Noble’s Best Travel Tips: Best Hotel and Resorts From Alabama To Missouri

Wherever you travel, it’s always optimal to seek out the best of everything.  After all, who likes to settle for less?  For this post, we’ve compiled a list of our best travel tips of the best hotels and resorts from each state.  Let us know if you have any to add to our list!  And be sure to call Noble Transportation for your ride wherever you choose to stay….we can assist you in every state!

  1. Alabama: The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa, in Point Clear, offers southern charm as well as two golf courses, direct beach access and a kid’s swimming pool.
  2. Alaska: In Girdwood, the Alyeska Resort, you will be able to see almost everything from the aerial tram that takes you above sea level at a soaring 2,300 feet.
  3. Arizona: The Tanque Verde Dude Ranch sits on sixty-thousand acres in Tucson Arizona and gives you breathtaking views of both desert and mountains.
  4. Arkansas: The 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville features white halls laden with a remarkable collection of 21st-century art. It is truly an art lover’s dream.
  5. California: Experience a glamorous pool scene at the L’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs. The little touches are a big plus.
  6. Colorado: 500 acres rimmed with rock is home to the Gateway Canyons Resort in the Unaweep Canyon on the border of Utah where you can shoot skeet as well as go horseback riding.
  7. Connecticut: In addition to eighteen cottages that are kid-friendly and custom designed, Winvian Farm in Morris also features exquisite cuisine by a renowned chef and a wine cellar for the grownups.
  8. Delaware: Hotel du Pont in Wilmington gives you a dose of old glamour, as you will be relaxing in a twelve-story Italian Renaissance building from circa 1913.
  9. Florida: Boca Grande is home to the Gasparilla Inn & Club featuring every amenity you could possibly imagine, all for your good pleasure.
  10. Georgia: With sixteen accommodations, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island sits on 11,000 acres of nature reserve. You’ll love the atmosphere.
  11. Hawaii: There are lots of things to put on the agenda at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, but boredom will not be one of them.
  12. Idaho: McCall is home to Shore Lodge, with seven suites on Lake Payette for the perfect waterfront stay.
  13. Illinois: Virgin Hotels in Chicago was rated the number one hotel according to the Reader’s Choice Awards. One stay and you’ll know why.
  14. Indiana: The JW Marriott sits close to the White River State Park in Indianapolis and is a perfect place to stay as a first time city guest.
  15. Iowa: Hotel Blackhawk, recently renovated, is nestled in downtown Davenport and strikes a great balance between modern and charming.
  16. Kansas: Especially for business travelers is the Ambassador Hotel in Wichita, where you will feel like royalty.
  17. Kentucky: The Brown Hotel in Louisville features coffered ceilings that are intricately painted and gives you a true vintage feel. Enjoy the Bluegrass State in style.
  18. Lousianna: In New Orleans, you will find the Hotel Maison de Ville, once home to playwright Tennessee Williams.
  19. Maine: You will find Hidden Pond on  60 acres just outside of Kennebunkport, where you will experience the summer camp feel.
  20. Maryland: The Inn at Perry Cabin in Belmond is nautically themed, inspired by the U.S.S. Niagara.
  21. Massachusetts: Turn of the century on the outside, and modernist on the inside, the XV Beacons can be found in Boston.
  22. Michigan: The Mission Point Resort is located on Lake Huron, situated on Mackinac Island and allows you to do as much, or little, as you’d like.
  23. Minnesota: On the shoreline of Gull Lake in Brainerd, you will find Madden’s with golf courses, water activities and gardens.
  24. Mississippi: Las Vegas comes to Mississippi at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Biloxi.
  25. Missouri: Big Cedar Lodge overlooks Table Rock Lake in Ridgedale and feels like a wilderness retreat, but with amenities that are quite modern.

Twelve Tips to Profit Off of Oversold Flights

orlando limoIt’s no secret that airlines make it a habit to overbook their flights—sometimes with disastrous results. Of course, this is done in order for airlines to retain their profit when passengers have last minute cancellations; overbooking benefits both airline and passengers at the end of the day. Still, there is a way to personally benefit from airline overbooking if a person is willing to invest a bit of time and effort. Recently, there has been a steep rise in travel gurus actually making money off of traveling by volunteering to be booted off of overbooked flights. How does one do this? Largely through careful planning and the willingness to step up quickly.

Feel like trying this out your next trip? Well, we at Noble Transportation have a few tips to help bring you closer to flipping your flight for profit. 

  1. Plan Ahead

When making last minute plans such as another night’s stay in a strange city, it’s key to make sure that you still have at least a day’s worth of clothes and toiletries on hand. The best way to counter this is by avoiding checking in your baggage. Rather, try to pack lightly enough to just have a carry on. Not only does this save on checking fees, but it also gives you greater ability to delay your arrival and remain worry free about the state of your luggage.

Even if you can’t manage this, it’s always a good idea to keep some basics in your carry on. While this is a fairly standard procedure for the initial trip, it often goes unnoticed for the return flight. By adhering to either one of these suggestions, you’ll find yourself with more freedom in terms of travel plan changes.

Another critical key when planning ahead is making sure that everything at your home base will be taken care of in the event of your extended absence. This might mean that your neighbor knows to keep feeding your cat, or that you have a day or so of leeway between arriving home and starting up work again. Make sure that any expenses that may come as part of your bump are included when weighing out the pros and cons of volunteering—remember, you want to benefit in this process!

  1. Book Flights During the Busy Season

Aim to travel during peak travel and vacation times. Not only are flights already in high demands during these times, they are also usually booked by families and groups of friends who don’t want or cannot be separated. Of course, since you’ve planned ahead, you’re willing and able to delay a few hours or a day in your travels! Some peak times that will be bound to be overbooked include the days leading up to the winter holidays, the Fourth of July, and Memorial Day Weekend. Times such as these occur more often than you think and it is highly possible to plan your vacation or trip around them.

Also, it never hurts to let someone know that you are willing to be bumped. In fact having a note from the check-in or gate counter on your file could not only allow you to be chosen, but also speeds up the process for everyone involved—you, the airline, and the other passengers waiting for take-off.

  1. Know what You are Entitled to

Knowing what airlines are legally (and ethically) owed to you is the highlight of making a profit via overbooking. Make sure to have some sort of debit or credit card on hand in order to allow the compensation to be quickly transferred to you. This also helps you to avoid being given a waiver for a flight rather than monetary payment. Often times, these travel waivers must be used by a certain time, in a one-time purchase. Unless this is what you’re really after, ask for the cash instead.

Part of getting paid is knowing the maximum requirements of what an airline is required to pay for bumping. Make sure to check out these requirements and make note of differences between countries and states when applicable.

At the end of the day, it never hurts to politely ask for a few freebies, such as seat upgrades or vouchers for food and drink within the airport—the worst thing that can happen is you’re told no.

  1. Have a Back-Up Plan

As always, Noble Transportation is available to assist you with your last minute travel needs. Transportation to and from the airport should be the last thing on your mind when traveling, and we’re here for the unexpected—or expected!