This is the time of travel and last minute holiday plans. If you already have your 2017 year end travel planned out, it’s not too early to start planning for your 2018 trips. As graduate students living in different cities in the U.S.A., my fiancé and I had to figure out inexpensive ways to plan our trips and explore new places. Luckily, since one of us lived in a major city, we quickly discovered we were in the hub of a major, budget airline carrier and voila, we stuck to it through thick and thin.
To add to this advantage, we made sure that we had all our bases covered, took advantage of the memberships, miles and studied the fare trends for this particular airline and its competitors.
But sometimes, trying to save money on travel might seem like a shot in the dark.
Here are some smart yet simple ways to make sure you are saving on your next airfare and travel.
- As you may have already noticed, traveling on weekends, especially on Fridays and Sundays can be more expensive. Unless it’s a business trip with a predetermined timeline, you could adjust your schedule or move around the dates to travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays instead.
- Furthermore, if you are planning a getaways for refueling, you might consider a cheaper destination. Alternatively, choose segments or destinations with a lot of competing air traffic but make sure you have planned well in advance to get the best deals. For instance, Bhubaneshwar to Delhi flights have a lot of options, leading to cheaper airfare.
- Additionally, if you are going to book a hotel, it’s better to reserve accommodation along with the flight to save some cash or get a major cashback. Or you could shop around for better deals, for example, you will have a wide range of options to choose from hotels in Delhi and other major cities or popular destinations.
- There are some new-age travelers or digital nomads who earn and pay their way through trips. While this might not be something you are in to, following simple rules like traveling light, packing vitamins and cough drops and some snacks will save you money and prevent a lot of discomfort during travel.
- If you have some time to spare, choose flights with layovers over direct flights to save some serious cash. While this might mean extra time traveling, keeping yourself hydrated, exploring a new airport or using free Wi-Fi to quickly complete some tasks could be a manageable alternative.
Tell us how you save on travel and airfare!