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Does Having a Reservation Mean You'll Have a Rental Car When the Time Comes?

Do You Know Your Rights and Limitations When It Comes to Overbooking Travel Issues? Part 3 – Rental Cars

Even Jerry Seinfeld had an issue with a rental car company overbooking. Remember this episode?

Jerry: I don’t understand. Do you have my reservation?
Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.
Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation.
Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.
Jerry: I don’t think you do. You see, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them. Continue reading

What Are Your Rights and Limitations if Your Hotel is Overbooked?

Do You Know Your Rights and Limitations When It Comes to Overbooking Travel Issues? Part 2 – Hotels

You’ve made it to your destination, you’re tired, it’s late, and you can’t wait to get settled into your hotel room. You get to the front desk only to be told there are no rooms available. How can that be? You have a reservation.  You could also run into a scenario that happened to me a couple of years ago. Two weeks before I was leaving on a business trip, I received an email from the hotel stating that they cancelled my reservation. No reason was given. It was just cancelled and I had to scramble to book a room somewhere else and ended up in a hotel quite a distance from my meetings. Continue reading

Passenger Rights - What Are They for Air Travel?

Do You Know Your Rights and Limitations When It Comes to Overbooking Travel Issues? Part 1 – Air Travel

By now, I’m sure everyone has at least heard about the unfortunate incident on a United flight last week where a man was forcibly removed from a plane. I’m not going to get into what was wrong with that particular scenario, but being a frequent traveler and travel blogger, I read people’s comments on social media and quickly realized that the casual traveler knows very little about overbooking and denial of service. In addition, it’s not always easy to find information about a travel company’s policies to find out one’s rights if that happens so I hope the overview below will help.

Know Your Air Travel RightsFirst, know that overbooking doesn’t just happen with the airlines. Hotels do it. Rental car companies do it, too. Companies in the travel industry have learned over the years that they can count on a certain percentage of no shows and cancellations. Then, they sell more seats or rooms or cars than they have available, gambling that there will be enough cancellations or no shows to cover it. Sometimes that happens; other times it can turn into a nightmare for a traveler who has very little recourse.

Since this is such a huge topic, today I’m just going to cover airlines. Next week, I will cover hotels and then the following week I will cover rental car companies so be sure to check back for more information. Continue reading

The Perfect Mother's Day Getaway on Disney Cruise Line

An Ultimate Mother’s Day Getaway Weekend on Disney Cruise Line

Looking for a great Mother’s Day Weekend Getaway? This month’s Blogorail Peach Loop is full of ideas for Mother’s Day Weekend Getaways sure to please the moms in your life.

What does a perfect Mother’s Day Weekend getaway look like? Breakfast in bed? A spa package? Fun times with the kids? Free babysitting and a romantic evening with dad? How about just no cooking and cleaning for a couple of days? Perfect, right? That’s what I’m expecting for my Mother’s Day Weekend on Disney Cruise Line. Continue reading

Fall in Phoenix? It Must Be Time for the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are exploring pumpkin patches, family farms, and more Fall fun! Our stop is the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party!

Fall in Phoenix? Visit Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili PartyIt’s fall and in many areas, that brings images of beautiful leaves changing colors and picking apples. In our Arizona desert, though, many of our trees stay green all year and apple orchards are rare. What we do have, though, is an amazing Pumpkin & Chili Party at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona.

My family has made a visit to the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party an annual tradition. It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin and why get one from a store when you can pick one straight from the patch? Schnepf Farms has two patches to choose from, one with larger pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns and a smaller one for pies or decoration.

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention the chili. It is great and served with cornbread, corn on the cob, and a brownie. If chili isn’t your thing, they also offer grilled chicken breasts, hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, pulled pork, brats, succotash, and more. You won’t go hungry!! My son’s favorite treat is the glowing cotton candy. Who knew that serving cotton candy on a glow stick would make the whole thing glow? It’s really fun.

Fall in Phoenix? Visit Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili PartyBut that’s not all. Schnepf Farms is huge!! We spend much of our time at the amusement park area. There are rides for smaller children like spinning airplanes and lady bugs and honeybees. Older children and adults enjoy the small roller coaster and swings. The tunnel slide built into a small hill is fun and my son really loves the country road rally where one drives a pedal-powered car around a track. This year, they’ve also added a zip line.

Fall in Phoenix? Visit Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili PartyWhat’s a farm without animals? Schnepf Farms has a petting zoo. Get up close and personal with goats, a cow, a horse, and more. There are small machines where food is dispensed (bring quarters) so that guests can feed the animals. For even more fun, kids can enjoy a pony ride, but for me, the best animal attraction is Hillbilly Bob’s Pig Races. Watching those little pigs race around the track is so amusing. They have different colored bandanas so you can cheer your favorite on.

If you’re in for a challenge, try the 10 acre corn maze. I will admit I’ve gotten lost in there once. For less of a challenge, there’s also a smaller corn maze, only 4 acres. Each year, the corn maze is a different design. This year, it’s a picture of Mark Schnepf, one of the owners, which I think is sweet. Past corn maze celebrities have included Oprah Winfrey, Larry Fitzgerald, and Muhammad Ali.

But that’s still not all. There’s a train ride (which is kid-friendly during the day and haunted for older kids and adults after dark), hay rides, jumping pillows (think bounce house without the sides), miniature golf, a rock climbing wall, Lil Farmers Play Yard, Extreme Canine Dog Show, a farmhouse museum, shops (try some of the canned goodies like bread n’ butter pickles, they also sell pie), crafts, bonfires for marshmallow roasting (can be rented for a private party which includes marshmallows, roasting sticks, and picnic tables), and on Friday and Saturday evenings, fireworks.

Fall in Phoenix? Visit Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili PartySchnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party runs Thursdays through Sundays October 1 – October 30. Hours are Thursdays 10am – 9pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am – 10pm, and Sundays 10am – 9pm. Tickets are $18 plus tax at the gate. Discounted tickets can be purchased for $15.00 each at any Fry’s location. SRP also has a coupon for buy one, get one free that is valid on Thursdays.

The admission price includes nearly everything including all the shows, the amusement park rides, the petting zoo, and the museum. There is a small fee for the train rides and pony rides. Food, of course, is also extra. For example, the chili meal is $12; hot dogs are $3. Pumpkins are priced by size.

Want to know more? Check out Schnepf Farms’ short 1-minute video.  It’s made me excited to go again this year!!! I can’t wait!


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