A critical part of the travel budget is transportation, which often includes the fare. The thrifty traveler does not just keep an eye on the internet for discounted flights. He or she is looking for more creative ways to cover travel expenses.
Using Free Stop Overs
When the husband and I traveled to Australia for the first time, we flew with Air New Zealand. Why? Because the airline offered a free stopover at its hub in New Zealand. We had never seen the country and wanted to travel it anyway. That way we did not have to pay for the return flight.
The second time we traveled to Australia, we flew Air Tahiti Nui. As you guessed, this airline offered a free stopover in Tahiti on the way back or forth. Another place we always wanted to visit.
Free stopovers are an advantage that some airlines offer openly. Hidden cities are not only uncrowded, but actively discouraged by the airlines. For the frugal traveler, however, they can be a big savings.
An example of this is a trip from New York to Las Vegas. Sometimes a flight from New York to Los Angeles is cheaper, although the same flight stops in Las Vegas to pick up more passengers. So, what's to stop the frugal traveler from getting out early at the destination he or she really wants to visit?
A few things … The baggage will be sent to the destination with the ticket, so this trick is for passengers only. The flyer must also remember that the return ticket should begin at its actual destination.
For the flexible, uncomplicated traveler, toasting on a flight is like winning the travel lottery. Compensation is usually granted and allows other people who really need it to reach their destination in a timely manner.
Travelers familiar with the rules know the fees offered (check the airline's website), know the next flights (be careful of airlines flying once a week), and weigh this against the pain of plan interference. The husband and I always decide, before we arrive at the airport (early, so we can hand over the boarding pass), whether it's worth it or not. So we can be the first to offer our seats.
There are several ways to increase the likelihood of an accident. The easiest way is to book an already full flight (usually one flight later in the day).
Air travel does not have to break a travel budget. With some monitoring of discount pages and some creativity, the thrifty traveler can get more for less.