Travel Made Easy For Seniors

Many people put off travel until they are older. They want to be more established, financially secure, and more mature before they travel. Unfortunately, traveling can be challenging for seniors. Weak knees, bladder control issues, poor eyesight and hearing can all make travel a little harder, and little less enjoyable. Here are a few tips for making travel easier for seniors:

1. Get the right luggage.

Luggage with free spinning wheels that turn any way you do can make a huge difference for seniors. If you have something you have to carry, you may find yourself in pain, with arthritic joints screaming at you. Good luggage that fits the overhead bin, is easy to move, and easy to identify can make your travel easier.

2. Plan for before the trip.

Go to the doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to travel. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have.

Refill all prescriptions. You do not want to be out of town and run out of a life-saving medication you need.

Make sure your legal papers are in order. This is a precaution, but it can provide peace of mind.

Type up a list of contacts, medications you are on, etc. Make a photocopy of it as well as all of your travel documents, and keep them on you at all times.

Call ahead to make sure airlines, hotels, car services, etc. all have anything you may need, such as wheelchairs, raised toilets, increased safety features, special meals, etc.

3. Bring a carry on with the essentials.

What you bring is really important to the success or failure of your trip. For example, if you have incontinence, bringing a change of clothes, and some absorbent products and sanitary products to help you get through long flights, limited bathroom stops, and not as sanitary conditions (depending on where you travel) can make a world of difference. Pack your toiletries, a few outfits, medications, and anything else that is essential, into your carry on. That way, if your luggage got lost, you would still able to enjoy your travel while waiting for your bags.

4. Have a plan for during the trip.

Know where bathrooms are- This will cut down accidents, and help you feel more confident.

Know what kind of shoes you should wear. Proper footwear can help you get through rocky terrain, and provide comfort on long walks.

Plan your medications properly. This is especially important if traveling out of the country, as it can be challenging to get a prescription filled when you are not close to your doctors.

Consider bus tours over walking tours if you have trouble with mobility.

The list could go on, the fact is, if you want your travel to go well, plan for the contingencies. You know what age-related concerns you have, so plan for them properly.

5. Get travel insurance.

You will have greater peace of mind if you get travel insurance. If you were to slip and fall and break a hip, or have something life threatening happen, you would not lose your life savings and estate being life flown off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean. If your luggage is lost in transit, you would be able to get new clothing and toiletries to get your through your trip. It eliminates worries, and is usually very affordable.

Cheap Flight Booking

The aviation industry has enhanced the requirement of inexpensive or cheap flight booking and negotiated rates for air tickets for the domestic fliers. This has become possible due to the incessant variable flight charges and growing competition. All this has amplified the supply of cheap flight tickets. Cheap flight booking has now become the order of the day so it has become extremely uncomplicated to register inexpensive air tickets in order to attend an urgent conference, go for holidays based on themes, corporate tours or to go for an adventurous outgoing.

The advancement in the internet expertise and accessibility to a wide variety of internet booking websites or web portals available for the purpose of comparison has made the procurement of inexpensive flight tickets faster and simpler, even more. The airline companies have successfully understood the need and priority of their consumers-optimum value for money.

With various organizations budding into aviation industry, obtaining appropriate and attractive deals of cheap air travel has become very trouble-free. This has also provided a new thrust to the industry which was undergoing a lot of problems and crisis. Smart travelers are now availing the facility of cheap flight booking system in India, which has become an indispensable part of their way of life. These revolutionary fares of the different airlines, in India, can be procured by the different methods-Travel and tour agents working in agencies and online website portals.

Anything that is just a phone call away or a click away, demand for those goods and services obviously increases. That is what happens in the present scenario precisely. These economic rates have been made readily available so easily and without any hassle that people are swarming like bees to register the travel tickets to their much loved tourist spots.

The tourists or 'pleasure seekers' can possess alluring concession and discounts along with the reasonable flight fares. Moreover, they can bid for the minimum fares most suited to their needs and wants. So now the consumer has replaced the various airline companies and has become the price maker. Gone are the days when tourists had to make innumerable reminder calls to their agents about the ticket booking for planning an extemporaneous vacation. Now they do not need to burden their wallet with exorbitant flight rates. They can explore a variety of economic flight fare alternatives for traveling and leisure without going through the tiresome procedure of getting the air tickets booked. Air travel has reached its pinnacle after so many years now!

