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How to buy cheap airline tickets?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

The secret is when to buy. If you book the tickets on weekends, you will be paying the highest possible price to the airlines. Tuesday is the best time to buy the air tickets. Airlines tend to offer more discounts on Tuesdays. Industry experts suggest that 3pm EST on Tuesdays is the best time to buy. Many discount sales, in which some seats are discounted by 15% to 25% typically, are launched Monday night. If your travel dates are flexible, travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday and you typically find prices far below Monday, Friday or Sunday flights. Sale discounts are bigger on off-peak days than peak days.

How far in advance you buy the tickets also impacts pricing. Buy your tickets a month or two in advance to get the cheapest fare possible.

Three unique money saving travel sites

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Looking to get in a vacation before the cool weather of fall and then the harsh cold of winter hit? Need to find an affordable flight or a quality hotel for a low price? There are more options now than ever before to help consumers find a good travel deal on the Internet. Let’s take a look at three unique money saving travel sites on the web.

Three Unique Travel Sites That Save You Money

  1. TravelzooI simply can’t put any other site at number one on this list. Travelzoo has saved me money numerous times on great hotel rooms at an amazing rate. Search the site by city and find deals on things all the way from hotels and airfare to ticket packages for concerts or sporting events. The site is updated often and is one of the most user friendly sites on the Internet. Big cities have the most results, but don’t forget to look at other cities since Travelzoo does post for many metropolitan areas.
  2. KayakKayak is an innovative site because it searches multiple sites for you at once, giving you the option to view them in new windows or all in one search page. Save money and save time by using Kayak to compare prices at Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Hotels.com, and other sites. Kayak is great for hotels, airfares, cruises, vacation packages, and rental cars.
  3. HotwireHotwire definitely has a unique way of saving you money, but the savings can be absolutely tremendous. Hotwire does not release the name of the hotel, airline, or whatever it is you are looking for until after you pay. This can be a downside for some, but the amount of savings often makes it worth the downside. The savings versus other websites such as Expedia, Priceline, and Travelocity can often be up to 50% on Hotwire.

Take a look at these sites and their great deals on vacation packages, cheap airfare rates, and cheap hotel reservations!

Four money saving travel sites

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

It’s the summertime now and everyone is wanting to get away for a while, but the economy isn’t good and money is tight so you have to keep things to a minimum this year. That is the way it is for a huge amount of people right now, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t able to go on any kind of vacation at all. Make the vacation shorter than normal in duration or go to a place not as far away, but everyone needs a little bit of rest and relaxation at some point. Here are some sites that will help you save money on your next vacation.

Four Travel Sites That Will Save You Money

  1. TravelzooTravelzoo is a favorite of mine because of the ease of use and the great deals it consistently offers. Travelzoo has great deals on everything from hotels and airfare all the way to entertainment and cruises. The site offers a Top 20 list each week for free, and can be easily customized for any city or destination.
  2. HotwireIt’s next to impossible to beat Hotwire’samazing rates on hotels and airfares. The site isn’t quite as easy to use because you aren’t given the full information until after paying, but you won’t find a cheaper rate than you can get on Hotwire. This is an especially good site to use for great hotel rates.
  3. ExpediaExpedia is a very user-friendly website that allows you to search for the best deal and read numerous reviews on each possibility. The vacation packages on Expedia are usually quite attractively priced, so be sure to take a look at those.
  4. Kayak– Kayak is a less well-known travel site, but it does a lot of good work for those looking for a cheap vacation. Kayak is basically a travel search engine which combines the prices for all the travel related sites on the web and helps you find the cheapest rate on whatever it is you are looking to do. This one is a keeper!

Give yourself that much needed vacation, but be sure to keep your costs to a minimum as much as you possibly can.

Recession provides some great travel deals

Monday, May 4th, 2009

There are a lot of negatives that come from a recession, and not a whole lot of positives. One of the few positives that typically comes from a recession is that some things become much more affordable in price. This is definitely the case with the tourism industry right now. No doubt the industry as a whole has suffered greatly because of the global economic recession and as people cut back on their discretionary spending. Since they have suffered they are offering amazing travel deals that they would have never normally offered.

It makes a whole lot of sense when you think about why these deals come about in the current economy. There are less people traveling and the travel companies need to get some busy, so they must offer discounts to those who may be interested in a vacation of some kind. They know there are still plenty of people who want a vacation, the issue is mainly just that the affordable factor must be there.

What kind of travel deals can you find in the current recession? Last minute travel deals, such as the ones offered on Hotwire are quite popular right now because firms need to get what they can out of their services. Profit margins have obviously slipped for them, but selling something for cheap is much better than not selling it at all. What specific types of businesses are offering these deals? There are great deals for airfare tickets, cruise line packages, hotel stays, as well as vacation rental properties.

If you have it in your budget to allow for a short vacation, you should be able to find some great deals. Now is not the time to just book the quickest thing you can find and get ready to go. Use sites such as expedia, travelocity, and travelzoo to find some of the best travel deals available. The deals that are out there today could be a great opportunity for and your loved ones to avoid the stresses of everyday life, if only for a few days!

