Today, everyone is looking for ways to cut down on their expenses. Holiday travel is one expense where everyone would love to save money. Many people think that traveling for the holidays is the most expensive time of the year to fly. Many people do not realize that there are ways to save money on their flight when they travel for the holidays. If you travel for the holidays, whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or another holiday, below are some tips on how you can save on holiday travel:
Book In Advance:
Book your flight as soon as possible so that you can get a great deal and make sure you get a flight as it is a busy time of the year. If you are booking for Christmas, you should book in October or earlier.
Choose Alternative Airports:
Often you can find a great deal on a secondary airport rather than booking with one of the major airlines. Discount airlines are an excellent choice so make sure you shop around and compare prices before you book your flight.
If you are planning a vacation instead of going home for the holidays, be flexible when choosing your destination. Many destinations will have great deals when traveling during the off season and shoulder season. For instance, you may get a great deal when traveling to Europe at the end of November because it is the offseason.
Choose the Best Travel Days:
There are cheaper days to travel. For instance, it is cheaper to travel throughout the week instead of the weekends. As well, the first and last flights of the day are the cheapest times to fly. You have to be wary of peak holiday surcharges. You will find these charges on certain days such as the days around Christmas.
You don’t want to be digging your toes into the sand while a foamy wave laps your ankles and then realize, in dismay, that you have forgotten your hat. Sure, you’ve slathered your body in sunscreen, but you can feel your scalp burning. Here’s a list of essentials to tick off when you’re packing for your seaside getaway:
- An outfit for each day you will be away, as well as one or two spare outfits should you go anywhere unexpected.
- Underwear and socks – with enough for an extra two days, just in case.
- Shoes and sandals.
- Sun hat and sunglasses.
- Sarongs and beach towels.
- Sunscreen and after-sun lotion.
- Other toiletries that you will need include a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, moisturizing lotion, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
- Board games and books.
- A beach umbrella.
- A mini First-Aid kit including bandages, plasters, antiseptic ointment, etc.
- Mobile phone charger and batteries/charger for your camera.
In addition to the above, you can pack all the other goodies you may need on your trip.
Travel The Night before the Actual Holiday: You will often get a great deal on your flight if you travel the night before the holiday. You will also save money if you fly on the actual day of the holiday.
Type of Flight:
You can save money if you buy a specific type of flight ticket. For instance, it may be cheaper to buy 2 one way flights instead of one round-trip ticket. As well, travel lightly such as one bag instead of two to avoid baggage charges. Check to see if it is cheaper to book one ticket with one airline and your return flight with another airline. Avoid the extras that increase the price of your flight such as seating with extra leg room, in-flight snacks, and other amenities. A full-service airline will be much more expensive.
Consider mailing your gifts instead of taking them on the flight as the more you carry in luggage, the more you will have to pay for luggage charges. Do the same thing when you return home.
The holidays tend to be a very stressful time of the year. If you are traveling during the holidays, it can be even more stressful when trying to find a cheap flight. Fortunately, knowing what to look for when searching for a cheap flight will increase your chances of finding a great deal. You can be able to enjoy and relax on your holiday knowing you have saved a lot of money.