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The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status (Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating) (Travelers' Tales Guides) [Paperback]

Joel L Widzer
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28 Mar 2008 Travelers' Tales Guides
This new edition of "The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel" provides readers with the secrets and wisdom necessary to travel first class on a tight budget. Engaging and entertaining true-life travel anecdotes demonstrate how the luxury travel experience is not impossible for most travelers, while, in down-to-earth, accessible language, the author tells travelers exactly what to do and not to do to travel in style. "Quick Tips" reinforce the most important information in each chapter, and "Key Points" provide a step-by-step summary at the each chapter's end. Over 30 pages of appendices provide listings of toll-free numbers, comparison charts of airline, hotel, and car rental frequent-user programs, as well as relevant Internet sites and software programs.

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales, Incorporated; 3rd edition (28 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193236157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932361575
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,528,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joel Widzer (born August 25, 1961) is an American author of travel related literature, consultant, media figure, and travel strategist. He received his BS from Pepperdine University--Malibu (1986), his PhD from United States International University (renamed Alliant International University) (2001), also known as the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management He is currently the managing partner of JlwConsulting a division of JetReady LLC.

In 1999 he wrote The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel--The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Service.

Widzer pioneer writing about luxury travel at a discount. Previous to his work the conventional wisdom among travelers' was to get the lowest price travel without concern to experience. His efforts in seeking the value proposition of travel were precursors to what eventually evolved into a new body of travel discussing luxury at a discount. Most notable are his strategies for obtaining first class upgrades which has been profiled in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and the TV show Inside Edition among others. Joseph Micthelli wrote in his 2008 book The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company that Widzer put is best by saying that "We all work hard in whatever field of endeavor we have chosen, and so it is vital to reward ourselves whenever we have the opportunity. I have found luxury travel to be a well-deserved reward for hard work."

Widzer's travel writing gained national exposure in 2005 when he started writing for Tripso.com which led to his writing for MSNBC. While writing for Tripso.com Widzer was widely criticized in travel blogs as an apologist or shell for the airlines .
Within the same article he outlined six contrarian strategies:

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Who says loyalty isn't appreciated? Follow the advice laid out in The Penny Pincher's Passport to Luxury Travel and you may find yourself wallowing in the pleasures of luxury without breaking the bank-- especially if you travel often and stick like glue to one company. Grateful airlines and hotels often respond to such brand loyalty with free seats or room upgrades, the first steps towards living the life of Riley at the same costs as those Joes cramped behind in coach. Widzer--with a business degree from Pepperdine, a career in marketing and a million-mile award from his chosen airline--knows all the ropes when it comes to the business side of travelling in comfort and explains how to ask the appropriate questions to get the desired results. If you're paying full price because you booked last minute, for example, asking for perks often gets you luxury extras. Widzer shares strategies for saving money depending on if the dollar is strong or weak; regularly obtaining airline seat, hotel room and car rental upgrades; effectively voicing (and being compensated for) complaints, as well as knowing whom to tip when. With an appendix of travel resources, this is the book for those who are willing to do their homework in order to win the prize. --Stephanie Gold --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Anyone with champagne tastes and a beer budget is sure to appreciate this very wise guidebook." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful 26 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
I found it extremely helpful as I began to plan for an upcoming trip; I avoided many hassles and got a great hotel upgrade. I knew exactly what to ask for and who to ask. It's clear from his extensive research and wide range of knowledge that Widzer is obviously the authority on travel-he knows his stuff.
I'll definitely turn to this book again and again, and have already referred it to a number of friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Won't regret buying 26 Jun 2004
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Here's a book you won't regret buying. Sure, the author does loads of high-end luxury travel. But he passes along insights and tips sure to make even the occasional traveler more comfortable and confident. Getting preferential treatment in airline clubrooms, and freebies and perks from some of the most luxurious hotels, is sometimes possible; it all has to do with approach, civility, consistency and rewarding those who are kind enough to help you out in your travels, either with a tip or a letter of commendation. On a recent family trip I applied the authors' tips and our free airline tickets were booked in the premier seating area (it's not first class, but it's in the front of the plane). And when I mentioned my husband's loyalty to The Breakers Hotel for his business travel to Palm Beach, Fla., an attentive reservation clerk upgraded our accommodations to the hotel's exclusive Flagler Club level. Upgrades of that quality make the book well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Penny Pincher's Guide to Luxury Travel 2 July 2004
Format:Paperback
There is some great advice in this book. This book is tremendously useful. The author gives tips that I didn't consider before reading his book. It is easy to read and has step-by-step ways to get better treatment and status. I think it is a book for every traveller, no matter how much money you have or how often you travel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a concept ! 26 Jun 2004
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Format:Paperback
As a frequent flier junkie from way back, I find most of the tips to be good practical advice that doesn't make me cringe in embarrassment! What a concept!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Penny Pincher's Guide to Luxury Travel 30 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
I'm not sure what this fellow is talking about. There is some great advice
in this book. My cover is different than the one I saw on the site (it is
the 2nd edition), so maybe the first one isn't as good. All I know is this
book is tremendously useful. The author gives tips that I didn't consider
before reading his book. It is easy to read and has step-by-step ways to
get better treatment and status. I think it is a book for every traveller,
no matter how much money you have or how often you travel.
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