By Joel L. Widzer

“The definitive guide to living large on the road—without the large price tag. Widzer is the foremost authority on traveling in style.”
—Christopher Elliot, contributing editor, National Geographic Traveler

The first two editions of The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel were hugely successful with readers who wanted to experience the joys of traveling in luxury on a budget. This completely revised third edition is full of new material and little-known secrets to help even the average person travel like the rich and famous…without being either.

The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status (3rd Edition) provides a unique approach to travel that steers travelers away from no-frills journeys and points them toward the wonders of first-class accommodations and preferential treatment. The book explains, step-by-step, how to build relationships with airlines, hotels, and car rental agencies and turn these relationships into travel currency, discounts, and upgrades. Readers will become experts in navigating the confusing and often contradictory world of the tourism industry and gain the knowledge to turn their journeys into dream trips.

Let Joel show you how to:

  • Fly first class on a regular basis
  • Stay at the world’s finest hotels at a fraction of the cost
  • Drive a luxury car at economy prices
  • Build partnerships with the best travel companies
  • Create your profile as the right customer through a win-win attitude
  • Make tipping pay huge dividends
  • Avoid long waits at check-in and security
  • Use off-seasons to your best advantage
  • Become a better and happier traveler through courtesy and goodwill
  • Turn travel mishaps into golden opportunities
  • Be the customer luxury companies want back again and again

Praise for The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel

“It’s rare we feel compelled to recommend a travel book, but we can’t resist telling you about The Penny Pincher’s Passport. The guide makes a convincing case that even you can enjoy a more dignified style of travel—mainly by judiciously consolidating your travel business, however occasional and frugal, with a small universe of travel suppliers.”
The Washington Post

“The tips Widzer has can pay for the book at the first check-in counter you come to.”
—Drew Griffin, CBS News

About the Author

Joel L. Widzer’s travels have taken him to more than a hundred countries, logging over 250,000 air miles a year, and accumulating more than 3 million frequent-flyer miles. Joel has developed the unique ability to approach travel from the point of view of a consumer as well as from a business perspective. He regularly speaks to travelers and business people, sharing the secrets of crisscrossing the world in luxury while paying coach prices.

A sought-after speaker and media presence, Joel’s innovative approach to travel has received extensive media coverage. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, and ABC networks, MSNBC News Network, The FOX News Channel, The Travel Channel, The Today Show, CNN, Inside Edition, and in print media including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He writes regular travel columns for MSNBC and Forbes. Joel holds a doctoral degree in the field of industrial organizational psychology.

When Joel is not off on one of his many global journeys, he takes to the skies as an instrument-rated pilot. More information on Joel and The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel can be found at

Joel is based in Southern California.

About Travelers’ Tales

Travelers’ Tales publishes the best in travel, humor, and spiritual writing from world-famous authors and emerging writers. Celebrating 14 years in publishing, the series has won many awards for excellence, including three Lowell Thomas Awards for Best Travel Book, and multiple best book awards from the Independent Publishers Association, ForeWord Magazine, and the Benjamin Franklin Awards.

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The Penny Pincher’s Passport to Luxury Travel: The Art of Cultivating Preferred Customer Status (3rd Edition)
By Joel L. Widzer
Travelers’ Tales, May 2008
$14.95 Trade Paperback, 402 pages, 5 1/8″ x 8″
ISBN: 978-193236157-5