Friday, September 19, 2008

Buying Antiques in France~Getting ready!

1~What to do WAY in advance of leaving

Chapter One

Frequent Flyer Card~

Sign up for a frequent Flyer credit Visa or Mastercard card to accrue miles immediately!!!

Note: Make sure the card has a car rental insurance policy as that will save you dollars later when renting your car.

Order one a year or more in advance if possible.

(You might be able to get your airfare covered if you get it early on.)

Shop around as some give up to 5 miles per $1 spent at specific Stores.

Capitol One has a card that gives 2 miles per dollar spent on ALL purchases that is only $39.00 per year. Be certain to check on the annual fee before signing up for any card.

Order Passport~

Be certain to check on your passport expiration date, or if you do not have a passport be certain to order one at least 6 months in advance of departure.
They are taking quite a bit longer now to get due to new passport requirements leaving the country.

Learn French~

If you are looking to bargain for antiques at the “down and dirty” Brocantes or Marche au Puces (Swap meets/Flea Markets) you need to learn basic French, otherwise expect to pay at least 25% more in English. Yes, I said 25% more.

If you are traveling with companions, be certain to tell them to only speak English until after the deal is sealed. I assume that when you speak English they figure they can take advantage of you, your $$$ and lack of communication.

Book Airfare/Hotels~

The best site we have found to find the best deals on airfare/hotels (more about lodging later on) is, it searches all the other sites for you automatically and FAST, yes, Travelocity, etc….

Why is Kayak different?
1. Search 140+ travel sites at once and find the cheapest fares
2. Compare results from all sites together - filter and sort instantly
3. Click to buy direct from airlines or agencies (Kayak is not a travel agent)
4. It's almost too good to be true, but Kayak is free!

Car Rental~

Book it 3-6 months in advance

We recommend
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If you have any questions, you can contact them online or call them toll free at 1-877-820-0668.

In France (and we assume it is the same in other European countries) the rate for an automatic transmission is two to three times (yes I said 2-3 times) more than a shift or standard transmission. The reason for this is simply that they less of them available. So either learn to drive a stick before you depart or expect a higher car rental bill.

Car Insurance~
Check your credit card, many have the car rental insurance covered on the card.

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