McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With George Hobica, Airfarewatchdog

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For our 21st travel interview, I am honored to present George Hobica.

George Hobica
George Hobica

He is the mastermind behind and a friend to anyone who wants cheap flights. As you surely know by now, Airfarewatchdog is one of my favorite sources for air travel deals. George appears frequently on television and radio and is a former travel writer (Travel and Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple, and other magazines). He is from Boston but now lives in New York City.

Always in my luggage…

my own pillow and Bose noise canceling headphones
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
– Fire Island, New York
– London
– Fairmont Battery Wharf, Boston
A favorite travel memory is…
I was on a media trip to Bangkok with a bunch of grumpy travel writers; as I was about to check out of the Oriental Hotel, my floor butler presented me with a hand written thank you note and a little gift. I assumed it was something he was told to do by the management but in the car to the airport I discovered that the grumpy writers, who had the same floor butler, received no gift.

3 favorite travel brands…
Jet Blue
Fairmont Hotels
American Express
3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…
– after making a hotel reservation, I always check back to see if the price has gone down, even up to the day before arrival
– same with airfare if flying on JetBlue, which refunds in a travel credit without a fee
– check airfares frequently before buying because they fluctuate like the stock market.
3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…
– take lots of photos
– find time to take a walk in a park
– use miles or points to upgrade
8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Always have a plan B (even though most travel goes without a hitch)

My favorite non-travel website…
Most memorable souvenir…
See above (travel memory response)

I would like to meet…
Isadore Sharp, founder of Four Seasons Hotel Group
Thank you, George, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!
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