In this time of worsening economic conditions, it is essential for us consumers to be mindful of our spending habits. Especially when planning that once-a-year getaway. Here are some helpful tips on how to travel smart and cut down some bucks while having a blast in your getaway trip!
1. Conserve your frequent flier miles. Do not use your points right away when it has already accumulated to a significant amount. Compute first the cash value of the points that you are intending to use, through the $1.4 per mile rule. For example, if the plane ticket requires 50,000 points with an equivalent cash value of $700, use that only for flights that cost at least $500 and above when purchased in cash.
2. Plan your trip ahead. This is the golden rule when traveling. The earlier you book your plane ticket and hotel accommodation, the lower the rates are. In addition, if the hotel that you booked in advance suddenly drops their rates, you can usually still get it at the lower rate. You just have to talk nicely to the hotel representatives. One good example is Tingo’s money back guarantee that automatically cancels your reservation once the rate drops and rebooks you at a lower rate.
3. Check-in early. The chances of being bumped from the plane are very very slim if you check-in as early as possible (but don’t get too excited, 24 hours before the flight is the earliest check-in time). Having your final seat number is the best way to secure that seat and get to your destination..
4. Best time to fly out is every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. These are the days with the fewest travelers on the average so getting a flight on those days usually mean much lower fares. In addition, airports are less crowded so checking-in becomes less stressful.
Those are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when planning that escapade of yours. Remember to always travel smart to make the most out of your trip.