The facility of flights from United Arab Emirates, the duty free shopping paradise, to India connects it to almost all the major cities of the country. Many flights are available in Dubai which is joining it with cities like Lucknow, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Srinagar and other important airports in India.

Airline Choices For Cheap Flights to Australia

An abundance of promotions and special offers for cheap flights to Australia has made it much more affordable to vacation Down Under. Airfare to Australia, especially for travel in low season – the month of May and August through mid-September – is priced favorably compared to other long-haul destinations like Asia and eastern Europe.

Non-stop flights to Australia depart from Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you live in other parts of the US, you’ll have to first fly to California.

In the past few years, flights to Australia have increased as existing airlines added flights and new airlines began service on this route. This is good news for travelers – increased competition brought the prices of flights to Australia down.

When searching for the cheapest flights to Australia, you’ll find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest pricing. But, when the airlines are trying to fill the seats on their planes and offer a short-term special promotion, their prices can’t be beat. Always check pricing on the airlines that fly to Australia before buying your tickets.

Airlines that fly to Australia:

Qantas

Qantas, the airline of Australia, offers the largest aircraft and the most flights. With daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco, Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers code-share flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect to the flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Qantas’ website frequently features low season flight deals, promotions that include a “free” flight to a city within Australia, and special offers on the Aussie AirPass. If you are an American Airlines Aadvantage member, you can earn mileage points by flying to and within Australia on Qantas.

VAustralia

VAustralia, the newest addition to the Virgin Airlines Group, flies non-stop from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connecting flights are available from other US cities on Virgin America and Delta. VAustralia also offers a few flights that depart from San Francisco.

Their planes on the Australia route are new, custom decorated with an Australian theme and feature comfortable seating for the long flight. VAustralia’s website keeps up with the special offers Qantas has for cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer specials for flight packages that include other destinations within Australia.

Delta Airlines

Delta began flying to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after they began service on this route, Delta entered a code-sharing agreement with the Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights, and its sister airline, VirginBlue, for domestic flights within Australia.

Delta SkyMiles members with Club access can use VirginBlue’s luxurious airport lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally on Delta or VAustralia.

United Airlines

United flies to Sydney from Los Angles and San Francisco, with connections from other cities in the United States. Infrequently United’s website will promote specials sales on these flights. United does not fly within Australia.

Other Airlines

Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, but the flights stop in Auckland first. This adds several hours to the total flight time to Australia. Their pricing is very competitive.

Several Asian airlines also offer multi-stop flights to Australia. These flights tend to be much more expensive than the non-stop flights on Qantas, VAustralia, Delta or United.

Flying East

Travelers, for whom airplane comfort and luxury is more important than price and a non-stop long-haul flight, should consider flying east to reach Australia. For the most part, flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights from JFK and non-stop flights from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with your vacation in Australia.

Low Cost Airlines Vs. Indian Railways: Heating Competition, Melting Prices

The continuing fare tussle between the Railways and the Low-cost airlines has changed the contemporary scenario for the Indian traveller. A ticket on India’s low-cost carrier (LCC) has made flying, once confined to the rich and elite, an affordable reality for the hordes of Indians travelling across the country.

It has taken some time for the low-cost airline industry to carve a niche for themselves, but the wallet-friendly LCCs are here to stay.

When Air Deccan introduced airfares almost equalling the AC II-tier train fares, the response from the leading domestic airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Sahara Airlines was immediate. Slashed rates and Advanced Purchase schemes (Apex) swiftly began to take shape, resulting upto 30 to 40 per cent slashed fares compared with the original prices.

Barely a year after Air Deccan took off came the launch of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines, followed by SpiceJet and GoAir. Today the number of LCC’s has multiplied from three to a dozen in a matter of months. Since the entry barriers are low, players such as Paramount, IndiGO (Interglobe), Yamuna Air or Kerala Airways, have already filed flight plans.

Continuing a steady progress, LCC’s are slowly eating into the aviation market share, capturing almost one third of the total market.

However the dip in market share does not necessarily mean a drop in the number of passengers or revenues for the mainstream airlines, as the size of the air travel segment has also been increasing. In the market driven by the LCCs- with about half of the passengers being first-time air travellers, there’s a bigger pie for everyone.

