Best Tips for Getting Inexpensive Airfare

Discount flights are not hard to find but you may have to be willing to put in the time and effort to uncover the greatest deals.  Traveling during these tough economic times can seem extravagant.  Buying discount airfare can make the travel seem more practical whether it is for private vacations or business trips. Best Tips for Getting Inexpensive Airfare 1. The number one tip that everyone gives out is to begin early.  The longer out you buy your tickets then the better deal you can usually get.  Inexpensive  airfare can usually be found 3 to 6 months out from the travel date. 2. The second top tip for finding inexpensive flights is to purchase your tickets at the last minute possible.  Sometimes last minute travelers will get lucky and find great reduced flights for their vacation. 3. The 3rd most valuable tip is to put the time into research.  There are so many different sites that can help you find sweet reduced airline tickets.  Search the world wide web, including the airline companies’ URLs, and be sure that you make a list of all the different amenities so that you are contrasting apples to apples. 4. The fourth tip that you need to know to find the greatest prices on airline tickets is to understand the market.  Knowing when the cheapest times to travel are means that you can choose the right time of the day, the right day of the week and the right place for that time of the year to find cheap airfare for your flight. Finding low-priced airfare are just a few steps away.  Understanding the varied tricks of the flying industry will help you uncover the best deals for reduced flights.  Cheap flights can be easily uncovered with the investment of just a little time and work.

Discount flights are not hard to find but you may have to be willing to put in the time and effort to uncover the greatest deals.  Traveling during these tough economic times can seem extravagant.  Buying discount airfare can make the travel seem more practical whether it is for private vacations or business trips.

Best Tips for Getting Inexpensive Airfare

1. The number one tip that everyone gives out is to begin early.  The longer out you buy your tickets then the better deal you can usually get.  Inexpensive  airfare can usually be found 3 to 6 months out from the travel date.

2. The second top tip for finding inexpensive flights is to purchase your tickets at the last minute possible.  Sometimes last minute travelers will get lucky and find great reduced flights for their vacation.

3. The 3rd most valuable tip is to put the time into research.  There are so many different sites that can help you find sweet reduced airline tickets.  Search the world wide web, including the airline companies’ URLs, and be sure that you make a list of all the different amenities so that you are contrasting apples to apples.

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Travel Tips: Your Flight to Hawaii

One of the most frequented questions on my blog is if you need a passport to visit Hawaii. If you are a U.S. citizen the answer is no. Hawaii is the 50th U.S. state so there is no need for a passport. It is no different than from going from say, Nevada to California except the long flight of course.

Flying to Hawaii can be a very long trip if you haven’t planned right for it, especially if you have kids along. Flight times vary from around 6 hours from Los Angeles or San Francisco, 8 hours from Salt Lake City and around 12 hours from New York and as long as 17.5 hours from the UK.

To keep your kids busy bring along some books or a portable DVD player and a couple DVD’s to help keep them occupied. Make sure the DVD player is fully charged or has new batteries so it will last long enough for the flight. Don’t forget the headphones! People in the neighboring seats don’t want to hear the Barney song all through the flight. Most flights should have an in-flight movie to watch as well.

If you are bringing an infant be sure your car seat has the FAA approval sticker on it somewhere or you won’t be able to use it. Have an ample supply of diapers, wipes and powdered formula as well. A few dry snacks are also a good idea especially if your kids are picky eaters, they might not like the food served on the plane so bring something you know they will eat. You can bring fruits and vegetables on the plane and eat them there, but you cannot take them off the plane in Hawaii. Also be prepared to fill out the Agricultural form in flight so keep a pen handy.

I usually fly the red eye out of Las Vegas at 2 am so it is dark and much easier to sleep through the six to seven hour flight. The flights can get a little chilly since you are sitting in an air conditioned place for so long so bring a light jacket, you are likely to need one sometime during your Hawaii trip anyway, keep it handy in your carry-on.

The flight is a good time to reread any Activity brochures you may have picked up or to go over your itinerary to make sure you time is wisely spent, or just sit back and relax and prepare yourself for the slower lifestyle of Hawaii, after all you are going to Hawaii!…

Redwood National Park: Three Tips to Effectively Travel to Redwood by Amtrak Train and Bus

Redwood National Park was created in 1968 to protect land adjacent to the California state redwood parks that were formed in the 1920s.  Currently the combined state and federal lands are administered under a joint agreement between the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  The combined parks cover over 110,000 acres including 37 miles of pristine California coastline. 

Since Delta is the only commercial airline into the local airport, it is expensive to fly into the area.  Although not close to an Amtrak train line, there is bus service from Amtrak stations to the Redwood area, which may be the cheapest way to travel to the park.  Here are three tips/hints for effectively traveling to/from Redwood by land:

One:  Martinez, California is your Amtrak connection to Redwood National Park.  The San Joaquin line from Bakersfield (with connecting service from San Diego and Los Angeles) and Oakland (with connecting service from San Francisco) stops there.  Martinez is also on the Capitol Corridor line from San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento (with connecting service from Reno.)  From Martinez, there are two Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches departing at 10:25 am and 3:25 pm for the six to seven hour ride to the Redwood area. 

Two:  Since there is no shuttle service at Redwood National Park, you must rent a car to see the entire park.  Therefore, the McKinleyville stop at the Arcata Airport is the destination for your bus ride.  If you arrive before the rental car counters close in the early evening, you have a choice of companies from which to rent.  If you arrive when the rental car counters are closed, you can take a complementary shuttle bus to your hotel for the night and come back to the airport in the morning to rent your car.  There are a number of hotels in the area that will provide this service.  The motorcoaches back to Martinez leave McKinleyville at 6:15 am and 10:30 am.

Three:  The need to make reservations for the train portion of your trip depends on the service you take.  Although the Capitol Corridor trains are unreserved, the San Joaquins are all-reserved trains.  Although you do not need reservations for the Thruway Motorcoach Connection service, you may be able to receive discounted advance purchase fares or special fares for students and seniors by buying both your train and bus ticket in advance.…