Travelers who don’t mind exploring destinations in the off-season can easily score cheaper flights and discounted hotel rooms. But if what you want is to experience a destination like Europe during peak summer — either because the kids are out of school or because you have your heart set on balmy Italian beaches — it can be tricky to find airfare deals.
Rarely ever do airline tickets get cheaper as your departure date approaches, especially if you need to fly on a certain date. Budget airlines typically offer low rates as a baseline price, and as these tickets sell, the remaining ones increase in cost. This is very typical in Europe and Australia. If you know when and where you're going, don't wait on an unknown sale. More often than not, your biggest savings come from booking far ahead when you can.
Before booking any tickets, be sure to compare flights on flight comparison websites like Skyscanner. Don’t assume that low-cost airlines will always have the cheapest tickets. With low-cost airlines, you need to pay for checked baggage, and any extra comfort like a possibility to choose your seat, airport check-in, food, drinks etc. So if you actually want to enjoy all these things, sometimes you might be able to find tickets from a regular airline for almost the same price as low-cost but with all the extras included.
Get travel alerts. Spamming your email or message inbox on your phone doesn’t seem like the most organized way to get a deal, but travel alerts often offer amazing prices you wouldn’t otherwise be aware of. If your favorite airlines or airfare search engine offers travel alerts sent to your phone or email, sign yourself up! You won’t regret the few seconds it takes to delete those extra unwanted messages when you get the ones worth several hundred dollars worth of savings.
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There’s never really a bad time to catch flights to the USA, it’s a fabulous place to visit at any time of year, the vast spread of the country means a great deal of variety in climate and seasonal events throughout the year. The West Coast enjoys fine weather year-round, while the Pacific Northwest Coast (Washington, Oregon) has cool summers and mild winters. The Midwest is known for its intense summers and winters and frequent tornadoes and thunderstorms, while Florida enjoys the warmest winters on the eastern coast. Popular tourist spots like New York, Las Vegas and Orlando are most pleasant in spring and autumn as summers are uncomfortably warm. West Coast cities like LA and San Francisco enjoy temperate winters usually not dipping below 10C.
Most major cities in the USA have reliable public transport options to transfer you to the city centres. For example, LAX has a shuttle bus ‘G’ to the Metro Green Line and JFK has the AirTrain connecting to the New York subway. Buses and taxis are also plentiful if you don’t want to negotiate traffic. However, in some cities hiring a car may be the quickest and convenient option to get around especially if you plan on doing a road trip. You’ll find all the major car rental agencies at most US airports, including Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty.
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