But the biggest loser so far has been Indian Airlines. Even with its trendy make over called Indian, it has been left with a market share of only 23.88 per cent while the potential Jet-Sahara combine controls 45 per cent.

As a result it is now exploring the possibility of floating a subsidiary for low-cost operations by merging Air-India Express, the low-fare arm of A-I with Alliance Air, the decade-old wholly-owned subsidiary of IA servicing tier II cities. This could mean that India would have its first-ever LCC, having both domestic and international operations.

However this fairy tale of low cost airline advent is still in its initial stages.

In Europe, North America and Australasia, most successful low cost airlines have operated primarily in domestic, or unrestricted international markets. The LCCs in India on the other hand, have to operate in a highly regulated domestic environment. This is likely to get compounded with the surge in aviation fuel prices over the past year and the plummeting infrastructure with congestion in airports, lack of landing facilities and parking slots, and increasing staff costs driven by internal competition.

These non-frill LCCs are characterised by few on-board services and elimination of catering. But for the Indian travellers accustomed to travelling in the crowded trains for long hours, the aggressive tariff structure by the LCCs, costing nominally higher than the AC II-tier by train, is becoming a popular alternative.

With the LCCs now targeting the middle-class travellers, the Indian skies are slowly but surely opening up to the one billion plus Indian population.

Copyright (C) Manoj Gursahani

The Night Before Your Flight

If you want to avoid high levels of stress, start preparing for your trip a few days before you actually leave. Whatever you are flying from one country to another in Europe, or from one continent to another, it is always good to plan things out! Have everything you want to bring with you packed up. Place your luggage by the door. Some airlines allow you to check in twenty-four hours prior to your flight, if you are flying with one of these, check in and print out your boarding pass (if it is an option). Gather up all of your travel documents (ie passport, boarding pass, additional ID, and some cash. Put these in your carry-on and put them by your luggage. This helped me with knowing the gate number, flight number, airline, etc. I usually kept my ticket and notebook together. You will not have to think to remember to do anything special because you have everything set aside and ready to go.

In addition to having your beloveds prepared, you need to be ready too! Traveling will wear you out, so it is important to get at least some sleep before your flight. If your flight is early, try to adjust your schedule a few days before, so you can get to bed early and get a good night's sleep. The night before your flight (if it's early) set more than one alarm. I am typically good at waking up to one alarm, but it is better to be safe than sorry-you do not want to miss your flight! A practice that I started was laying out my clothes the night before. Like I said before, if something does not go smoothly, all you have to do is hop into the clothes that you have all ready!

Have your transportation lined up the day prior to your flight. If you are taking a taxi, call a taxi service and tell them what airport and what time your flight is. They may have a good idea on what time to get you-you will probably want to give yourself two hours from your starting point (you can adjust this depending on how far you live from the airport).

After you have everything planned and ready to go, you can get a good rest knowing that all you have to do the next morning is wake up and go! This should really cut down on the stress you feel before you travel. You can make sure you have everything and will not forget important things because you have given yourself plenty of time to get your effects in order.

If you do all of these things, your stress level will be cut in half!

Top Five Comfies Airlines

Being someone who travels a lot, I've had my share of bad planes. It's not uncommon to step out of a long flight with your legs still half-asleep, praying to be stretched! People I know even say that a more expensive ticket is fine as long as the plane had enough legroom.

Another measure of comfortable I use is entertainment. I bring a book along to help pass the time, but I still check out the in-flight shows. More work-oriented friends of mine who carry laptops have internet access on the top of their list. I suppose I can also use that to browse the net, too.

The plane's amenities are also something to think about. I like spacious toilets since I'd rather not suffocate (in more ways than one) when using the can. I sleep while en route sometimes, so having nice pillows and blankets help me sleep soundly, as well as a nice, comfortable chair. Decent food is a must, since I've eaten enough on-board tasteless meals to last a lifetime. Friendly airline staff is also a big plus. I've been half-ignored by a grumpy stewardess once, and I was not even flirting with her!

