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									Money Saving Travel Tips




Travel is expensive, but there are ways to reduce travel expenses. Use these tips when you plan your next trip
to avoid paying too much.




Paying for airline, train, or bus tickets on the day of travel is expensive. By purchasing your tickets
ahead
of time, you can save quite a bit of money. A flight that costs $1,200 on the day of travel can often
be
purchased for as little as $300 if you buy it two or three weeks before your travel date.




Flying during off-peak times can also save you a lot. The days right before and after major holidays like
Christmas and Thanksgiving are typically more expensive. If you plan to arrive and depart four days before and
after the holiday, the rates will be much cheaper. During the week, Tuesday and Wednesday are typically the
cheapest days to travel. Friday through Sunday are the most expensive.




There are a number of websites that offer airfare, and a few sites just compare rates. Visit the airline's
official website for airfare rates, then check a couple other websites like Orbitz or Priceline to compare
rates. Do this each time you travel because the cheapest tickets are not always on the same website.




If you must travel without purchasing your tickets in advance, check with all the airlines offering flights
to destination to see if there are any last minute specials. Sometimes airlines need to fill seats so
your
they offer a discounted rate within 24 hours of a flight.
will




Avoid baggage fees by packing only a carry-on bag. Most airlines allow you to carry on a small suitcase, purse
or briefcase, and a backpack. Check the airline for current baggage details, and take full advantage of the
carry-on bags allowed.




Unless you must arrive in or depart from a specific city, check flights to and from airports in towns nearby.
For example, if you are traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, you can check flights in Omaha, Kansas City, Lincoln,
and Wichita. You may find a cheaper flight going somewhere close to where you need to be, and you can drive
your rental car to your final destination. A couple hours in the car can save you hundreds of dollars or
allow take a direct flight instead of multiple plane changes.
you to




Most airlines have a loyalty program- take advantage of it! You can earn points that can be redeemed for free
air travel, hotel vouchers, or flight upgrades. If you fly more than once a year, this can end up saving
you a money on future flights.
lot of
Depending on current exchange rates, you may save money by paying for flights with a foreign currency. To
figure out if this will actually save you money, look up the price of the flight and then look up the current
exchange rates.




These tips can help you save a little or a lot on your vacation. The money you save on travel expenses can be
saved for your next vacation!

								
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