Tips To Book Cheap Domestic Air Tickets

Are you in search of a vacation and a quiet holiday to take some time off with your loved ones? Don’t wait then to book your flight tickets, as you will then soon be browsing various travel sites and airline websites looking for the best deal for your tickets. There is really no shortcut to finding cheap air tickets. You need to look around for the best deal by trying different booking sites, changing the travel dates, etc. But if you can take some time off and take the little extra effort, you can save big the next time you travel.

The under laid tips can be a big help:

1] Purchase Early: Airline prices shoot up 21, 14, 7 and 3 days before the day of travel. So making reservations late can prove to be a loss, especially during peak travel time. So plan ahead and book your tickets well in advance. If you are looking for cheap International air tickets, it is advisable to book earlier for the best deals.

2] Purchase Late: Sometimes buying your ticket at the end moment can also result in a big saving as airlines provide a great price if their plane is not filled. If the suspense is bearable for you and your schedule flexible, this can also be a good money-saving scheme.

3] Browse Around: Don’t book the first tariff you get. It is always advisable to look around various sites in order to get a good deal. There are various sites like MakeMyTrip.com, Cleartrip.com, Kayak.com etc. which offer a range of prices for your destination.

4] Think and Purchase: Don’t be in a hurry to book your ticket. There are sites like Bing.com which provide a fare prediction chart. This helps us to gauge whether the fare will rise or fall in the coming days. Sites like kayak.com provide a fare history graph which helps to gauge the right time to make our purchase.

5] Check for Discounts and Deals: you can always Google for the best deals available in the market for cheap air tickets to your destination. Airlines and travel websites update their websites daily with new schemes and plans in order to attract more travellers to purchase tickets. Thus checking for cheap International air tickets is an important step before travelling.

6] Using a Frequent Flier Card: If you are a frequent traveller then you can apply for a frequent flier card through which you can earn air-miles and then redeem them in your next purchase.

Thus if we follow these steps and book wisely, travelling is not such a Herculean task, especially when it comes to booking tickets. So the next time you travel, browse before you Book.

Wholesale Airline Tickets – The Best Place to Find Them

More and more travelers are looking for wholesale airline tickets in a bid to find very cheap air travel. With travel costs increasing on a daily basis, it is becoming more difficult to find a reasonably priced fare but there are ways of reducing the cost if you know where to look and buying wholesale airline tickets are just one way of achieving this.

The best place to look for wholesale airline tickets are with companies called Travel Consolidators, sometimes referred to as Bucket Shops. You will quite often find them advertising in newspapers offering large discounts for flights to destinations all over the world. Travel Consolidators operate by buying up large blocks of seats from the airline companies. Because the airlines are happy at selling such a large amount of tickets and making some profit they are more than happy to sell them wholesale at massively reduced prices, sometimes at a discount of 90%.

Travel Consolidators will then do two things. They will sell them wholesale to the travel agents but they will also offer some of the tickets to the general public. with only a small mark up on the price you are effectively only being charged the price of wholesale airline tickets.

The problem is, of course, you will find that if you wait for the flights to be advertised in the national newspapers your bargain airline tickets will be sold out before you get the chance to buy them. The trick is to phone the Consolidator who normally offers tickets to your desired destination on the Thursday or Friday and try to obtain them before they are advertised in the newspaper. That way you should get your wholesale airline tickets at massively discounted rates.

Consolidators are excellent for last minute deals because they will often sell any surplus tickets for less than the cost of buying wholesale airline tickets just to try to get their money back for any seats that have not been sold. However, you are taking a risk because most tickets are snapped up quite quickly.

10 Ways To Save Money On Flight Tickets

1. Have patience. It does take effort to get a good price on flights. Now, don’t let that deter you, because saving $100+ on flights can mean having more money to spend on sight-seeing, hotel, dining out, tours, etc. This means that if you want to travel in Spring, you should start checking prices in the late Fall or Winter. Sometimes there are last minute deals, but more often than not, you will find the best deals at least 21 days before your departure date.

