Doc Travel’s Savvy Travel Tips

Everyone wants to get good value from their travel dollar. But “value”
doesn’t mean you have to choose the cheapest option. We’ll show you
how to save money on some parts of your vacation so you can splurge
on others that really matter to you. To make your funds go further,
rely on the experts at American Express Travel. After all, their job is to
monitor travel trends. They can help you cut through the clutter—the
countless articles, ads, bits of advice and so on that bombard everyone
planning a vacation—to find great insider offers. You can also use this
handy guide to deals and terminology to hone your choices.

Free Air or Air Inclusive
Airfare to the departure point is
included in the price.
Air Fare

Single Supplement
This is an extra fee, above the “double
occupancy” fee specified, that you must pay
to get a room to yourself. Some companies
will help you find a roommate, if you want
one. And some offer special promotions
when they waive the supplement entirely.

Resort Fee
This is an extra charge for
amenities such as sports
equipment at a hotel property.

Blackout Dates
These are periods—usually holidays and high
seasons—when an offer is not available.

Land Only
The price includes most transportation at your
destination—such as motorcoach travel—but
not the airfare or other transportation costs
of getting to the departure point.

Double Occupancy or Twin Share
These terms refer to two people staying in the same
room, but—despite a similarity in terminology—
don’t necessarily specify the type of bed. If you
want a double bed or two single beds, ask.

Off Season
This is the least popular time
to travel to a destination,
when prices are usually lower.

Seasonal Surcharge
This is an extra fee you will pay to take
advantage of an offer during popular times
of the year, such as winter at a ski resort.

Peak Period or High Season
This is the most popular time to travel to a
destination, when prices are usually higher.
Minimum-Night Stay
To receive the deal, you must stay
at the hotel for a certain number
of nights, specified by the
company presenting the offer.

Transportation between the
ship or hotel and the airport.

Port Charges
Fees that a destination charges to the cruise line for the right to dock
there. The cruise line often charges them to passengers separately.

Stateroom or Cabin
Usually the smallest and most basic
accommodation on a ship. “Outside” refers
to a stateroom with a window and “inside”
refers to a stateroom with no window.

Shipboard Credit
An amount you can spend on additional amenities
that are not included in the basic cruise price, such
as spa treatments and shore excursions.

Fuel Surcharge
An extra fee that may be levied if
the price of fuel rises dramatically,
either before or after a booking
has been made.

Verandah or Balcony
A private outdoor seating area
opening off a stateroom or suite.

A room that is larger than a basic
stateroom, often including a
separate sitting area. A mini-suite
is slightly bigger than a standard
stateroom but smaller than a suite.

One of the biggest suites on the ship. Depending on the line,
it may include a dining room, a kitchen, luxury amenities like
a piano or butler service and several bedrooms.

Shore Excursion
A land tour of a destination
close to a ship’s port of call,
usually lasting a day or less.

A multiday trip by bus, train or other
vehicle, before or after a cruise.

A multiday portion of an extended cruise that can be
booked as a separate trip. For instance, a 108-day world
cruise might be broken into multiple segments lasting
from 7 to 16 days each; passengers can book one or more
segments or take the whole cruise. Unlike round-trip
cruises, segments usually start and end in different ports.


SIX WAYS to extend your budget…without feeling pinched.

1. Gather a group and rent a
villa. You’ll get lots of space at
prices comparable to a hotel
room, as well as a handy kitchen.

2. Make lunch your big meal. Many
restaurants offer the same fare at lunch that
they serve at dinner, but at a lower price.
Indulge in the midday meal and use the
savings to splurge on theater tickets later.

3. Fly into smaller airports. You may save a
lot of money—and time sitting in traffic—
if you’re willing to drive a little farther to
reach your ultimate destination.

4. Travel off season or midweek.
Check with your American Express Travel
professional first, though. A bargain isn’t
a bargain if it puts you on the beach
during hurricane season.

5. Travel closer to home. You can
use the money you save on gas or
airfare to upgrade to a suite.

Ask your American Express Travel
professional about free night
promotions and other special deals.

Pay with Points
Use Membership Rewards Pay with Points at American Express Travel to enhance your travel options. Fly any airline, anytime, with no blackout dates or seat restrictions. You can also book hotels, cruises and vacation packages using Pay with Points. Choose to pay for all or part of your trip with points—you can use cash to top up the balance. To get traveling, contact one of our knowledgeable travel professionals.

Use Our Knowledge
These are only a few of the many factors that American Express Travel professionals balance and juggle as they plan your customized vacation. Put their expertise to work for you—it’s one of the wisest investments you can make in your next vacation. Call your American Express Travel professional today.