When times are tight, no matter if you are traveling for business or pleasure, it’s always good to keep costs at bay. Here are some simple ways you can avoid those airline fees and stay within budget:
Book your flight online
When you buy your airline tickets online, you not only get to customize your flight at your own leisure, but also skip book-by-phone charges altogether. Amazingly enough, big name airlines such as Allegiant Air, charge $10 to your bill for calling in. As the push for online, or e-commerce expands, it may well be in the customer’s best interest to play it safe and book online.
Purchase flight insurance
While this may be an additional upfront cost, flight insurance allows you to have a buffer and gives you some flexibility in your plans. It is especially useful if you need to buy your tickets but might have to change the dates of your departure or arrival. Companies such as insuremytrip.com cover everything from flight cancellations and date changes to accidental death and dismemberment.
Check in online
Checking in online is more of a convenience and time saver than anything else. Although there are no airline fees for checking in at the airport, if you’ve booked online, you can check in as soon as 24 hours before your airplane leaves. It will save you some valuable time in getting through security and to the gate, which will be beneficial in the long run.
Keep your seats, and have a “lap baby”
It’s a good idea, once you have your seat reservations in place, to go ahead and keep them. Many airlines will charge you for changing seats, just as in other changes to your itinerary. Also, if you are traveling with a small child age 2 or under, they are allowed to ride on your lap. Granted, you will have to be their seat belt and protection. However, this is yet another way to save on airfare by saving on seat costs.
Unless you are taking a very long vacation where much baggage is needed, condensing your luggage to overhead bin size will do you well. Luggage put under the plane can range from $15-$30 for 1st and 2nd bags. Airfarewatchdog.com gives a listing of which airlines charged for checked baggage, the size of baggage, and how much for each bag.
The Transportation Security Administration’s limit for carry-on bags includes the dimensions of 22 inches long by 14 inches wide by 9 inches tall. Passengers are allowed one personal item in addition to the carry-on bag.
Bring your own ear buds
If you want to listen to music or watch the movie playing on the airplane’s screen with sound, you’ll need ear buds. Usually earphones cost about $2 apiece, so bringing your own can help you save more pennies.
Probably the most important thing you can do whenever you travel is be prepared. Having some extra cash on hand as well as snacks and water can save you a lot of money before, during and after your flight.