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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Did you know that traveling on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday will save you money on air travel, and that connecting flights are often cheaper than non-stops? And did you know that airlines raise fares for travel during peak holiday periods and for last-minute travel? And were you aware that when shopping you should check fares from all airports that are a short drive from your nearest airport?
In addition, www.Airfarewatchdog.com has gathered some additional advice that might save you money next time you’re shopping for a plane ride.
Airfares fluctuate like the stock market so you need to check them every day, or better still several times a day, if you’re serious about saving money. Airlines can update domestic fares three times a day during the week, and once on Saturday and Sunday. International fares tend not to change as often, but can be updated up to 5 times daily. Also, even if the fare itself hasn’t changed, seat availability at the lowest fares can change, so there might be just one seat available at 10 a.m., but the airline will open up more cheap seats later in the day.
If you’re at all flexible, you can sometimes save hundreds by adjusting your travel dates. Travelocity will search most domestic fares and many international ones over a 330 day search period; Orbitz and Hotwire cover nearly all routes from the U.S., but only over 30 day periods. Southwest.com also has a good .
I know you probably get too many emails, but this one could save you dollars.
Most airfare web sites offer these, and they all have something to offer. lets you track your specific itinerary, down to the flight number and dates of travel, and will let you know if the airline owes you a price-drop refund. Travelocity’s easy-to-use lets you track up to ten routes and you can choose to be notified either when a fare goes down by $25 or more, or when it goes below a price you choose. Orbitz and Kayak also offer alerts, as does Bing Travel. But since all of these sites use the same airfare data provided by the airlines’ computer systems, they won’t include discounted promo code fares, and most don’t include Southwest Airlines. Airfarewatchdog.com promo code and Southwest alerts, although it covers far fewer routes than the above-mentioned sites.
Some airlines have “private” sales, reserving their very best fares for their own sites. These are different from promo code fares. Airfarewatchdog fare searchers often find lower fares on JetBlue.com, even without discounts such as a recent system-wide 20 percent off promo code, than on third-party sites. International airlines such as Aer Lingus, Iberia and Qantas regularly offer lower fares (i.e., $100-$400 less) on their own web sites compared to what you’ll find on Kayak or Orbitz.
If you don’t have a 7, 14, or 21 day advance purchase window to buy your fare, your best bet is the “name your own price” feature of Priceline.com. True, you won’t know the exact flight times or airline you’re flying until to pay for your trip, but you can save 50 percent or more.
If you’re flying to a destination in Europe, you might save money by purchasing one fare from the U.S. to, say, Dublin, and another from Dublin onward.
Currently, the “nice” airlines are JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska.
Airlines are unpredictable creatures. With that in mind any airfare expert who claims he knows that airfares will be lower or higher in the coming months is just trying to snag some publicity. No one can accurately predict where airfares are heading.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Sunday, August 16, 2009
The US Coast Guard built a lighthouse on this point due to the fact that over 400 shipwrecks had occurred here or nearby.
Friday, August 14, 2009
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In many countries the local or national taxes you pay on certain goods will be refunded to you at customs, as long as you fill out the proper forms, save your receipts, and document your purchases.
Check with the tourist board, and for major purchase, double-check with the merchant you're dealing with.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It’s best to know the up-to-date rules for airport security and be prepared to follow them. Not sure what they are? Go to the TSA web site for some good tips.
How many times have I heard "Why can't I take my 20 oz. bottle of soda with me?" Know the rules about liquids and gels. Remember 3 oz./100 ml or less is ok...more is not, regardless of how expensive the product. Did you know pudding is considered a liquid?
But what might catch you off-guard are some simple items that are prohibited entirely: gel shoe inserts and snow globes are absolutely prohibited from carry-on luggage. Who would have guessed that?
It seems everyone wants to be a carry-on traveler. Put things that security might want to double-check in your personal item, purse or briefcase. Since it’s usually a smaller bag things are easier to find. This might include your ipod, mobile phone, anything else electronic or that has a cord, and your bag of liquids and gels.
You'll still have to take your laptop out of its case and put that into a separate bin, but if you have all your other things segregated into a single, smaller bag, it will make your life easier.
Shoes and Jackets
Shoes and Jackets
Flip-flops make a lot of sense at the airport security line. They're easy to take off to send though the x-ray. Best of all, you won't have to sit down to put them back on. Shoes are the big time-consuming obstacle at security for most people, so it does make some sense to wear shoes that are easy to remove and put back on.
Since jackets have to be put through the x-ray machine, it might make more sense to pack your jacket or cardigan in your carry-on bag. And if you are wearing a belt you could pack it in your bag. You can always put it back on later.
The time to keep your collection of coins, two money clips, and a bunch of keys is not in your pocket when you are getting ready to board a flight. And even though they look good, it is not the time to wear seven metal bracelets.
Simplify your experience, and that of those behind you, by taking off your watch and metal jewelry and taking your change from your pockets before you go through the security line. You could put all your metal in a zipped pocket in your carry-on and then send it through the x-ray machine. This process also makes it harder for thieves if everything is put safely away deep in your carry-on.
Keep your wallet safely in your pocket or purse. Unless you're carrying a piece of metal, it won't set off the detector.
ID and Boarding Pass
ID and Boarding Pass
You need to show only two things to get through security at the airport…your government-issued photo ID and your boarding pass. If you don't have both of these things handy, then perhaps you should stand aside before entering the line.
Once you reach the metal detector, you only need your boarding pass. On domestic flights they no longer check your ID again at the gate at U.S. airports. Before boarding an international flight you will need your passport. Some other countries have secondary security checks at the gate, and in these places you may have to produce your ID again.