Being the frugal person I am each time I travel I try to find a new way to save some money. So as we get ready to roll into the biggest travel season of the year - Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years - I wanted to share my five tips to make flying a little cheaper.
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1. Hold your flightThis is a neat little feature I found when booking directly with the airlines. Most if not all of the major airlines allow you to hold a flight for free for a certain amount of time. This is a great money-saving feature to take advantage of because the price of airline ticket can change daily.
I’ve had a few experiences where the cost of tickets increased overnight. During one of those experiences the cost of the ticket increased by about $70. I was so glad I decided to hold the ticket 24 hours for free because I was able to book it at the lower price.
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2. Take an empty reusable water bottleI like to have water with me no matter how I travel and I don’t want to pay a lot for it. When I travel for pleasure I tend to take an empty reusable water bottle with me. This was I can get through the security checkpoint and fill up my reusable water bottle at a fountain near the gate. It’s also nice to have a reusable water bottle on hand when I’m at my destination.
The cost of buying a reusable water bottle is so much less than buying water when you travel. If I think about how much money I could end up spending on water when I travel at about $3 a bottle I easily make my money back and then some.
When it comes to reusable water bottles, I’m like using ones without a straw when I travel. This is because air can build up in the straw causing the water to squirt out when you open the bottle. I learned that the hard way when I opened my water bottle mid-flight and ended up drenching the man sitting in the seat in front of me.
3. Bring a snack from homeWhen I fly my eating schedule gets all messed up. I either miss a meal or have to eat a meal earlier or later than normal. And not all flights provide a complimentary pack of pretzels or peanuts. So I’m always grateful when bring a snack from home.
Great cost efficient snacks that pack well are trail mix, granola bars, chips in a can or pretzels. My snacks have also been a lifesaver on occasion when I was at my vacation destination.
4. Get a ride to the airportDepending on how long you’ll be gone getting a ride to the airport can be cheaper than leaving your car there. Especially if you're going to be away for a week or more. Find a friend or relative who can drop you off and/or pick you up. You can also us ride-sharing services like Uber. And as a bonus if you're new to Uber you can use my promo code leahm1041ue or link to sign up and can get $20 off your first ride.
As another plus, getting a ride to the airport can also cut down on your overall travel time because you don’t have to factor in time to park your car and getting from the parking lot to the terminal.
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5. Pack an outfit or two in your carry onWhile I haven’t had to use them I always pack at least one change of clothes in my carry on when I check a bag. This helps me have more room in my checked bag so I don’t go over the limit and also have room for anything additional I bring back.
Additionally I use the clothes in the carry on as a backup in the event my checked luggage gets lost for a day or two. I also pack some of my more important toiletries in my carry on. This way I have to spend money on products I already bought.
Do you have any money saving tips for air travel?