It’s that time of year – the urge to travel somewhere warm is overwhelming but unfortunately the bank balance is dipping lower and lower. With the desire to getaway and the financial means to achieve it at direct odds with each other, the immediate urge is to get cash now by any means and book that flight. However, a little pre-planning may make existing funds stretch far enough to get you on a little getaway.
1. Not all airlines charge the same.The market leader may have the flight at one price but if fewer frills are acceptable, a budget airline may fly to the same airport for a fraction of the cost. Some flexibility may be needed on date and time of travel, but it’s possible to make huge savings.
2. Wear Everything. Whether it’s wearable luggage designed for the purpose or a demonstration of the art of layering clothing, the saving on checking in a bag could be considerable.
3. Use comparison websites.Some airlines are still transparent about costs or don’t add on extra costs such as for checked luggage. A good comparison site won’t just find the cheapest flight but will factor in the cost of hidden extras.
4. Split long haul.It is worth researching whether a layover makes a long haul flight cheaper. It can certainly make it less arduous and even help with adjusting to a different time zone.
5. Become a tax dodger. Not in any way that might alert the revenue collectors but by making smart choices not just on airlines but on destination choices. Again, a calculator and a sharp eye are needed to weigh the pros and cons but when the savings run into the hundreds of dollars, it’s worth paying close attention.
6. Ship luggage ahead. Many airlines charge a fortune for sports of ski equipment. It may be cheaper to ship this ahead to the destination especially if this can be arranged with accommodation in advance.