Save on Flights
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 9:33 am
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.