Airfare http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5295/all en-US 11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_on_vacation_000069738815.jpg" alt="Friends finding spring break budget busters to avoid" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning to whoop it up on spring break? Let your fun flag fly without obliterating your bank account by avoiding these getaway budget busters.</p> <h2>1. Lodging</h2> <p>Even now that I'm in my mid-30s (that's the first time I've written that &mdash; gimme a minute), I still prefer inexpensive lodging to high-end hotels when I travel, at least when it's on my own dime. As an alternative, I opt for short-term apartment rentals (like Airbnb or VRBO) or even crash with friends to help save a ton of money that, when you think about it, I'm just sleeping away.</p> <p>Anita Covic, destination specialist TripTogether, a travel site that helps travelers meet other travelers, also thinks this route is the way to go.</p> <p>&quot;Cutting costs doesn't have to be stressful, and one of the biggest costs that can be cut is lodging,&quot; she says. &quot;Personally, I think hostels are a great alternative to expensive hotels. Airbnb is a great option for a large group of people. Eating out can add up as well. Try booking a hostel or Airbnb [rental] with a kitchen and stock up on groceries that can be easily converted to quick breakfasts and lunches.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Airfare</h2> <p>Save on airfare by knowing when to shop for plane tickets, and use a multifaceted approach by consulting discount sites and the airlines proper to see who offers the best price. You also can avoid spending full price for airfare by setting alerts for deals. If you happen to earn frequent flyer miles, check out the new award travel search engine <a href="http://pexportal.com">PEX+</a> to find the best price on an award ticket.</p> <h2>3. Eating Out</h2> <p>When you're on vacay, it's easy to get lax on your waistline and your wallet. Keep both of these areas in check by curbing your cravings for junk food (which might go hand in hand with those hangovers, by the way) while trying to make more of your meals wherever you're staying (made easier with a kitchen). Find ways to munch for free instead of popping into a restaurant, café, or fast-food joint for every meal.</p> <p>&quot;Dining out at new restaurants is one of the best parts of traveling, but there's no need to eat out three meals a day,&quot; reminds saving expert Andrea Woroch. &quot;Many hotels and hostels offer some sort of free breakfast, typically consisting of fruit, cereal, and pastries, which is plenty to start your day. Sandwiches are an easy meal to prepare in-room, which you can then pack as lunch for a day exploring the city. When looking for a spot to eat, use apps to track down coupons for nearby restaurants and search for daily dining deals via Groupon Now.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Alcohol</h2> <p>Oh, alcohol. It's the stuff that many great spring break memories are made of &mdash; but it can quickly take your budget from hero to zero if you're not careful. To reduce how much you're spending on booze, remember one word: pregame.</p> <p>&quot;Drinks at bars and restaurants are very expensive, so if you're planning to do some drinking, try to plan a get-together somewhere where you can bring your own alcohol &mdash; like someone's hotel room &mdash; before you go out,&quot; advises The Stave Diaries travel blogger Stefanie Parks. &quot;This way you can get your alcohol from a grocery or convenience store and won't have to splurge for more expensive drinks while you're out.&quot;</p> <h2>5. Entertainment and Activities</h2> <p>When you're traveling, you want to see and do as much as possible within your destination. However, an action-packed schedule comes with a cost. Before you embark, take time to review entertainment and activity options and identify those that are most important and affordable to you.</p> <p>&quot;There are plenty of free things you can do on your trip, like a day at the beach, viewing art galleries, or simply exploring city streets,&quot; Woroch says. &quot;You can even skip the pricey guided tours and take a self-guided walking tour for free. Print city guides from resources like <a href="http://citywalkingguide.com/">City Walking Guide</a> or download a walking tour guide on your mobile device using apps like <a href="https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-listen/audio/audio-europe">Rick Steves Europe Travel</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/city-maps-walks-470+-cities/id417207307?mt=8">City Maps and Walks</a>.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Hidden Fees</h2> <p>The money trap is right there in the name &mdash; hidden fees &mdash; and these can add up to a substantial amount when all is said and done, slowly chipping away at your budget along the way.</p> <p>Saveful.com's Louis DeNicola details some of the more common offenders.</p> <p>&quot;Rental car companies can charge around $10/day for a collision damage waiver, but many credit cards include that coverage free of charge,&quot; he points out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-does-car-rental-insurance-really-cover-on-your-credit-card?ref=seealso">What Does Car Rental Insurance Really Cover On Your Credit Card?</a>)</p> <p>Travelers should also look for hidden hotel-related fees. Some hotels in popular tourist destinations charge a resort fee on top of the standard room rate. Hotels may offer extra perks, such as free Wi-Fi, to members of their loyalty program &mdash; even brand new members.</p> <p>&quot;Some hotels' minibars have weight sensors and you might get charged even if you didn't drink or eat anything,&quot; DeNicola adds. &quot;Review your bill before leaving the hotel.&quot;</p> <h2>7. Convenience-Store Goodies</h2> <p>When you have a packed spring break schedule of exciting activities, it's not only easy to eat out more than you normally would, but popping into convenience stores for quick snacking items also is more prevalent. Two dollars here and there for bottles of water, coffee, candy, and chips may seem like insignificant expenses, but if you're doing it every day, you'll find that you're wasting a decent chunk of change.</p> <p>&quot;Limit the excess you spend on drinks and snacks by packing fruit or granola bars and a refillable water bottle to stay fueled and hydrated during a long day of exploring,&quot; Woroch suggests.</p> <h2>8. Mobile Data</h2> <p>I recently traveled to Montreal for the New Year's holiday and I was conscious to turn off my mobile roaming and data as soon as we crossed the border from the United States into Canada. But would you believe that when I received my bill for that period there was $20 of international charges on it? Apparently I wasn't fast enough, or the networks got crossed as I approached the border, and I incurred the fees I was trying to avoid. And that was within seconds to minutes. Can you imagine what I would have been charged had I left it one for a few hours or days?</p> <p>Woroch warns against a similar situation.</p> <p>&quot;To avoid pricey data-overage fees, turn off pop-up notifications and use a <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-wifi-finder/id411134124?mt=8">Free Wi-Fi Finder</a> app to track down local hotspots. Otherwise, turn on your phone's Wi-Fi locator to find a free Internet connection wherever you are and take this time to post pictures and reply to emails.&quot;</p> <p>She also recommends downloading any maps you may need ahead of time.</p> <p>As an extra tip, if you have an experience like I did during my Montreal trip, be sure to give your wireless carrier a call to explain the situation. If you're a loyal customer, they may waive those minor, erroneous fees like they did for me, but you won't know unless you pick up the phone to fight it.</p> <h2>9. Photo Memories From Secondary Sources</h2> <p>Photo ops are everywhere these days, and there are plenty of companies that are cashing in on them, like pictures you get at the beach and those funny snapshots at the end of a thrill ride. Don't fall for it. You and every single person you know is armed with a phone at their fingertips. Set up backgrounds and strike your own poses to enjoy free shots that you can post to social media immediately or print when you get home.</p> <h2>10. Souvenirs</h2> <p>I have a rule at my house than nothing comes home from vacation that isn't either some form of art or a useful object &mdash; which means to say that no junk souvenirs, like spoons, shot glasses, and other bric-a-brac, are welcome. My photos are good enough memories of my time on vacation, and they help me save money, space in my luggage, and a backache from having to carry otherwise heavy objects.</p> <p>Blogger Barb Webb provides other easy ways to cut back on souvenir spending.</p> <p>&quot;Theme parks, hotels, and restaurants often have buttons, stickers, postcards, and other trinkets they gift for free to patrons,&quot; she says. &quot;Stop by the local tourism office and you'll find everything from free coloring books to posters and key chains to add to your souvenir collection. Also look for local extension agencies that will have free treasures like recipe cards, calendars, and other small items.&quot;</p> <p>To turn photos into more organized memories like I do, Woroch suggests using the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keepsayk-photo-books-instant/id884920246?mt=8">Keepsayk app</a> to organize pictures and create a photo book, or use deal sites like Coupon Sherpa to find coupon codes from photo book makers like Snapfish, which usually offers steep discounts.</p> <h2>11. Gas</h2> <p>Gas is affordable now, but we don't know where it will be in a few weeks or months when we're more on the go. Even while it's inexpensive, you still want to score the best deals possible.</p> <p>&quot;There are a few ways to reduce your fuel costs, including using the <a href="http://www.gasbuddy.com/App">GasBuddy</a> app to find the cheapest gas nearby; paying with cash to avoid the extra 10 cents for credit card charges; and using your warehouse club membership to save up to 30 cents per gallon at their fuel pumps,&quot; Woroch says.</p> <p>On a personal note, I've been visiting BP stations almost exclusively to fill up at the pump for a few months, and I use its loyalty card to rack up points. Just the other day, I received a generous kickback of $.63 per gallon &mdash; yes, you read that correctly &mdash; which resulted in a total savings of about $10 for a complete fill-up. My total cost was $18 and change for a full tank of premium gas, all because I swiped my loyalty card consistently. Totally worth the two seconds it takes.</p> <p><em>Are you headed away for spring break? How do you plan to save? Where will you splurge? I'd love to hear about your vacation plans in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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With the cheaper gas prices and lower overall airfare, it just might be a good year to finally book that family vacation you've been considering. Here are a few insider tips that'll help you stretch your travel dollar as far as possible. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-that-anyone-can-travel-for-free">7 Ways That Anyone Can Travel for Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Book Airfare on a Tuesday</h2> <p>According to FareCompare.com, which helps travelers compare airfares to find the best deals, Tuesday around 3 p.m. EST is the best time to book a flight. They found that this is when many airlines release the majority of their sales, which then encourages other airlines to lower their fares to stay competitive. In contrast, try not to book airfare on a Friday morning as you'll end up paying&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hopper.com/articles/2450/does-time-of-day-matter-when-booking-flights">3% more for fares</a> on average.</p> <h2>2. Fly Out on a Tuesday or Wednesday</h2> <p>If you can be flexible in terms of the day you fly out, you can definitely save some money. According to Airfarewatchdog.com, if you can fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday you'll find lower overall airfares. While not a perfect science, these two days <em>usually </em>yield lower airfares. For example, CheapAir.com found the difference between a Sunday round-trip flight and a Tuesday round-trip flight to be $58 on average. Also, when booking air travel for a week-long vacation, book Tuesday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Wednesday, as it is by far the cheapest way to fly.</p> <h2>3. Book Hotels Directly This Year</h2> <p>Online travel sites like Expedia and Hotels.com charge hotel chains a hefty 15% fee for an online booking. As a result, many hotels are trying to avoid this booking fee and are willing to negotiate a deal with potential travelers who call them directly. For example, if the Expedia rate is $100 a night, call the hotel and ask politely if they can beat that rate. Since the hotel has to pay around $15 to Expedia, they'll often give you the room for $90/night. It's an extra $5 in their pocket and they've made you a happy camper in the process.