Between paying to check your bags and dining in the overpriced food court, airports can quickly empty your wallet. Follow these air travel money saving tips so you have more cash to spend on your next vacation or business trip.
Do your research on all the airport options available to you. Instead of going with the major regional airport nearby, consider traveling to or from a smaller or less used one. You can often get a better price.
Once you choose your airport, make sure you know the right time to buy tickets. Typically, airlines start offering cheaper seats about four months before the flight.
Consider packing light. Most airlines allow two carry-on bags. Believe it or not, fitting everything you need into those bags is possible. And on the plus side, you won’t have to pay any baggage fees or worry about your luggage getting lost.
If you don’t think you can fit everything you need in your carry-on bags, consider sharing a suitcase with a travel companion. You can check one less bag and split the cost. Make sure you research your airline’s baggage requirements though. It might need to be a certain weight. Also look for airlines that check bags for free.
Avoid the food court and in-flight meals. Consider packing your own lunch or snacks. Just don’t pack more than 3.4-ounces of any liquid substance, including salsa, salad dressing or dips.
Take advantage of credit cards that earn frequent flier miles or rewards points that you can redeem for airline tickets. Just don’t go overboard and spend more money than you have.
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This article was written by Stephanie Snay of Angie’s List.
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