The holidays are just around the corner, and Allegiant wants everyone to save both money and stress this holiday season with these 10 helpful tips.
1. Book Early. The earlier you book your holiday travel the more you will save. The holidays are extremely busy travel periods with many flights completely selling out. Airlines price flights based on how many tickets have sold, so as seats sell out, fares go up. Don’t be stuck paying premium prices, book early for great deals!
2. Consider Smaller or Alternative Airports. Don’t be fooled into thinking the big airport has the best deal. Allegiant flies nonstop from 100 smaller or alternative airports throughout the U.S. to vacation destinations with everyday low fares. Don’t miss out on great deals when searching for airfare – make sure to check out all your airport options.
3. Go on Vacation. Don’t feel like cooking and doing dishes? Why not take a family vacation to celebrate the holidays! Traditional vacation destinations tend to be less busy and less expensive over the holidays, giving you the opportunity to have a great family vacation, a stress free holiday and get a great deal.
4. Bundle and Save. If you plan on renting a car or staying at a hotel over the holidays, bundling those reservations with your airfare is a great way to save and get the most for your travel dollars. Allegiant partners with Alamo and the most popular hotel brands to make booking you vacation simple and affordable.
5. Be Flexible. Celebrate the holidays on your terms and within your budget. Traveling on less popular travel days like Tuesdays and Wednesdays can save you big. If you’re really flexible and want to save even more, consider celebrating the holidays with family and friends on an alternate day – Thanksgiving on Sunday or Christmas on Saturday – adjusting your holiday celebration to off-peak travel times can save you hundreds of dollars on airfare.
6. Pack Smart. Don’t get stuck at the ticket counter paying costly oversize or overweight fees. Try to pack light, be sure to check the airline’s website for size and weight restrictions, and measure and weigh your bags before you leave home. Speed through security and slim down your luggage by leaving unnecessary toiletries at home. Hotels will provide a number of toiletries free of charge, or wait to buy those travel sized items at your destination, then use and discard them.
7. Lighten Your Load. Save on bag fees: if you are traveling with family or in a group, consider sharing space and consolidating your luggage. For a family of four, consider packing two pieces of checked luggage instead of four. Instead of everyone bringing their own carry-on, consider packing everything in one checked bag. Eliminating one or two bags could save you as much as $100 roundtrip.
8. Download Before You Go. Whether you are traveling with a child or just feel like one sometimes, it’s always nice to stay entertained. Don’t get stuck paying unnecessary fees for in-flight entertainment or Wi-Fi; remember to load your portable device with movies, games, books and more before you leave the house. It’ll pay off on that long plane ride, and really be a life-saver if you encounter any unexpected delays.
9. BYOWB – Bring Your Own Water Bottle. With water as much as $7 a bottle at some airports, a really easy way to save when traveling is to bring a water bottle. You can bring a reusable bottle from home or recycle an empty plastic bottle. Just make sure it is empty of any liquid prior to going through airport security. After you’ve been screened, find one of the many water fountains located in most U.S. airport terminals and fill up – it’s that easy!
10. Consider TripFlex or Travel Insurance. Life happens and you can never anticipate the unexpected. Don’t let a last minute change cost you a fortune. There are many different types of travel insurance and refundable airfare options available to travelers. Allegiant offers TripFlex for as little as $23 per person to protect you from last minute changes and cancellation fees. Pay a little upfront to ensure you don’t lose a lot from an unexpected change.