First thing in the morning (around 9:00am, and in the evening, after 6:00pm) I like to browse travel websites to see if there are any deals being offered that day. I also like to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel websites and airlines will remember your search and this might cause prices to actually increase.

My favourite website is Skyscanner. One of the great features about this website is that you can check to see what the best price for the day is for travel worldwide from the airport of your preference. For example, I live in Toronto, so I will enter flights from Toronto (YYZ) to Everywhere. This is a great feature because it will tell me where on that day, which date, month, etc. is cheapest for me to fly anywhere in the world. (I used this site recently to help me get tickets for my trip to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines were charging $1,000-$1,500+ for flights to Seoul, but Delta was having a promotion and I was able to get round trip flights for only $850 CAD / $770 USD with the exchange rate.)

Another great feature on Skyscanner, is that you can put in your destination and dates of travel and sign up for “Price Alerts” so they will email you if the price goes up or down for your specified dates of travel. (My sister just used this feature to help her get a flight to Edmonton, Alberta for travel in May. Prices for one-way tickets were around $300-$400 and she was able to get it for $269 CAD.)

Another website I like to use is Expedia. Everyday they will shows travel deals available to the top domestic and international tourist destinations. They will also include deals packages for “Flight + Hotel”. This helps me get a feel for what the average cost is for example, a 4 night trip to Las Vegas. Let’s say the price for flight and hotel to Vegas for 4 nights on the Strip is $500-$600 per person from Toronto, I like to try and keep an eye out for deals that are equal to or below this price – that’s how I know I am saving money and getting the best price.

One thing about Expedia however is that the price advertised is not always available. If I am looking on their flight deals for last minute getaways, I might see round trip tickets to Miami for $250 CAD (departing from Toronto), but once I click on the deal, it may say the price has increased to $350 CAD instead. This isn’t always the case, but it does happen sometimes which is something to keep in mind.

Other websites that I like to use are: Kayak, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog.

2. Check the airline’s direct website. While these third party travel websites can be great, sometimes the best unadvertised deals are found directly through the airline’s website. I recommend signing up for email promotions offered through your preferred airline. For example, since I live in Canada, I am signed up for Air Canada’s travel promotions. This let’s me see special offers available as soon as they go live on the Air Canada website.

I really wanted to do a weekend trip to NYC with my sister this past February to celebrate her 21st birthday. In addition to checking third party websites, I would also play around with dates by entering the travel in Air Canada. They did not advertise this deal, but I was able to find direct round trip flights from YYZ to LGA for $199 CAD. This was a great deal that I was so happy to find through Air Canada. Sometimes the Airline’s website will offer promotion codes as well, so it is worthwhile to take a look.

3. Check departures/ arrivals from alternative airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes a lot of major cities have more than one airport or have another airport within close proximity to them in another city. For Toronto residents, we have Pearson Airport that offers domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport that offers select flights within Canada and the USA. There is also the option of driving across the border and flying out of Buffalo Airport too. It is almost always cheaper to fly out of Buffalo airport than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But the downside is most, (if not all flights) are not direct and you will have to pay for parking since most people leave their car at the airport while travelling. Flying out of Buffalo is always a last resort for me, because it is a 90 minute drive from Toronto (you have to consider gas charges) and depending on how long your trip is, parking costs may bring that discounted flight up to or around the same cost as the flight would have been if it had departed from YYZ or YTZ. However, sometimes there are significant savings to be had when flying out of Buffalo, which will definitely make it worth your while. (When I handled the company corporate travel at my previous job, last minute trips happened often and if a group of 2 or more needed to travel to the USA, flying out of Buffalo saved the company upwards of $300-$600 + per flight ticket.)

