This is the season for traveling. The holiday season is upon us and visions of family and friends dance happily in our heads. This is a festive time to plan year parties, prepare for family get-togethers, and look for the perfect gift that will bring smiles and hugs our way. However, the family and friends we miss so much live in a land far, far away and Christmas money is limited.
So, whether you’re nodding, find yourself in a similar situation, or you just want to get away from all the holiday frenzy and curl up in a cozy foreign oasis with your love, here are a few things to do in search of vacation travel flight savings.
The most common method used by travel buyers is their local travel agency. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a package that includes hotel accommodation, car rental services, regional tourist information, etc. However, look for the best deals.
Travel agents use the same network to structure their travel packages. This gives all travel agents access to the same rates. The difference is that travel agents charge varying fees, therefore it is wise to shop around or even haggle with them for lower savings. Check around for gold nugget-saving trips.
Even if you’re only looking for flights to your desired destination, you’ll want to find an agency that provides the best deals. Do a little research yourself on some of the different air lines available in your area and then ask the agent lots of questions. There is a lot of competition between travel agents during the holidays so they will often take a deduction of their own commission if it means taking your vacation money.
For those of you looking for a simple flight to your beloved destination, contacting the source is often the best way to land the magic deal. Basically you cut out the middle man. It may take a little more of your precious vacation time, but the payoff may be worth it. Again, shopping. Do your research and call or surf the web. Go directly to the provider. When you find a decent deal, use that as leverage to see if the next airline will beat it. Or sometimes the smart thing to do is get a good rate and see if you can get a better and more prestigious air line to match it.
Wherever you decide to go, here are some tips for getting that special deal.
o Ask Questions – Don’t be shy. Ask a lot of questions to the agent or provider. Often there are many discounts available that are not publicly advertised. In this case curiosity saves money.
o Shop Early – Many airlines offer special offers early or increase their fares as scheduled holidays approach.
o Be Flexible – Most airlines offer discounts if you take an early or late flight. Also, big discounts are offered when flights don’t have many passengers showing up. Getting ready is a great way to save money if you want to sip a cup of chocolate while you wait.
o Be Nice – This is a big deal during the jolly season or any time of the day. If you do your holiday shopping with a patient and pleasant attitude then you may be the bee finding honey in holiday travel savings.