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Most Americans and Canadians look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas mainly because these are among the few times of the year they get to spend with their families. The combination of family reunions and delicious food makes these holidays truly enjoyable. Probably the only spoiler for the festive mood is the expensive cost of airfare around these days.

Fortunately, there are ways by which you can avoid spending too much and still manage to fly home to spend the holidays with your loved ones. Here are some tips that can help you save money on air travel during the holidays.

1. Book your Flight Early

You usually can get great discounts if you book a flight at the very last minute. In order to fill up all empty seats, airlines offer lower prices on tickets in the last few hours before a flight’s departure. Obviously, this is not going to be the case during holidays. In fact, it will be practically impossible to book a last-minute flight during these times. Make your holiday plans and book your flight as early as you can. This will give you more options and ensure that you do get home for the holidays. In addition, you can avail of early bird discounts that some airlines offer.

2. Wait for Airline Promos and Discounts

In some cases, early booking does not always mean better deals. For this reason, it pays to observe the airfare rates of the airline you are planning to fly with. You can monitor the ticket prices online and you can easily see if the prices are going down or not. Get your timing right and make an online booking when you see that the prices are not going to get any lower.

3. Volunteer to Get Bumped

During the holidays, it is very common for flights to be overbooked. In these situations, some passengers may have to be bumped to a later flight. Obviously, this can be a huge hassle but if you are not on a strict schedule, you can take this as an opportunity to save on airfare. You can volunteer to be bumped and negotiate for something in return. It can be a free first class upgrade or a nice discount on your next airfare. Most airlines will be very willing to accommodate whatever request you may have.

4. Consider Alternate Flights

You may be used to flying with certain airlines or arriving in certain airports but it wouldn’t hurt to check out other options. For example, there might be another flight that lands in a nearby airport. The drive from the airport may be longer but if the flight costs considerably less, that is certainly an option you should consider.

5. Arrive Early

The closer it is to the actual holiday, the more expensive the tickets get. So if you can fly home earlier, the better for you financially. Plus, this will give you a little more time with your family.

6. Bring your own Snacks

In the flurry of packing and rushing home during the holidays, few people take the time to pack food for the flight home. They end up buying expensive food on the plane or in the airport. To avoid this unnecessary expense, you can simply pack your own food and save a huge amount of money.

All You Can Jet With JetBlue

All You Can Jet With JetBlue

Unlimited Travel or Unlimited Chaos?


This website is all about traveling abroad and living overseas, but we also like to focus on the latest news and recent travel deals that pop up. It seems there are new seemingly sparkling deals popping up everyday, and we will do our best to keep you up to date on them. However, as with everything travel related we like to look a things with a “what’s the catch” attitude, and this definitely applies to JetBlue’s “All You Can Jet for $599” promotion.

What is the All You Can Travel Pass?

First let us break down exactly that this unlimited travel pass offers, and then we will move onto our pessimistic analysis. Basically this all you can travel for $599 deal allows you to book as many trips as you can to any of the destinations that JetBlue serves. All tickets have to be purchased before August 21st, and the good news is that if you have already bought a ticket you can exchange it right now for a pass.

All the travel you want, hardly any limitations and for just $599? Best airline deal we have seen in a long time right? Not so fast.

Ok, to be fair I am not going to pick this all you can jet deal apart………… completely. If you are a business traveler that meets clients and has a few meetings a week in different places, this is probably the best deal that has come out for awhile. However, if you are planning a quick trip to visit family then you are probably far better off just buying your average ticket and heading out on your way. Why? What if I want UNLIMITED travel because it seems to offer so much?

Get Used to This with Unlimited Travel

Get Used to This with Unlimited Travel

The Travel Window is Closing FAST


Here is the first problem, the travel window. The exclusive JetBlue deal only lasts for one month. From September 8th until October 8th, that’s it. Hey, that’s fine if you want to take a month of work and visit friends or take a tour of MLB ballparks. The problem is that it’s already mid August! Thanks a million for all the warning you gave us JetBlue. I don’t know how easy it is for JetBlue employees to book a month off of work with just three weeks warning, but I am pretty confident it doesn’t work that way for the rest of us.

Now I am not saying this is a scam or a sham or anything of that sort. In fact it really is a brilliant idea from JetBlue. September and October are considered the “dead season” for air travel as vacationers tend to be going back to school, sending their kids back to school, or just generally focusing on other things. So this is really just a marketing plan to try and get people back in the air at a time where they choose to stay away from the friendly skies.

Business to Business Travel with JetBlue

JetBlue is also obviously targeting business travelers with this unlimited travel deal. All scepticism aside, if you travel for business and jump from place to place then this deal with probably save you money. However, that brings me to my next little issue with the JetBlue deal.

