Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Saving on air travel and car rentals this holiday season

  1. Compare low-cost carriers with major carriers that fly to your destination. Remember, the best fares may not be out of the airport closest to you.
  2. You may save by including a Saturday evening stay-over or by purchasing the ticket at least 14 days in advance. Ask which days of the week and times of the day have the lowest fare.
  3. Before using frequent-flier miles for an airline ticket, check the offers of partner businesses. You can sometimes save more money by using your miles to pay for a hotel stay or other service instead of an airline ticket.
  4. You can earn free airline tickets without ever flying these days. Airline frequent-flier ticket programs have partnerships with hotels, phone, rental car and credit card companies just to name a few. Use these services and you'll be flying free in no time.
  5. If you find a good travel deal on the Internet, contact your local travel agent to see if they can beat it. Although the Internet has some good deals, travel agents often know about discounts & specials that can save you even more, especially when combining air travel and lodging. If they can't, then you know you found yourself a great deal.
  6. If appropriate, try to arrange your travel plans to rent a car for an entire weekend instead of just one day. Weekend rates often offer a much better deal than daily rates.
  7. When looking to book a rental car, check both different agencies and multiple car types to find the best deal. Sometimes larger cars present a better value due to supply and demand.

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