Fall is here and the time has come to start booking holiday travel plans. Each year millions of Americans travel by trains, planes, and automobiles to visit family and friends during the holidays.
This year is no exception, however, some changes in airline policies might mean less airfare availability and increasing airfare prices. With gas prices increasing the cost of driving to your destination is just as expensive. Here are a few ways to save on holiday travel.
- Book early or book late. Usually booking early is the best way to go, but sometimes last minute fares can also save you some money. According to the travel site Kayak it is best to buy your ticket three weeks out to find fares that are 8 percent less than the average prices. Keep in mind that if you’re traveling to a smaller destination with limited airport choices it’s better to book now before all the available flights are gone.
- Connect to save. While most people prefer direct flights, having a layover can save you money. Shop around as best as you can to see if a connecting flight is better for your budget than a direct flight.
- Mail your luggage. Did you know that you can use FedEx and UPS to send your luggage? There are only a handful of airlines that don’t charge for a carry-on or your first checked bag, if you are not flying on those airlines then consider mailing your luggage to your destination. Be sure to check the airline’s fees against the cost of mailing your luggage to see if you will save money and if the savings are worth it. Also take into consideration holiday shipping and mail your luggage out with enough time to spare.
- Travel by train. Depending on how close, or far, you plan on going traveling by train could also help you save. If your destination is only a few hours away you could save not only save on the cost of gas but also on the mileage being put on your car. Consider this mode of transportation and see how the costs match up against driving to your holiday destination. Also keep in mind that taking a train could take longer than driving.
- Have a staycation. Rather than traveling for the holidays, stay at home and celebrate with your closest friends and family. This can be a tough decision if you usually travel to meet up with your family, but with the availability of video conferencing services like Skype it’s easier to “see” your relatives without having to be there.
Traveling during the holidays can be stressful, don’t let finding a good price stress you out as well. Try to find some ways to cut costs and if it still does not fit into your budget consider a staycation. If it’s important for you to get to see your family consider getting a small personal loan to offset some of the traveling costs. AmOne can help you get to where you need to be for the holidays. Contact AmOne today to see if they can help you find solutions to your financial problems.