Flight Savings Without a Travel Agency

Methods for saving on flight deals that do not require a travel agency:

Here are some of the best ways to save money on your summer vacation without sacrificing the fun.

If you’re planning to head out on a summer vacation this year, you’re not alone. A 2017 AARP travel survey revealed that 99 percent of boomers intend to take at least one trip this year. And AAA said that more than a third of all Americans will embark on a family vacation in the next 12 months.

Although a week at the beach might sound like the ideal way to spend your summer vacation, warm weather travelers should note that costs are often higher in the peak season. If you want to cut costs on airfare and accommodations, you should do your research and plan ahead.

Here are some of the best ways to save money on your summer vacation without sacrificing the fun.

Be flexible with travel plans

If your work schedule or kids’ school schedule isn’t too restrictive, the best way to keep the cost of a summer vacation down is to be flexible.

“Being flexible … will open the door to savings opportunities,” said money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.

For example, you might find that a town near the one you want to visit offers similar amenities — such as a beach or close access to theme parks — for a lower cost, Woroch said. Additionally, you should be flexible with your travel dates to cut costs.

“Sometimes flying a day earlier or later can make a huge difference,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. And check the prices of flights to all the airports in an area because you’ll find big savings, he said.

Travel on Tuesday or Wednesday

Fridays during the summer are among the busiest travel days of the entire year, Woroch said. “Not only are you looking at bigger crowds and delays, but prices on airfare and even fuel will peak on this popular departure day,” she said.

And Sundays are expensive travel days year round. According to CheapAir.com’s annual survey, travelers can save an average of $73 by flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday rather than a Sunday.

More: http://www.goerie.com/entertainmentlife/20170601/summer-savings-how-to-cut-your-travel-costs

Save with Multi City Flights, If You Can Outwit the Airlines

Some airlines are trying to defeat travelers who use multi city flights to save money:

Heads up, travelers.

Major airlines including Delta, American Airlines and United quietly changed how they price certain airline tickets, which means you may have to search a couple different ways to find the actual lowest fares available.

The change affects travelers booking circle trips, or multi-city reservations that begin and end at the same airport. Multi-city searches allow travelers to book multiple one-way tickets grouped together under a single reservation. It can be cheaper than booking flights with connections, and generally more convenient when hopping around a continent.

But cheaper is no longer automatically the case at Delta, American Airlines or United. Last month, the three airlines changed their pricing policies in an effort to stop travelers who figured out that they could use the multi-city trip tool to get cheaper connecting flights by combining two individual one-way legs.

The catch is that customers may not be aware that the multi-city ticket pricing has changed — and they may not be shown the cheapest option when searching for flights. On Thursday, we searched Delta for a multi-city ticket from New York City to Chicago, then to Atlanta two days later, and back to New York City a few days after that. The ticket cost around $800.

Rest at:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/airlines-ticket-change-multi-city-trips_us_57055eefe4b0a506064dfdb9

Great Flight Deals to Europe

Airlines with routes to Europe are offering cheap flight deals these days:

If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Europe, you might want to look at flight prices right now. Round trip tickets to Europe are available for $550 or less from 40 U.S. and Canadian cities. Not only that, the deals are for a wide range of dates from August through April of 2018.

Most of these flights are a solid purchase at $550, but prices actually get as low as $370, like the below example of a flight from Boston to Paris in October. Also, these aren’t just for one city. You can get to 18 European cities for these prices, including London (LON), Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Budapest (BUD), Copenhagen (CPH), Istanbul (IST), Milan (MXP), Prague (PRG), and Rome (FCO).

Particularly cheap routes — there are many, so this is just a sample — include Atlanta to Barcelona for $401, Hartford to Paris for $385, Washington D.C. to Paris for $403, and Dallas to Barcelona for $402, among many others.

From:  https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/cheap-flight-sale-europe

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How to Save on Last Minute Flights

One of the best ways to save money on a flight is to plan ahead. But sometimes, you don’t have the luxury of advance notice. Here’s how to find cheap last-minute flights, whether you’re traveling for a family emergency, a business trip on short notice or a spontaneous escape.

Use a flight map

Google Flights and Skyscanner have handy map tools that can help you find the cheapest flight.

If your destination is set in stone, use the map to compare fares at nearby airports as well. It may be cheaper to fly into a location a few hours away and rent a car to reach your final stop.

If your destination is open-ended — like “anywhere with a beach” — use the map to pick the most economical locale. Select your dates and home airport(s), and then scan the map for an affordable flight. Google Flights will even show you potential destinations; all you need to do is pick your travel dates and interests, whether they be wildlife, food, beaches or nature.

Call the airline

A handful of airlines still offer bereavement fares, which could help take the financial sting out of last-minute travel for a funeral. To get the discount, you have to book the flight by phone and typically need to start travel within seven to 14 days. Be prepared to provide the name of the relative and the name and phone number of the relative’s doctor or funeral home.

Alaska Airlines, for example, will knock 10% off its published fares for passengers traveling due to the death of an immediate family member, according to Halley Knigge, a spokeswoman for the carrier. This also applies to Virgin America, which was acquired by Alaska Air Group.

Delta Air Lines and Air Canada also offer special rates for those traveling due to a death in the family.

Rest at:  https://www.dallasnews.com/business/airlines/2017/05/25/last-minute-flight-plans-can-save-money-business-trip-getaway

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Free Service Finds Dirt-Cheap International Flights

A resource that scours the web for deals on cheap international flights, reported by Business Insider:

Few things are better than finding a great deal.

When it comes to air travel, though, travelers that are determined to find the best possible prices on a trip are often left digging through Google Flights, hoping they’re looking at the right dates, times, and airports. But one website is trying to make planning an affordable trip much easier.

Scott’s Cheap Flights was started by Scott Keyes, who previously caught Business Insider’s attention by traveling around the world for little or no money at all. His site finds deals that save customers hundreds of dollars on round-trip international flights.

For example:
-New York to Paris on Christmas week for under $280 (regular price $1,200)
-San Francisco to Melbourne for $421 (regular price $1,200)
-Chicago to Tokyo for $424 (regular price $1,000)

More at:  http://www.businessinsider.com/scotts-cheap-flights-international-flights-finder-2017-6