I’ll never forget the look on the fellow’s face sitting next to me when he discovered he had paid $725 more than me for the same ticket. I’m afraid it ruined the poor guy’s flight.
It’s a typical airborne conversation I’ve had dozens of times. As International Living’s Special Product's Editor I travel a lot. When you travel as much as I do you’d have to be brain-dead not to pick up a few tips on how to do it better… saving a lot of money, time, and aggravation.
Let’s start with money…
Call me thrifty if you want… (my wife, Suzan, says I’m a little too obsessed with getting the best deal) but it’s always bugged me that on any given flight some people are paying two, three, and four times more than others. I was on a flight not long ago where seat prices ranged from $719 to $3,218—in the same section of the plane!
I can’t think of another business where you can save so much money with so little effort. A ticket price can change seven times a day—snagging it on a dip rather than peak is the easiest money you’ll ever make.
I could go on and on about the tricks of the trade and the bargains I’ve snagged in my 26 years of hard-core travel—and that’s just what I do in this new 65-page report.
I call it How To Get The Best Deal On Every Airfare You Buy. And that’s exactly what you get. You’ll see how to get astounding prices when booking plane tickets, the best websites to use, some tricks that will lower your final purchase price, special quirks particular to the world’s biggest airlines and their websites…as well as how to get the best deals on rental cars, hotels, and how to make the most of your frequent flyer miles (everyone should have at least one frequent flyer program they are a member of…trust me, they are worth signing up for) .
It’s not War and Peace but I guarantee it won’t put you to sleep… and it will pay for itself 10 times over every time you travel.
If all you had to do was go online to Travelocity and click on the lowest price that popped up, there would be no need for my new report.
A year or two ago, Travelocity.com outperformed just about everyone in the game. Today, it’s not even in the running. (In fact, for international flights Travelocity now gives consistently higher fares and a poor selection of flights.)
The travel business, particularly the airline industry, is changing constantly. Many of the little tricks I used only two years ago to get cheaper airline tickets just don’t work anymore. In fact, some of my formerly most reliable strategies now get me higher prices rather than lower.
So if you want to know what’s working now, all you need is my quick-reading special report. It’s got every tip, hint, trick, and time-saver that are working for me right now.
Here are just a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss:
I’ve crammed this report with every little trick of the trade I’ve discovered in years of constant travel. Even if you’ve traveled as much as I have, I bet you’ll find a few ideas in this next section that you’ve never tried before…
Here’s where I reveal street-smart tips for true road warriors. But anyone can use these ingenious money—and time-savers again and again. Here are the sorts of moves I’m talking about:
Same flight, different flight number—Different airlines often team up to sell the same flight. The seats are the same but the fares can be night and day. I recently saw a difference of $3 00 between LAN Ecuador and LAN Chile on a flight to Santiago, Chile , for an economy seat in the same aircraft. There’s only one way to be sure you don’t get snared in this trap, and you’ll see it in How to Get the Best Deal on Every Airfare You Buy.
Travel Sites I’ve Found
Nothing is more irritating than buying a ticket, only to have the price drop the next week. This revolutionary free service not only finds low fares but tells you whether they are heading up or down in the future.
Developed by a University of Washington computer science professor, its sophisticated algorithms mine enormous data sets of 175 billion airfares to predict future trends.
Break it down—On one trip I saved over $300 by booking separate flights on a trip from Miami to Nassau and then on to Los Angeles rather than buying a single ticket…and both prices were from the same airline.
Try your own "bait and switch"—If you land a bargain fare only to find yourself wishing that you had a more convenient return flight, here’s how to change to a better flight at the overseas end of the trip. I’ve done this even when the flight was "sold out" at my rate in the U.S.
Double round trips—Another angle I’ve used many times is to book one round-trip ticket to the airline’s hub city, and another round-trip to my final destination. For no logical reason, this comes out cheaper and I can usually check my baggage all the way through even though I bought separate itineraries.
