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Low Cost Travel and Budget Fares

December 23rd, 2009

low-cost-travel-flights.jpgAirline passenger carriers are competing as never before, fighting for their share of the millions of people who are anxious to take advantage of new, low-cost overseas fares. Bargain-hunting passengers can often reduce their transportation expenses by 50 percent or more. That is, if they know how.

Here is a brief guide to low-cost charter travel and budget fares offered by scheduled airlines.

These are the tips about low-cost travel:

  1. Charters are not the only low-cost alternatives, but it is still good to know about them. So do some reading, keep relevant clippings from printed publications, and learn some airline terminology. Remember it is a rapidly changing situation which means that factors such as price, availability, and travel destinations can change quickly. Watch for new developments.
  2. With budget and standby travel, try to pick the least-traveled days of the week, which are usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Avoid peak travel days prior to holidays and just before and after school vacations.
  3. Try to book through a reliable travel agent. Such agents and their companies generally carry more weight with the airlines and charter operators than one person does as an individual.
  4. Before you book a seat in advance, find out whether or not the fare you choose carries a cancellation penalty.
  5. Remember that with standby fares you can’t make a hotel reservation in advance and some European cities can be fully booked. However there are usually hotel booking centers at the airports.

Here are the major types of low cost fares, but keep an eye out for changes:

  1. Charter flights: A charter operator must fill his or her entire seating capacity but can do so at much lower than regular rates. However these flights can be cancelled a couple of weeks before departure if the plane is not filled. You must travel on specific dates between specific cities.
  2. Budget fares: You book these with a regular airline. You must book at least three weeks in advance of the week you wish to travel. The airline tells you which day of the week you will travel about seven to ten days before your departure.
  3. Standby fares: You cannot make a reservation but prices are very attractive. Tickets are sold an a first-come, first-serve basis.

This article on low cost travel and budget fares was sent to us by “jhalrem” from the DigitalPoint forums and has been modified somewhat for better readability.

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