See it, Buy it
You may mull over a good airplane fare hoping it might get even lower
later. Instead of waiting, purchase the ticket. Department of Transportation
rules that took effect in January 2012 allow travelers to cancel a booking
without penalty 24 hours after the reservation is made, as long as the
reservation is made one week or more before departure.
Seek Out Empty Middles
If you are traveling with someone else, a good tip is to book one window
and one aisle seat in the same row, Freedman says. This increases the chances
that no one will purchase the middle seat and you'll have more room when you
fly. People are less likely to choose a middle seat when they travel by
themselves. If someone does purchase the seat, you can be the hero that offers
them one of your window or aisle seats.
Book Early Flights
The first flight out in the morning is always less likely to have a delay.
So if you can get up at the crack of dawn, you will probably get to your
Travel on These Days
The days of travel that are generally the cheapest are Tuesday, Wednesday
or Saturday. There also tend to be fewer people traveling on those days, which
will make your airport and airplane experience more pleasant. The majority of
airfare sales also come out on Tuesdays.
Think Local Everywhere
Just as you may check out daily deal websites to find good deals in your
city, search for local deals in your destination city and you'll have a more
authentic experience devoid of tourist trappings. Many sites also offer deals
that have a short expiration date. If you sign up for these offers and act fast,
you can get some serious bargains.
Travel on Holidays, Literally
Christmas Day is actually the cheapest day to fly. So it's perfect if
you're OK with missing out on pre-holiday activities. New Year's Day also has
some lower rates, she adds. The six weeks after Thanksgiving are also a good
time to search for vacation deals, especially to Las Vegas. There's a lull
between Thanksgiving and the New Year and historically, there are very low hotel
rates in Vegas in these weeks. Early January is also a good time to plan a trip
to the Caribbean when resorts try to entice people to visit.
Book Hotels in the Business District
If you are looking for a weekend away, book your hotel in the central
business district or a financial district of the city you are visiting. These
hotels are busiest Monday to Friday and often try to woo weekend travelers.
Plus, downtown hotels generally have a higher number of stars.
Look for All-Inclusive
Many resorts, particularly in the Caribbean andMexico, have great
all-inclusive deals that include hotel and meals. Many of them also offer free
deals for children under 12. If you are traveling with your family, you should
also consider booking a condominium resort where you have more space and a
kitchen to allow you to cut down on food costs.
Be Aware of Hidden Fees
Many travelers don't calculate fees when booking their trips. Baggage fees,
transfer fees and public transportation can all add up, so make sure you factor
in all travel and transport costs.
Track the Weather
When booking a trip that has layovers, remember to consider the weather at
each locations. Be mindful. Weather in the cities you are traveling through can
really impact where you are going.