This can also be said of not just the departure airport that you choose, but also the arrival airport. For example, when flying to NYC, there are essentially three airports that you can choose to arrive in: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes you can get a better price when arriving at one airport over the other. One thing to keep in mind however is the travel from the airport to your hotel. If you are taking public transit, you can get to Manhattan from LGA for as little as $2.50 when taking the bus and subway train. However it is a bit more pricey when getting to Manhattan from EWR because you have to take New Jersey transit, then switch onto the Manhattan transit system. If you are taking a taxi, prices to get from each airport into Manhattan can vary. This is an important point to keep in mind and I recommend you conduct your own research before traveling.

4. Follow airlines and third party travel websites on Twitter (social media) and sign up for their mailing list. One of the great features about social media is that airlines can use this to advertise special travel promotions through certain social media outlets. Sometimes an airline will offer a special promotion code through their Twitter or Facebook page that isn’t advertised on other websites. West Jet offers Blue Tag Thursdays, which is a special promotion that is offered only Thursday afternoons (unless they have another special running during this time). You can find this on their website, or watch for it advertised on their Twitter or Facebook page. When signing up to third party or airline website’s mailing lists, they will sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers that give you secret access to their sale.

5. Don’t be afraid to book your flight and hotel separately. Sometimes you can get a great deal on sites like Expedia when you bundle your vacation and book flights and hotel at the same time, but this is not always the case. If you see an exceptional deal on a flight, book it now, don’t wait! You may be able to find a better price on the hotel later. I also recommend that if you do in fact see a great deal on a flight, please book it now, rather than wait until later that same day. Let’s say you see a great deal on a flight to San Francisco in the morning, but wait until you get home from work to purchase the tickets, this may not work to your advantage.

I will give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco and was looking for flights to go back and visit (this was back in October 2012), but they were around $600 and I wanted to wait for a better price. A few weeks later, Delta had a sale and was offering flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $437 CAD. This was an unbelievable price, considering all I was seeing was $600+ in the previous weeks, so I didn’t wait around and purchased the tickets immediately. I checked later that afternoon to see if the deal was still live and the price had shot back up to $600. I highly recommend booking when you see a price you feel is a great deal, because it may disappear sooner than you think.

Sometimes if you are booking multi-city flights, it may be more cost effective to book them separately than go with the same airline. For example, last summer (June 2013) I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally from Los Angeles back home to Toronto. I spent about a month and a half checking prices daily to get the best deal. I was eventually able to get a sale through Air Canada for the flights from Toronto to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles back to Toronto. I waited on booking the USA domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Air Canada obviously didn’t offer this and prices were around $100 USD for this one-way flight at the time. About a week later, I was on Southwest.com and I saw they had a “Getaway” deal for $49 USD for the flight I needed from LAS to LAX. This was a great deal, so of course I booked right away. My entire multi-city airfare ended up costing $515 altogether. (YYZ to LAS and LAX to YYZ cost me $466 CAD and the Southwest flight from LAS to LAX cost $49 USD).

6. Know what time of year and which days are cheapest for flying. Travelling on Tuesday and Wednesday are generally cheaper than any other day of the week. (Generally, searching mid-week for flights produces the best deals too). From experience, I also find that Thursday and Saturday can offer the best price sometimes as well. Of course doesn’t happen all the time and you will have to experiment with dates, which is why Skyscanner is great for deciphering which day is cheapest to depart and return. Days that tend to be most expensive are Monday, Friday and sometimes Sunday. Airlines know that most business trips take place Monday – Friday, which is why it tends to be more expensive to depart Monday and return on Friday. However, business travelers have started to fly out on Sunday instead of Monday in hopes to get a more affordable fare, but this doesn’t always work. Getting the cheapest departure date of the week of course is dependent on the flexibility of your travel dates.

The time of year also helps. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off-season and shoulder seasons (late fall, winter and early spring). Last year (2013) my parents traveled to Paris in April with direct round trip flights with Air Transat from Toronto for $671 CAD each. This isn’t the best price I have seen, but it was definitely the best deal at the time for non-stop round trip flights. Traveling during the off or shoulder season isn’t always negative. Sometimes due to poor weather, you will not want to travel during the off-season, but generally the off-season is less crowded and offers better prices.

