Senior Citizens: Cut Your Travel Costs

Feb 2nd, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

NYT Ten Ways To Cut Travel Costs , an article by Michelle Higgins, writes that last year was arguably the year of the travel deal, with resorts and airlines practically begging for bookings, and many travelers finding bargain airfares and hotel rooms as a result.

 

But airlines have cut back capacity, meaning there will be fewer seats going unsold, and resorts may not be as quick to cut rates to attract guests, now that the economy looks as if it might be on a slight rebound. So now is the perfect time to review your booking strategy. Here are Higgins’ 10 simple steps you can take to help cut your travel costs in 2010.  

 

Kayak.com has a flexible-dates option (registration is required) and a calendar that shows the best fares found by other Kayak users in the last 48 hours.

 

Bing Travel, the Microsoft search engine, offers a similar option, found under “plan trips,” about halfway down the page.

 

Farecompare.com offers a handy breakdown of the new fees by date, airline and amount. Early-morning and late-night flights may also be cheaper depending on the route. 

 

Sites like Priceline.com, Hotwire.com and Lastminutetravel.com offer deep discounts to travelers willing to pay before learning the names of the hotels, airlines or car rental agencies they’re committing to. 

 

Airlines have long offered to refund the difference in their fares (minus a change fee) in the form of a voucher to customers who ask. Using your confirmation number, Yapta.com will automatically track the price of your ticket, taking the airline’s fees into consideration, and send you, without charge, an e-mail message or Twitter alert notifying you of the lower price. You can then call the airline to claim the credit. 

 

Indagare the next generation of travel wisdom.  The site founder writes… “Indagare arose out of my frustration. As the founding editor of an award winning travel magazine, I planned trips often and felt that there must be a better way to do so. Thanks to the Web, I can do everything from shop for groceries to manage my music online, so why was researching travel so excruciating? I was tired of collecting torn-out pages, digging through notes and tracking down people who really doknow a place and what’s happening there now.  Indagare features distinctive content from field experts, journalists and tastemakers around the world. By being extremely discerning, we simplify your choices, recommending only what we would suggest to our friends—the best, most relevant travel advice for people who have little time but a lot of experience.” jeb 



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