|Do you love to travel, but don’t think you can afford to because of fluctuating airline prices? Well, worry no more! This “free” information will show you just how you can take your next vacation/holiday for a fraction of the cost.
How To Fly On A Dime?
Step 1. Determine which airlines have hubs at your local airport, and which other carriers have a high volume of flights.
– You will typically find that airlines who have a large volume of flights in and out of your local airport offer some amazing rates. This is generally the case in larger markets like Atlanta, GA or Miami, FL in the US, where Delta and American have their respective hubs. As a result, getting flights in and out of both of these markets tends to offer some of the best rates around when flying. Unlike flying in and out of Savannah, GA for example, which is a smaller market. Flights tend to be significantly higher because there is less traffic in and out. On the flip side, some mid-sized markets are starting to offer some really phenomenal prices because they have a variety of carriers vying for local patron’s business. Check to see which airlines in your city have hubs available to you, and which have a ton of traffic between specific locations. You just may find some pretty hard-to-beat deals!
Step 2. Sign up to receive airline email specials.
-This is a great way to catch the best prices before everyone else. By signing up for their discount or fair watcher programs, you will be notified the second the assigned airline releases a sale. This is especially important because the special may be for a specific period of time ONLY, or until a certain quantity is sold at the airline’s desired price. Sign up today!!! I’ve gotten some unbelievable deals this past year.
Step 3. Join airline frequent flyer clubs.
– When you sign up for airline flight programs, you gain access to earn points. The more points you earn, the faster you work your way towards free travel. There are additional benefits to these programs, as many are linked to rental car companies, hotels, and various other corporations. Points can be exchanged for travel, as well as for items such as magazines, discounts on flowers or upgrades.
Step 4. Get a credit card through an airline.
– My recommendation would be to get a card through the airline you use the most! If you are just starting out as a new traveler, then again take a look at your local airport, and research to see which airlines have hubs, sub hubs, or offer frequent flights in and out of that particular location. Every airline offers award points just for joining, as well as accumulating points on purchases made. By signing up, you could potentially earn immediate points- enough that qualify you for a flight even! This is a fantastic way to get free upgrades, exclude baggage fees, and most importantly…free travel!!!
Step 5. Stay connected to low cost carriers.
– It’s 2015 and there are a number of low cost carriers that have come on the scene. Gas prices are lower than we’ve seen in years, and many of the smaller airlines are taking full advantage. In addition, with changing service, these low cost carriers are also moving into new markets, therefore offering unbelievable entry prices to new customers. Spirit and Frontier are two in particular that are expanding the areas they service, and are offering some ridiculous prices! Not long ago, I purchased a ticket for $19 one way, plus an additional $3 to select my seat, and $15 to check my bag (note- because I joined their “free” travel rewards program, I saved $5 for my bag. Normal rate is $20 to check.) Not bad at all for a flight. Once I finished my assignment, my return flight was a whopping $39, plus $3 to select my seat, and another $15, as a reward member to check my bag. Well…it really didn’t cost me… my client picked up the tab 🙂 but you get the point. Don’t snub the low cost carriers. Skip the snacks, unless you want to pay for them, or bring your own, and sit back and enjoy the low cost ride.
Cheap, cheap travel!!! I was able to catch the above mentioned deals because I am signed up to receive specials via email, as well as because I’m a member of their travel program. One last important piece. Flexibility is key!!! If you are able to be flexible with your dates, you can catch some insane specials, as sometimes these deals are only available for certain dates. It’s also a great idea to check the airlines websites for last minute specials if you get the travel bug on a Thursday, and want to get away for a quick weekend adventure. You can take advantage of some “last minute” getaways, including flight, hotel and rental car, for a fraction of the cost. Airlines are a business like every other corporation, so trust me, they’d prefer to not have empty seats. If there’s room, you just may catch the deal of a lifetime for quick escapade! Don’t forget about discount travel sites like the Pricelines and Hipmunks of the world either. You can really snag some deals! There are so many options at our fingertips, that can help you fly on a dime.
Now you are officially, a How To Fly On A Dime Expert!!! Stay tuned, and until next time, happy flying for less.