I find that right now (early Spring) it is a bit more expensive to fly to Las Vegas (around $400-$500 CAD) because most people like to go there during the Spring time before the weather gets too hot in the Summer months. (I am comparing this to flight deals I saw this past winter for around $350 CAD.) It’s always wise to check out what events are happening during the dates you want to travel to a particular destination. Sometimes a holiday or big conference meeting could jack up the fares. I always suggest scoping out the average price for flights to your preferred destination, then keeping an eye on how the price fluctuates.

7. Save money on your baggage. Most airlines now charge you $25 each way to check your luggage. And they will charge you extra if your luggage goes over the airline weight limit. You can avoid this by packing light and making sure that your luggage does not go over the limit (check the airline to confirm the weight limit and for prices on checked luggage). Also, if you are going on a short trip, consider sharing one checked luggage bag with your travel partner(s). This can save you $50 on travel costs, since it costs $25 each way to check your luggage.

If you are going on an even shorter trip (weekend trip), consider only bringing carry on luggage and forget about the checked bag. Most airlines will let you bring a small amount of liquids on board the plane. If you are just going for a quick weekend trip, you might be able to get away with just a carry on bag. I did this for my trip last month to NYC. I went to my local dollar store and bought a small travel pouch of clear plastic containers. This allowed me to bring shampoo, conditioner, face wash, night/ day cream, foundation, etc. It also included sticker labels so I knew what everything was. I do realize that this is not practical for everyone, but for a 2 night trip, I would much rather spend $1 for the travel pouch at Dollarama then $50 for a checked bag. It also saves me the hassle of waiting to retrieve my checked bag at Baggage Claim.

8. Shop around for travel / health insurance. I always recommend getting travel or (extra) health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you are not getting the best price when you select the insurance package offered through the airline when you book your flights. Usually your work insurance will offer some type of travel or health coverage when traveling. Talk to HR about this if you are unsure. You can also buy insurance through your bank – that’s where I tend to find the best prices. This will also be cost efficient in the long run in you plan and traveling multiple times during the year. (Rather than pay for insurance each time you book a flight, you can get covered through your bank or alternative place for the year for a set fee.) If you are over 40 years old (or have a history of health issues), I recommend purchasing extra health coverage (even you already are covered through work). Unfortunately we can never predict what might happen while traveling, and if, heaven forbid, anything did happen, you will be happy that you purchased the extra health insurance. This is something that is unique to each person, so I cannot tell you what the best option is, that is something that you need to discuss with HR, your bank and family in order to see what the best choice is for you.

9. Avoid paying for seat selection (if you can). Some airlines ask for an extra fee to make advance seat selection, sometimes it is included in the price – if that’s the case then great, but if you have to pay $20 or so to make an advance seat selection, I would pass. You can usually check in early (24 hours before flight departure) and make the seat selection for free. You may be able to get the seats that you wanted, or you may not. It’s a hit or miss. If you don’t have a preference on where you sit, or willing to take the risk, then avoid paying the additional fee for advance seat selection.

10. Take advantage of travel reward programs. There is so much competition between airlines and credit cards today, so sign up for their travel reward programs. Talk to your bank and see what travel reward credit card works best for your needs. A lot of them allow you to collect points on your everyday spending so you can redeem them for free flights. Some of these credit cards do have stipulations, such as you can only book the flights through your bank, or there are black out dates for travel. However, due to the vast amount of travel reward credit cards being offered today, they are getting better and you can find one that does not contain any of these stipulations. That means you can use your points to redeem flights anytime, anywhere. Sometimes these cards do come with a slight annual membership fee, but the rewards alone are worth it.

