How To Cut Travel Costs

In this article today I would like to discuss several tips, tricks, and techniques that just about anybody can use to help dramatically cut travel costs.
Traveling is one of the greatest things to do on this planet. Getting out and exploring and seeing the world is a precious treat for most of us, the only problem is that it can be incredibly expensive if you don’t know how to do it correctly. Fortunately for all of us, there are several different ways that you can really cut down on your travel costs and that is what I would like to discuss in this article with you today.
Travel costs in the US are more than $500 billion a year. Anything we can do to help lower that can only benefit everyone.
The first thing you should focus on it finding the absolute best prices for airline tickets and also the absolute best prices for hotel reservations. The Internet is an amazing tool when it comes to this sort of thing and it can be as easy as checking several of the different major travel websites that I’m sure you’ve seen commercials for on TV. Many of these websites can give you amazing deals, especially if you’re willing to accept certain restrictions such as being nonrefundable and not earning you as many frequent flyer miles.
Another way to cut costs on travel that most people would never think about it finding a good travel agent. It is true that many travel agents are just simple travel agents, but there are some that are particularly good at finding deals. The only real way to find this sort of travel agent is through word-of-mouth so talk to your friends to find out who the best agents are and stay away from the ones who aren’t so good.
Another tip is to work your travel agent. Basically you do this by checking with about a half a dozen different travel agents in your area and comparing and contrasting the deals they find. You’ll be surprised what wide varieties of prices each agent will come up with and it’s quite easy to play one off against another to get the absolute best price available. Once you find the agent with the best price, go to the others and ask them to beat it. Many times they will be able to!
Finally, use consolidators to find the lowest cost airline tickets. Usually this means that you have to accept some restrictions such as not earning frequent flyer miles and being nonrefundable so be sure the price difference between a regular airline ticket and a consolidator ticket is enough to justify this inconvenience otherwise you may just want to go with the regular priced tickets.
So there you have several tips, tricks, and techniques that you can use to hopefully lower your travel costs as much as is humanly possible. Good luck and happy travels to you and your family.

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