ABC News came out with a story about the JetBlue Unlimited Travel deal and informed us all that a flight from New York to San Francisco was around $350. This got a lot of people excited about the deal as they could take two trips and end up saving money. I have to wonder if JetBlue paid ABC to trumpet that information about. If you look closer at the destinations that JetBlue offers, there are a very limited number of cities they fly to, and quite a few have fares of under $100. That means you will have to book 6 of those flights within a one month period just to break even. Personally I wouldn’t want to take 6 different flights in one month unless someone was paying me. (Insert shameless plug here-I will travel my A*$ off if someone wants to donate)

While JetBlue Unlimited Travel Cause Lineups Like This?

While JetBlue Unlimited Travel Cause Lineups Like This?

Unlimited Travel isn’t ALL Bad


This unlimited travel deal from JetBlue is not all bad. Maybe I am just being a cynic and being too hard. If you have a month off work and want to hop around from destination to destination, this is an excellent opportunity. If you find yourself flying to and fro on business, then visit JetBlue and book a pass. I just want to protect the people whose eyes are bigger their itineraries. I am worried about how many people will actually be able to take advantage of the deal compared to how many will purchase it on a whim, and then realize how much travel has to be done in such a short time in order to save.

If you are spontaneous and love to travel, jump all over this. I am just saying that you will definitely want to be prepared, plan out a hardcore itinerary, and do all your research before buying the JetBlue unlimited travel pass. A vacation and traveling shouldn’t be stressful. Booking back to back flights all month long in order to get your money’s worth might leave you more stressed out than when you booked time off. You may end up calling JetBlue back and booking a vacation……..after your vacation.  Maybe that’s the ploy? Maybe JetBlue is trying to make you work your tail off and travel full time so that you will be desperate for a longer, all inclusive style vacation, and spend thousands.

If you end up booking the all you can jet deal, please let me know. I wanna know your itinerary, what you planned, where you are headed or whether or not you really think it was a deal.

Avoid Throwing Money Away By Comparison Shopping for Airfare

Avoid Throwing Money Away By Comparison Shopping for Airfare

There are two things that everyone loves; finding great deals and going on vacation. That is what makes saving money on a travel package and booking a cheap vacation so exhilarating. That feeling you get when you are sitting on an airplane, looking around at the other vacationers, and knowing that the majority of them paid more than you, is heavenly. Sure maybe it is a little conceded and a little vein to think that way, but hey you found a deal, bask in the glory.  Don’t think that anyone else in your position wouldn’t be feeling the same way.

 

Now you may love that feeling, but you have to know that airlines are bitter when they see you with that “I saved money” smile. Well, we here at BankableTravel don’t really care how bitter they get, or how much they judge us. We are in this for travelers, just like you. We want to see more “I saved money” smiles and less “I am going to have to re-mortgage the house when I get home,” frowns on airplanes. With that said, here are 5 travel secrets that Airlines do not want you to know about. Read up on these five fast facts, use them when booking a flight, and your chances for scoring a better deal on your next vacation are sure to increase, meaning we did our job.

 
Airfare Saving Secret #1-Low Cost Airlines don’t always offer Low Cost Fares

 
 There are a number of airlines out there that are known for being discount airlines that offer no frills service and packages. Without getting into names you already know who they are. However due to the steady competition in the market many big time airlines have been forced to match the prices that the smaller companies have offered. Don’t always assume that budget prices will be offered by budget airlines, and make sure you do as much comparison shopping as you can. This isn’t to say great deals aren’t offered by discount airlines, we just don’t want you to make any assumptions.

 
 Airfare Saving Secret #2—Mix and Match Makes Sense

 
What a lot of people do not realize is how much money can be saved by mixing and matching fights, especially if you are thinking of jumping on a plane last minute. The problem comes into play when you realize that these massively discounted airfares may not be headed to your desired destination. Well, that may not be as big of a problem as you think. Consider if you are looking to take a trip to Miami from New York. There may be no deals whatsoever for the direct route and you may think you will have to pay full price. However you can actually use two completely separate airlines to book two different round trip tickets to get there. There may be a discounted last minute flight from New York to Tennessee and another deal on a round trip flight from Tennessee to Miami. Stack them together and you can fully take advantage of last minute airfare deals, thanks to a little creativity. In fact, most airlines will even switch your bags over to another airline free of charge, just make sure you inquire about it before handing off your valuables.