</p> <h2>4. Vacation Where the Best Deals Are</h2> <p>Clark Howard is one of my favorite frugal gurus. Every year he takes his staff on a big trip, and how he selects the destination is pure genius. He goes online and figures out what destination currently has the best travel deals, and that's where he takes everyone. By booking travel this way, he has visited every continent except Antarctica and every state except North Dakota. I love his perspective on this travel tip: &quot;I don't pick a destination that I have to go to. I wait for a deal somewhere, buy the deal, and then figure out why I want to go there.&quot; To make it happen, Howard suggest using&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kayak.com/explore/">Kayak Explore</a> as it lets you find the best airfare deals for your specific budget.</p> <h2>5. VRBO and Airbnb &quot;Last-Minute&quot; Hack</h2> <p>It's pretty obvious that vacation homeowners using VRBO and Airbnb to rent their place don't make a cent if their place lies empty for the weekend. Because of this, many owners are willing to lower their rate a little bit for last-minute travelers. By last-minute, I'm talking about those trying to book a place within a week of arrival. So the next time you attempt to plan a last-minute getaway, consider politely asking for a 15%&ndash;20% discount when using either website. You stand a great chance of negotiating a deal.</p> <h2>6. Hotel Check-In Trick</h2> <p>Have you ever wondered if it's still possible to get a room upgrade when checking into a hotel? According to many hotel employees, you can absolutely still do it, and slipping the front desk attendant a $20 bill is still highly acceptable. There's almost always a better room available, or cool upgrades like free movies, free room service, or late checkout &mdash; and sending an Andrew Jackson across the counter is a great way to make it happen.</p> <p>Also, the same hotel employees share that online booking sites like Expedia, Hotwire, and Orbitz are often going to get you the worst rooms available. The reason is because hotels see these guest as &quot;non-loyal&quot; travelers simply looking for a really low rate. They're not going to give you the rooms with the best views and overall features.</p> <p><em>How do you ensure a great deal when booking your travel plans?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-take-a-frugal-grownup-spring-break">4 Ways to Take a Frugal Grownup Spring Break</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-hotel-hacks-from-professional-travelers">25 Hotel Hacks From Professional Travelers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare flying holiday hotel hacks spring break summer vacation trips Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:00:06 +0000 Kyle James 1670417 at http://www.wisebread.com Never Order Fish on Mondays and 7 Other Bad Days to Buy Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/never-order-fish-on-mondays-and-7-other-bad-days-to-buy-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/never-order-fish-on-mondays-and-7-other-bad-days-to-buy-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_outside_000011316429.jpg" alt="Woman learning common calendar shopping pitfalls" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Timing is everything. You can buy a great TV one day, only to see it half-price a few months later. You can sell your stocks one weekend, only to see them double in price over the next few weeks. But while some instances are impossible to foresee, some calendar shopping pitfalls are well known, and should be avoided at all costs. Here are eight instances when you should definitely put your credit card away, and wait for a better time to buy (or sell).</p> <h2>1. Don't Buy Airline Tickets on Weekends</h2> <p>Data collected by online travel agencies, fare trackers, and airline-pricing executives has revealed that the absolute worst time to buy airline tickets is the weekend. &quot;Like bread, fares get sort of stale towards the end of the week,&quot; says Bob Harrell, a fare consultant.</p> <p>In fact, most airlines will increase the prices of fares on Thursday evenings, and will watch to see how it affects competitor pricing. By Monday, big changes are made in the opposite direction, reacting to the price drops and other price matching. Fare analysts don't work on weekends either, which means they cannot react when all the cheap seats are taken. On Monday, they could drop the pricing on more expensive seats, and by Wednesday, you could see the lowest prices of the week. Then, the cycle continues. So, if you are planning a trip, don't think that leaving it to the weekend is a good strategy. You'll pay through the nose.</p> <h2>2. Don't Order Fish on Sunday or Monday</h2> <p>If there's one person to trust on this one, it's acclaimed chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain. He laid it out very clearly in his memoir, written in 2000.</p> <p>&quot;Here's how it works: The chef of this fine restaurant orders his fish on Thursday for delivery Friday morning. He's ordering a pretty good amount of it, too, as he's not getting another delivery until Monday morning. All right, some seafood purveyors make Saturday deliveries, but the market is closed Friday night. It's the same fish from Thursday!&quot;</p> <p>He also goes on to say in an article for <em>The Guardian</em> that he would not <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/books/2000/aug/12/features.weekend1">order fish on Mondays</a> unless it was in a four-star restaurant.</p> <p>&quot;I never order fish on Monday,&quot; Bourdain says, &quot;unless I'm eating at a four-star restaurant where I know they are buying their fish directly from the source. I know how old most seafood is on Monday &mdash; about four to five days old!&quot;</p> <h2>3. Don't Buy a Car on Monday or Tuesday</h2> <p>A recent Time magazine article unveiled the ups and downs of the <a href="http://business.time.com/2012/03/05/why-this-tuesday-is-one-of-the-worst-days-of-the-year-to-buy-a-car/">car-shopping calendar</a>, and it all revolves around incentives, dealership quotas, and what TrueCar senior analyst Kristen Andersson calls &quot;savvy weekend shoppers.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Mondays and Tuesdays are to be avoided, and especially Mondays and Tuesdays early in the month,&quot; writes Time journalist Brad Tuttle. &quot;Why's this? Because dealerships view consumers who come in on Mondays and Tuesdays as 'need-based buyers,' and these particular buyers 'don't negotiate as much as the savvy weekend shoppers who do their homework.'&quot;</p> <p>Andersson also stated that if you are going to buy a car, wait until the end of the month. &quot;The last third of the month is typically when a dealer can tell how the month is going and can incentivize the vehicles.&quot;</p> <h2>4 Don't List eBay Items on Friday Evenings</h2> <p>If you like making a bit of extra money selling items on eBay, <a href="http://www.ebay.com/gds/The-Absolute-Worst-Time-to-List-Something-on-eBay-/10000000002633100/g.html">don't list on a Friday evening</a>. Typically, unless you alter the defaults, your auction will last seven days, and will end precisely seven days from the start of your listing. So, if you find yourself at a loose end one Friday evening, you may think that selling a few items on eBay is a good use of your time. Don't do it.</p> <p>Most people are out and about on Friday evenings, not sat in front of the computer ready to bid on an auction. Even taking into account smartphones and auction snipers, you will still lose a large chunk of your potential bidders. Instead, wait until Saturday morning. You will get much better results. Or, change the listing to three days, a Buy It Now, or perhaps even a 30-day listing.</p> <h2>5. Don't Buy a Home on the Last Day in May</h2> <p>So, with 365 days to choose from (or 366 in a leap year), it seems odd to point out one specific day as the worst day. But, there is <a href="http://homebuying.about.com/od/buyingahome/a/061008_WorstDay.htm">substantial evidence</a> to stay away from that particular day. About.com's Home Buying expert lists a multitude of reasons, including:</p> <ul> <li>Not closing in time. Pending sales peak in April, which means a larger workload for real estate agents, with often triple the amount of listings to deal with.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The Memorial Day weekend playing havoc with customer service.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Higher interest rates from any delay in closing.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>High competition from other buyers, resulting in bidding wars and overpriced offers.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>More fees for movers due to the increased volume.</li> </ul> <p>If you want to buy a house, choose a day no one else will be thinking about, like Christmas Day.</p> <h2>6. Don't Buy Salad for Lunch on Mondays</h2> <p>This has nothing to do with price, but waiting times (and as we all know, time is money). It seems that we all have a tendency to overdo things on weekends, or we want to start our weeks on a healthy track, even if we know we'll slip a few days later. So, people rush out to get salads for lunch on Mondays, and that means long lines waiting for your healthy lunch.</p> <p>Bloomberg Businessweek looked at findings from salad chain Chop't, which reported selling around 10% more salads on Mondays than any other day of the week. Another chain, Salad Creations, explained that Monday sales tend to exceed Friday sales by 17% to 22%.</p> <h2>7. Don't Buy Groceries on Weekend Afternoons</h2> <p>As Wise Bread's own Linsey Knerl so rightly points out, weekend afternoons are the absolute worst time to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-times-to-go-grocery-shopping">hit the grocery stores</a>. Aside from the fact that those product demonstrators are out offering free food, you will be hampered by massive lines and crowded aisles.</p> <h2>8. Don't Buy Flowers on Mondays</h2> <p>What has been said about fish is equally true for flowers. Many people think that Monday would be the best day to buy flowers, as it is the start of the week, and that means a big new delivery of fresh roses, tulips, and daffodils, right? Wrong.</p> <p>As Flower Arranging 101 states, &quot;Monday is actually the <a href="https://flowerarranging101.tv/monday-blues/">worst day to get your flowers</a>, even here at the&nbsp;San Francisco flower market.&nbsp;Anything that you would buy on Monday is either left over from the previous week or it arrived over the weekend and has sat without refrigeration waiting for markets to open.&nbsp;Even just a day without being kept in a cool environment will cause flowers to age faster and lose&nbsp;vase life.&quot;</p> <p><em>What days of the week do you avoid shopping?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/never-order-fish-on-mondays-and-7-other-bad-days-to-buy-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-should-always-buy-at-department-stores">6 Things You Should Always Buy at Department Stores</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-times-you-should-demand-a-discount">8 Times You Should Demand a Discount</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Shopping Airfare calendar shopping discounts grocery stores restaurants sales when to buy Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:00:18 +0000 Paul Michael 1567487 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Cheapest Cities to Fly to This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-cheapest-cities-to-fly-to-this-summer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-cheapest-cities-to-fly-to-this-summer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer_vacation_city_000063758487.jpg" alt="Couple travling to cheapest cities on summer vacation" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on cities with the cheapest flights this summer, the dirtiest places in your kitchen, and questions to ask yourself before you say yes.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3549/cheap-cities-to-fly-to">10 Cheapest Cities for Summer Air Travel</a> &mdash; Save some money on airfare by going to Chicago, where the average roundtrip flight is lowest of all major domestic cities this summer. [Cheapism]</p> <p><a href="http://adebtfreestressfreelife.com/the-8-dirtiest-places-in-your-kitchen/">The 8 Dirtiest Places In Your Kitchen</a> &mdash; Clean your sink right after rinsing raw meat, veggies, and pet bowls so that germs don't linger and spread to other parts of your kitchen. [A Debt Free Stress Free Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/5-questions-ask-saying-yes/">5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Saying Yes</a> &mdash; Before you agree to a commitment, make sure that it aligns with your values and that taking part in it makes you feel good. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/steps-anyone-can-reach-financial-goals/">4 Simple Steps Anyone Can Use to Reach Financial Goals</a> &mdash; State your goals, and be as specific as you can. Having a clear destination in mind will make it easier to create action steps for accomplishing the goal. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Save-Money-Southwest-Airlines-35880199">12 Southwest Hacks For Cheap and Cheerful Flights</a> &mdash; Do you dine out often? The Rapid Rewards Dining program allows you to earn points when you eat at your favorite restaurants. