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Travel Perks

August 17th, 2019 at 07:07 am

My husband uses those off site parking lots and shuttles to the airport when he flies for work. We do the same when we fly, at least at this airport, since it is far cheaper. My husband earned enough rewards with this particular lot to get parking for our next trip free! Our cost would have been $54.

I'm thankful I found a cat sitter. She is charging me $30 for this next trip. If I had to put our cat in a kennel, she would be there six nights (we are only gone four, but the hours would require her to be there ahead of us a day and stay an extra day) which would have cost us $90.

We were able to get a discount on our hotel by using military family pricing. Sometimes we use the military rate, but this hotel chain is a bit more strict with requiring that it be official duty. I completely understand that, which I guess is why they have this specific rate. I saved $25 that way, and compared to some other hotels I looked at I could have spent another $50 more. Of course, we could have gone to even lower end chains, but my husband is never pleased with those. So we did get a rate we are happy with.

We will be borrowing either my mother's car or our daughter's car to take our youngest daughter to her school. So this time we have saved the cost of a rental car. That doesn't always work, but it will this time.

Oh, I guess the last thing I will mention is that my husband's latest trip will net us about $100 in excess per diem. He just didn't spend as much on food as they allow and pay for. That's definitely a perk, and I should toss that onto our Big Goal.

4 Responses to “Travel Perks”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    My son works for the Department of Labor, and travels a lot for work. He makes a nice regular income from the per diem, opting to use cheaper hotels and buying inexpensive meals.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I also get a per diem when I travel for work. I think it's a little silly, as I never spend as much on food as they allow. I would actually be happy to submit a receipt for meals and they could reimburse me the actual cost up to their acceptable amount. I often take my own snack food from home, bring a water bottle to fill in the airport after going through security, and buy gift cards at a discount at my grocery store or get on a survey site.

  3. fireandi Says:

    Per diem is always wonderful. At my work, I get reimbursed at cost for travel and accommodation, but meals are per diem, and I always bring home a little more when I travel for work. Looks like lots of savings overall. Good job!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    You have planned well and glad you could save some money as well finding a nice place to stay.

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