2,000 on their 2017 summer vacations, according to Allianz Travel Insurance. Depending on how you travel, though, you could cut back on your expenses. All you need to do is avoid some potentially costly mistakes when you’re planning your trip. Holly Johnson is an avid traveler. The freelance writer and co-owner of Club Thrifty spends roughly 12 weeks a year traveling the globe on a budget. As a result, she’s discovered several mistakes that lead to increased travel costs.
Here are some she’s noticed, along with a few of our own. “Loyalty to one airline doesn’t really pay off these days,” said Johnson. What’s more, putting all your miles in one frequent flier program can make it difficult to find award flights when you need them. “There’s nothing wrong with racking up airline miles via co-branded credit cards or paid flights, but you should try to keep your options open as much as you can,” Johnson said.
To get a good co-branded credit card, focus on airlines you frequently use, either because they usually offer inexpensive flights or because they have a hub close to where you live. But remember to keep an open mind when it comes time to book your trip. And for the record, the same goes for hotels.
If you have children, you’ve probably noticed that you and most of your friends usually travel when the kids are out of school and over holidays. The only problem is everyone else has the same idea, and the travel industry knows it. Since the demand is so high, airlines, hotels, and car rental companies tend to charge higher prices during these times. So, if you can get away with traveling during off-peak times, you could save money. To help, FareCompare shares the cheapest days to fly domestically and from the U.S.
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