The same goes for airline frequent flyer programs. The more you fly with one airline, the more frequent flyer points you will collect. This works great for business travelers because while their company pays for their trips, they are be able to collect frequent flyer points so they can redeem for their personal holiday travels. Some companies even allow employees to book their own flights, then submit the receipts for reimbursement. This allows the employee to get points on their travel reward credit card in addition to frequent flyer points.

I hope these tips will help you when booking your next vacation or trip. Please note that these tips have worked in my own experience, but may not work for everyone. The main thing to keep in mind is that the key to getting the best deal on your flights is to have patience and be flexible with your travel dates.

Methods of Purchasing an Airline Ticket

If you are planning on traveling far, airline transportation is most likely the best choice to make. In fact, most of us will end up flying at some point in our lives. Whether it will be for a vacation, or perhaps a job transfer, reunion or any other occasion, flying is a possibility.

There are many ways to purchase an airline ticket, and some methods are easier than other ones are.

One of the easiest methods to get a ticket is to an online travel site or else go to a travel agency. If you are choosing to get the tickets online, there are no shortages with regards to finding great deals.

The price of the ticket will depend on many variables regarding your trip, such as when you are going and also where. Large cities make cheaper destinations, and offer more choices which reduces the price of tickets to that particular city.

No matter what, flying long distance trips such as from New York to Paris will not be that cheap, but there are savings to be had from flying through the big airports.

If you have questions as to how to purchase a ticket, contact a travel agent and let them help you to find the best ways to get a good deal and save time in the planning of the trip.

A good travel agency will have the experience and inside knowledge to get you the best travel arrangements possible, so contact one.

Buying airline tickets are easy and relatively painless if you can be flexible and keep options such as travel agencies and online travel sites available. This will save you a ton of money as opposed to buying the ticket at the airport the day you go.

Getting airline tickets are pretty easy and fast to accomplish. Keep your options open and get a good travel agent or online service to find the best price. This will save a lot of money from purchasing the ticket at the airport the day you travel.

Getting tickets ahead of time will also eliminate the drama of waiting in long lines at the airport only to find that the flights are sold out, or that there are no good seats left.

Get Best Deals On Cheap Atlanta Hotels

In USA, Atlanta is the capital and highly populated city of Georgia. It is the top business city of USA and makes it popular among business class. Thus there is high demand of cheap hotels in Atlanta though there are many attractive deals present in the market. There are some Atlanta Airport Hotels with best deals which may help you to search a good budget hotel.

The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North its price start from $99 per night which is very reasonable as this hotel also provides many good facilities which also include Wi-Fi facility. So it is a good choice for one in search of hotel with good facilities and affordable price.

JW Marriott Buckhead Atlanta: Starting Price $179 per night. There are many facilities provided by this hotel your kids can enjoy playground for very less price in this hotel and there are lot more facilities provided by this hotel.

Sheraton Suites Galleria- Atlanta: Staring Price $89 per night. Here you can enjoy many facilities including internet facility and all these on very cheap rates.

Besides the mentioned details about hotels one should always go for a combo deals. For example if you are going for business purpose to Atlanta then book your tickets through agents so that you get best deals, book the ticket with those agents only who provide you best rates for hotels too. And if you are going in large group then directly contact hotel from their website.

Because it is a kind of publicity for the hotel as so many people come to their hotel at one go and they do publicity if they get value of their money in a place like Atlanta. Where it is very difficult to get cheap hotels that too best deals for these kind of budget hotels.

Ways to Find Out the Cheapest and Best Airfare for Your Next Travel Plan

There are many tips and tricks that you need to know for getting the best airfare deals. Herein below are some of such tips to help you through your flight search.

Start your search as early possible

Almost all airlines release tickets around eleven months in advance. So you can start researching from the very day you decide about your next trip and continue to check them at least once every week. There are possibilities of fluctuations in air fare, so be ready to act as soon as your desired price is available. Waiting for the best deal may reward you sometimes, but can also be costly and frustrating.