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-find-the-best-rated-529-plans">How to Find the Best Rated 529 Plans</a> &mdash; You can contribute to 529 plans in other states, but if you choose a plan offered by your own state, you'll likely receive a tax break. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/budgeting/want-to-master-time-management-use-your-budgeting-skills/">Want to Master Time Management? Use Your Budgeting Skills</a> &mdash; Paying yourself first can be applied to time management as well. If you invest 20 minutes on your schedule, you won't end up missing plans, meetings and deadlines later in the day. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://afewshortcuts.com/2015/04/7-life-skills-you-should-be-teaching-your-kids">7 Life Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Kids</a> &mdash; Teach your kids how to read a compass and a map &mdash; they'll be grateful for it when they find themselves without a working GPS device. [A Few Short Cuts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyspruce.com/tactics-for-breaking-your-lease-without-losing-money/">8 Tactics For Breaking Your Lease Without Losing Money</a> &mdash; If you want or need to leave your apartment but you don't want to pay for breaking your lease, see if you can sublet your place for the remainder of the lease. [Money Spruce]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cashthechecks.com/three-ways-to-boost-your-cover-letter/">Three Ways To Boost Your Cover Letter</a> &mdash; Because you're talking about yourself in a cover letter, it's easy to start every sentence with &quot;I&quot; &mdash; but don't! [Cash The Checks]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-cheapest-cities-to-fly-to-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare best money tips Fri, 01 May 2015 19:00:28 +0000 Amy Lu 1408869 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees (Like Wearable Suitcases) http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stewardess-helping-passenger-dv2074027-small.jpg" alt="stewardess helping passenger" title="stewardess helping passenger" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The cost of flying has never been higher. Which means the ways to potentially save on airfare have never been as&hellip; creative. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-airline-fees-that-are-actually-worth-paying?ref=seealso">8 Airline Fees That Are Actually Worth Paying</a>)</p> <p>For those interested in bending a few rules, or looking a bit silly, you can skip some of the fees and chop down the price of a ticket, with these 10 of most ridiculous ways you can avoid those pesky airline fees.</p> <h2>1. Invest in Wearable Luggage</h2> <p>Ask yourself the following question &mdash; &quot;Is it more important for me to look good on the plane, or save money on my flight?&quot; If you choose the latter option (and you're reading Wise Bread, so that's highly likely), consider saving on checked bag fees by <em>wearing your luggage</em>. That's right, a website called <a href="http://www.jaktogo.com/">Jaktogo.com</a>, which has been around since 2010, has created clothing lines that can store up to 33 pounds of luggage. It's not exactly chic or stylish, but who cares if it saves you a bunch of cash every single time you fly. Not only that, if you're not checking bags you can avoid the baggage claim delays.</p> <h2>2. Make Your Layover Stop Your Final Destination</h2> <p>This is also known as the &quot;hidden city&quot; airline ticket, and none of the airline carriers will tell you about it. In fact, many of them say it's something you cannot do. But, if the airlines insist on charging additional fees while cutting services, I say &quot;power to the people.&quot;</p> <p>The trick here is to avoid booking a non-stop flight, and instead book one to a very popular destination with a big hub. The 1-stop or 2-stop flights are cheaper than direct flights, and what you want to do is find a layover that is your actual destination. Then, instead of switching planes, you just get off at the layover city and enjoy your vacation. You can save 30% or more by taking this route. Of course, you can only do this if you have no checked baggage, you must book one-way tickets, and if you get caught, you may get suspended from the airline.</p> <h2>3. Wear Layers Of Clothing</h2> <p>The blankets and pillows used to be free on your flight. That's increasingly not the case. So, if you're in for a long flight and don't like the chill, double or triple the layers of clothing you're wearing. Two to three shirts or sweaters, or maybe even a blanket tied around your waist, can come in very handy when you're flying. Ball them up as a pillow, or use them for cover. If you're hot, it's easy enough to take a few layers off.</p> <h2>4. Check Your Bag at the Gate</h2> <p>You'll pay to check your bag at the service desk, but you can skip that fee if you decide to take the airline's generous offer of a free bag check at the gate. Of course, you have to ensure the bag would fit in the overhead compartment first; they won't let you carry a massive suitcase onto the plane. But these days, with flights being overbooked, they are always looking to save a little room. If you want to make sure you've got the best chance of being asked to check your bag for free, hang back and board last.</p> <h2>5. Carry an Empty Water Bottle</h2> <p>You can't take big bottles of liquids, like water or juice, through security. But there is absolutely nothing stopping you taking an empty water bottle through the scanner. Once you're through the gate, you can fill it at a drinking fountain, or take your bottle onto the plane and ask them to fill it with water; either option is better than paying for the expensive bottled water on the flight. Seriously: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-fees-carry-ons-pillows-water-included-now/story?id=16423408">Spirit charges $3 per bottle.</a></p> <h2>6. Baggage? Just Upgrade to Business</h2> <p>Wait, what? Isn't that going to cost more? Well, that all depends on the airline, your destination, and how much luggage you're checking. Business class seats often come with two or three checked bags free of charge. Sometimes, it can be as little as $40 for an upgrade (anyone who listens to comedian Hannibal Buress will know that story). If you do the math, you may find that you're paying the same for the business class seat as you are for the coach seat with checked bags.</p> <h2>7. Bring Chocolates on the Flight</h2> <p>These sweet treats aren't for you; they're for the flight attendants. When you board the plane, hand over a gift-wrapped box of delicious chocolates and thank them in advance for the wonderful job they do. Not only will you make their day, you will now be their favorite passenger. Suddenly, you're not paying for headphones, movies, drinks, meals, or anything else you'd normally have to pay for on board. It doesn't always happen, but when it does you'll save a bunch of money.</p> <h2>8. Buy Round Trip for One Way Journeys</h2> <p>It seems so odd that round trips are often cheaper than one-way tickets. Airline representatives state that they don't like people flying one way as it upsets schedules, so they discourage it with higher costs. There is also the corporate factor to take into account; business people will fly one way and their travel departments won't even blink at the high price. So, next time you're looking for a one-way flight, do a search for round trips as well. You may save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.</p> <h2>9. Send Your Baggage Through the Mail</h2> <p>Sadly, it has now become less expensive (in some instances) to mail your belongings to your destination than paying the additional baggage fees. Some will often charge over $100 extra for a heavy bag as well, and it can be much, much cheaper to simply box it up and send it via USPS or FedEx Ground. You'll have to make sure you analyze the weight, the time, and the hassle of going to the post office. But if it makes sense, why not?</p> <h2>10. Get a Bereavement Fare</h2> <p>Finally, the title of the article does include the word &quot;ridiculous,&quot; and this is certainly the most questionable one on the list. I asked several friends to tell me the craziest thing they had done to save money on airfare, and two came back with &quot;bereavement fare.&quot; It seems that if you are flying for bereavement, most airlines will discount your ticket. Now, the ethics of this are highly questionable (actually they're not&hellip; it's just wrong), <em>but</em> if you really are flying because of a death in the family, you should definitely take the airline's offer of a discounted ticket.</p> <p><em>To what great lengths have you gone to avoid paying airline fees? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-saving-travel-gadgets">5 Money Saving Travel Gadgets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">Make Flying Easy: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare airline fees luggage travel savings Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:02:01 +0000 Paul Michael 1181399 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-149381208.jpg" alt="woman boarding plane" title="woman boarding plane" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love to travel. It sounds cliche, but it's true. At one point, I had been out of the country every summer for six years, including a six-month stay in Europe that included the ubiquitous backpack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-cheapest-way-to-fly-to-europe?ref=seealso">The Cheapest Way to Fly to Europe</a>)</p> <p>Now that I have a family, traveling is a lot more expensive, and airfare is a huge chunk of that. I haven't given up on future trips, though, because there are so many ways to get free tickets these days. Below are some of the ideas that have worked for me or for people I know.</p> <h2>1. Volunteer to Get Bumped</h2> <p>If you've flown at all, you probably know this drill. A flight gets overbooked, and so the gate agent asks for people to give up their seats in exchange for some sort of incentive. Often, that incentive is a voucher for a free or discounted ticket in the future. When you volunteer, they will usually book you through on another flight, so you still have a guaranteed way to get wherever you're going.</p> <h2>2. Rack Up the Miles</h2> <p>Join an airline frequent flyer program, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-steps-to-getting-a-free-or-close-to-free-vacation-in-9-months-or-less-with-credit-cards">begin collecting miles</a> towards a free ticket. It really is as easy as that. And most airlines are fairly good about helping you redeem your miles, as long as you follow their rules and plan your travel well in advance. You can maximize miles earned by choosing the longest route when you do fly, and you can often earn additional miles by making purchases through the rewards program website, etc. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-sign-up-bonuses-for-airline-miles-credit-cards?ref=seealso">5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>3. Complain (Politely!)</h2> <p>Did something go wrong on your last flight? If you write a polite letter to the airline, you will often receive some sort of compensation in return. This is sometimes even a voucher for a free flight! Even if you don't get that big payoff, you will often receive a discount on future tickets or some sort of free upgrade for your trouble. <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_102656.html">Most airlines respond positively to polite complaints</a>. If something went wrong and you can document time, place, flight number, and personnel involved, you are likely to get something in exchange for your trouble.</p> <h2>4. Look for Incentives</h2> <p>These days, free airline tickets are offered as incentives for everything from opening a brokerage account with a certain minimum amount of money to taking out a mortgage. While you don't want to do these things just for the tickets, if you're going to do them anyway, you may as well get the free travel. If you're looking to make some sort of large investment, see if there's a way to do it that involves free tickets.</p> <h2>5. Redeem Those Credit Card Rewards</h2> <p>Credit cards have gotten a bad rap when it comes to actually letting you use your points to get free airline tickets. However, some of them actually do have quality programs. If you're looking for free tickets and will be using a credit card anyway, you might as well earn points towards your next trip. If you tend to fly one airline most of the time, you can also get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-co-branded-airline-credit-cards">credit card that is strictly for that airline</a>. Airlines that have their own credit cards include <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-american-airlines-us-airways-credit-card-should-you-get">American Airlines</a>, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-delta-skymiles-credit-card-has-the-best-value">Delta</a>, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-united-mileageplus-credit-card-should-you-get">United</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards?ref=seealso">The Best Travel Reward Credit Cards)</a></p> <h2>6. Get a Job at the Airline</h2> <p>Airline employees often get discounted flights or <a href="http://www.airlinejob.net/travel-benefits.html">get to fly standby for free</a>. If you do a lot of flying, or would like to, and are open to a new or a second job, there's no reason not to try and get hired by an airline. As a bonus, many airlines also offer free standby tickets for immediate family members, so you can all fly for free together.