Spend money on your vacation, not on traveling, with these tips
All of us would like to be able to travel and save as much as possible in the process. In air travel, especially, there are some tips and tricks that can save you money so you can take that trip you want while paying as little as possible.
One way to save money is by knowing when to buy your plane tickets as prices can greatly vary from week to week, and even change up to 3x per day! Find out more with this When To Buy Airplane Tickets infographic.
Pick the Right Airport
Many of us have more than one major regional airport within driving distance, and depending on your eventual destination, there may be one that can save you money on your flight. But you have to do your research. For instance, Seattle has two airports to choose from, and travelers can save money by comparing them. Seattle travel agent Barbara Ye Robinson offers tips for Seattle travelers that include airport choice.
Doing a little research can help you find out where you should be flying from.
If you’re traveling with someone and have to check a bag, consider combining your luggage together into one larger bag to avoid paying for two checked bags. Keep in mind the bag needs to be less than 50 pounds to avoid another additional fee. If you can pack light enough, you can simply carry your luggage on and avoid the fee entirely.
Eat At Home
If you have a four-hour layover somewhere, this may not be possible, but eating at home is an easy way to save money in the airport. Airport eaters are a captive audience and as such are often charged a premium to eat. Skip the airport meal.
Bring an Empty Bottle
Bringing an empty water bottle along with you from home can save you from buying a $5 bottle of water when you’re past the security gate. Just make sure that it’s empty while you’re going through security, or you’ll have to leave it behind and subject yourself to airport prices.
If you can be flexible when you're traveling, you can likely save money. Having a rigid traveling schedule can cost you. Traveling at off-peak hours and days can save you money in the long run as well as making your life easier. Indianapolis travel agent Mark Moreland recommends scheduling your flight to avoid the busiest days and times at the airport.
All of these ideas can save you a little money when you travel, and when considered together, can make your next vacation a little easier on your wallet.