Saving capital on airline tickets

By: Greg Jackson

It’s summer time and a lot of us are going to begin looking at taking trips. While most of the trips we go on are taken in the car, there are so many people who don’t live close enough to holiday locations to drive and now that cash is tight, it is more difficult to save money when vacationing.

Well, I say, don’t dread airline prices. Right now vacations to Europe are actually economical, particularly if you live near an airport with direct flights.

It’s not only abroad where you’ll find fine deals on airline tickets. You can also locate good deals throughout the continental U.S. Something I found out of late is that Southwest flies straight to Orlando, Florida. I always confirm prices on Southwest’s website or JetBlue’s websites before I check the travel websites like Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, or Travelocity. Southwest and JetBlue are typically less expensive and more sociable in my opinion than the airlines that you can find on other travel websites.

The top way to save money on travel is to book well beforehand. I was checking prices on a flight that was set for a Wednesday and it increased 50% in two days (this was on one of the travel websites I mentioned earlier and not Southwest or Jet Blue). In this instance, the more “in advance” you know that you’re going, the better off your wallet will be.

You can’t always rely on the travel websites either! You need to check with each individual airline. Most of the time the cost is the same, so you have to ask yourself if you would rather book from a third party like Orbitz or go directly with the airline? I feel more safe booking through the airline for the reason that I feel like if anything were to go amiss, it would be easier to deal with the airline then through the third party website.

When reserving your flight you also need to remember which airlines charge for checked bags. I know that Southwest and JetBlue do not charge fees for the first checked bag in coach class, but other airlines do. This was news to me when I had to book a flight and found myself taking U.S. Airways because of the proximity to the airport I was arriving at. All airlines charge for bags that weigh over 50 lbs and they typically have bag size requirements also. So if you’re traveling with another person, you can save some money on the baggage fee, but make sure that you check your airline’s site or call the airline to make sure that your bag fits in the limits!

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