Tough Travel Questions We All Have Asked
We are professional travelers and not too often we get stumped by questions from our readers, so we compiled a list. These are travel questions that we get often and the answers aren’t so straightforward. Hopefully these will shed some light on issues many readers have had and couldn’t find the answers to.
Cheapest Days to fly?
Travel can be expensive so it’s best to search for the cheapest flights. The cheapest days to fly in the United States are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and international flights are cheapest on weekdays. Always check around because sometimes you will find a diamond in the rough and get a cheap weekend international flight or a unicorn in the cheap Friday flight.
Carry-ons are always free?
You would think so but as we have unfortunately found out many of the ultra discount carriers (think Spirit) charge for carry-ons. These guidelines should be present when you book so make sure you check your airline’s regulations. Its getting more and more expensive to travel, especially with all these countless add-ons.
I saw cheaper tickets after I bought mine, what can I do?
You can always change your flights but most airline charge for this convenience. You may end up paying more than the amount you would have saved by switching. It’s always a good move to check with the airline before you attempt to switch, or even before you book.
You have 24 hours to change after your purchase. The Department of Transportation requires all U.S. carriers to offer a 24-hour grace period where you can change your flight at no charge. So officially you have 24 hours to find a cheaper flight on all U.S. airlines.
Southwest is the only U.S. carrier that currently doesn’t charge a change fee, so search away and book at your leisure with Southwest.
You other option is at the time of purchase. Some carriers offer refundable tickets, which allow you to change whenever you want but are often more expensive.
Why are security lines so long?
Well, they aren’t always long but they all seem to take forever. If you hate waiting, check the TSA app on your smartphone and get real time updates and wait times. If you hate waiting in general then you should obviously get the TSA PreCheck. Cut the long security lines and breeze through security checkpoints without taking your shoes off or laptop out of your bag. This service averages out to only $20 a year for the five-year period it’s active for.
Where did my favorite airline go?
Ok, airlines come and go just like other brands do. If you haven’t traveled in a long time then you may be wondering where your favorite carriers have disappeared. You may be missing AirTran, Continental, Northwest or U.S.Airways, all of which have recently disappear from airports. You soon will see Virgin America and Alaska merge into one airline and we aren’t sure what name they will adopt.
What airline has the cheapest flights?
No one airline has the lowest fare as the business is super competitive now. You will however find some low prices on the ultra discount carriers but they often have hidden fees like charging for carry-on baggage, which make them equal to other airlines. Your best bet is to check with comparison sites like Kayak.com and see what all the airlines are charging and then make an educated decision.
Why is airfare so expensive?
They aren’t always expensive; you are probably just looking at the wrong times. Try to avoid flying during holidays or when many people want to fly. The higher the demand the higher the prices. So if you want to save big bucks, simply book early and be flexible when you can fly.