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how to save money on international flights and domestic travel

Updated on December 9, 2014

Tips to save money on international flights and domestic travel

With airlines constantly cutting routes and flying planes with full capacity, air fares have been increasing steadily. Here are some simple tips on how you can save money on flight tickets.

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save money on travel with these easy tips
save money on travel with these easy tips

Simple tips for finding a low airfare

Avoid weekend flights

Try to fly mid-week, a flight on Tuesday or Wednesday will be less than flying on the weekend. Pick a mid-week flight for outbound and return flight.

Book early

Waiting for a last minute deal is truly a gamble. And with airplanes booked to full capacity more than in previous years, a truly good fare is available by booking in advance. Check for Fare Rules when shopping online as it will disclose the advance purchase time frame for you, for example 14 days advance purchase fare, 21 days advance purchase fare, etc.

Compare

Check big online travel agencies such as Expedia or FlightNetwork or TravelOne. These agencies buy fares in bulk and sometimes offer a better deal than the airline directly.

Be flexible

Fly at night or consider a red-eye flight. For example red-eye flights to and from Las Vegas can save you a bunch of money. Also, being flexible in dates will help, make sure to check flights -+ 2 or 3 days of your preferred travel date.

Consider Airlines based in the country you are travelling to

For a trip to Paris it makes sense to visit Air France's website for special offers. Airlines directly also might be able to offer discounted air fares.

READ FARE RULES - always

The fare rules are always disclosed to you, sometimes hidden, but they are. You might save hundreds of dollars but you have booked a non-refundable, non-changeable air fare. Always read the fare rules and the ticket's rules and restrictions. If you don't understand the fare rules, call your airline or travel agency for clarification. Fare Rules can be complex and mind bogglin to a novice traveler.

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Consider multiple connections

If offered, check for multiple connections. If time is not an issue for you, let the airline fly you around the country, for a lower fare.

Check surrounding airports too, ground transportation might save you if another airport is not too far from your destination/departure city.

Book a Roundtrip Ticket for International Travel

You might be able to save money by booking two separate one-way tickets on domestic flights. However, some countries will not let you enter without proof of purchase of a Roundtrip Ticket.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Consider Travel Insurance

If you ended up booking a highly restricted flight ticket and you can't travel due to unfortunate medical or other covered reasons, buying Travel Insurance is a great way to protect your money. The lowest air fares are usually highly restricted, and unfortunately do not allow for a refund or change. You can read a ticket's restriction in the Fare Rules before purchasing the ticket.

Insuremytrip.com lets you compare and buy Travel Insurance.

Need Airport Parking?

If you have to leave your car at the airport for an extended timeframe, you might want to look into pre-reserved Airport Parking.

$5 off airport parking. Use code CJNAT1 at checkout.

Other valuable travel information

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has published valuable information for travelers, including security, form of identification required and more. Please visit their information here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information

You can find current Travel Warnings and Passport information here: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

Airline Toll Free Numbers

Here are the phone numbers for some of the major carriers:

Air Canada 888-247-2262

Air China 800-982-8802

Air France 800-237-2747

Alaska Airlines 800-426-0333

American Airlines 800-433-7300

Continental Airlines 800-525-0280

Delta Airlines 800-221-1212

Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359

Hawaiian Airlines 800-367-5320

JetBlue 800-538-2583

Lufthansa 800-645-3880

Southwest Airlines 800-435-9792

United Airlines 800-241-6522

US Airways 800-428-4322

Virgin America 877-359-8474

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