With the economy the way it is these days, the words 'cheap' and 'affordable' have been on everyone's radar. While many people are feeling as though they cannot possibly afford a trip this summer, there are actually quite a few ways to save money along the way. With a little tweaking to your typical routine, you should be able to take another trip before too long.
When Flights are Cheapest
As you may have imagined, the weekends are typically the most expensive days when it comes to leaving for your destination. Since demand is high on those days, prices tend to skyrocket so airlines can make more money. The days of the week that are least expensive are Monday and Thursday. If you can fit your departure in to one of those days; you will definitely save a pretty penny. (Flying during off-season is going to greatly decrease the price of your ticket as well. On top of that, your vacation spot won't be as crowded)
Small Cities/Small Carriers
Another great way to save money is by flying in to smaller cities, then from there simply take a train or bus to get to where you need to go. This may take a bit longer, but it's going to give you extra money to spare for your trip.
Be sure to compare prices between large carriers and small, local carriers. Since the smaller carriers do not have the recognition that the large ones do, their only way to get the attention of potential customers is to have competitive prices. Many people go this route when going on a trip. You'd be surprised just how much money you can save and how easy the deals are to find.
Look up travel consolidators both on the internet and in your area. See what kinds of deals they have to offer. Consolidators are very good at finding empty seats as well as affordable places to stay. Sign up for newsletters so you can get up-to-date information on pricing and discounts throughout the year. Much of what they offer is last-minute; which are amazing deals you have to see to believe.
A lot of hotels are so desperate for business these days that they can actually be talked down in price. If you have the guts, contacting a hotel directly and negotiating prices can get you pretty far. Hotels have been known to even throw in free stuff in order to keep you as a customer. They want your business and they want you to spread the good word about them.
Yes; you can find various deals online, but there are some deals that only the airlines can offer you. You'll never know what you may find unless you give them a call. Do not be afraid to shop around and really get a feel for exactly what you can afford. There's no need to waste your hard earned money when there are so many ways to find more affordable options.
Burt Kramer has been working with KHM Travel helping people plan a vacation as well as assist them in making the whole arrangements.+