Choose the best time to book your air-ticket

While booking air tickets you must consider to choose the correct time. As the peak seasons, holidays or weekends are expected to have much higher priced flights than the other days of the year. Try and avoid booking within fifteen days of flying or long in advance which is more than around five months. You may also opt for price guidance from a good airfare prediction tool found on the internet to get the best airfare deals.

Be flexible with the travel dates

Try to be flexible with your travel dates to save more money on flights. You must search a few days or weeks on both sides of your desired travel date to know about the top deals available. This is important because getting locked with an exact date can bring more challenges in finding a better deal.

Buy round-trip tickets

Round trip tickets actually cost less, whereas single way cost a bomb sometimes. So even if you are travelling one way you can purchase a round trip ticket in a much cheaper rate and later you can just forfeit the return leg portion. It may sound crazy, but it really works.

Search for alternate airports

Sometimes checking for different airports near you or the place around your planned destination is more likely to fetch a number of options to choose from, among which, if you are lucky you can even find the last discounted seat in the flight bound to your destination.

Consult the travel agents

Travel agents are one of the most useful resource for booking flights. At times, the lowest airfares are only available through travel agents. They can easily beat the best airfare available online and some of them even guarantees to beat any comparable quotes in the market.

Sign up for email notifications

Subscribing to some of the best airline newsletters can help you keep yourself aware about some of the best airline deals that are generally not announced or promoted. Email subscribers get several periodic discounts and last minute deals which can save them a lot of money.

Has Disney and Universal Studios Priced Themselves Out of Business?

Not too many years ago, Orlando, Florida used to be the travel destination of the world, but recently it has been showing signs of just the opposite. Restaurants are empty, gift shops are closing down and the biggest sign of all is the lack of attendance at the theme parks. With international travel at an all time low, you would think that the parks would take aim at domestic travelers to fill that void in attendance. But quit the contrary, they seem to be building more attractions and raising prices at their gates. The logic has perplexed many in the tourism industry for the past few years.

As tickets sales to the park decrease, the prices for tickets have gone up for some odd reason. Take for instance Walt Disney World . Back in 2000 the price for a 1 day Disney ticket was $ 42.14. Fifteen years later that same ticket is $ 103.31 and a Magic Kingdom ticket now is $ 111.83. That is over a 50% increase in little over 15 years. Universal Studios Orlando was the same price as the Disney parks and now their gate price for a 1 day ticket is $ 108.63.

At the writing of this article gas is down to an all time low of $ 104 a barrel making an average gallon of gas around $ 1.89. You would think mom and dad would throw the kids in the back of the car and do a road trip like our parents used to do, but that is not the case for some reason. When I look at the trends of what has happened over the past 5 to 10 years, a pattern emerges that many have been complaining about for quite some time.

Is it possible that the Orlando theme parks are pricing themselves out of business? The average middle class American has found it unattainable to travel to Walt Disney World anymore and have started visiting local destinations instead of taking that yearly trip to Florida. It has gotten so bad that travel leaders have coined the phrase, "Staycation". Sounds horrible if you ask me!

I truly think that when the theme parks crossed over that $ 100 1 day ticket line, they inflicted the damage to themselves. In business, we call that the "Psychological Price Tag" dilemma. The price of an item that makes us cringe when we see it. Think about planning your family vacation and then seeing the cost of a 1 day ticket to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld. The cringe factor times 10 set in and now you are contemplating staying home, visiting family or going to a national park.

Has the bench mark been set so high that the parks cannot return from? I wonder what it will take before they realize that nobody can afford to travel to their playgrounds anymore. Can a once world renown destination become the tourism capital of the world again? Only time will tell. But I hope they smell the biscuits soon as there may be nothing left if they wait to long.

The one good thing to come from all of this is that there are still a few companies out there that offer discounts to the parks.

