Do you know that some people travel around the country and
abroad, for both business and pleasure, and save bundles of
money in the process?
They do that by using little known ways of really taking
advantage of the most popular form of transportation -
They don't rely on the ever-famous "airfare price-wars".
They don't rely on their travel agents to save money while
Certainly, you should not dismiss these two methods.
The price-wars can work to your advantage. But depending
on them too much is a big mistake.
1. Call the airlines.
Call the airlines between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday through
Friday to get cheaper tickets.
Most people never realize that at midnight, airline agents revise and load new fares into their computers. The best fares are just after they have done the updating!
2. Check into other airports other than the main one you use.
Many major cities have two airports. Check into surrounding
towns and cities so you can compare airfares. You may save
hundreds of dollars on your flights.
3. The early bird catches the plane.
The earlier you book your flight the more you save. Most special
fares have restrictions of 7 to 30 day advance purchase. Usually
non-refundable but they can offer deep discounts.
On the other hand, there are "last minute" deals too. Visit
www.smartliving.com to get emails for last minute deals.
4. Get out of town on Wednesday.
Mid-week travel is usually less expensive. If you leave on
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and stay over a Saturday
night, you can garner terrific savings compared to Friday
through Monday when most people fly.
Start taking your vacations Wednesday-to-Wednesday or
Tuesday-to-Tuesday. You'll save a lot by choosing your
departure and arrival dates this way!
5. Buying a one way or split ticket.
Let's say you travel from Boston to Dallas. It may be cheaper
to get two separate tickets. You could buy one ticket from
Boston to Nashville and one from Nashville to Dallas.
It all depends on the connecting cities and your airlines hubs.
Just tell your agent you are willing to travel out of other
airports and connect using regional airports to save money.
6. Open wide.
You should look into what is called an "Open-Jaw" ticket.
These are used when a traveler is arriving and departing from
One ticket is purchased to cover both cities. Check with your
travel agent or airline representative to see if this trick is available instead of two one-way tickets. Compare the price of each.
7. An excellent online service www.sidestep.com
You enter destinations and dates and SideStep quickly searches
a couple of dozen affiliated regional and international airlines to find the best rates.
8. "Code share".
Ask your agent if this flight is a "code-share" flight. That means the same flight is offered by two different airlines. Just copy down the name of the other airline and check into what they are charging.
Only one of the airlines is actually operating the flight. The actual operator always offers this flight for less, so book with them.
9. Sign up for the airline newsletters.
From weekend getaways to international flight packages
the newsletter saves you money on travel and doesn't require
that you constantly visit the airline website for the latest offering.
10. The airlines often slash their fares during sluggish travel times.
Scan your travel sections in the newspapers and talk to your agent about these low fares.
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