Many people don’t think that they have the money to travel. Most of these people could actually afford to take a trip if they knew how to stretch their dollar further. Saving money on airline fares and hotel bills is the most important step these people could take. Here are some money saving tips from professionals who worked in the airline industry:
Work With an Agent When Traveling in a Group
Traveling in large groups can be both very expensive and complicated. You should make sure that you work with a professional who knows how to coordinate the trip and make sure that you get the best possible deals.
Anybody who is traveling for a wedding, school reunion or graduation should consider working with a travel agent. Travel agents know how to get group discounts on flights and accommodations. You should reach out to a travel agent who has served people traveling to your particular destination before. They usually have arrangements with hotels and airlines. For example, you may want to find a tourist company near the Canadian border if you are trying to book rooms at Niagara Falls hotels.
Be Assertive About Asking for Better Rates
Hotels and car rental companies are often flexible with their rates. They may quote you a fee, but you can often negotiate something better. You will only be able to take advantage of their more favorable rates by asking so make sure that you are proactive.
One of the best times to ask for a better rate is when you are about to renew an existing order. If you have already been staying a hotel room or driven a car for a couple of weeks then you may want to ask them for a discount. They are more interested in working with customers who have already paid for their services. It will be easier for them to grant you a discount than to look for a new customer. If you hint that you are considering other options they will probably be more open to giving you a better rate.
Be Willing to Make Some Sacrifices
Everyone wants their trip to be as comfortable as possible. However, you have to pay for many of those conveniences. You may be able to save a lot of money by making some sacrifices. Here are some things that you will want to consider:
- Consider adding a layover to your flight. Some travelers have been able to shave up to a third off their airline fees by doing a layover.
- Be flexible as possible with the dates that you are willing to travel. You may have heard how beautiful Niagara Falls is during the first week of spring. However, that is also one of the most popular times for people to travel. Hotels and airlines will rack up their fees to accommodate customers who want to travel then.
- Decide what type of hotel you really need. You can save a lot of money choosing an economy plan instead of booking luxury accommodations. You won’t get the same high class service, but you should still have a great trip.
Try to be as flexible as possible when planning your trip. You will be able to save a lot of money if you are willing to make some of these concessions.
About the author: Adam is a frequent traveler. He shares tips on saving money and sticking to a budget while traveling.