Transcript of "Top 5 tips for getting the best cheap travel deals"
==== ====For the BEST TRAVEL PACKAGES, Check this out:www.travel-with-you.com==== ====So you are in the market for cheap airline tickets, but not sure where to start and how to find thebest travel deals. The reality is that in order to find the cheapest flight fares and schedules youneed to know when and where to look and how to search. Yes, it is that easy, and all you need toknow is several tricks. First of all, do you need a domestic or an international travel ticket?Domestic Air TravelThese can be US domestic flight or flights within Europe, or within any country or other continent.If you are looking great flight deals, you need to know WHERE to look for low airfares. If you arelooking for flights within the US, you may contact local US airlines or travel agencies or look upflights on the online travel search engine.Airlines compete among each other and they can give great flight deals (just know WHEN to look).Travel agencies might also find you great deals. Here is the truth... lately several airlines andseveral large and well known travel agencies started having some issues and several airlinebanned those huge agencies from selling their airline tickets. Therefore, small and specializedagencies still do have very good contracts with major airlines of the world. So, my advise is to lookwho has the best flight deal, not at the size of the agency or the popularity. At the end of the day, itmatters how much you pay for the ticket and that you have a confirmed seat.Most smaller travel agencies have online only booking so they can save YOU money byeliminating staff salaries. Most of the time travel agencies use the same fares as airlines offer(unless negotiated better rates), but usually with 0 commission. Since agencies need to survive,they are forced to add a small service fee on the top of the ticket price. If you do not mind that, callyour travel agent or best of all go online and check flights yourself. If you are traveling withinEurope, you might want to contact a travel agent or search online travel agents websites first. InEurope local travel agencies and agencies outside Europe that specialize in international travel willhave low fares because they use very low so called consolidator fares. This is nothing else, butnegotiated contracts with airlines to sell special very low priced airline tickets.International TravelWhether you live in the US or other country, you travel internationally if you leave your country ofresidence.What concerns transatlantic, transpacific or other between countries international travel, your bestbet is a travel agency. The consolidators will offer you the best fare deals and will find you the bestschedules. Depending on personal preferences, some might prefer talking to a travel agent, whileothers would want to do their own fare search online at their own pace. There is no right or wrong
choice here. As long as you find a flight and a fare that works for you, you succeed. HOW to find atravel agency or a good travel website Always work with the travel agent or travel website thatspecializes in your travel destination or region. For example, if you need to fly from the US toEurope, search for flights to Europe or so. Usually online search will give you best results. Checkseveral websites or call several travel agents and compare the deals.NOTE, you might know lots of huge agencies like Travelocity, Orbitz, etc. They might seemattractive to you because they are big and well known. But they will not always give you the bestflight, hotel or cruise deals. They might be good for US domestic travel, but not always forinternational travel.HOW and WHEN to search for best faresWhere you need a flight, hotel or a cruise, you need to know how to find the best fares and whento look for those. Lets say that you found a travel agent or travel website that specialized in yourtravel destination.5 tips on How to Find your Best Travel Deal:Be Flexible. In order to find lowest price, you might need to be flexible on travel dates,arrival/departure times, airlines, and sometimes destinations. In short, there are different pricelevels for every flight and the only difference is the price and number of seats an airline assigns tothat price level. Therefore, all depends on when you buy a ticket, how popular is the destination,travel season (peak or low), and how full the flight gets.Book domestic travel tickets as early as you can (this applied to some international travel as well).Most domestic airlines have best fares with 21, 14, and 7 day advance purchase. This means thatyou may find lower fares when booking (= purchasing) a flight this many days before the flight.Play with the search. This means that you need to be creative when searching for flights. Checkflights couple days or weeks (if possible) earlier and later, check various airlines, differentconnections (an airline might have several hubs or fly with 1 or several connections), searchbased on price and try searching based on schedule (youll see different results).Check travel package deals. If the purpose of your travel is vacation, instead of booking flights,hotel, and car rental separately, check on travel package rates. Sometimes your total package rateis lower that if you book everything separately.Use miles or points when possible. Apply for airline/ hotel/ car rental, etc. frequent travelerprograms. They are FREE, and you can get lots of benefits. For example, I cannot remember thelast time I paid for a hotel room when Hilton Hotel is in my destination. Check outhiltonhhonors.com website. Go to the airline, car rental, or hotel websites and sign up. The onlydisadvantage of using miles and points is that you need to book your travel early as there is limitednumber of seats for miles or points on the plane and they go fast.If you cannot decide whether to use an airline or a travel agent, here are some suggestions.AIRLINE vs. TRAVEL AGENT/AGENCY WEBSITE Advantages of booking a ticket with an airline:you are talking directly to the carrier, the entity responsible for a flightit may take much less time to deal with the airline directly (if an agent knows his/her job)
airline customers representatives are usually open 24/7Advantages of using travel agents or travel websites:lower negotiated (consolidator) faresmore flight options; travel agents/travel websites search all possible airlines, not just onelow fares available 24/7 given that an agency has a online booking systemPlease send in your comments on how you find your best deals, and I shall be happy to sharethem with the rest of the world. Good luck!Renata M.If you have any questions or looking for information on other travel topics, feel free to contact email@example.com or visit website http://www.faretex.com/Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Renata_M.==== ====For the BEST TRAVEL PACKAGES, Check this out:www.travel-with-you.com==== ====