</p> <h2>7. Ask for Tickets as a Gift</h2> <p>Ok, so this one may sound like cheating because someone is still paying for the tickets, but the key is that YOU are not paying for them. If there's a trip you'd particularly like to take and you're the plan-ahead type, go ahead and see if you can't get the tickets for Christmas. Maybe all of your friends or relatives could go in together. Even if they can't come up with the full price of the tickets you want, asking for contributions can lower your personal investment significantly.</p> <h2>8. Ask for Miles Rather Than Money</h2> <p>If you know someone who racks up the frequent flyer miles, see if they'd be willing to transfer some to you so that you can get a free ticket. This is particularly useful if the person giving the miles has more than they will ever use, knows that their miles will expire before they use them, or wants to give you a significant gift but really doesn't have the money. Try focusing your efforts on friends or relatives who travel quite frequently for work.</p> <h2>9. Win a Sweepstakes</h2> <p>There are many contests and sweepstakes out there that offer free airline tickets to winners. Sure, your chances of winning any single contest are low, but if you enter them systematically and frequently, your chances of winning eventually go up. While you can't plan your life around winning a sweepstakes, the tickets would be a nice surprise whenever your name comes up.</p> <h2>10.Watch for Airline Mistakes</h2> <p>A couple months ago, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2013/09/oops-united-airlines-accidentally-offers-airline-tickets-for-free/">United Airlines made a mistake</a> and offered a bunch of tickets for very cheap or free. While the mistake was only live for a couple of minutes, many people took advantage of it. If you frequent travel forums, though, you can catch these deals because people will post about them almost as soon as they happen. Sometimes, airlines will try to rescind the tickets sold during these mistakes, but most often they are honored. If you want free tickets, this is a great way to find them.</p> <h2>Bonus Standby Tip</h2> <p>Standby is no longer free, unless you or an immediate family member works for the airline. Flying standby used to be a great way to get free and/or deeply discounted airline tickets. However, most airlines now require you to have already purchased a ticket to even be eligible for standby flights, and many will charge you an additional fee, too. Each airline has a different policy, so check this out before you try to fly on a standby basis.</p> <p>Good luck, and good flying!</p> <p><em>How have you scored free or cheap airline tickets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-the-surprisingly-easy-way-to-defend-your-knees-and-other-air-travel-tips">Wise Bread Reloaded: The Surprisingly Easy Way to Defend Your Knees and Other Air Travel Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-this-holiday-season-without-getting-sick">How to Travel This Holiday Season Without Getting Sick</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel air travel Airfare cheap vacations discounts freebies travel Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:48:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1098642 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/travel-5239229-small.jpg" alt="traveler" title="traveler" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="171" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last-minute travel can afford you some screaming deals, and it's an exciting way to go &mdash; not knowing exactly where you're going or what you'll be doing until shortly before you depart.</p> <p>There are a few tricks in mastering the art of last-minute travel; here are 20 secrets to get you on your way for your next last-minute trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards</a>)</p> <h2>Researching and Finding Deals</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lstmin-laptop-468164-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Here are some ways to do your last-minute travel research and tap into the latest deals.</p> <p><strong>1. Subscribe to Newsletters</strong></p> <p>Sign up for your favorite airline and travel provider newsletters. A quick scan can sometimes reveal a last minute show-stopper among their regular deals.</p> <p><strong>2. Track Social Media</strong></p> <p>Follow the Twitter and Facebook streams of your favorite travel providers and airlines; sometimes they offer social media specials for followers.</p> <p><strong>3. Be Flexible</strong></p> <p>Searching for flights with tools like <a href="http://matrix.itasoftware.com/">ITA Matrix</a> and <a href="http://www.kayak.com/">Kayak</a> allow you to view fares for the calendar month, based on how many nights you can spend at your destination (such as 5-7 nights).</p> <p><strong>4. Flight Alert Services</strong></p> <p>Track your preferred flights. Services like <a href="http://www.yapta.com/">Yapta</a> will send you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy">fare alerts</a> if there's a change in price.</p> <p><strong>5. Consult With Travel Agents</strong></p> <p>Ask a travel agent. You never know what last minute deals they have access to.</p> <p><strong>6. Subscribe to Deal Alert Services</strong></p> <p>Subscribe to last minute vacation newsletters and deal alert services, such as <a href="http://www.travelzoo.com/last-minute/?tz_cs=HPV0">TravelZoo</a>.</p> <p><strong>7. Follow Fare Alert Services</strong></p> <p>Take some of the guesswork out of discerning which destinations are cheap when with a fare alert service like <a href="http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/fare-alerts/">Airfare Watchdog</a>.</p> <h2>Last-Minute Flights</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lstmin-airplane-4288254-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Here's how to take advantage of last-minute flight deals.</p> <p><strong>8. Book Within 24 Hours of Departure</strong></p> <p>Sometimes, if a flight has lots of seats left within 24 hours of departure, they'll release a new batch at low prices. However, this is a risky strategy if you have your heart set on a specific route; the price can just as easily go the other way in the last 24 hours as well.</p> <p><strong>9. Spend Rewards Points Within a Week of Departure</strong></p> <p>Flights only have a limited number of reward seats for people paying with frequent flyer miles. If you want to fly on your frequent flyer miles, then you either need to book your ticket a few months in advance or at the last minute. If the airline still has unsold seats within a week of departure, they'll open up additional reward seats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a>)</p> <p><strong>10. Book on Tuesdays for Flights That Weekend</strong></p> <p>Planning a weekend getaway? Airlines that don't have full planes will often start reducing prices on Tuesday.</p> <p><strong>11. Go Stand By</strong></p> <p>Hitch a ride on an airplane; these fares are hard to come by, but they're often free &mdash; and last minute. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hitching-a-ride-on-an-airplane">How to Hitch a Ride on an Airplane</a>)</p> <h2>Last-Minute Hotels</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lstmin-travel-5173366-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>Hotels offer some of the more dramatic last-minute deals; you can find many of them using the tips for researching and finding deals above, in addition to the following.</p> <p><strong>12. Always Call for a Reservation</strong></p> <p>Even if you're standing across from the hotel, call them to make a reservation. By calling first and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-in-style-for-free">asking for a discount</a>, you stand a better chance of success than by walking in last-minute and asking in person.</p> <p><strong>13. Research Package Deals</strong></p> <p>Don't forget package deals; some of the best offers are for last-minute flight+hotel or all-inclusive packages. A little comparison shopping might reveal the hotel is practically free with the package deal! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing, Affordable Vacation Package</a>)</p> <h2>Other Last-Minute Suggestions</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/lstmin-travel-4524840-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="height:303px; width:605px" /></p> <p>From knowing your bag to knowing yourself, consider these suggestions, so you can have the best last-minute travel experience.</p> <p><strong>14. Pack Early</strong></p> <p>Know your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-flying-easy-the-ultimate-carry-on-packing-list">packing list</a> well, so you can pack quickly, pack well, and know where everything is. It will make your trip much smoother, and will help you get out the door faster once you know where you're going!</p> <p><strong>15. Act Fast</strong></p> <p>Most deals (such as promotional tweets) have a short time span. Be prepared to jump in when the opportunity feels right, even if it feels impulsive.</p> <p><strong>16. Travel Solo</strong></p> <p>Last-minute travel works best for solo travelers. You have the ease and ability to book on a whim without consulting anybody, and last-minute openings or unfilled spots are more easily filled with singles.</p> <p><strong>17. Plan at Least a Little Ahead</strong></p> <p>&quot;Last-minute&quot; travel generally refers to booking anything within two weeks of your departure. The braver you are, the longer you might be willing to hold out for a deal &mdash; but the outcome could go either way.</p> <p><strong>18. Let the Deal Be Your Guide</strong></p> <p>Don't focus too much on one destination or type of vacation. If your heart is set on a given place or activity, you might miss out on dozens of equally exciting &mdash; but different &mdash; deals. The gift of last minute travel is being flexible with your plans. Tools like <a href="http://www.kayak.com/explore/">Kayak Explore</a> allow you to open your mind and see where you can fly for how much money.</p> <p><strong>19. Don't Quit Your Day Job</strong></p> <p>Last-minute travel isn't right for everybody. People on business trips, or with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">limited vacation time</a> should ensure time away is maximized by planning ahead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-keep-long-term-travel-from-ruining-your-career">Ways to Keep Long-Term Travel from Ruining Your Career</a>)</p> <p><strong>20. Don't Skimp on Research</strong></p> <p>Even though you might be doing this last minute, you want to get the most from your trip. Research your destination's climate, culture, things to do, and places to eat. You don't have to lock in any specific plans; it's simply nice to know what's possible.</p> <p><em>What are your last-minute travel secrets?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-book-an-amazing-cheap-vacation-package">How to Book an Amazing Cheap Vacation Package</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-money-while-you-travel">15 Ways to Make Money While You Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare cheap vacations hotels last minute travel travel Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Nora Dunn 1042514 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Airfare http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/airport-kid-4550369-small.jpg" alt="boy at airport" title="boy at airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving on Thanksgiving airfare, what to do if you win the lottery, and apps to help guide your retirement savings.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Thanksgiving-Flights-25419068">8 Expert Tips to Save on Thanksgiving Airfare</a> &mdash; If you can fly on Thanksgiving Day, doing so could save you money. