Booking an escape can be just a click away--for most---when choosing which airline will carry them to their destination (though some admittedly will still opt to phone in a reservation). Whatever route you prefer to secure a seat on the airline of choice, knowing which carrier offers the cheapest fees can amount to being a great money saver. Today, airlines tack on fees unbeknownst to many flyers. What can at first appear to be a cheap ticket, when fees are attached, can prove to be a pricey purchase.
By JANISSAVESGuest Blogger
Money Saving Tips
Travel credit cards are great for frequent
travelers because they often come with rewards in the form of
statement credits or frequent flyer miles. They might seem like a
great deal for consumers, but don't let the airlines fool you. Your
travel cards aren't costing the airline any money at all. In fact,
quite the opposite.
Here are a few facts to consider about travel rewards.
You won't believe how airlines actually make
Flying you from place to place seems like a profitable venture for
the average airline company, but there's a better way to make money
these days: frequent flyer miles.
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Tired of revisiting the same old beach year after year on the
routine and always predictable family vacation? Do your all your
trips seem to bleed together in haze of souvenir shops, theme parks
and too much driving? It's time to get away from the typical
rotation of vacation spots and discover something new.
International travel might seem intimidating at first glance, but
there's a whole world beyond crowded waterparks and gaudy tourist
traps--and it's more accessible than you might think.
Just recently Virgin America, opened up services to Chicago and since the price was right and I needed to book tickets for my cousin's wedding, I chose to fly with them.
I'd flown with them before when my older child was almost two years-old and had a great experience. At the time, my daughter was a little sick and instead of having her sit on my lap, they gave me the entire row.
I have to say that this time around, I was a little disappointed with the inconsistency of customer service.
Searching for affordable flights can feel even more overwhelming than the packing and traveling that follow, especially for travelers who aren't satisfied until they know they have paid the absolute rock bottom price. Fortunately, a focused search of five or six websites, plus knowing the fees that can raise airfare costs at the end of your purchase, can lead travelers to the lowest priced online tickets to and from any destination--without spending hours or days to do it.
Let's face it folks, air travel just isn't what it used to be. The pleasure trip to exotic locales or the always exciting family trek from Boston to the Jersey Shore has become more hassle than getaway over the last few years. Unless you pay through the nose for first class seats, most airlines, in an effort to cut costs, treat regular passengers like we're riding steerage on the Titanic. Some of the joys of air travel as we know it now: the lack of meals (unless you are willing to cough up some extra cash to choose from a list of twice frozen entrees), scarcity of blankets and pillows, extra payments for checking even one bag, waiting on the tarmac for hours while the plane finds a gate to dock into, and long lines seemingly every step of the way the moment you enter the airport.
But fear not intrepid dreamer of cloud surfing from days gone by. All is not lost. We do still have certain inalienable rights when flying the friendly skies.
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