So, what airlines are best for booking flights with? According to the World Airline Awards, they are the following:

1. Singapore Airlines – I've had the pleasure of flying with this airline a few times, and hearing that they are number one is not surprising at all. They've always had a good reputation among regular travelers, and for good reason. Economy class is not as cramped, business class is as good as it gets, great meals in all classes, friendly and well-trained cabin staff and a good selection of in-flight entertainment. If you have a flight with Singapore Airlines, you're guaranteed satisfaction. Your legs may not want to leave, and it's not because they're asleep!

2. Thai Airways – Yet another excellent airline! Some consider them to be Singapore Airlines' true competitor, both being based in Southeast Asia and both being considered to be some of the best in the world. Like in Singapore Airlines, you're guaranteed satisfaction with them.

3. Cathay Pacific – A consistent competitor ever since the conception of the rewards, you are sure to have a good experience with them. Although not as good as the best, it's their more than above average ratios in everything a passenger needs gives them a good edge against other airlines.

4. Qatar Airways – If you're flying first class, look no further! Qatar Airways has the best first class seats in the business, and is not a slouch in the other categories either. It's also the best airline based in the Middle East. Grab a flight with them and see what they can do for you.

5. Qantas – Another consistent performer like Cathay Pacific, it's considered to be the best airline based in Australia. It does well in many of the comfort categories, and is known to be a top choice for flights.

So what are you waiting for? If you have a trip planned, be sure that it's one of these airlines for a comfortable travel experience that will leave you smiling, inside-out!

Tips For Finding A Cheap Air Travel Fare

No matter where you are headed, finding a cheap air travel fare is easy to do. When it comes to cheap air travel there are certain steps you need to take to ensure you are getting the best deal for the best seat. What most people do not know is that every seat can be booked at a huge discount. Now that you know every seat is capable of being discounted let me tell you exactly how you can get them.

The first thing you need to try is simply calling the airline themselves and asking for any unsold seats. All airlines do not like to wait to see if the flight will be booked or not and therefore will book callers in seats that are open. What you need to know here is that most airlines will try to place you in middle seats since those have a very hard time filling but just tell them you will not sit in a middle seat and everything should go smoothly.

Another way you can get cheap air travel fares is by signing up for a mileage program that all airlines have. The way you need to do this is by signing up at the counter because the clerks will get commission if they sign you up and when they do this they are more likely to give you a discount on your flight if it is not already paid for. What I like to do since I fly a lot is through my air miles and make it look like if I do not get a deal that I will not fly with them. That day will come when you have enough air miles to do that, but for the time being stick to the simpler methods.

Another tip that I have is to book your air travel with a credit card company. Doing this will normally get you a higher ticket class and sometimes better seats. And best of all booking with a credit card company usually gives you cash back on the flight. When I first used this method I had an American Express card that got me a first class seat going and coming and after my cash back and the discount the flight was less than half what a coach flight would have cost if I would not have used the credit card to book the air fare.

Always remember these few tips to getting a cheap air travel fare. If you want even more tips then check out these tips to get extremely cheap airline tickets .

Discount Airline Tickets

Finding discount airline tickets indeed a neat skill to know and learn. And Internet now is your best source just to do that.

So how do these online travel sites offer such kind of savings?

The answer is simple. Most online travel sites are run by the airline consolidators who buy these airline tickets in bulk from airlines at wholesale discounted prices. Perhaps we all know that wholesale fares tend to be bargain tickets. So when they offer it online, you can see that the price is relatively lower than the regular full price air tickets.

Airlines themselves also make use of the Internet to offer cheap airfares. Every airline now has their own websites. One should always check both the airlines sites and other travel sites run by big and small travel consolidators or travel agents.

Remember that all airline companies don’t have the same airline ticket prices. Major airlines typically charge more than the smaller budget airlines, as their overheads are comparatively high. Checking with small and reliable budget or even regional airlines will surely save you few extra dollars.

Buying discount airline tickets is just like treasure hunting. Visiting travel agents web sites may give you an idea where to get those cheap tickets. Also these travel agents are very professionals and know a lot more about industry secrets, they may have knowledge where to look and where to get a cheaper airline ticket. Travel agents online often have special offers like travel packages. Plus if you are traveling on long itinerary like many places to go around, they can be of great help in figuring out the best options and prices. They can easily handle your other travel needs like car rentals, hotel accommodation and sightseeing etc.