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneylifeandmore.com/the-winning-ticket-8-things-to-do-if-you-win-the-lottery-5164/">The Winning Ticket: 8 Things to Do If You Win the Lottery</a> &mdash; If you won the lottery, it would be a good idea to use your winnings to pay off your debts first. [Money Life and More]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/five-apps-to-help-guide-your-retirement-savings/">Five Apps to Help Guide Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; Stan and Retire Logix are just a couple apps that can help you guide your retirement savings. [Lazy Man and Money]</p> <p><a href="http://manvsdebt.com/3-ways-to-lose-war-on-debt/">3 Surefire Ways to Lose Your War Against Debt</a> &mdash; You will undoubtedly lose your battle against debt if you underestimate the power of your enemy, or yourself. [Man vs. Debt]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2013/10/learning-about-money-later-in-life/">Learning about money later in life</a> &mdash; When it comes to money and finances, remember to try to put your emotions aside. [DINKS Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/post-vacation-blues/">A Post about Post Vacation Blues - How to Quickly Get Back into Work Mode</a> &mdash; Leaving yourself something exciting to do (but make sure it's not too daunting) once you get back from your vacation to beat your post vacation blues. [Smart Passive Income]</p> <p><a href="http://squirrelers.com/2013/10/03/3-ways-to-go-green-and-save-on-transportation/">3 Ways to Go Green and Save on Transportation</a> &mdash; Carpooling is a great way to go green while saving money on transportation. [Squirrelers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.youngcheapliving.com/2013/09/26/its-all-in-the-habits-how-i-live-cheap-and-create-my-own-freedom/">It's All In the Habits: How I Live Cheap and Create My Own Freedom</a> &mdash; You can live cheaply and create your own freedom by making your own meals and being resourceful. [Young Cheap Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.sooverthis.com/3-tips-for-saving-money-on-your-internet/">3 Tips for Saving Money on Your Internet</a> &mdash; To save money on your internet, buy your own modem and router. [So Over This]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/12-tips-for-successful-parent-teacher-conferences">12 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences</a> &mdash; Arriving early and being prepared can help you have a successful parent-teacher conference. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-to-save-on-thanksgiving-airfare">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare best money tips holiday Thanksgiving travel Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 994587 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best and Worst Things to Buy in September 2012 http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4117539720_5927b4ec61_z.jpg" alt="drinking coffee" title="drinking coffee" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>September marks the end of summer, as well as our countdown to November, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/all-about-black-friday">Black Friday</a>, and the holiday season. (Yes, we're already thinking about it.) But September has its own deal virtues &mdash; including <a href="http://dealnews.com/search.html?search=Labor+Day">Labor Day sales</a> &mdash; so we've mined the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and individual products from the past few summers to find out what are the best and worst things to buy in September. Here's what we found. (See also: Shopping Calendar: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buying-calendar">The Best Time to Buy Anything</a>)</p> <h2>Cozy Up to Bedding Deals</h2> <p>For the past two years, <a href="http://dealnews.com/c196/Home-Garden?eref=wisebread">home good deals</a> have been rather strong in September, specifically for bedding, towels, and the like. We saw a large number of Editors' Choice options for bedding sets this time last year in particular. Keep an eye out for a variety of discounted home items from the likes of <a href="http://dealnews.com/s320/JCPenney?eref=wisebread">JCPenney</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s288/macys?eref=wisebread">Macy's</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s510/Sears?eref=wisebread">Sears</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s38720/Designer-Living?eref=wisebread">Designer Living</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1009/Kohls?eref=wisebread">Kohl's</a>. Notably, be on the look out for stacking coupons at Kohl's, and a mattress sale at Sears that beats its summer-month offerings. (Keep in mind however, that last year we saw excellent discounts on mattresses around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, too. So, in case you miss these sales, you'll have another opportunity to cash in on strong deals later in the year.)</p> <h2>Tangled Up in Blue Jeans</h2> <p>We've made it through the height of <a href="http://dealnews.com/back-to-school-sales?eref=wisebread">Back to School shopping</a> season, which means you can start taking advantage of clearance sales for the student staple of denim. However, while we'll see modest discounts this month at about 40% off, these sales will continue into October, and will likely grow stronger. Also in November, many jeans specialists like <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1491/Levi?eref=wisebread">Levi's</a> could offer their best coupons of the year around Black Friday. Now is a good time to start looking at discounted jeans styles for a wider selection, but if you're not particular, next month will see steeper cuts.</p> <h2>SSD Storage Deals Are Solid</h2> <p>We've mentioned before that <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/dealnews-Price-Trends-Is-Now-the-Right-Time-to-Invest-in-an-SSD-/495276.html?eref=wisebread">Solid State Drives (SSDs) are on a constant downward price trajectory</a>, but this trend really ramped up this summer. The number of Editors' Choice deals nearly doubled each month since the spring, and we continue to see new all-time low prices for both specific models and overall drive capacities. <a href="http://dealnews.com/s504/Newegg?eref=wisebread">newegg</a> is overwhelmingly the store to go to for such deals, but <a href="http://dealnews.com/s620/Micro-Center?eref=wisebread">Micro Center</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s313/Amazon?eref=wisebread">Amazon</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s597/Tiger-Direct?eref=wisebread">TigerDirect</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s233/Buy.com?eref=wisebread">Buy.com</a> have all also had strong offerings.</p> <h2>Get Your Caffeine Fix for Free</h2> <p>Are you a devout coffee drinker? Then make sure to mark September 29 in your calendar, as several food chains will offer a free cup o' Joe in honor of National Coffee Day. Last year, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1205/Krispy-Kreme?eref=wisebread">Krispy Kreme</a>, Waffle House, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s2269/7-11?eref=wisebread">7-11</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s2207/Caribou-Coffee?eref=wisebread">Caribou Coffee</a> all offered a special promotion to celebrate, and it's possible that other chains and local cafes will do the same.</p> <h2>New Price Points for the iPhone</h2> <p>Supposedly, the <a href="http://dealnews.com/c491/Electronics/Phones-Cell-Phones/Apple-iPhones?eref=wisebread">newest Apple iPhone</a> will be announced on September 12, making it very likely that the company will slice prices on its older models. If the newest iPhone pricing mimics that of its siblings-made-obsolete, then <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/The-iPhone-4-S-Will-Drop-in-Price-at-the-iPhone-5-s-Debut-But-By-How-Much-/604401.html?eref=wisebread">the iPhone 4S could drop to $99</a>. And the iPhone 4 will possibly stick around as an even more affordable model &mdash; a need that the iPhone 3GS will likely leave open as it is expected to be discontinued.</p> <h2>A Slew of iPhone Accessories, New and Old</h2> <p>Supposedly <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Want-the-Rumored-iPhone-5-Start-Saving-Your-Money-for-New-Accessories/588123.html?eref=wisebread">the iPhone 5 will feature a completely new dock connector</a>, which means all existing <a href="http://dealnews.com/c550/Electronics/Phones-Cell-Phones/Apple-iPhones/iPhone-Accessories?eref=wisebread">iPhone accessories</a> will become outdated overnight. Old accessories will then see aggressive deals as stores try to clear their shelves for brand new, full-price replacements. If you're upgrading to the iPhone 5, consider at least waiting a few months to add to your collection of dock accessories so that you can avoid paying retail price.</p> <h2>Rock-Bottom Airfare Rates</h2> <p>The cheapest <a href="http://dealnews.com/c207/Travel-Entertainment/Airfare?eref=wisebread">airfare deals</a> we saw throughout all of last year came in late September, when both Vision Airlines and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1816/Spirit-Airlines?eref=wisebread">Spirit Airlines</a> offered 1-way fares for a whopping $1. Not a fan of those budget airlines? <a href="http://dealnews.com/s3738/Jet-Blue?eref=wisebread">JetBlue</a> also offered one of its best sales in September, dropping rates to just $29 each way. (However, we have seen JetBlue fares at this price at various other times in the year.) Of course, in order to take advantage of these rock-bottom prices, you have to be a lucky or flexible flyer to make use of the restricted routes and times.</p> <h2>Keep an Eye Out for Hot Sunglasses Sales</h2> <p>If you managed to make it through the summer without buying <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/Cheap-Sunglasses-Are-Great-Just-Make-Sure-They-Offer-the-Proper-Protection/558931.html?eref=wisebread">a new pair of sunglasses</a>, you're about to be rewarded; according to our deals last year, the best storewide sunglasses sales popped up in September, as well as in November and December. For September in particular, look to <a href="http://dealnews.com/s5778/Oakley-Vault?eref=wisebread">Oakley Vault</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s3164/Sunglass-Hut?eref=wisebread">Sunglass Hut</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s549/REI?eref=wisebread">REI</a>, <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1460/6-pm?eref=wisebread">6pm</a>, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s1988/Endless?eref=wisebread">Endless.com</a> for discounted styles. Last September, Oakley Vault's <a href="http://dealnews.com/c454/Clothing-Accessories/Apparel-Accessories/Sunglasses?eref=wisebread">sunglasses sale</a> was the best the merchant offered all year.</p> <h2>Patio Furniture Deals Are Sitting Pretty</h2> <p>Finally, it's a great month to buy patio furniture! September will see an increase in the sheer number of <a href="http://dealnews.com/c198/Home-Garden/Garden?eref=wisebread">outdoor furniture sales</a> and deals that discount the seasonal outdoor items. October will see an uptick in the level of Editors' Choice caliber prices. But since several patio sets and gardening items from Sears, Amazon, and other merchants hit their lowest prices in October &mdash; and will be priced significantly lower than we had seen them over the summer &mdash;what's another few weeks of waiting?</p> <h2>Wait and See With Tablets</h2> <p>We're on a path toward seeing a very interesting, competitive <a href="http://dealnews.com/c622/Computers/iPad-Tablet?eref=wisebread">budget-friendly tablet</a> market in the coming weeks and months. It would benefit the consumer to hold off on purchases at the moment; increased competition could likely yield deals that either cut prices or bundle devices with useful media credits or gift cards. Amazon is rumored to be debuting the Kindle Fire 2 in a few days, resulting in a new lower price on the original Kindle, and come mid-month Apple may announce an &quot;iPad mini&quot;.</p> <h2>Big Screen 3D HDTVs Show Some Promise</h2> <p>Fall will soon be upon us and if you can refrain from any HDTV purchases over the next two months, you're bound to see the year's <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/best-tv-deals?eref=wisebread">best HDTV deals</a> come November. However, if you're in dire need of a new HDTV, you'll want to look at name-brand <a href="http://dealnews.com/c159/Electronics/TVs?eref=wisebread">55&quot; 3D LCD HDTVs</a>, as those are seeing the most action these days in terms of deals.</p> <p>Over the summer, 55&quot; 3D HDTVs dipped under the $1,000 mark, a price we had't seen since Black Friday 2011. Then, in early August, prices hit an all-time low, as we saw the 2012 LG 55LM7600 hit $949. While we still recommend waiting for the holidays, shoppers who can't wait until <a href="http://dealnews.com/c482/Store-Events/Black-Friday?eref=wisebread">Black Friday</a> should look at 55&quot; 3D LCD HDTVs under $1,000.</p> <h2>Ivy Bridge Laptops on the Move Again</h2> <p>Although <a href="http://dealnews.com/back-to-school-sales?eref=wisebread">back to school sales</a> have generally come to an end, Ivy Bridge-based laptops are in a price free-fall. Whereas 15&quot; Ivy Bridge systems debuted at $1,000 in April, they closed out August at $480 &mdash; a price drop of over 50%. We expect to see even more aggressive deals as Microsoft preps systems for its Windows 8 launch in late October; shoppers would be wise to wait a few more weeks to see the <a href="http://dealnews.com/features/best-laptop-deals?eref=wisebread">best laptop deals</a>.</p> <p>Again, if you can't wait, looks for 15&quot; Ivy Bridge systems between $480 and $550. Anything under $480 and you'll know you're buying a machine at an all-time low.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Mac fans who live near a <a href="http://dealnews.com/s669/Frys?eref=wisebread">Fry's Electronics</a> store are in luck as the electronics retailer has been offering Apple's <a href="http://dealnews.com/c514/Computers/Apple-Computers/Mac-Book-Air?eref=wisebread">13&quot; MacBook Air</a> (Ivy Bridge model) for $999 with in-store pickup. That's $200 under Apple's retail price and the lowest price we've seen this summer for the 13&quot; model. Don't live near a Fry's? <a href="http://dealnews.com/s560/Best-Buy?eref=wisebread">Best Buy</a>, Amazon, and <a href="http://dealnews.com/s973/B-H-Photo-Video?eref=wisebread">B&amp;H Photo Video</a> have each listed the 13&quot; Air at $1,099 (which is $100 under Apple's price).