Wednesday, January 12, 2011

4 ways to reduce your airfare costs

These days it seems that the cost of flying keeps fluctuating. There are a few tried and true ways to keep your costs down and still get to your destination for a little R&R.

1. Get the best value in airfares

Go online to compare a vast array of ticket prices. Don't be rigid about the time of day you want to travel. It's better to have a general time (morning, afternoon, or evening) in mind and investigate departures offered during that period. Moving your departure or return time by just an hour can save on your ticket price.

2. Be flexible on days, routes

Check if a flight may be cheaper on Tuesday than Monday or Saturday instead of Sunday. Savings can give you what amounts to a free one-day "vacation" stay at an airport hotel. The route you choose can make a difference, too. Resist the non-stop routes most airline websites show you and opt for connecting flights instead, which may save hundreds of dollars.

3. Reduce luggage, in-flight amenities and standby fees

Do research to understand and compare which airlines offer what amenities for free or at cost, including luggage checks, in-flight entertainment, meals, snacks, pillows. Limit yourself to carry-on baggage, and bring your own comfort items. Last minute changes in your flight plans on the day of your scheduled departure could cost you $50.

4. Avoid pricey long-term airport parking lot fees

Consider a park-and-fly package that includes free parking and shuttle service. Lambert's website offers pre-flight hotel and airport parking at special discounted rates. A package includes a night's stay at an airport hotel, free shuttle service to and from the terminal, and 7 to 14 days or more of free parking.

It's a great time to get away from the snow and come on down and enjoy some beautiful weather!

Thank you to Jack Lambert of for these GREAT tips.


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