We recently came across these time-and-money tips in Condé Nast Traveler magazine. After perusing it carefully, we realized there’s information that may be of value to our readers – so, we’ve decided to excerpt it for you.
Time It Right: Fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.
(1) Traveling on off-peak days and times means lower fares and a greater chance of snagging those elusive mileage-award seats. Instead of a Thursday-Sunday or Friday-Monday trip, you can save money by flying Saturday-Tuesday.
(2) Buy airline tickets midday on Tuesday. Purchase a domestic ticket on a Tuesday between noon and 3 pm. Airlines tend to have fare sales on Monday nights or Tuesday mornings. Translation: By 3 pm on the East coast and by noon Pacific time.
(3) Why not stay over Sunday? Many hotels get Friday-Saturday night bookings from leisure travelers and Monday-Friday traffic from business travelers, so there’s a void on Sunday night – which increases your chances of an upgrade. You can book Saturday-Sunday or Sunday-Monday.
Find the Hidden Deals: Carry Credit Cards That Earn You Elite Status.
(4) Receive special rates and perks by carrying one airline-branded and one hotel-branded card that will help you attain and keep elite status. Make sure that at least one of those cards has no foreign-purchase fee (Visa or MasterCard are more widely accepted overseas than American Express).
(5) Be sure your travel agent is a “top producer” because those who send the most travelers to a hotel or cruise line get the greatest number of perks, e.g., comp meals, free upgrades, etc.