</p> <p><em>This is a guest post by </em><a href="http://dealnews.com"><em>Dealnews</em></a><em>.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What end-of-summer deals will you snag this month? Read through for the best and worst things to buy in September. </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dealnews">Dealnews</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-september-2012">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-buy-a-laptop-computer">How to Buy a Laptop Computer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-make-these-5-laptop-buying-mistakes">Don&#039;t Make These 5 Laptop-Buying Mistakes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-things-to-buy-in-august">The Best and Worst Things to Buy in August</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-the-macbook-pro-a-hassle-free-laptop">Stuff We Love: The MacBook Pro, a Hassle-Free Laptop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-waterproof-laptop-cases">The 5 Best Waterproof Laptop Cases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Airfare clothing coffee computers ipad iPhone laptops tvs Tue, 04 Sep 2012 10:24:41 +0000 Dealnews 954270 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Save on Early Bird Plane Tickets http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-early-bird-plane-tickets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-save-on-early-bird-plane-tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3864302015_0b8986c52a_z-1_0.jpg" alt="Save on Early Bird Plane Tickets" title="Save on Early Bird Plane Tickets" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving on early bird plane tickets, the secrets to part-time job success, and frugal uses for your income tax return.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles<a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-More-Money-When-Buying-Plane-Tickets-Early-15289432"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-More-Money-When-Buying-Plane-Tickets-Early-15289432">3 Tips To Save On Early Bird Plane Tickets</a> &mdash; If you are buying your airline tickets early, make sure to track the the prices to see if the price of your tickets changes. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bucksomeboomer.com/a-part-time-job-the-secret-to-success/">A Part-Time Job: The Secret to Success</a> &mdash; Instead of watching TV after work, consider taking a part-time job to pay off your debt. [Bucksome Boomer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mint.com/blog/how-to/14-frugal-uses-for-your-income-tax-return-022012/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MyMint+%28Mint+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">14 Frugal Uses for Your Income Tax Return</a> &mdash; Not sure how to use your tax return? Consider using it to prepay your car insurance or visit the dentist. [MintLife Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2012/02/how-to-avoid-molehills-start-climbing-mountains/">How to Avoid Molehills &amp; Start Climbing Mountains</a> &mdash; To avoid life's molehills and climb the mountains instead, pick the path less travelled. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2012/02/17/how-to-make-work-fun/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifeoptimizer+%28Life+Optimizer%29">9 Ways to Make Work Fun</a> &mdash; Make work fun by decorating your desk and planning events immediately after work. [Life Optimizer]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading<a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-healthy-snacks-for-kids-you-might-not-have-thought-of"><br /> </a></h2> <p><a href="http://www.smartbalancetransfers.com/blog/2012/02/five-tips-to-help-reduce-credit-card-debt-817/">5 Tips to Help Reduce Credit Card Debt</a> &mdash; Reduce your credit card debt by doing a balance transfer. [Smart Balance Transfers]</p> <p><a href="http://www.quizzle.com/blog/2012/02/3-signs-that-college-tuition-wont-get-any-cheaper/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+QuizzleWire+%28Quizzle+Wire+&raquo;+Personal+Finance+Blog%29">3 Signs That College Tuition Won't Get Any Cheaper</a> &mdash; If you think college tuition will get cheaper, think again. The fact that government cannot reduce the price of tuition indicates tuition won't get cheaper. [Quizzlewire]</p> <p><a href="http://couplemoney.com/cars-and-road-trips/do-you-have-a-car-emergency-kit/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CoupleMoney+%28Couple+Money%29">Do You Have a Car Emergency Kit?</a> &mdash; When putting together a car emergency kit, remember to include duct tape and antifreeze. [Couple Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/7-healthy-snacks-for-kids-you-might-not-have-thought-of">7 Healthy Snacks for Kids You Might Not Have Thought Of</a> &mdash; Did you know popcorn is a healthy snack for your kids? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2012/02/21/life-simpler/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThePositivityblog-PutSomePersonalDevelopmentAndPositivityIntoYourLife+%28The+PositivityBlog+-+Put+some+personal+development+and+positivity+into+your+life%29">42 Ways to Make Life Simpler</a> &mdash; Make your life simpler by only writing emails once a day. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2012/01/wise-bread-tweetchat-wbchat-7">Wise Bread Tweetchat (#WBChat)</a> &mdash; Don't miss our weekly #WBChat from 12pm-1pm PST! We will be giving away prizes!</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-save-on-early-bird-plane-tickets">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare airplane best money tips tickets Thu, 01 Mar 2012 11:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 909641 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Book Cheap Flights http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-book-cheap-flights <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-how-to-book-cheap-flights" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6751768291_6bee68914b_z-1.jpg" alt="How to Book Cheap Flights" title="How to Book Cheap Flights" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on how to book cheap flights, dividing expenses as a couple, and tips for saving on daily living.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/book-cheap-flights-air-travel-deals/">How To Book Cheap Flight &amp; Air Travel Deals</a> &mdash; Secure a cheap flight by using airline credit cards that offer reward points. [The Digerati Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Divide-Expenses-Couple-21473777">4 Ways To Divide Expenses As A Couple</a> &mdash; Are you trying to figure out how to divide expenses as a couple? Consider paying a ratio according to both salaries. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://billeater.com/tips/6-tips-saving-tons-daily-living">6 Tips for Saving Tons on Daily Living</a> &mdash; To save money on daily living, opt to stay in instead of going out to eat. [billeater.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.spendlesstv.com/blog/01-2012/ways-to-save-money-on-health-insurance/">Ways to Save Money on Health Insurance</a> &mdash; Save mone on health insurance by signing up for an insurance club. [The SpendLessTV.com Money-Saving Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2010/04/7-habits-of-highly-excellent-people.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DumbLittleMan+%28Dumb+Little+Man+-+tips+for+life%29">7 Habits of Highly Excellent People</a> &mdash; Highly excellent people take action to achieve results. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2012/01/25/5-things-to-consider-when-choosing-colleges/">5 Things to Consider When Choosing Colleges</a> &mdash; When choosing a college, remember that a degree doesn't mean a job. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/3-ways-to-perfect-your-work-life-balance/">3 Ways to Perfect Your Work-Life Balance</a> &mdash; To perfect your work-life balance, always make time for yourself. [PickTheBrain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2012/01/funeral-add-ons.html">Funeral Add-Ons</a> &mdash; Would you ever pay extra for a balloon release at a funeral? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/best-resale-value-cars-2012/1.html">12 Best Resale Value Cars</a> &mdash; The Mini Cooper Countryman has one of the best resale values on the market. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-common-car-seat-mistakes">5 Common Car Seat Mistakes</a> &mdash; When purchasing a car seat, don't buy a used one. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-book-cheap-flights">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use">The Secret Flight Search Site Savvy Travelers Use</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare best money tips flights Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:00:25 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 879794 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Companion Airfare Really Worth It? http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5296663239_dc89a41808_z.jpg" alt="people at airport" title="people at airport" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Companion ticket offers are used to peddle all sorts of products and services&hellip;magazine subscriptions, car rentals, <a title="How Much Does Your Credit Card Debt Cost You?" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-does-your-credit-card-debt-cost-you">expensive credit cards</a>, and everything in between. With the high cost of air travel these days, it's obvious why these appear to be such a good deal. But like they say, appearances can be deceiving. (See also: <a title="How to Get the Lowest Price on Airfare, Even After You Buy" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-lowest-price-on-airfare-even-after-you-buy">How to Get the Lowest Price on Airfare, Even After You Buy</a>)</p> <h2>Too Good to Be True?</h2> <p>Before we read the fine print and run the actual numbers, common sense will tell us many of these offers smell fishy right off the bat. For example, a while back Kodak was running an offer which touted complimentary companion airfare simply for <a href="http://www.kodakgallery.com/gallery/lp/2010/airfare/airfare.jsp">making a $50 purchase</a>.</p> <h3>Red Flag #1: Only a $50 purchase?!</h3> <p>According to The L.A. Times, the average price of domestic airfare was $247 during the first quarter of 2011. How can Kodak afford to fulfill your order plus give you companion airfare, all for as little as $50? You also have to ask how airlines (which run on razor-thin margins) would be able to dole out tickets for next to nothing.</p> <h3>Red Flag #2: The company providing the offer</h3> <p>As one would guess, Kodak does not actually operate the companion ticket program. Rather, that is administered through a totally separate company called Promotions in Travel. Their website is listed in the fine print and instead of telling you my thoughts about its quality, I will let that website speak for itself: <a title="CompanionTicketInfo.com" href="http://www.companionticketinfo.com/">CompanionTicketInfo.com</a>.</p> <h2>What's in the Fine Print?</h2> <p>I searched for similar promotions and came across several, which were all eerily similar to the one above: no phone numbers, shady websites, and only vague information being provided. The exception was <a title="Meijer's companion airfare" href="http://www.meijer.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=companion_airfare">this offer from Meijer's</a> which did provide more details in the fine print, including these drawbacks:</p> <ul> <li>There are blackout dates, and while the airfare is free, taxes and fees still apply for both tickets.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Only major U.S. carriers participated. It listed Delta, American, Continental, United Airlines, and US Airways. As we all know, for some destinations their fares will be more expensive than discount airlines such as Southwest and JetBlue.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Fares lower than $349 (low season) or $379 (high season) do not qualify for the offer.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>No phone number is provided upfront. Instead, we are told &quot;Once you have your certificate, simply call API's toll free phone number for reservations.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>All tickets must be purchased through Airline Promotions, Inc.</li> </ul> <p>Although no phone number was given, thanks to a little legwork with Google, I was able to track down the reservation number for Airline Promotions, Inc. The first time I called, I got an automated message telling me their hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST. So I called back the next day to try to get a ticket quote (to do a comparison) but the CSR said no dice, since I wasn't able to provide a certificate number.</p> <h2>How Do the Numbers Stack Up?</h2> <p>Having hit a brick wall with the above offers, I did some more Googling to see if I could dig up some real numbers to analyze. That's when I stumbled upon these two sites:</p> <p><a title="Companion Booking" href="https://www.companionbooking.com/">Companion Booking</a> &mdash; This URL is associated with a Food &amp; Wine Magazine offer.