Tips to Save More on Business Class Flight Booking

Traveling with luxury and comfort is everyone’s desire and no matter how fancier your carrier is, economy class can never beat the cozy environment and luxurious experiences one can have in the business class as they are solely intended to give the executive travelers some pampering and soothing experience while they are planning on taking head-on challengers right after the flight. If you have this deep desire of flying into business class from now on whilst paying less or saving big time on the airfares, you shall consider the following tips that are absolutely perfect to give you the better chance of flying in the business class without spending a good fortune on the airfares:

1. Keep a tab on special offers

In the time of digital marketing, many travel agencies as well as airlines are focusing on shouting out loud over the internet to inform the potential customers about latest offers on travel class upgrades, special airfares and other offers as per the season and requirements. If you are a tech-savvy or even consider yourself a good monitor on recent updates, then you will find subscribing the newsletters and recent updates on your phones quite useful as the both travel agencies and airliners tend to notify the customers about the latest offers and deals by using these modes.

2. Start early research for better airfares

If you have been thinking for traveling in the future and have considered your season or week of travel, then all you need now is to keep on searching for the better airfares as early as possible as most of the airlines tend to offer the best and finest deals in the beginning of the season and you can get your hands on the best suitable deal for your escape if you keep a track on those airfares and set a perfect timing to book your flights. If you keep on searching for the budget airfares in the early months, the chances of finding lowest airfares are quite high as the airline offer the best deals and air ticket prices in early month to generate the demand and increases the prices as the date of travel closes by.

3. Look for last minute deals

Contrary to the previous tip, last minute flight hunting can also be helpful as the passengers who have cancelled their flight tickets vacant the seats and airline often find filling the seats better than leaving it empty. To make sure the flight is full and packed, both the airlines and travel agencies offer last minute offers on empty seats that allow the budget travelers to take the chance and save the valuable money on grabbing on those last minute deals. So, if you are planning on last minute getaways, always consider searching for better airfares no matter how slim the chances are.

4. Use loyalty programs

Airlines, travel agencies and banks remain on their toes to keep their frequent customers happy and offer them some lucrative offers time to time. If you have been associated with these groups or clubs, then you can easily come across some special offers that allow you to either upgrade on business class flights with a nominal fee, cash-back offers or business class bookings in exchange of loyalty program points. So, always look for these offers that can be easily available and helpful while booking a flight and who knows, you might get a business class flight ticket at really affordable price.

5. Try lesser-known air carriers

These days, major airlines are ruling the world of aviation and overshadowing the small carriers who have great potential but due to commercial circumstances, they are losing the battle big time. So, if you are not a brand conscious person and can travel with any carrier as long as they cover your destination and have a business class in their flights with great amenities onboard as well as at the ground, you shall consider those carriers and take the advantage of competitive airfares these airlines are offering to compete against those big giants.

We all know that every comfort and luxury come with its own price and thus business class flights are often found quite expensive than the economy class and premium class flights. With their paramount range of amenities like entertainment options, cozy environment, more privacy, extra room, amenity kit and special assistance, passengers always envy of those suited business travelers who enjoy all the luxury and comfort while going on an international trip. So, if you too feel like experiencing all these leverages, then you have to become smart before booking your flights and consider the above options to make sure you get business class flights at lower airfares.

Ways to Find Cheap Discount Lift Tickets to the Best Ski Resorts

There are different ways to find discount lift tickets online and locally. Buying tickets at the ski resort’s ticket window should be a last option if you are trying to save money on lift ticket deals. Some of the methods are well-known and others are not, or the locations are not as obvious. Knowing all the possible places to save on the price of admission to ski and snowboard resorts is beneficial to those on a budget.

An obvious place to search for discount lift tickets is on the resort’s site itself. The Vail Group has online only deals that can save around $10 a ticket versus buying at the ticket window. These are sometimes available only during the early and late seasons, but depending on attendance and snow fall, these types of cyber deals will vary in availability. Some places will also offer buy on get one free vouchers or discount coupons that can be printed out to be redeemed when you buy your tickets in person.

