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Little tips to reduce the expense of flying
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 04:03:45 PM »
Little tips to reduce the expense of flying

Flying almost always requires the use of someone else’s wings, at least for those of us who don’t have our own jets. That means considering what the carrier you’ve chosen to fly with is offering, and where you can cut those costs down. Many times you’d be surprised at the discounts you can get when flying, but it can be a minefield!

First, always try and deal directly with the airline, or a travel agent first. In the case of the airline, you’ll usually get better rates by asking for them. With a travel agent, you might spend a few pennies more on your ticket, but they’ll do the legwork, and again, usually get you a better rate.

This is because airlines have modernised. Rather than pay fees to online sites like Expedia and Orbitz, they’re keeping those fees for themselves and dealing directly with customers often passing on the savings too.

In fact, some of them will only give you half of the frequent flier miles if you go through discount sites. Also, many airlines don’t even participate in sites like Expedia and Orbitz – instead dealing directly with their clients.

Once you’re checked in through customs, another great way to save is to purchase any drinks you think you’ll want in the duty free shop. They’ll cost much less than beverages on the plane, and you won’t have to worry that they might not have your beverage of choice.

The same could be said for food too although for longer trips and a hot meal, you'll probably have to bite the bullet and buy on board.

How about you? What are your secrets to saving when you fly? Do you use one airline consistently or do you shop around? Who's offering the best deals today? Tell us below, or start a new thread. :)


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