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932361049
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales Guides, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Travelers' Tales Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents


A Journey into the Great Unknown: Traveling Like the Rich and Famous     1
A Lifetime of Loyalty: Reaping the Rewards of Leverage     7
Your Travel Partners: Creating a Match Made in Heaven: The Secret of My Success (and Yours)     34
A Contrarian Strategy: Traveling Against the Grain     56
Flying Right: First Class at Coach Prices     92
Getting Those Upgrades: Additional Techniques for Flying First Class at Coach Prices     134
Fit For a King: Sleeping at Five-Star Hotels at a Fraction of the Cost     165
The Mercedes Mentality: Driving a Premium Car at Discount Prices     203
Credit Cards: Spending for Rewards     230
Tips on Tips: Knowing Whom to Tip, How to Tip, and When to Tip     251
Caveat Emptor: Know Before You Go     274
Travel Mishaps: Turning Misfortune into Fortune     306
Using the Internet for Traveling First Class at Coach Prices: New Resources for Getting What You Want     330
Epilogue: And Now You Are on Your Way     342
Resources and References     345
Traveling First Class at Coach Prices
Insiders' Tips
What Do I Read?
How to Compare and Research Fares and Rates
General Information Travel Web sites
My Select List of Hotel Chains
Car Rental Companies
Credit Card Frequently Asked Questions
Frequent Flyer, Elite Status, and UpgradeInformation     362
Glossary: Insider Jargon to Make You Sound Like a Pro     364
Acknowledgments     374
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