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Travel on the Cheap
September 8, 2000

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If last week's Labor Day weekend is the criteria, then the nation's airlines aren't in all that bad a shape. But, if you traveled at any other time this summer, you know that's not the case.

However, United, the world's largest airline, has reached a new agreement with their pilots. United's facing a pilot-shortage right now and all summer-long, its current employees have been refusing to work overtime. That means the airline was stuck canceling thousands of flights a month and passengers were left holding the bag. This agreement will let United come up with a more dependable schedule for customers.

Well, usually when a airline gets through a major problem, it will try something to win you back. In the past that meant big fare sales. But I called Terry Trippler, the resident travel guru for OneTravel.com, and he told me those days are gone.

By the way, One Travel.com was named the best discount booker by Yahoo Internet Life.

Now, if you can loosen your grip on your frequent flyer card, there are a few hints for beating the system and getting good fares. But like most things in life, it ain't easy. We asked Joel Leach, the author of "Airfare Secrets Exposed." Joel told us that if you want to beat the big boys, you've got to be savvy, and pitting travel agents against each other and against the Internet is the best way to do it.

Another way to see the world, maybe even circumnavigate it, is by boat. But booking a cruise through an agent, or even online, can be very expensive. For the last minute traveler, however, a number of cruise auction sites have sprung up on the web, where you can find good deals on even several week trips.

However, if you're adventurous, and I mean really adventurous, there is another way to travel around the world for no money at all. This isn't for everybody. You have to be willing to work, but for people like writer and traveler John Bowe, the sacrifices are well worth the experience. John was traveling the world and he found himself in Brazil with no money and no way to get back to the states. That's when he remembered a story he heard about trading hard labor for the right of passage. Listen to him tell this tale.

Savvy Resources

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For cruise deals and auctions, check:


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