Clever Ways to Reduce Your Thanksgiving Travel Costs

Clever Ways to Reduce Your Thanksgiving Travel Costs

Where does the time go?

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you haven’t booked your holiday travel yet, it’s a good idea to act quickly and take advantage of as many money-saving tips as you can.

The vast majority of people plan Thanksgiving trips to coincide with work schedules, creating the Wednesday-Sunday itinerary. Since it’s so popular, this is of course also the most expensive time period for travel. Vary your return date by even one day if you can, and your ticket price could drop by as much as $150. Of course, leaving on Wednesday is the absolute worst (and cost is only the half of it, considering the airport madness). You can save a great deal by flying on Thanksgiving morning or turning your holiday into a longer vacation and leaving the Monday before. If you can push your return date to the following Wednesday, ticket prices drop even more. Another day to consider returning is Black Friday – while everyone else is lined up outside Toys R Us, you’ll be avoiding the crowds and saving money.

Another way to save is by adjusting your flight times. If you’re flexible and can leave in the early afternoon or later in the evening, that can help with the price. Also, take advantage of flight tracking tools to look for price drops before you buy. Hopper, for example, monitors fares 24/7 and can tell you when to book. Use your points to bring down costs too. For the best value, transfer points from co-branded credit cards. Just be sure to act early, as award seats tend to get booked up fast.

Another alternative to consider is going by train. This can be a great idea, provided you are outside the Northeast Corridor. With a flexible schedule, you can take advantage of Amtrak promotional rates, and kids ride for 50% off on selected routes.

And while it may seem obvious, the holidays are hectic and mistakes can be made. Be sure to pack carefully and ensure that your bags meet weight and size limits. There’s nothing more hideous than being forced to re-allocate the contents of your luggage on the floor in front of the check-in desk, or pay hideous baggage fees.

Finally, see if your credit card offers any cash back for Global Entry and/or TSA Pre-check registration. These are two things that can make a big difference in your quality of life by reducing the amount of time you spend on line.

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50 Clever Ways to Trim Thanksgiving Travel Costs | US News

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