GROUP MENTALITY - TRIP TUTOR


LARGE NUMBERS EQUAL BUYING POWER, BUT...... you don’t have to organize a Shriners’ convention to tap into sweet deals. Whether you’re planfling a family reunion or a gathering of college chums, there are websites that will negotiate group discounts and book multiple rooms or cabins instantaneously (services the big travel sites don’t offer).


NEED A STRING OF ADJOINING ROOMS OR PERHAPS AN ENTIRE FLOOR?


Let Groople grapple with availability and pricing of hotel rooms in an unfamiliar city (888-447-6675; (www.groople.com). Another nifty feature: its Group Cruise Wizard, which not only pinpoints an available suitable cruise for your crew but also gives you the option to let everybody select and pay for his or her individual state-room online. Group Travel Planet negotiates deep discounts with 10.000 group friendly” hotels (you have to book a minimum of five rooms) and lets you manage all the comings and goings via an easy-to-navigate online account (866-216-3010; www.grouptravelplanet.com). And, like Groople. human backup is a mere toll-free call away.


The only hitch with either site? Each makes the job of travel planner look so easy you’ll be stuck with it for reunions to come.


L.B.

SOURCE:

AARP Magazine

March&April 2006. (Pg. 16)




 

PARKS PERKS.


NOTHING BEATS THE SPLENDOR of America’s National Parks. But access to many parks can be limited during the peak season, making it very smart to plan ahead and obtain a “GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT.”


They just happen to be available at any federal site where entrance fees are charged. The pass is a steal at $10.00. It provides people 62 or older----and their immediate families—with FREE LIFETIME admission to parks, wildlife refuges, and monuments, plus 50 % off on all tours, camping, and boating.


For more information: 888-467-2757 or www.nps.gov/fees-passes.htm.



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