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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Anyone between the ages of 18 and 88 who has a driver's license can take a vacation and earn money by driving recreational vehicles across North America. RV driving is a no-stress, enjoyable way to see America for free -- and you get paid to do it! Depending on how many trips you want to take, you could earn as much as $50,000 a year. The company pays your expenses, provides insurance coverage and you sleep right in the RV -- most are very comfortable.Your destination is on a first-come, first-served basis. But the route you take is left up to you as long as you arrive at the final destination in a reasonable amount of time (usually about one week). How about a stop at the Grand Canyon as you make your way across the U.S.? Best yet, you don't need any special training -- RVs handle just like the family car.
Not only can you get a complimentary vacation for every 15 people you sell a vacation to, you also get income from travel agency commissions (usually 10%-15% of the airfare, hotels and tours you arrange). Plus, since you're in business for yourself, your trip expenses are tax-deductible -- as are any travel expenses when you "scout" new destinations. All you need to get started is the ability to think on your feet and relate to all kinds and ages of people. To find clients, contact churches, banks (they frequently have senior citizen clubs), high school graduating classes, garden clubs, needlework guilds, investment clubs -- any group of people that are used to doing things together.
This is a great way for you to see the world. Of course, there are fewer career opportunities at the airlines nowadays, but you can also work for any travel-related business, be it Hertz or Holiday Inn, and get travel bargains.
If you don't mind traveling on relatively short notice, you can save 50%-70% on some great trips. But don't pack too many bags because you generally can't check any baggage.Very often custom law dictates that someone must accompany a cargo shipment. So you "chaperone" a shipment -- like bank papers or blueprints -- in exchange for airfare. You meet a contact at the destination, then you're off on your vacation!