Today's Reader Tip: Use a Hotel's V.I.P. Concierge
Whoever wins the 7-night vacation in Charleston that we're giving away will get to spend their first 4 nights at the Wentworth Mansion, in the historic heart of the city.
In Charleston's 21-room Wentworth Mansion, everyone's a V.I.P. But at enormous hotels in Vegas, Orlando, or New York City, you can easily get lost and ignored among thousands of other guests...unless you know the tricks for snagging priority treatment. Here's a strategy submitted to our Best Travel Tip Contest by reader Tiffanie Beecham of Just Task Me! Tiffanie's tip:
"Utilize the V.I.P. concierge in the hotel, even if you're not a V.I.P. They are usually happy to help you out, especially if you have a good reason to be calling! I was able to score the best seats in Las Vegas at a sold-out Cirque du Soleil show--a surprise to my husband, who had been trying for weeks to get tickets! Another successful call landed me four tickets to Hannah Montana's first concert--the greatest surprise for my daughter! Now, whenever I travel, the V.I.P. hotel concierge is my one-stop shop for getting to the good stuff."
If you too have a travel tip and would like a shot at winning a $15,000 vacation in Charleston for you and three travel companions, enter our contest here. You'll get two suites at the Wentworth Mansion that look like the one pictured here, with king-sized sleigh beds, working fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs. You'll each get a massage in the hotel's spa in addition to daily gourmet breakfast, afternoon tea and lemonade, evening wine and hors d'oeuvres, free wi-fi, and passes to a local health club. After four nights in the city, you'll move on to three nights by the ocean at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Condé Nast Traveler Gold List property that's part of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Check out all the other prize details here.