8 Insider Secrets to Booking Cheap Airfare Travel plans are calling for more belt-tightening than usual these days, making budget vacations extremely desirable. But such trips aren't possible if you pay too much for airfare. And unless you know where to look, finding affordable flights can be a huge hassle. "For the airlines, it's about getting you to pay the most you're willing to pay, which is the opposite of what the consumer wants," says Joe Brancatelli, publisher of the travel website JoeSentMe.com. With summer right around the corner, U.S. Book six weeks in advance. Scan for morning deals. Best time to buy: Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Cheapest day to fly: Wednesday. Fly out early. Check low-cost airlines individually. Sign up for free alerts on AirfareWatchdog.com.
Great Festivals of the World Festivals. A place where people looking to have a great time can dance, listen to great music, celebrate, party, have fun, and relax. They happen all over the world for many different reasons. Some celebrate religion, some the new year, some art, some the harvest- whatever the reason, every month, somewhere in the world, you’ll find people descending on a location to celebrate and share a common experience. Carnival (February) Carnival is a giant party held right before the Christian holiday of Lent. Holi (March) Holi is a Hindu holiday celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March and glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land. Songkran (Mid-April) Thai New Year is one of the most fun events I’ve ever been to. Bay to Breakers (May) The Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace which takes place in San Francisco, California on the third Sunday of May. Glastonbury (June) Every summer in June, Pilton, England becomes the stage for one of the largest music festivals in the world.
Find Cheap Flights to Asia: Tips on When to Buy, When to Fly, Where to Go Signup for Airfare Alerts There are numerous popular destinations in Asia, but most flyers from the U.S. head for (or transit through) one of these three nations, listed in order of popularity: Japan, South Korea and China. See if your favorite Asian country made the “most popular” list in the chart I created based on FareCompare data (below). Listen as FareCompare’s Anne McDermott talks to Hong Kong-based Andrew Demaria, Editor-in-Chief of CNNGo.com about the best (and cheapest) places in Asia, plus top spots for shopping, dining and fun. Shop Five Months Ahead On international flights, airlines typically release their cheapest seats about five and a half months before departure; don’t buy your airline tickets to Asia before then, or you could pay more than you have to. As far as airfare sales to Asia, they are much less common than U.S. domestic sales, and highly route-specific, but the earlier you begin shopping, the better your chances of finding a sale. Best Time to Fly to Asia
Round the World Tickets Dream of flying around the world? Enjoy a day in Prague and then show up for dinner in Paris. Why not visit a tailor in Hong Kong for next week’s business luncheon in Mexico City? Now there’s a better way to actually make it happen. With SkyTeam’s Go Round the World, you’ll only need one ticket to fly around the globe. Use the Round the World Planner to plan and book your trip. To start the Round the World Planner, click on the button below. After building your itinerary you can easily book your dream-trip on-line through a few clicks. Choose from 1,064 destinations in 178 countriesGo at your own pace, from 10 days up to 1 yearMake 3 to 15 stops*Easy, convenient on-line reservationsFewer restrictions on how you travelEarn frequent flyer milesEasy fares, regardless of season 1,064 destinations in 178 countries Plan your personal Round the World travel itinerary with one of the world’s largest alliance networks. Go at your pace, from 10 Days to 1 Year More stops to explore
Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets: Secrets to Finding Cheap Flights If you like to travel and like to save money, this is the column for you. I'm about to explain some of the elements involved in the complicated business of airfare pricing. It may sound dull, but it's not; if anything, it's kind of weird how the whole system works, but that's the way it is. And the more you know about this system, the easier it is for you to find cheap flights every time you shop. Seems only fair. So let's level the playing field a bit, okay? For more air travel news and insights visit Rick's blog at: Here are the five things you should know to score cheap flights: 1. Did you know that on most planes, passengers pay ten different prices for their tickets? Which means you have to grab the good deals the moment they are available. The Best Airfare Deals Plus, word of good deals spreads like lightning via Twitter and Facebook, so when you see a good deal, you have to jump. And speaking of jumping, that brings us to… 2. Best Days to Buy Airfare 3.
The Universal Packing List - StumbleUpon Leisure / Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light (One Bag)! A beginner's guide to Eurail & European rail passes | Buy a Eurail pass online This is a one-stop independent guide to choosing, buying & using a European railpass, either a Eurail pass for overseas visitors or an InterRail pass if you live in Europe. It aims to answer all the regular questions, such as railpasses versus point-to-point tickets, which railpass to buy, how railpasses work, when you need to pay supplements, and how to make reservations with a railpass. Railpass information on this & other pages... Why explore Europe by train rather than plane, car or bus? The quick guide to European railpasses - How do railpasses work? Rail pass or point-to-point tickets? Rail passes for UK & European residents Rail passes for overseas visitors to Europe InterRail passes, the rail pass for European residents Eurail passes, the railpass for overseas visitors How do Eurail passes work? Will I need to make reservations or pay extra fees? How to buy your rail pass 1st versus 2nd class Luggage arrangements & left luggage at stations Sleepers & couchettes on overnight trains
The Cheapest Time of Year to Fly: During “Dead Zones” Ever fly during the “dead zones”? If not, you’re missing out on the cheapest time of year to fly. It’s a great way to save some money and get cheap airline tickets. What exactly is a dead zone? I think the term originated with Stephen King’s novel of the same name – about a psychic schoolteacher “who spun the wheel of fortune and won a trip into the dead zone.” Travel expert Chris McGinnis discusses dead zones and scoring cheaper airline tickets on a recent Ask Rick Podcast. Dead Zones = Discounts Dead zones are truly unpopular travel periods recognized in the air travel industry as “dead” because not many people choose to fly during these times. The first two weeks of December (between the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush)Most of January (after the New Year’s travel period)Spring and fall (exception: the traditional “spring break” weeks in March/April) And here’s an example of the money you can save: Just last week I went on my favorite website (yes, that would be FareCompare!)
How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve
Are Eurail Passes a Giant Scam or Do They Save You Money? Every two years, I use a train pass to ride the rails of Europe in an effort to answer the most important question travelers have on the subject: do these passes actually save you money or are they a giant waste of time? Back in 2011, I found that rail passes were worth the cost if you took lots of long distance passes. Since two years had passed, I once again got a pass from Rail Europe, and journeyed from Lisbon to Berlin to see if the passes still had were a good deal for travelers. Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard from fellow travelers that passes have gotten harder to use due to limited seat availability and increased fees. It used to be that you could buy a rail pass, hop on a train, and go wherever you wanted. And if you needed a reservation for the seat, it didn’t matter whether you had a pass or not — if there was a seat on the train, you got it. Under these new constraints, I wanted to see if rail passes still make financial sense. The Math: How Much I Spent Maybe.