On the subject of websites, there are a few places like Liftopia, REI, and Sports Basement to name a few outdoors shops that sell tickets to different snow resorts around the country. REI has a great online system that updates availability of the tickets and vouchers filtered by the location that you’d like to go and purchase them from. Often times, the local store will carry tickets to the nearby resorts. Therefore, you may have to fly into town and then go to the physical location in that city to get the discount. This is the same situation with Sports Basement.

Costco is another place where multi-day tickets can be obtained to local ski resorts. You can also buy online, but the resorts are limited, although they are the big name and popular destinations like those in Colorado and Tahoe. Calling ahead to verify that the tickets are in stock and the price is recommended. Popular discount lift tickets to places like Mammoth Mountain, Heavenly and Breckenridge often sellout, so buy early and you’ll be rewarded with a nice low daily price versus buying retail.

Other ways include redeeming your credit cards points of airline miles depending on the program you’re enrolled in. American Express offers these types of deals to trade reward points to lift tickets. For some areas, a site called Funjet can be of great service. They are a travel site that offers travel, flight and activity deals. If you sort by activities only and enter the town you’re visiting, you’ll find some surprisingly good lift ticket packages.

Of course there is Craigslist and eBay to find private sales by owner for vouchers, coupons, gift certificates, buy on get on free (bogo) tickets as well as multi-day and single day passes. You may even find season passes for sale. Knowing th proper keywords to filter out wanted and looking to buy ads in Craigslist is crucial. Also, use all the types of legal tender terms and offer words in your searches because often times they’ll be offering to sell some paper to trade for tickets.

Lastly, there are local super markets and convenient stores that will have exclusive deals for their patrons like Safeway, Albertsons, City Market and King Soopers. If you can’t find discount lift tickets with any of these ways, turn to ski and snow forums and search until to you find some.

Plane Tickets and Hotel Packages: What Are Some Ways to Save on Both?

Have somewhere to fly to? Need a place to stay? Why not combine the costs? In some instances you will get a bigger discount. There are plane tickets and hotel packages available for just about every destination on Earth. Packages are usually cheaper than individual bookings if no more than two people are traveling. If you’re looking for a couples’ vacation, for instance, a bundled deal will be the better option more often than not.

You’ll especially get a good deal if budget airlines like Allegiant and JetBlue offer direct flights and roundtrips from your nearest airport. They will work with some of the popular hotel chains to provide an affordable vacation experience.

Keep in mind that many of the best deals are offered through a third party. Do research to make sure that the site you book from is legitimate and has a good reputation. Take the time to read the fine print when looking for plane tickets and hotel packages. Watch out for resort fees. Some travel discount sites will add it and some will not.

If you don’t have any specific plans, you can simply browse the current packages to find out what is available. Which destinations can you book right now? What is the departure airport? What hotel or resort can you stay at? For how many nights? The listed price is usually intended per person.

Popular Destinations of Plane Tickets and Hotel Packages

Popular destinations that you will usually see listed include Vegas, NYC, Caribbean beaches, Maui, Orlando, etc. Depending on the season you might also find some decent deals on European, Australian, and Asian vacations. On some sites you can modify the results to include car rental. For the hotel, a minimum stay is required, which could be anywhere from two to ten nights. No matter where you want to go, offers are always subject to availability.

Sometimes it makes more sense to book plane tickets and hotel packages separately. As mentioned above, this is usually the case if there are more than two people traveling, unless the rest are children. Kids usually get to stay in hotel rooms for free anyway.

Don’t just automatically select the cheapest packages as they might not include everything you need. Research the hotels and airlines themselves before making a decision. You don’t want to stay at an establishment that lacks the amenities you need. Select plane tickets and hotel packages that offer the most value for your money, even if the prices are a bit higher.

Online deals are where you should begin your search for plane tickets and hotel packages. It’s a great, legitimate place to find all kinds of travel discounts, no matter where you want to go or what your plans are like. Use online promo codes on your next trip to get the best deal possible.