Maybe you think there’s not you can do to save on the cost of travel. After all, airlines set the price of tickets and we pay or stay home. But there are other things you can do including these 5 ways to cut travel costs by $50 to $400 or more.
NOTE: Some of the airfare examples may change by the time you read this, but the concept remains the same; these tips can help you save. Oh, maybe not $400 because the amount you can save depends on many factors like where you live, where you’re going, your route and flexibility. But most of us can save something.
1. Save $50 on bags
Most airlines charge $50 roundtrip to check a big bag but a carry-on is free on many airlines. This video shows you how to pack a carry-on so it holds everything you need.
2. Save $75+ by flying cheap days
On U.S. flights, the cheapest days to fly are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; cheaper international flights are usually on midweek dates. The most expensive travel days for domestic flights are usually Friday and Sunday. Here’s an example for roundtrip fares for Los Angeles to New York in October.
Example: Round-trip fares for Los Angeles to New York in October.
3. Save $150+ if you compare fares
Always use an airfare comparison search site when shopping for tickets. If you only visit a single, favorite airline site, you could pay too much. The reason: No airline always has the best deal. Here’s an example for flights from Cleveland to Dallas in the fall.
4. Save $200+ by flying from cheap airports
Here’s an example of cheapest available airfares from two airports serving greater Los Angeles: Massive LAX and smaller Burbank. These are round-trip fares for flights in October.
Tip: In many cases, the bigger the airport, the cheaper the airfare.
5. Save $400 (or more) by adding a stop to the flight
Adding a stop to a long flight doesn’t always save on airfare, but it often does and it can be a lot. Here are comparisons of flights from Dallas to London in October.
One More Thing
You may not save $50 or $400 or more, but you might. It depends on several factors including where you fly from and your destination, when you buy tickets, what route you take. Bottom line: Follow these tips and chances are good you will save something. And why pay a penny more than you have to?