FREE SOURCES FOR SAVINGS ON AIRLINE TICKETS!
I have really good luck with Priceline.com. Priceline will give you a FREE comparative chart of airfares for all the major airlines. Book early, the earlier the better. Check the prices frequently as they will fluctuate quite a bit from day to day depending on demand.
You should also sign up for the FREE email newsletter of the airline(s) that you fly the most with. They will send out FREE periodic emails with discounted flights and occasionally a FREE promo code for discounts. Also search the web for “discount airfare.” I recently found that Southwest Airlines was running a promotion to get a FREE companion ticket when you paid for a flight to Orlando, Florida or Las Vegas, Nevada.
“When fares are low, we’ll let you know.” That’s the tag line over at airfarewatchdog.com Sign up for their FREE emails to get city specific, low fares from ALL airlines including FREE promo code airfares. They even have a FREE vacation hold feature and you can select your departure and destination cities along with the frequency of the FREE emails. I recently got a FREE email update with a great deal to Florida and saved about $100!
The best FREE advice that I can give you about booking travel arrangements is to book them together as a group when possible. Book packages and combinations of Airfare, Hotel and Car Rental. Your savings will be significant, often the equivalent of a FREE car rental or a FREE night in a hotel. It is most definitely worth it.
Also, join FREE frequent flyer programs. Most airlines offer FREE membership. Look into a program that has a main hub near your home. For example, if you live near Minneapolis you would want to join the FREE Delta SkyMiles program. I recommend checking this website frequently freefrequentflyermiles.com I have been able to find enough different ways to get miles from this site to earn more than a FREE ticket to Hawaii!
If you use credit cards, consider using one that earns miles for you in your designated program. Typically, they are FREE of annual fees for the first year. But the cool thing is they want your business so bad that they will give you a boatload of FREE miles up front. Generally enough to get a FREE ticket right off the bat!
If you are in a position to make purchases for your employer or you own a business make ALL of your purchases on your miles earning card to accumulate the FREE miles as fast as you can.
Furthermore, make use of the airlines’ shopping portals in conjunction with your FREE frequent flier program and your miles earning credit card. When I purchase something from Best Buy I earn FREE miles by purchasing through the airline shopping website and picking the item up in the store. This was a purchase that I was already going to make (like DVDs, CDs, etc.). My only inconvenience is that I have to place the order a couple of hours in advance so that they can pull the order. I have even asked to place an order in the store on their computer after finding something that I wanted so that I didn’t have to go back home! But now you could place the order on your phone or wi-fi device and just wait for them to pull it. Don’t forget to charge it on your miles earning card for even more FREE miles! And hopefully you also have a FREE Best Buy Rewards Zone Card – TRIPLE DIPPING – now that’s what I’m talking about!
I am going to California next week. It’s not FREE but it is on the cheap (especially for California). My flight is almost FREE.
I am a member of Delta SkyMiles. I use a Delta SkyMiles American Express Card. It was fee FREE for the first year and I got 40,000 miles for signing up for it. I used 25,000 miles to get FREE airfare. Delta does now charge a small fee for redeeming my miles. That’s why it isn’t completely FREE. I’ll be carrying my bag on so I’ll be FREE of baggage fees. Most airlines will let you take 2 carry-ons for FREE. I generally take a duffel bag and a small wheeled suitcase. I always have plenty of room for my items and have had no problems on board, even on booked flights.
Delta also gave me FREE Sky Club passes for signing up for the AMEX card. So on my layover I believe that I will have a FREE cocktail or three on Delta & AMEX! I’ll have to see if they have any FREE vodka mini bottles that I can then take with me on the flight!
Of course, you don’t get much for FREE with the airlines anymore. Delta is still offering FREE soft drinks, FREE water and your choice of FREE pretzels or FREE peanuts. Feel FREE to ask for extra FREE nuts and/or FREE pretzels. I did on a recent flight and was given them without any problem whatsoever! All they can do is say “no.”