A critical part of the travel budget is transportation, and this often includes airline tickets. The modest traveler no longer uses the internet attention because of discount flights. He is looking for more creative ways to stretch your travel dollars.
Using a free stop
When Hubby and I first traveled to Australia, we flew Air New Zealand. Why? Because the airline offered a free stop at their hub in New Zealand. We had never seen the land and planned to visit it anyway. This way, we didn't have to pay for plane tickets to and from.
The second time, we traveled to Australia, we flew Air Tahiti Nui. That airline offered, you guessed it, a free stop on Tahiti, on the way to or back. Another place we've always wanted to visit.
Free transfer traffic is a benefit openly offered by some airlines. Hidden cities are not only advertised but also actively discourage airlines. However, they can be great savings for the thrifty traveler.
An example is a trip from New York to Las Vegas. Sometimes a flight from New York to Los Angeles is cheaper, though the same flight stops in Las Vegas to pick up more passengers. So, what is to prevent a frugal traveler from leaving early, to a destination he or she really wants to visit?
A few things … The luggage will be sent to the designated destination, so this trick is for travelers only. Also the flyer must keep in mind that the return ticket should start at its actual destination.
We get hit
For the flexible and easy traveler, flying a flight is like winning a travel lottery. There is usually a fee and you allow someone else who really needs to get to their destination on time.
Travelers who know the rules know the compensation that is offered (check the carrier's website), know the next flights (be careful of the carriers with flights once a week) and can evaluate this in relation to the pain of disrupted plans. Hubby and I always decide before arriving at the airport (so we have a boarding pass) whether it's worth it or not. That way we can be the first to offer their seats.
There are ways to increase the likelihood of someone being hit, the easiest way is to book an already full flight (usually a flight later in the day).
Air travel does not have to cost the travel budget. With a little monitoring of discount websites and some creativity, a thrifty traveler can get more for less.