Bogus travel hacks are so numerous, it's hard to know where to start. How about with this one: You can find a cheaper hotel rate by phoning the property directly, bypassing the website or online agency? Nah, says Marcy Schackne, who works for a luggage company and is a very frequent traveler. "I've tried this many times," she says. "Never works. When the property is part of a national brand, there is an immediate redirect to the reservations call center and no room to be negotiated." Here's another popular hotel "hack": bribing the front desk guy for an upgrade. "When you present your credit card and driver's license up front, you slip a $20 or even a $100 in between," says Mitch Goldstone, who works for an Irvine, Calif., technology company. Truth is, the clerk will often keep the money and give you the assigned room, thinking you just gave him a tip. "And you're left with nothing," he says. Get the full story at USA Today