Top Ten Secrets to Saving
Big Money in the Airline Flights
Do you know that some people travel around the country and
abroad, for both business and pleasure, and save bundles of money in the
They do that by using little known ways of really taking
advantage of the most popular form of transportation - airline flights.
They don't rely on the ever-famous "airfare price-wars".
They don't rely on their travel agents to save money while flying.
Certainly, you should not dismiss these two methods. The
price-wars can work to your advantage. But depending on them too much is a
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
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
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 different
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
Scan your travel sections in the newspapers and talk to
your agent about these low fares.
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