Budget Tips, Travel Advice

The Spendthrift’s Guide To Traveling On The Cheap Tip # 3

December 4, 2009 • By

The Spendthrift’s Guide | Back Again With Tips For Cutting Costs While You Travel 

Utilize online tools that will help you to find unadvertised fares

* Compare prices from different airlines by using fare search engines of online travel agencies like Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity – each of which will email you a ‘fare alert’ for your particular itinerary. This pretty much means that you have to be flexible when it comes to carriers. Never be married to or loyal to any one airline or you will lessen your chances of finding a good deal. Airlines are aware of this trend and to counterbalance this reality, airlines try to match other sale fares offered by their competitors.

* Contact a specific airline’s website directly to book your flight with no booking fees. You will probably have to pay a nominal fee to book a flight by phone but if you do, try calling late (preferably after midnight); usually that is when reservations that have been placed ‘on hold’ that day and not purchased are released.

Airlines have also been known to offer ridiculously low fares on early Saturday morning that can disappear within hours. It is up to the traveler to be vigilant about catching these ‘sneak’  or ‘glitch’ fares.READ MORE