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Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am
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Having to take a flight to your destination, no matter if it is for business or pleasure, can be quite expensive.  Fortunately, there are several ways that you can save on flights.  It involves doing a little bit of research, so you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to try these tips that can help you save some money.

In October of 2011, my husband and I had to fly from Los Angeles to Chicago, in order to attend my sister’s wedding.  Chicago is a city that has two airports: O’Hare, and Midway.

This meant that we could find out what our flight would cost if we decided to fly into Midway, and compare it to what it would cost if we chose to fly into O’Hare.  This time, it turned out to cost less to fly into O’Hare, so that is what we did.  Try this trick if you are flying to Chicago, or any other city that happens to have more than one airport.

There are several websites that can help you save money on flights.  Choose from Priceline.com, Travelocity, or Orbitz.  The benefit of using these types of services is that you can end up with some deeply discounted flights.

Sometimes, the deal will include booking your flight, and a particular hotel, which can be convenient.  These websites are useful if you are planning a trip that does not revolve around a specific event, (like a wedding).

Check your credit cards.  You might be using a credit card that allows you to accrue miles when you use that card to make certain types of purchases.  How many miles do you have, sitting around, waiting for you to use them?

In general, these types of programs require you to use your miles with a specific airline.  If you can manage to book your flight with that airline, then your miles can help you to save money on that flight.  Just make sure which airline will let you use those miles before you book the flight.

Are you traveling for business reasons?  See if your company will pay for your flight.  If they won’t, then you might be able to include the cost of the flight when you turn in a record of your expenses.  It won’t save you on that flight when you book it, but, it could be used as a “write off” later on.  Just make sure you hang on to all the relevant receipts.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.