Five things you can do to make your travels easier, cheaper, and more fulfilling in ‘08
Be sure to chime in with your own New Year’s travel resolutions!
I will book my airline tickets far in advance.
With domestic carriers cutting back capacity this year, there’s going to be more competition than ever for the cheap seats. Combined with the already high load factors common in 2007, we can safely say waiting until the last minute is not likely to score you a deal. At Travelocity, we’ve seen a pattern of travelers booking further and further in advance to score the best-priced seats – and you should do that too. Look at least three months and even further in advance whenever possible.
I will fly early in the morning and direct whenever possible.
Not only are you more likely to find deals on those early-morning flights, booking yourself on one gives you the best chance of being on time. Why? Delays pile up throughout the day and cause a ripple effect through the aviation system and if you get out early, you won’t be at the mercy of an incoming flight. Avoiding connecting flights means you limit the number possible delays; in addition, if you miss a connecting flight because your first flight was delayed, you may have trouble finding a seat on another flight to get you to your destination.
St. John beach chair photo courtesy of IgoUgo member Jose Kevo.