Flying is one of the best ways to travel great distances quickly and efficiently. It is also an invigorating experience that features bird’s eye views of natural beauty, cities, and oceans from above. To fly more frequently for business and pleasure, it is important to find ways to save money while traveling by air. These cost-efficient tips will help you keep more money in the bank while still getting to your final destination on time.
Of course, when people travel they need to bring clothes, personal care items, and so on. Airlines have been making tons of money off of baggage fees some even charging for carrying on luggage. If you booked a round-trip like most fliers then you are forced to pay fees for all luggage coming and going. This can add to a couple hundred dollars or more. A great way to save money is to research which airlines do not charge for checked bags, carry-ons, and check their overall pricing. Oversized luggage can be especially costly. A cost-saving alternative is to ship luggage to your destination. This ensures that luggage will not get lost during transfers, eliminates the wait at baggage claim, and your items will be waiting for you when you arrive.
Skip Pricey Airport Food
The smallest packet of food will cost you at least triple in an airport. The prices are offensively astounding, and they have you trapped with no other options. Plan ahead by bringing an empty water bottle. There are water fountains made to fill bottles scattered around most airports. You can also bring packaged food items through security like chips, fruit snacks, cereal, trail mix, and so on. Lastly, eat before you go, snack in the meantime, and try to wait for your next complete meal until you land.
Don’t Pay for Parking
Long-term airport parking charges by the day. Especially for trips where you will be gone more than a couple of days the cost of paid parking can add up very quickly. There are a few options to avoid this wasteful expense. Check with family or friends to see if they would be willing to drop you off or pick you up. If no one is available, then ride-sharing services are an excellent alternative.
Everywhere you turn it seems like there is yet another charge or fee- just say ‘no’ to optional add-ons. For example, paying to select your seat isn’t a great benefit. If you or someone you are flying with needs special assistance simply let the staff know at your gate and they will help seat you accordingly.
Prepare for your next trip by planning and, as a result, you could save a lot of money. Planning luggage carefully, skipping expensive airport food, getting a ride, and turning down extras are the best ways to save money while flying. You can fly with ease and peace of mind knowing that you were thrifty in all the right ways.