We are flying tomorrow with a family of 5. First of all, the tickets weren’t too cheap so I will be looking for other ways to save money while we are there. As we all know most everything at the airport is expensive so finding ways to save money is important. Here are some great tips for saving at the airport.
1. Bring a water bottle to fill. You can’t take liquids through security, but you can bring an empty bottle or two to fill up after security. We have our kids’ water bottles packed and ready to go!
2. Bring your own snacks. The markup on snacks in the airport is ridiculous which is why we have a snack carry on.
3. Don’t shop! There are much less expensive places to find souvenirs. Even most Wal-Marts have a souvenir section. Hit something like that for those must haves. It’s best you avoid the high price items by shopping elsewhere.
4. Don’t park there. If you can avoid long term parking, do! There are usually park and ride places around the airport for far less.
5. Skip the meals. If you can avoid eating a large meal at the airport, you’ll save some money. Airport restaurants are high priced and are generally not great food. Even some chain restaurants that are in airports will raise their pricing. Eat the snacks you brought and you should be good!
Summer is almost here and that means travel! Sometimes air travel may be the less expensive route compared to driving (and certainly faster). Here are a few tips to help find you the cheapest flights.
1. Choose a red eye, early or late flight. Most people don’t like those times so they aren’t in high demand. Less demand, cheaper flight.
2. Book on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Saturdays. These tend to be cheaper to fly days.
3. Try the low cost airlines like Alligient, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines or Frontier. We were able to get round trip tickets for two for $250 total cost. The only thing that’s hard about these airlines is they usually only fly on certain days and only to and from certain cities. But if you can figure out how to make it work, do it! Also, watch all the fees they tack on. Most are optional, so make sure you decline them all to keep the cost down.
4. Try a travel agent. The days of travel agents are not over. They have to compete now with websites that offer great deals, so don’t discount them. Call around and see what they can do. There is usually no cost for their service and could save you some money.
5. Find travel miles. I had a friend who needed to get somewhere the other day. He asked on Facebook if his friends had any travel miles and sure enough he got enough donated miles that he got a free ticket. Sure it’s a long shot, but it could happen! If they aren’t using them, you might as well.
Do you have any tricks to finding cheap airline tickets?
Are you flying this holiday season? Flying during the holidays can be quite stressful especially if you are traveling with a large family. Have you ever Watched 19 Kids and Counting? I can’t imagine how a family that size does it when I have a hard enough time with my two kids and husband. However, there are some things to make your airline travel easier and a lot less stressful for you and your traveling companions. It may even save you a few bucks.
1. Check in online. Even though you have to check your bags when you get there, those lines are shorter.
2. Arrive early! Even if you are used to flying other times of the year and arriving an hour early, the lines are longer and many more people are traveling so the wait times will be longer as well.
3. Check your bags for prohibited items. Remember that security does now allow liquids unless on approved lists. Ladies, ditch the sharp fingernail files! Once my dad was flying and he forgot to take out some pistol shells out of his overnight bag that he was traveling with. Needless to say, he was detained for quite some time by security.
4. Traveling with infants and formula or breast milk? Be prepared for longer security times. Although most airports have family lines, it does take a while for families to get through if you have liquids. These items are permitted, but do have to be screened by security thus taking more time. Also have easy on/off shoes for your kids as yourself. Children have to take their shoes off too.
5. Have your identification ready. You are going to have to show your boarding pass and ID at least twice when you are at the airport. Save time by having it close by and easily assessable.
6. Take your own snacks. Have you seen the cost of airport food? Nix buying those and bring your own. You may not be able to bring liquids, but you can certainly bring snacks.
7. Pack large electronics on top layer of carry-on for easy accessibility. All electronics must be taken out and screens in a separate plastic bin. The easier it is to get to the better off you will be.
8. Weigh your luggage before you go to the airport! You do not want to pay extra for luggage especially if it’s only over a pound. Some airports have a scale right by the drop off so use that before you even go in so if you need to unload some stuff you can. If your stay isn’t long try to just take a carry on, but be careful because if it’s too big they will just make you check and and charge you anyway.
Here’s what another Thrifty Divas says she does to save time and money with luggage. “My husband and I weigh our luggage using a common bathroom scale. I have him stand on it and I write down his weight. Then while still standing on it he lifts the piece of luggage off the floor, then I take that number. We subtract his weight from the weight + luggage number and we then know how much the luggage weighs. It’s been accurate every time!”
9. Bring an empty water bottle. Here’s a free way for you to drink while traveling. You aren’t allowed past security with any drink, but you can certainly fill your water bottle up on the other side with with water fountains by the gates.
10. Bring your own entertainment. The airport is full of gadgets and magazines to help you pass your layover time. However, the price can be as big as your layover. So bring your own entertainment and save the money.
Are you flying this holiday season? What is your strategy for saving money and traveling easier?