TIPS ON MAKING HOTEL RESERVATIONS:
When traveling for business or fun, there’s nothing worse than thinking you have a reservation and learning your hotel reservations been lost, your room has one bed and not two bedrooms, or you thought your check-in time was noon, only to find out it is really 3:00pm. To help avoid these things from happening, there are a few helpful hotel reservation tips seasoned travelers recommend:

Always use a credit card when making a hotel reservation. A credit cards offers the guest some level of protection should the hotel stay go awry. Any disputes a guest may have with the hotel, or with the billing can more easily be rectified through the credit card company. The card company will act as a mediator once their client can show effort to resolve the dispute. Additionally, if a dispute cannot be resolved, the credit card company has the authority to remove the charge from a client’s bill. If cash were paid, a hotel guest would have no recourse. Note: If you don’t use your own credit card to secure a reservation, be aware that the person whose name is on the card will be responsible for showing the card and signing at check in. If the card does not belong to the person staying at the hotel, notify the desk before leaving home (prior to arrival) and ask what their identification procedure is. They may accept a letter from the credit card holder authorizing use, and a copy of both the front and back of the card.

Ask for deals/discounts at each hotel. Many hotels offer corporate, AAA, senior, or even mid-week/off-season discounts. If one is not offered - ask about them. Many hotels now offer ‘rewards’ programs and some hotels reduce rates by $50 or more, for simply signing up for their program. If making reservations online, look for internet-only rates and shop various websites to find the best deals. Travel agents can often secure unadvertised specials or late check-in opportunities which can translate into huge savings.

When making reservations speak clearly and repeat spelling of all names. There have been many reservations lost because of inaccurate spelling and guests have been told they did not have rooms when a hotel or an entire city was booked to capacity. If any special requests are made, verify them and if possible get them in writing. Also make sure to get the name of the employee. Verify everything spell names and verify information/requests etc. Double check reservations prior to leaving for hotel and make sure names of all hotel employees you’ve spoken to are taken.
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TRAVEL TIPS:
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Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is a global leader of local commerce and the place you start when you want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world.

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Groupon is redefining how traditional small businesses attract, retain and interact with customers by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deal campaigns, credit card payment processing capabilities, and point-of-sale solutions that help businesses grow and operate more effectively.To search for great deals or subscribe to Groupon emails, visit www.Groupon.com.

The Groupon Sweepstakes:
Any and all Groupon customers in the United States who buy or redeem local Groupons will be automatically entered to win weekly $500 cash prizes and one $50,000 grand prize. And for inspiration Groupon has joined forces with six top bloggers from across the country who are now redeeming local Groupons and sharing their stories on their websites, social media and Groupon.

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The $100,000 Summer to Redeem Sweepstakes runs today through Aug. 24. In addition to the grand prize of $50,000 in cash, customers who buy or redeem local Groupons during the period will be entered into weekly drawings where 15 people will win $500 cash prizes each week.

For those who need inspiration on how to break out of routine or find fun things to do this summer, Groupon has joined forces with six local experts who are sharing their best #SummerOfGroupon stories and experiences for four weeks. Bloggers include Jamie from eighteen25 in Las Vegas, Christina of The Taylor House in Minneapolis, Monica of Run, Eat, Repeat in Los Angeles, Jessica of Modern Day Moms in Tampa, Fla., Penelope of Penelope's Oasis in New York and Amy of Mod Podge Rocks in Atlanta. At the end of four weeks, one of these influencers will win $20,000 cash.
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ABC FAMILY:  In the USA ABC FAMILY has many shows that are viewed by millions at home and on the internet in what has come to be called Live streaming.

ABC Family currently offers a slate of mostly reruns of contemporary comedies, such as Reba, The Middle, and America's Funniest Home Videos. They also offer a wide variety of drama series such as Gilmore Girls. Since 2000, the network has aired several sitcoms that have aired on ABC's former TGIF block, including the Miller-Boyett produced Step by Step (one of the longest-running shows on the channel, running from 2001 to 2010), Family Matters (which ran from 2003 to 2008), Two of a Kind (which ran from 1999 to 2005), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (which ran from 2006 to 2011) and Full House (which ran from 2003 to 2013); Boy Meets World is the only TGIF show that currently airs on the network.

The channel also produces some original programming, which currently include shows such as Pretty Little Liars, Twisted, The Fosters, Melissa & Joey, Switched at Birth and Baby Daddy. Until the debuts of Melissa & Joey (in 2010) and Baby Daddy (in 2012), ABC Family had long faced minimal success with its original sitcoms, with its drama series often outlasting its comedies.