Cheap Airline Tickets for Students

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

It is a fact that air travel is expensive. It may be alright for business people or those who are employed but when it comes to students, it is a different matter altogether.  With hefty college fees and several miscellaneous expenses to bear, college students hesitate to spend huge amounts on air travel. However, it is impossible to avoid commuting by plane altogether. Several students study in colleges that are thousand of miles away from home. Then there are those who choose to study abroad and those who go on exchange programs. There are also students whose vacation plans involve lots of travel. Whichever category you may fall into, the question is, how can you get cheap airline fares?

Remember, airline fares are highest during peak seasons like Christmas. Just about everyone seems to be traveling at the same time and getting a good bargain looks impossible. But a few adjustments in your plans can work wonders for your budget. Try to fly during the week instead of waiting for weekends. You may be able to get low rates since there is less rush on week days. The problem is that you may have to fly on dates which are not convenient for you. For example, you may have to fly on Easter Sunday or New Years Eve.

You can save a couple of dollars by choosing flights which depart at odd hours. Most people avoid flights that leave at 6am or late at night. By choosing to fly at such odd times, you may be able to avail lower air fares. You can also check out the rates for flights to and from nearby destinations. Sometimes, airlines flying in and out of smaller cities can give you lower fares and better flight hours. For instance, if you are flying to Miami, check out the flight rates to Fort Lauderdale. It is bound to be cheaper and Fort Lauderdale is less than an hour from Miami.

Sometimes, you can get cheap tickets directly from the airlines websites. Airlines prefer to have their flights full. However, they may not always be able to do so. Leftover seats are sold at a fraction of their original price. Make it a point to check the websites of several different airlines and see which one offers the best bargain. Airlines come up with promotional fares from time to time. You can find advertisements on such offers in newspapers. You can set alerts in travel sites like Orbitz to inform you when the fares between two destinations have fallen below a certain amount.

Another option is to approach discount student travel sellers like STA Travel and StudentUniverse that offer great student discounts. They have agreements with different airlines and offer discounted fares on their websites.  STA requires students and teachers to pay $22 for a one-year membership. Students will be issued an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). You will need to submit a valid student ID, a current class schedule or a tuition receipt so that the company can verify your student status. You can then use this card to avail discounts on airfares. This card is also useful for study abroad programs.  Student Universe does not require you to purchase an ISIC card. You can use their website to book tickets airline tickets, hostel rooms and even travel insurance. StudentUniverse has agreements with several airlines , including some of the biggest in the world, like American, Air France-KLM SA, United, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, British Airways PLC etc.

The price of tickets and the availability of low fares and good discounts depend to a great extent on the economic climate. When business is at a peak, there is sure to be an increased demand for flight tickets since businessmen and executives and marketing agents travel a lot at this time. However, when there is an economic slowdown, like at present, there is less demand for tickets and it is easier to get cheap air fares.

In conclusion, getting cheap airfares for students is certainly not easy. It takes plenty of adjustment and lots of research to find the best bargain. Nevertheless, it is not an impossible task either.

Plan a summer vacation for less

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

It’s only the latter stages of April, but I know that deep down you are already wondering where you are going to go for your summer vacation this year. Others of you may be wondering if you will even be able to plan a summer vacation at all this year because of the difficult economy. A nice little vacation is great for everyone, so I highly encourage anyone who can possibly get away to do so. Here are a few ways to save money on your vacation this summer.

  1. Keep your fuel costs to a minimum– Gas prices are much cheaper than they were last year at this time, but they are still plenty high enough to drive up the cost of a vacation quickly. If you are driving make sure you take the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible. If a fuel efficient vehicle isn’t an option you should consider renting one for the trip.
  2. Use travel websites to save on hotel costs- Sites such as hotwire, expedia, and travelocity can do a whole lot of good when you are looking to get a great rate on a hotel. Often you will find that the rate you receive on the website is better than the rate you can get by calling the hotel directly.
  3. Plan ahead- The longer you wait the more you are likely to have to pay, whether it be for a hotel or plane tickets. Planning ahead can make a big difference.
  4. Try to avoid peak travel times- If you are able to avoid the peak travel times you will save a huge amount of money. This is especially true of vacations around the beaches and the mountains. Weekdays typically are a little cheaper than weekends, so keep that in mind as well.
  5. Lower your food costs- Try to take as many snacks as you can with you, or heat up some lunch some of the days while you are gone in a microwave at the hotel or place you are staying. Eating out every day can lead to some very expensive dining costs.

If all else fails, try to plan a short little vacation that is very close to home. It will allow you to save a lot of money while still having a small vacation. Everyone deserves a little rest and relaxation!

Last Minute Deals save Lot of Money!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Can procrastination pay? It could, according to the article in Wall Street Journal. Lot of travelers find that last minute deals are sweet deals that save lot of moola!

“Your chances of getting a deal at the last minute are certainly better than they were a year ago,” says Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor at Travelocity.com. “Because of the downturn in leisure travel there are fewer full planes and hotels.”

U.S. customers booking a hotel room anywhere in the world 61 days in advance of March 16 through March 30 were quoted an average price of $160. The rate dropped to an average $142 for those booking between 31 and 60 days in advance and $128 for those within 30 days of their stay, says Ms. Shaw Brown.

If you can, wait for the last minute deals. If you can’t play around with your trip, for example you plan to book flights to go to New York for an important review, then this is not for you. If you can wait and see how low the price would go, it’s worth the try.

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