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7. Think Like a Luddite

Everyone might be logging on to Priceline, but here’s an even better tool: your telephone. “Individual hotels are offering unprecedented discounts, which decreases the advantage of opaque bidding sites,” says Bjorn Hanson, associate professor at New York University’s Tisch Center. “Just call a reservation agent and ask what he or she can do for you. People are landing spectacular deals out there.” Before dialing, Hanson suggests searching for the lowest rates online. Armed with this info, call a hotel and say, “I found a rate that was $X, but that’s more than I can spend. Is there any kind of special package?” These days, the answer is almost always yes.

HOT DEAL

Yampu’s 11-Day Lima and Cuzco Tour
yampu.com
2008: $3,605
2009: $2,918

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