 
Airfare Saving Secret #3- Taxes are a Killer

 
We have all done it before. You find an incredible deal online that comes in at a staggeringly good price for a roundtrip. You grab your credit card, call your best friend, and move onto the booking process. As you are punching in your daunting credit card numbers you realize the full price has doubled, almost even tripled. Did you get that sinking feeling? Yeah, we know all about it. From fuel charges, security fees, and anything else the airlines feel like throwing at you, it is not uncommon to pay more for taxes than for the actual airfare. This is unavoidable, but still an excellent rule to keep in mind when comparison shopping. A lot of travel websites do not show the applicable add-ons until the final stage of booking.  There are more than a few travelers that have passed over better deals and booked more expensive airfare after being fooled by the last minute tax hike. When you are comparing airfare prices, take the extra time to click through until the final stage of booking so you understand the true value of the ticket.

 

Airfare Saving Secret #4- Cookies can Pack on Pounds…….and Airfare Prices

 
Cookies are not just a diet killer, they can also hold you back from finding the best available deals. Most popular websites these days use cookies (text files) and plant them on your hard drive in order to keep track of your online movement. This keeps track of all your information and makes it easier for you to save your billing address and preferences. The problem is that these cookies remember the airfare prices you are looking for. So if you searched for a roundtrip flight to Bali last week and then come back to see if the price went down, the cookies might show you the same results from before. This can keep you out of the loop when it comes to decreases in fares, but the solution is quite simple. If you do not mind reentering your information, delete and clear your cookies on your browser every time you want to perform a new search. May seem annoying and tedious, but could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

 
Airfare Saving Secret #5- Not all Major Travel Web Sites are Created Equal

 

This is a common mistake that people make, yet travelers continue to do it. Too many of us just assume that the same rates will be available on all the major travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and so on. The truth is that each site, even the lesser known ones, does their own negotiations and will have exclusive deals for certain locations. Your best bet is to check all the sites individually, even though the site will offer to search a number of sites at the same time for you. On top of this, airlines are noticing the amount of business that these websites are getting. Accordingly they are starting to offer exclusive deals on their own sites that may be better than anything you can find offered on sites full of so called “travel experts”.

 
The bottom line here is that airfares are changing all the time. Prices can change as many as three or four times a day and it is your job to keep on top of them. There are a number of travel websites and resources that you can use to your advantage but you can get the most out of them by comparison shopping all the time. Sales are abundant and are waiting for you to find them; you just have to be willing to put in the extra time. Keeping these airfare saving secrets in mind and simply knowing the rules should go a long way in helping you find the best airfare prices, and plane tickets, available at the time.

 
Good luck and happy travels.

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Find Money Where You Least Expect It

Find Money Where You Least Expect It

This is a quick hit for today, but one of the most worthwhile posts if you are looking to save money on an upcoming vacation. This is in no way a promotion, no way a shameless gimmick, and we are in no way benefiting from this. The simple fact is that Yapta.com can potentially save you a ton of money on your next vacation, and have you sipping pina coladas with all the leftover cash you bank.

A Shameless Trick to Save Money on Travel

When you book a vacation this summer, or anytime for that matter, you should immediately hop online and register your airline confirmation with Yapta. It will instantly and automatically track your ticket and the price that you paid and notify you if the price drops at any time. If, and when, the price of your ticket drops in price all you need to do is call the airline, notify them that you are aware of the price drop, and you will be given a refund for the difference. Better yet, if you are feeling crunched for time, or just do not want to deal with the airline, Yapta will call them for you for a fee of $15.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Thousands of sites online promise to save you money and cut costs for traveling but cannot deliver. There are an infinite amount of blatant self promotions and sites that are really just in it for a quick buck, or are just a pure waste of time. Even if you have a little crush on a certain travel website you can still use it, and then use Yapta to save money AFTER you purchase. On top of all that the site also allows you to monitor certain airfare costs, and keep your eye on anything that might drop abnormally low. What’s better than jumping on a last minute vacation and saving hundreds? Not much.

So What is the Catch with Yapta?

As with everything in life there are catches. The thing is that Yapta doesn’t cost a single cent so you do not have much to loss. However, there are some things to keep in mind. If there is a decline in price you have to act quickly to get your credit just in case the price goes back up. (But this rarely happens)Also, in some instances you may be forced to pay a certain airline fee when changing your flight details which can easily cut into your savings. Even still, you really do not have anything to lose.

An Average Savings of $300?

There are reports online and in certain prestigious publications that claim that Yapta saves its average user $300, but that may be a bit of an exaggeration. All in all, there are a number of people who feel that Yapta is too good to be true, (can’t blame them) and there are faults. But how judgmental or skeptical can you be of a service that is completely free? Try it out. If it works you will be skipping on the beach in no time, knowing that you spent less than everyone else there. If it doesn’t work you can always drown your sorrows with a Margarita on the beach. Just remember to barter with the merchants in the market. You do not need Yapta to save money there.

If Yapta works for you be sure to drop us a line, or vice versa. We can save a lot more money on travel together than any one person can alone.

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