Tips to Save on a Spring Trip -- Savings Experiment

Tips to Save on a Spring Trip
Tips to Save on a Spring Trip

Spring is here and without all the pricey flight costs. Fortunately this season, there are some easy ways to cut down on your airfare.

First, if sand and surf isn't a requirement, look into some popular winter-destinations to take advantage of great end-of-season markdowns. Cities like Denver, Vancouver, Salt Lake City and Montreal are known for their scenic beauty, have a lot more to offer in than pristine ski slopes. Plus, since many vacationers will be headed to crowded beach-resorts, you'll be able to reap in the savings with off-peak rates.

Next, when looking for flights, try expanding your search to include alternate airports to potentially lower your airfare. For instance, Long Beach Airport is only a 30-minute drive from LAX, but the average ticket price there is over 50 percent cheaper. While costs will vary depending on where you're going, checking every nearby airport before you book your ticket can really pay off.

Lastly, since timing is everything, always review your calendar when planning your spring trip. According to Hooper.com, traveling during the weeks of March 16 and March 23 could be up to 35 percent more expensive. Booking your tickets at least 15 days in advance is also important -- waiting until the last minute could cost you up to 60 percent more.

Another tip: if you can, avoid flying on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, since those days tend to be the most expensive, and be sure to use sites like Kayak.com to compare flight costs before you buy. Remember, your airfare doesn't always have to come with a sky-high price.

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