Increasingly tight budgets are forcing travelers to suf for cheaper air tickets. This is true for individuals who travel for leisure and want to spend less on tickets so they have cash once they reach their destination. Businesses that routinely pay for employees to travel also need to pay less for airfare. Corporate budgets have been reduced in recent years because of the economy. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to make sure you save money on your airline tickets.
Planning ahead is something you should always do unless making last minute arrangements is your only option. Otherwise, you should be able to buy tickets in advance so you get great prices. Try to fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays whenever possible. Even if you get to your destination early, you will have saved significant money. Saving lots of money but spending a little time looking is a worthwhile tradeoff for most people.
There are two ways to do this. You can sign up for electronic newsletters or mobile alerts so you know when new offers, coupons, and discounts are available for your review. In particular, you want to be able to tell when prices increase or decrease so you can plan accordingly. Airlines offer this information directly or, if you prefer, you can sign-up for this service through any site that provides ticket information from multiple airlines.
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Everyone is used to the idea that, if you don’t own a big ticket item, you can still get one even though you don’t have the cash to buy. This may involve a loan or some other credit arrangement, or you can rent. We have moved from a society in which people used to save until they could afford to buy, to one where you can satisfy your wishes instantly with a good credit score and proof of your identity. When it comes to vehicles, it’s either been a case of talking nicely to neighbors to borrow their car in an emergency or go to a rental agency. Now we have moved beyond the carpooling arrangements into car-sharing. This is both good news and bad. At a community level, there are an increasing number of self-help groups who are making their vehicles available to each other. At the top end of the market, established renters like Hertz are making vehicles available on demand. New organizations like Zipcar also leave vehicles in designated places and anyone with a card can get in and drive them away.
The established renters are simply using the existing fleet in a more flexible way to generate money. Satisfactory insurance cover is already in place. But problems have been emerging in the less formal market. If you put your own vehicle into a pool and anyone can drive it, what happens to your own insurance cover? The answer is simple. If you do this on a regular basis and you are paid, this is a commercial use. As a private owner, this invalidates your policy. Read more...
Drivers are always looking for good deals and affordable rates. Rental rates often seem somewhat mysterious. Myriad factors are included in the rate calculation used by car rental companies. The more you know about the different rate factors, the better prepared you are to negotiate with your current rental agency or simply find a new one that offers more competitive rates.
You will be assessed a fee when you reserve your rental. It is possible that you may still have pay the fee, which will be charged to the credit card that was used for the reservation, if you cannot follow through on the reservation. Some agencies drop the fee if you honor your reservation while others add it to your bill.
Each rental company calculates their fees differently. Some base rates on distance traveled while other rental vehicles by the hour. Fuel expenses may or may not be included in the fee structure. If you plan to drive in areas deemed to be high-risk by the rental agency, you will have higher rates.
Taxes and Surcharges
Added to your rental fees, these can be the hardest to understand. You may have multiple taxes depending on the particular rental agency as well as its location. Even if you ask for clarification, the counter representative may not be able to fully explain the surcharges. Do not accept a vague response. If they do not know why a particular charge is included, ask them to remove it. Read more...
In the current economy, travelers actively seek ways to save money. Cheap air tickets are the top of their list as this is often the greatest expense of travelling. There are several ways you can find these tickets that allow you to save money so you have more cash to spend when you reach your destination.
Employ a Travel Agency
Travel agents are experts at finding low airfare and the best routes for travelers. But they are not free which means you will have to pay for the benefit of their expertise. This can be money well spent or a complete waste of your resources depending on the outcome. If you already have a relationship with a travel agent, you may be able to get discounts on their fees for being a loyal customer.
Check Airline Websites
This is not a bad option if you are loyal to a particular airline. If you are, there is no sense in looking at tickets available through other airlines. You can use your airline’s website to find inexpensive tickets and to reserve your seat. Airlines typically offer discounts to frequent flyers and loyal customers. And you can find last minute deals on their website.
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Since most teens are excited to drive, and to show their friends their new ride, there is a very high possibility that your teen will be driving around town more often than you expect him to. Parents must remember that the more their kids drive, the higher the chances of them getting into accidents. So how do you make sure that your teen becomes a safe driver?
Restricted Driving Privileges
Many parents fail to have a parent-teen driving contract where parents lay down the rules on when their teens can drive or not drive. For example, parents can tell their teen that they are not allowed to drive during the night or during adverse weather conditions. You can also limit where your child can go i.e. being only able to drive to and from school and his part time job – you make the rules.
Don’t Drink And Drive
Tell your child to not drink and drive. In fact, you should prohibit your teen from drinking alcohol. You should put your foot down on this one but make your teen understand that it is for his own good.
Set A Good Example
If you are still teaching your teen how to drive, it is a good idea to set an example. After all, you are his greatest influence and you not abiding by traffic regulations will only make him think that he doesn’t have to as well. Read more...