Change your country of origin—Some websites will give you different prices depending on which country you say you’re in when you enter the site. (As far as I can tell, they don’t check your Internet address to see where you really are—and if they do, they don’t stop you from buying the better deal).
Here I show you how to zip through the websites of the major U.S. and international carriers and zoom in on the best spots and features.
Delta, for example, gives you a lot of choices with respect to your date variations—even allowing you to select by “flexible weekend travel”.
United Airlines has an advanced search feature on the home page allowing you to search within a seven-day date range
Using Air France’s flexible date system I reduced a fare of $1,515 to $908. I’ll also show you how to get the most value from the websites of Copa, Delta, Iberia, LAN, and Southwest Airlines.
Sometimes you can do better by not using the likes of Expedia and Travelocity.
You can score deep discounts on every airfare you buy—more than 50% at times—by dealing with charters, tour operators, bucket shops, and other consolidators. It is just as easy to deal with these agents as with your neighborhood travel agent or online service.
When you can’t get a good price on a flight, these alternatives can really shine. Consolidators buy large quantities of tickets before the flight, for a fixed price. They are not bound by advance fare rules and restrictions, so if they want to slash prices, they can. A consolidator could still be selling cheap seats even when they’re no longer available from the airlines themselves.
In How To Get The Best Deal On Every Airfare You Buy, I’ll show you five consolidators that offer great online service.
Charter operators arrange flights and hotels on heavily traveled routes. Because they move such large numbers of travelers, they get huge discounts.
Charters and tours look especially good when you’re booking the whole package. If you want to book a vacation package to a specific and popular place, this may be the best deal you can find. On page 33 you’ll see my four favorite air charter and tour providers.
While these discounts aren’t as common as they used to be, it’s a different matter overseas. Some foreign air carriers still offer senior discounts, and I’ve seen them go as high as 50% off the best price you’d get otherwise.
Did you know that travelers up to age 25 can apply for youth discounts, whether they are students are not? You’ll get my four favorite online resources in How To Get The Best Deal for digging up deep discounts for younger travelers.
The most convenient way to travel extensively in a specific country or region is with a travel pass. Plus it can cost half as much as you’d pay if you bought each fare individually. For instance, you can get a flight from London to Moscow at just $95.
I run down all the major travel passes now available… the best pass to visit all of Europe… the best for Brazil…Asia…everywhere and anywhere you might want to go.
You’ll also see when to consider an around-the-world ticket. It might not see logical, but an around-the-world airfare is often cheaper than a round-trip. You’ll find three respected operators specializing in such tickets in How To Get The Best Deal On Every Airfare You Buy.
One thing I’ve learned after spending more hours than I care to recall waiting at the car-rental counters around the world is this: Don’t believe online car-rental prices.
It pays to check all the "add-on" costs as they can end up pushing the price of your rental sky high…and in some cases you may not even need all of the extras. I’ll explain in detail on page 55.
Also, always re-check your rental booking before departure if you haven’t prepaid. I recently saved over $100 on a 10-day car rental by rechecking the price and finding it lower than when I’d reserved it. I simply booked the new one and canceled the old.
I close out my "traveler’s Bible" with a look at some of the tips and tricks that every traveler should know about. I’ve included all my own secrets and I also persuaded some of the staff at International Living to share their own money-saving tips too (not an easy task, believe me…they like to keep all their bargain secrets to themselves). These are all tried and tested means of getting the best price for your airline ticket.
Finally, you get a handy list of phone numbers and website addresses for the biggest U.S. domestic carriers and major international carriers. These cover 99% of the flights you’ll ever take.
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Bottom line: If you get on a plane, rent a car, or spend a night in a hotel anytime in the next 12 months, you should arm yourself first with How To Get The Best Deal On Every Airfare You Buy.
Finally, about that $800 saving on a long-haul flight. Yes, it’s for real…(and yes, there is a small catch)…and I tell all about it on page 15 of How To Get The Best Deal On Every Airfare You Buy.
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