&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="Companion Fare Registration" href="https://www.companionfareregistration.com/">Companion Fare Registration</a> &mdash; I saw numerous bank account and credit card promotions linked to this site. For example, Sun National Bank was running a companion airfare promotion for opening a checking account with a Visa debit card.</p> <p>If you visit these two sites, it's clear they must be the same company &mdash; same email listed, same logo used. In fact, the logo is also the one found on the Kodak offer, which we know to be <em>Promotions In Travel</em>. However between all of these websites, only one publishes a <a title="terms and conditions" href="https://www.companionfareregistration.com/Termsandconditions.htm">Terms and Conditions page</a> which gives us pricing information:</p> <p><img width="371" height="456" alt="Companion Fare Registration T&amp;C" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/termsconditions.png" /></p> <p>Using this table and the zone information, I priced out three sample flights on Orbitz to see how they measure up. To make this an apples-to-apples comparison, I have done the following:</p> <ul> <li>The bottom-line cheapest quotes from <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10517739">Expedia</a> were used, regardless of the departure times and number of layovers. This was done because to the best of my knowledge, you purportedly have little control over these variables when using the companion airfare benefit.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>For consistency, all of the tests involve a Saturday stay. This was done because the T&amp;Cs mention a &quot;Saturday stay may be required depending on the airline.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Taxes and fees are not included.</li> </ul> <h3>Test #1: Los Angeles to Detroit, 9/21 &ndash; 9/27</h3> <p><strong>Orbitz:</strong> $500 ($250 per ticket) on U.S. Airways</p> <p><strong>Promotions In Travel:</strong> $530 (zone 3 to 6)</p> <h3>Test #2: Chicago to Denver, 9/29 &ndash; 10/4</h3> <p><strong>Orbitz:</strong> $336 ($168 per ticket) on Delta</p> <p><strong>Promotions In Travel:</strong> $550 (zone 3 to 5)</p> <h3>Test #3: Newark to Orlando, 10/21 &ndash; 10/25</h3> <p><strong>Orbitz:</strong> $368 ($184 per ticket) on Continental</p> <p><strong>Promotions In Travel:</strong> $360 (zone 1 to 7)</p> <p>As you see, 2 out of the 3 were cheaper by going with Promotions In Travel, but only by a marginal amount. Meanwhile, the flight from Chicago to Denver was significantly more expensive.</p> <h2>Verdict?</h2> <p>After running the numbers, it's hard for me to be enthusiastic about these offers. Will they save you money? It's possible. But given the limited options in choosing a flight, I would rather just buy the tickets on my own.</p> <p>With that said, it's important to point out that the companion benefit &mdash; when offered directly by an airline &mdash; usually operates in a much more attractive manner. For example, with the Bank of America <a title="Alaska Airlines Visa" href="http://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/mileage-plan/visa-signature-promo.aspx">Alaska Airlines Visa Signature</a>, you receive a $99 companion flight once per year. Since you don't pay an inflated price for the first ticket, this is probably a good deal. However, sometimes these travel credit cards require the purchase of a &quot;full fare&quot; ticket in order to use the companion perk, which may end up costing you more than what two discounted tickets would fetch.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Michael Dolen is the founder of <a href="http://creditcardforum.com/" title="Credit Card Forum">Credit Card Forum</a>. After a catastrophic car accident left him with sky-high medical bills piled on a plethora of cards, he started this community for people to ask questions and get answers about their own credit cards. Here are some additional resources from Credit Card Forum:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://creditcardforum.com/blog/credit-card-dispute/" title="credit card disputes">Credit Card Disputes: Understanding The Process</a></li> <li><a href="http://creditcardforum.com/blog/bank-of-america-world-points-redemption/" title="Bank of America World Points">Bank of America World Points: The Best &amp; Worst Options</a></li> <li><a href="http://creditcardforum.com/blog/how-to-calculate-average-daily-balance-on-credit-card/" title="calculate average daily balance">How To Calculate Average Daily Balance on a Credit Card</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/michael-dolen">Michael Dolen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-companion-airfare-really-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-little-known-ways-to-save-when-booking-spring-travel">6 Little-Known Ways to Save When Booking Spring Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-spring-break-budget-busters-to-avoid">11 Spring Break Budget Busters to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-creative-ways-to-avoid-airline-fees-like-wearable-suitcases">The 10 Most Creative Ways to Avoid Airline Fees (Like Wearable Suitcases)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare Discount deals Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Michael Dolen 659375 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Save on Airfare http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-airfare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-airfare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2082701361_55f7e8986d_z-1.jpg" alt="Ways to Save on Airfare" title="Ways to Save on Airfare" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to save on airfare, how to save up for anything, and saving money while in college.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bucksomeboomer.com/5-ways-to-save-on-airfare/">5 Ways to Save on Airfare</a> &mdash; Save on airfare by looking at alternate airports. [Bucksome Boomer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Money-Anything-7514984">How-To: Save Up For Anything</a> &mdash; Save up for anything by knowing your habits. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/save-money-college/">Save Money While in College</a> &mdash; Save money while in college by avoiding the campus bookstore. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/Blog/how-to-switch-banks-in-6-easy-steps/">How to Switch Banks In 6 Easy Steps</a> &mdash; Switch banks by first identifying what you don't like about your current bank. [The Wisdom Journal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thecentsiblelife.com/sponsored/five-cheap-retirement-activities/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=five-cheap-retirement-activities">5 Affordable ideas for Retirement Activities</a> &mdash; If you are retired, consider taking cooking classes. [The Centsible Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-plan-for-your-summer-camp-at-home">How to Plan For Your Summer Camp At Home</a> &mdash; Plan for your summer camp at home by setting summer goals. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/credit/debt/3-reasons-have-multiple-credit-cards">3 Reasons to Have Multiple Credit Cards</a> &mdash; One good reason to have more than one credit card is the ability to split your bill payments. [Mainstreet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2011/07/6-lessons-learned-from-the-recession/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+budgetsaresexy+%28Budgets+are+Sexy.%29">6 Lessons Learned From The Recession</a> &mdash; Learn a lesson from the recession and make sure you build an emergency fund. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenpandatreehouse.com/2011/07/take-a-personal-interest-in-personal-finance/">3 Reasons Why You Should Take a Personal Interest in Personal Finance</a> &mdash; You should take an interest in personal finance because retirement matters. [Green Panda Treehouse]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fithacks.com/index.php/2011/06/28/5-biggest-mistakes-we-make-working-out/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Fithackscom+%28FitHacks.com%29">5 Biggest Mistakes We Make Working Out</a> &mdash; A big mistake we make when working out is not changing up our routine. [Fit Hacks]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-save-on-airfare">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-secrets-of-last-minute-travel">20 Secrets of Last-Minute Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-save-and-make-money-while-traveling">12 Ways to Save and Make Money While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tricks-to-making-the-most-of-your-reward-miles">6 Tricks to Making the Most of Your Reward Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-frequent-flyer-miles">Everything You Need to Know About Frequent Flyer Miles</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel Airfare best money tips travel Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:00:13 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 610961 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Travel Hacks and Airfare Saving Tips http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/14-travel-hacks-and-airfare-saving-tips-for-businesses <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-label">Link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/14-travel-hacks-and-airfare-saving-tips-for-businesses-nora-dunn" target="_blank">http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/14-travel-hacks-and-airfa...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/small-business/14-travel-hacks-and-airfare-saving-tips-for-businesses" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000010333450XSmall.jpg" alt="Business travel" title="Business travel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Traveling for business can be a costly proposition; you are often on the road at peak times (and paying peak prices for it), and if a few people from the office are on the trip, the company&rsquo;s travel expenses can go through the roof. Following are some travel hacks and airfare saving tips to keep your business travel expenses low.</p> <p><strong>1. Ask for Corporate Discounts.</strong></p> <p>No matter how large or small your traveling entourage is, it behooves you to ask what corporate discounts are in place. Many hotel chains, car rental services, travel agents, and even some airlines have discount programs for companies. All you have to do is ask!</p> <p><strong>2. Consider the train.</strong></p> <p>It&rsquo;s less expensive, better for the environment, and more comfortable than air travel. Business class and first class tickets don&rsquo;t involve quite the markup that first class plane tickets do, and you&rsquo;ll get heaps of legroom, power outlets, and great service.</p> <p>If it&rsquo;s a long ride, you can book a sleeping berth for less than you think. With showers and dining facilities on-board, you can step off the train just as fresh as you were when you boarded. Not only will it most likely beat the cost of airfare (plus transportation to and from the airports), but you can also save money on that first (or last) night of accommodation, and arrive to that business meeting ready to make waves.</p> <p><strong>3. Join a frequent flyer program and use a rewards credit card for business expenses.</strong></p> <p>You&rsquo;ll rack up lots of points, and you can reward yourself &mdash; or your employees &mdash; with an upgraded flight when the time comes. It&rsquo;s also a great <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/tax-free-employee-benefits-nora-dunn-1">employee perk</a> if you give them the option of accumulating their own frequent flyer miles for their business flights (even if the company pays for the flights).</p> <p><strong>4. Use car-sharing services instead of renting a car.</strong></p> <p>If you are a member of a <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/innovation/article/car-sharing-for-businesses-save-money-and-go-green-nora-dunn">car sharing</a> program in your home town, you may be able to use their services in the city you are visiting as well. This will save you on costly rentals, since you can have a car suited specifically to your needs and schedule &mdash; not just the blanket duration of your trip as with a rental.</p> <p><strong>5. Don&rsquo;t Go.</strong></p> <p>Admittedly it isn&rsquo;t always possible, but the truth is if you can avoid it, you stand to save a lot of money by simply not taking that business trip. Instead, have that &ldquo;face-to-face&rdquo; meeting by taking advantage of video conferencing services and other telecommunications technology.</p> <p><strong>6. Pre-print your boarding pass.</strong></p> <p>Most airlines allow you to check in and allocate your seat 24 hours prior to your departure. This strategy is especially beneficial if you are traveling with carry-on luggage only, but even with checked bags you can proceed to the designated drop-off zone and save waiting in long check-in lines.</p> <p><strong>7. Know where you&rsquo;re sitting.</strong></p> <p>While you are checking in early, make sure you reserve the good seats with <a href="http://www.seatguru.com/">SeatGuru</a>. This site shows you the exact layout of the plane you&rsquo;ll fly by searching the carrier and route. They color code the seats to show you the best ones so you can ensure you&rsquo;re sitting in one of them. Generally speaking, you want to sit towards the front of the plane to avoid lengthy disembarking procedures. If you are traveling with just carry-on luggage and don&rsquo;t have to wait for checked bags to come out, sitting close to the front of the plane and walking out of the airport before the luggage carousel is even fired up will feel especially luxurious.