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3 Tips to Save on Early Bird Plane Tickets

Posted By Emily Co on Feb 29, 2012 at 3:05AM

I'm pretty risk adverse, so I always buy my airline tickets in advance to get the best price. Turns out, there are lots of extra ways to save if you're buying your ticket early. Here are some great tips for early bird buyers:

  • Track the Prices: If you buy your ticket early on, be sure to track it on Yapta.com to see if the price changes. Yapta will send you an email alert when it finds that you can change your ticket without taking a loss on rebooking fees.
  • Pick the Right Site: There are some companies like Orbitz that will refund the difference to you if you find a lower rate on a ticket on another site. Research the different travel sites and see which one offers a similar service. After you buy your ticket, keep looking at other sites to see if the ticket price goes down.
  • Lock It Down: We've mentioned this before on Savvy, but if you don't want to commit, some airlines give you the option of holding your seats — Continental lets you hold it for 24 hours and allows you to cancel without penalties. You can also lock down the fare for three or seven days, but it comes with a $5 or $9 fee depending on your chosen time frame.

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How do you Save for Vacation?

Posted By birdsflyinghigh on Aug 19, 2011 at 11:10AM

I want to begin a planning a trip for a warm location this winter, I am thinking somewhere in the Caribbean with my husband! But I don't want it to be a mad dash to pay for everything! We have a couple months to start saving exclusively for this vacation, I have looked into using ING where I can setup accounts for automatic savings, etc and I have also debated doing it the old fashion way by just saving the money in an envelope but fear we might dip into that with its close proximity. Any tips or ideas on saving for a vacation?

50 Smart Travel Tips to Consider This Summer

Posted By Smart Living on Jul 13, 2011 at 4:00AM

Take a little trip, take a little trip, take a little trip and see . . . No matter the destination, prepping for vacation seems to entail the same things — like getting cash, downloading apps, calling credit card companies to packing carefully to make sure you don't forget anything important. If you plan on jetting the globe this Summer, consider these guides to life on the road.

  • 10 Travel Tips You Should Consider — Now is the time to create new vacation memories to last us through the colder seasons to come. It's healthy and necessary for us to take a few days away from the office to rejuvenate and refocus, even if you choose a location close to home.
  • 10 Best iPhone Apps For Vacationers — Before you take off for your trip be sure to download these handy apps that will keep you connected, organized, well-fed, and directed while in a distant land or airport terminal.
  • 5 Simple Money Saving Tips For Your Road Trip — The experience of going on a road trip is often just as exciting as the final destination. Before you put your car into drive, check out my money saving tips for your road trip.
  • 4 Reasons to Travel With Friends and 1 Not To — Just a few days away from the office can help you rejuvenate and refocus and if you plan it right, you don't have to break the bank. Sometimes friends make the trip better, sometimes they don't. Find out why before you fly.

For the rest of the list, read on.

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The Best Time to Buy Your Airline Tickets

Posted By Emily Co on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:50AM

I don't know about you, but when I know I'm going on a trip, I check several travel sites multiple times a day, almost to a point of obsessiveness. And when I finally find a ticket with a great price, I practically glow with a sense of achievement. After my purchase, I still keep going back to travel sites just to see how much the prices rise, and every time I see them become more expensive, I quietly congratulate myself on my savvy purchase.

For those of you who have the same compulsion, check out these tips from the Wall Street Journal on when to buy tickets.

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the best time to buy tickets
  • Discounted sale campaigns are usually launched on Monday night and end by Thursday or Friday
  • Rick Seaney, an expert who has studied fare prices for three years, says that 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday is the best time to buy
  • Weekends are the most expensive times to buy tickets

 

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6 Ways to Safeguard Your Checked Luggage

Posted By Smart Living on Aug 18, 2010 at 8:00AM

It's time to play it safe(r)! Before handing off your precious luggage, follow these six steps to make it easier to get your bags back again.

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How Soon Is Too Soon to Book Holiday Travel?

Posted By Savvy Community on Aug 2, 2010 at 2:45PM

While still tallying up grand totals for Summer travels, some people are already thinking about Winter plans! This question was shared by SavvySugar reader morganashley in the Savvy Q + A group:

Christmas in July? Not quite, but my mom is already nagging me about holiday destinations. For December! True, we usually visit locations with lodging that books up fast — often well over a year in advance for the prime places — and flights are unguaranteed to drop drastically before then. Still it's so hard to wrap my head around a vacation for five months away. From what days I'd take off work to how long I'd want to stay, am I the only one with a family member who plans so far in advance? Have any of you booked Christmas or even Thanksgiving flights yet?

Share your opinions and tips with her in comments, and ask your own questions in our group.

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Savvy Community: Buy a Deal-a-Day For a Rainy Day

Posted By Savvy Community on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:00PM

This bit of advice was shared by SavvySugar reader morganashley in the Savvy Travel Tips group:

While I'm always trying to scoop a travel deal or even a local idea for visiting guests, I've recently started up this new tactic to make fun plans for a future trip. I signed up for a few exclusive offer and discount sites from one of my non-primary email addresses for two cities I'm planning to visit later this Summer. This way I get all the deal-a-day info from things like FreshGuide, Groupon, and Bergine all in one spot. Even though there's a limited amount of time to buy, many of these deals are good for like a year in advance (if you're a bit more of a planner) plus I know I'm getting both a deal and a local idea for myself in the process!

Share your stories in comments and offer your own advice in our Savvy Travel Tips group.

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Buy a Deal-a-Day For a Rainy Day

Posted By Morgan Ashley Parker on Jul 15, 2010 at 5:26PM

While I'm always trying to scoop a travel deal or even a local idea for visiting guests, I've recently started up this new tactic to make fun plans for a future trip. I signed up for a few exclusive offer and discount sites from one of my non-primary email addresses for two cities I'm planning to visit later this Summer. This way I get all the deal-a-day info from things like FreshGuide, Groupon, and Bergine all in one spot. While there's a limited amount of time to buy, many of these deals are good for like a year in advance (if you're a bit more of a planner) plus I know I'm getting both a deal and a local idea for myself in the process!

Warm Wedding Welcome!

Posted By Morgan Ashley Parker on May 26, 2010 at 3:21PM

Check out the welcome gift waiting for me at the hotel before my friend's wedding — such a great idea!

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