Buying discount airline tickets is much easier than ever before as travelers now many options to book online.

Traveling With Special Circumstances

In the National Lampoon Vacation movies anything that can go wrong to Chevy Chase does. The hotel isn’t as described in the brochure, the car is too small and the amusement park is closed; the list could go on. With the introduction of the Internet into the average American home, planning vacations has become easier than ever. Incidentally, when vacationing we all have special circumstances, including children, pets, disabilities or medical requirements. And sometimes your destination makes all the difference.

These are the answers to a few frequently asked travel questions, and tips to remember when traveling with special circumstances.

Flying. Flying has become one of the most common forms of travel, but as airlines get bigger they need to accommodate a larger number of people and their demands.

Flying With Children. Always inform the airline you are traveling with children when you by your tickets. Reservations for infants and children under 2 cannot be made on most online travel sites. You must contact the airline directly.

    • Newborns. Most airlines will not allow a child under seven-days old to travel on any plane. Often if the child is that young they will also require a doctor’s permission slip.
    • Small Children. There is usually two options when traveling with small children, lap or buy a seat. If the child is less than 2-years old they can sit in your lap for domestic flights. Most airlines do not charge for lap children. However, if you feel more comfortable, you can buy a seat and place the child in an FAA approved restraint. Buying a ticket for these children is usually discounted substantially and most car seats are approved. Double-check the airline for FAA requirements. All international flights require children to be in restraints.

Unaccompanied Minors. It’s not uncommon for children to fly alone. Many are seasoned travelers bouncing between parents, friends or relatives. Most airlines will take responsibly of minors for a fee. The cost is usually between $50 and $100 depending on the airline. Additionally, the age requirements may differ. For most, children between the ages of 5 and 7 are only allowed on direct flights. Children between 8 and 14 can fly on connecting flights. The age when children are not required an escort depends on the airline. For example, Delta requires all children under the age of 14 to have an escort whereas with United, children over 12 it’s optional.

Pets. Many airlines accommodate animals of different sizes. You can take them as carry-on, checked as baggage or shipped. Some states require a health certificate. It is suggested to have all veterinary paper work available including shots. Always call the airline or check their website before booking your ticket. Some are more restrictive than others.

Most animals must be 8 to 12-weeks old to fly. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggest not to sedate cats and dogs. This may effect their natural equilibrium and cause injury. Many of these tips and suggestions are for domestic flights in the 48 continental United States. International restrictions and fares may vary.

    • Carry-on. Carry on pets must be small enough to fit into a kennel under the seat in front of you. There is usually a fee of about $50 to $100 per animal. Most airlines only accept cats and dogs. Delta will also accept, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, whereas, SouthWest doesn’t accept pets of any kind.
    • Checked Baggage. Larger warm-blooded mammals and birds are usually checked as baggage. Animals must be in comfortable kennels and are taken at the check-in counter and retrieved in baggage claim. They are safely placed under the plane in a pressurized and heated compartment. There is usually a $100 charge for checking your animal. Sometimes it is more difficult for baggage handlers to get your pet to your connecting flight. When booking your flight remember to give yourself between a one and three hour layover.
    • Air Cargo. Many airlines have cargo services. This is for those shipping pets to friends or family without their owner. Rates depend on size and destination of the animal. Check your carrier’s website for further details. Always include identification tags with your address and phone number as well as the address and phone number of the person receiving the animal. Additionally, do not put a leash or muzzle on the animal, this may cause a choking hazard.

Disabilities. All airlines are dedicated to making everyone’s travel comfortable. Most airlines are wheelchair accessible and willing to work with people with all kinds of disabilities. Always inform the airline if you or a loved one has special needs prior to departure. This allows the staff to prepare for your accommodations.

Many airlines can provide Braille safety cards, captioned safety videos, individual safety briefings, onboard wheelchairs and more. Guide dogs are usually accepted as checked baggage and don’t require a fee. Many airlines will also accommodate those with food allergies or related illnesses like diabetes.

Hotels and Cars. Always contact your hotel or rental company to make special arrangement regarding lodging and transportation. Most hotels and car companies will try to accommodate you in all ways. When traveling with special circumstances like children, pets or disabilities, always take your hotel and on-ground travel arrangements into account.

