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5 Things a Travel Adviser Does That You Totally Can't

5 Things a Travel Adviser Does That You Totally Can't

Who's gonna get you the best hotel deal or tell you not to take that cruise during an outbreak of the latest super bug? A travel adviser, that's who.


Author's Note: 10 Tips for Finding the Lowest Airfares

Views among experts vary on the accuracy of fare predictions, but they vary between "they're sometimes right" and "please, give me a break." I didn't come across anyone who put a whole lot of stock in them beyond what any non-expert would know: You'll pay more to get to Miami in December than in August, and more to fly absolutely anywhere on Dec. 23 than, well, any other time.

It seems, both from delving into forums and from some anecdotal evidence (my cousin scoring tickets from New York to Ft. Lauderdale on two days' notice in December for 87 bucks, total) that a lot of the game is luck. That's not to say these tips won't work, but only that obsessing about it might be a waste of time.

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