</p> <p><strong>8. Ask for an upgrade.</strong></p> <p>Although many upgrades to business and first class seats are allocated to frequent flyer mile holders with elite status, it never hurts to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-in-style-for-free">ask nicely</a> if there is room at the front of the plane for you. Best results often come from asking at the gate, well in advance of the flight departure. In some cases they&rsquo;ll offer you a chance to purchase an upgrade, but sometimes they&rsquo;ll just give you one for free since you asked so nicely.</p> <p><strong>9. Book your flights in advance.</strong></p> <p>Although there once was a time when last-minute flights (for example those booked within a week of departure) were inexpensive, those days are largely gone. The earlier you book the better, but try to book your flights at least 14 days in advance.</p> <p><strong>10. Don&rsquo;t fly with the commuters.</strong></p> <p>Mondays and Fridays are big travel days, due in part to those business people who commute to work. Book around these times, and you&rsquo;re likely to save money on not only airfare, but accommodation in some cases as well.</p> <p><strong>11. Don&rsquo;t limit yourself to standard search engines.</strong></p> <p>Although most online travel providers will comparison shop for you, they also omit many of the regional and budget carriers from their searches. Make sure you aren&rsquo;t missing out on a screaming deal by checking out <a href="http://www.whichbudget.com/">Which Budget</a> (which shows you what budget airlines fly the route you are looking for), or <a href="http://attitudetravel.com/">Attitude Travel</a> (where you can find low-cost airlines by region).</p> <p><strong>12. Use Regional Airports.</strong></p> <p>Again often missed by major search engines (and even some travel agents), be sure to check out what the smaller regional airports can offer. For example, the best way to fly to Toronto from select U.S. cities is with <a href="http://www.flyporter.com/">Porter Airlines</a>, which flies into Toronto&rsquo;s regional Island Airport. From there, you&rsquo;re the world&rsquo;s shortest ferry ride away from the heart of downtown Toronto. Here are just some of the potential benefits of flying with regional airports:</p> <ul> <li>You&rsquo;ll save time and money on transportation to and from large airports.</li> <li>You&rsquo;ll save money on airport taxes by using regional airports in lieu of larger international ones.</li> <li>Security lines and checkpoints are usually smaller.</li> <li>Regional airports often cater to business travelers, so the quality of travel and service can be superior.</li> </ul> <p><strong>13. Use online travel services for businesses.</strong></p> <p>Although these services may not save you money per se, you will save the time (and aggravation) of researching and booking your own travel arrangements. Not only that, but in many cases, they will advocate on your behalf if something goes wrong mid-trip. Just making a phone call to somebody who can solve your problem while you&rsquo;re in the midst of a business trip can be valuable.</p> <p><a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;218395891;41475468;y?http://www201.americanexpress.com/sbsapp/FMACServlet?request_type=alternateChannels&amp;lpid=300&amp;openeep=17460&amp;ccsgeep=17460">American Express Travel</a> offers full service travel arrangements for businesses, including finding competitive cars, hotels, and flights.</p> <p>Open a <a href="http://www.travelocitybusiness.com/">Travelocity Business</a> account, and you will get some added benefits like unused ticket tracking and free 24-hour travel support. You also have the ability to store your membership and credit card information to save time on future bookings. Standard Travelocity services include comparative searches for rental cars, hotels, and flights.</p> <p>As another full-service online travel site, at <a href="http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com/">Orbitz for Business</a> you can compare and book all your business travel expenses. And if your fare drops after you book your ticket, Orbitz will refund you the difference.</p> <p><strong>14. Use a travel agent.</strong></p> <p>Although many of the resources here point to online searches and online travel providers, there is something to be said for developing a relationship with the proverbial travel agent next door. You will get truly personalized service (especially if you are a regular business travel customer and develop a relationship with them), and this becomes especially important if you need their help mid-stream. Rarely do you pay more than you would if you book online, and you&rsquo;ll save time in <a href="http://www.openforum.com/idea-hub/topics/money/article/when-to-outsource-for-your-small-business-nora-dunn">outsourcing</a> this responsibility to somebody in the industry.</p> <p><em>What is your experience? Do you have any money (or time) saving travel hacks and airfare saving tips for fellow business owners? Feel free to share your two cents in the comments.</em></p> <script type="text/javascript"> federated_media_section = "platinum"; </script><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/14-travel-hacks-and-airfare-saving-tips-for-businesses">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/250-tips-for-small-business-owners">250+ Tips for Small Business Owners</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-small-businesses">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Small Businesses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-protect-your-business-during-a-divorce">5 Ways to Protect Your Business During a Divorce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-get-a-small-business-loan">10+ Smart Ways to Get a Small Business Loan</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entrepreneurship Small Business Resource Center Travel Airfare small business Sun, 28 Feb 2010 17:40:35 +0000 Nora Dunn 5252 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Get the Best Fall and Holiday Travel Deals http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-fall-and-holiday-travel-deals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-get-the-best-fall-and-holiday-travel-deals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/183274125_0b7c0dfb79_z.jpg" alt="airplanes" title="airplanes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-dealista-file"> <div class="field-label">Dealista MP3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://media.blubrry.com/dealista/traffic.libsyn.com/dealista/dealista008_traveldeals.mp3" target="_blank">Dealista #8: Holiday Travel Deals</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article shares tips from the 8th episode of </em><a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com/"><em>Dealista</em></a><em>, our podcast that'll help you get more for less.</em></p> <p>Fall is typically one of the best times to travel &mdash; it sits between the heaviest seasons (summer and the holidays), and unlike Spring, there are no college/teenagers taking advantage of Spring Break. This year especially, traveling will be easier on the wallet, especially if you're going away for the holidays. Bing Travel <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2009/aug09/08-26BingHolidayForecastPR.mspx">recently reported</a> that fares are down 22% over last year for Thanksgiving travel, and 17% for Christmas.</p> <p>If you're planning to get away in the next few months, here are some tips to get the best travel deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-holiday-travel" title="11 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel">11 Ways to Save on Holiday Travel</a>)</p> <h2>1. Tuesday Markdowns</h2> <p>Search for fares on <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/you-should-seize-holiday-travel-deals-early-2009-09-21">Tuesday mornings</a>. That's when most airlines mark down their prices.</p> <h2>2. Rest on Sundays</h2> <p>It's best to <a href="http://www.bestfares.com/news-newsID2237-How_To_Get_The_Best_Online_Deals_On_Travel_Website.html">avoid traveling on Sundays</a>, when prices are usually the higest. <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/twitter/">FareCompare</a> shares that the cheapest day of the week to fly is Wednesday, followed by Tuesday and Saturday. Also, the first flight out is typically the cheapest time to fly.</p> <h2>3. Be Flexible</h2> <p>Check the option to search for &quot;flexible dates&quot; to compare the cost of traveling on less busy days. The more flexibility you have, the more likely you'll be able to score a deal. For example, Thanksgiving travel is heaviest on Wednesday and the following Sunday. If you depart on Tuesday instead and return on Saturday or Monday, you'll see significant savings. Of course, you'll see the <a href="http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/travel/archive/2009/09/23/the-outlook-for-fall-and-holiday-travel-by-fareologist.aspx">most savings</a> traveling on Thanksgiving day or the day after, but it might defeat the purpose for most people.</p> <p>Additionally, based on a three-year trend of Christmas travel prices, <a href="http://www.bing.com/travel/">Bing Travel</a> found that prices dropped during the first two weeks of October. Check out FareCompare's <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/articles/holiday-travel-2009-guide-for-buying-cheap-holiday-flights/">handy calendar</a> that shows the best dates to travel during November and December.</p> <h2>4. Factor Fees</h2> <p>When choosing airfare don&rsquo;t forget to consider additional airline costs for all sorts of things, like baggage, seat selection, food, and drinks. FareCompare has a <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/resources/airline_fee_table/index.htm">great chart</a> of various fees by airline that's regularly updated.</p> <h2>5. Be on Alert <o:p></o:p></h2> <p>There are plenty of tools that will do most of the work for you. Sign up for newsletters and Twitter updates so you don't miss a deal. <a href="http://yapta.com/">Yapta</a> will alert you if a travel deal hits your designated price point. Follow <a href="http://www.farecompare.com/twitter/">FareCompare</a> on Twitter and get real-time tweets with cheap deals from your desired airport.</p> <h2>6. Bite the Bullet</h2> <p>The hardest decision is whether to buy or wait. It sucks when you see the price drop just days after you've made your purchase. However, there are two great sites to help take the guessing out of the process.</p> <p>Bing Travel's <a href="http://www.bing.com/travel/about/howAirPredictions.do">price predictor</a> can tell you whether fares have been rising or dropping and tell you to Wait or Buy. They also have a <a href="http://www.bing.com/travel/about/howSmartHotels.do">rate indicator</a> for hotels, which looks at past rates for a specific hotel and compares them the current rates, and indicates whether it's a Deal, Average, or Not a Deal.</p> <p><a href="http://yapta.com/">Yapta</a> (which stands for Your Amazing Personal Travel Assistant) will notify you if the price for a flight you purchased drops. Most consumers don't know (or don't bother) to take advantage of the price guarantees most airlines offer. Contact the airline to get a refund for the price difference, or have Yapta handle the process with the airline on your behalf for a fee.</p> <h2>7. Get Free Upgrades</h2> <p>Nora recommends a great way to get <i>free</i> car rental, hotel and airline upgrades: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-in-style-for-free" title="How to Travel in Style for Free">Just ask</a>.</p> <p>Finally, check out our list of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/travel-resources">40 travel websites</a> that can save you a fortune. Get discounts and the insider scoop with these great resources.</p> <p><em><a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com">Dealista</a> is a collaboration between Wise Bread and <a href="http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/">Quick and Dirty Tips</a>, the producer of popular podcasts such as <a href="http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/">Grammar Girl</a>, <a href="http://moneygirl.quickanddirtytips.com/">Money Girl</a>, <a href="http://winninginvestor.quickanddirtytips.com/">Winning Investor</a>, and <a href="http://mightymommy.quickanddirtytips.com/">Mighty Mommy</a>.</em></p> <p><em>If you enjoyed these tips you can find more in <a href="http://dealista.quickanddirtytips.com">our show's archive</a>.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-fall-and-holiday-travel-deals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/magazines-for-free-or-cheap">Magazines for Free or Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-tools-for-tracking-your-rewards-miles">4 Best Tools for Tracking Your Rewards Miles</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel Airfare Art and Leisure dealista travel discounts Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:00:03 +0000 Lynn Truong 3670 at http://www.wisebread.com