If you plan to take the family dog on vacation with you, keep a few things in mind when booking your lodging. Although the hotel may accept pets, ask where they stay, in the room or in a hotel kennel. Furthermore, find out if the hotel offers walking services. If you are sightseeing all day, you don’t want your poor pup stuck in the room needing to visit the grassy knoll across the street.

For small children, most hotels can provide a playpen or crib for them to sleep in. Many car rental companies can also provide car seats and additional child restraints.

Cruises. Pets are not aloud on most cruise liners; however, children are. Most cruises provide several forms of entertainment for children while at sea. If you decide to cruise with children always look into the liner’s child services prior to booking a room.

    • Children and Young Adults. There are usually several free, child-friendly activities previously planned by the cruise liner to keep kids and young adults busy. Activities include arts and crafts, movies, games and child friendly pools. Sometimes the cruise liner will have teen dances and teen specialized activities.
    • Children under Two. Children under 2-years old are not usually eligible for activities. However, most liners offer babysitting services from about $6 to $10 an hour.
    • Disabilities. Many cruise liners try to accommodate those with disabilities to the best of their ability. All floors have elevators and are wheelchair accessible. Those in wheelchairs, requiring oxygen tanks or health requirements usually board and disembark before the general public. Those with sight or hearing disabilities may need to make extra special arrangement with the liner prior to purchasing tickets.

Traveling in today’s day and age can be a tricky business. There are so many circumstances to take into account. Always remember airlines, hotels, car rentals and cruises are ultimately in the hospitality business. They understand there are special circumstances and all are fully trained to accommodate you and your loved ones.

Best Strategies for Saving on Flights and Hotels

As a business owner, you always look for ways to save money when running a business. Amongst all areas business travel is one key area where you can find savings on flights and hotels. By following the best booking strategies and utilizing affordable options, travelers can reduce the cost of their business trip.

Here are a few ways to save on hotels and flights:

Saving on Hotels

Book hotels and flights together

Online travel booking sites offer price breaks for purchasing a flight and hotel together. Combined packages are mostly used by vacationers but also offer great value to business travelers with flexible preferences.

Surf online, book over phone

To get the best deals, browse through various online booking channels and figure out your preferred option. Get in touch with the hotel and ask them to reduce the rate further. This works as many hotels will go lower to avoid paying third-party booking fees.

Advance fees

If you are sure about your travel plans, nonrefundable hotel reservations offer the best price. Paying advance can save up to 20% on bookings made directly with hotels.

Take advantage of refundable bookings

Alternatively, you can make a refundable booking by looking for the best prices online. Hotels usually don’t have any cancellation fees like airlines.

Use corporate discounts

Businesses often negotiate with preferred hotel vendors and get discounts up to 40%. So, using corporate booking tools can give you the lowest possible fare when booking.

Last-minute travel

If you are booking in last-minute, you can find deals on unused rooms. Talk to your preferred hotels to know about possible cancellations. Also, searching last-minute booking sites such as Hotel Tonight can help you get other options.

Say no to cookies

Travel sites maintain cookies to identify customers with strong intention to buy. Clearing your browser history might give you more favorable prices.

Flight Saving Strategies

Travel during off-peak hours

Flights are cheapest between 5 am to 7 am and after 8 pm. Businesses can save an average of $116 per flight by flying at peak times.

Fly on specific days

Reports from recent studies revealed that Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the low cost days to fly. Flying on these days can save you money.

Take connecting flights

Direct flights are convenient, but flights with layovers will cost you less. Taking connecting flights is one of the strategies that can help you save money.

Check out from less expensive airports

When you search for flights, check the box “include nearby airports”. You can choose alternative airports that cost you less than others and not necessarily farther away.

Make early bookings

Tickets booked fewer than seven days before departure will cost you an average of 44% more than if they had been booked 15 or more days in advance.

Book on the right time

Airfares fluctuate throughout the week. Studies revealed that the best time to book air travel is Tuesday at 3 PM ET, the time when airlines will release their discounted seat inventory.

Leverage refund rules

Bookings made at least 7 days in advance can be canceled within 24 hours. This creates a grace period in which you can cancel your bookings if your travel plans are not final.

These strategies can help you save money while booking flights and hotels.