The Professor's Travel Blog

4 Good Airline Tips No One Ever Told You Before

Travel in Style and Save Money

Author: The Traveling Professor/Wednesday, May 02, 2018/Categories: Save on Airfare

Rate this article:
4.3

Here are The Traveling Professor's airline tips you probably never heard of before:

Buy the Middle Seat:  Tired of traveling to Europe or South America crammed into a seat like a sardine, especially in a 3-across configuration?  Do what I did on my recent trip to Europe.  I bought the middle seat.  My travel partner took the window seat and I took the aisle.  Plenty of room and much cheaper than buying a Premium Economy or Business Class ticket.   Why does this work?  Let's do the math.  Two round trip economy seats between New York and Madrid on American Airlines are $485 each.  That's $970 for 2 seats.  Each Premium Economy seat is $987 on the same flight.  That's $1974.  Now purchase three economy seats for a total of $1455.  But wait - it is usually less to purchase an unoccupied seat since less taxes are applied on an unoccupied seat.  And even better, on my last trip, I redeemed my middle seat with award miles.

Buy Airline Tickets with a Travel Credit Card:  Preferably one that provides travel insurance, preferred boarding, and no checked luggage fees.  Some even have benefits like reduced mileage awards and lounge access.

Buy Directly from the Airline:  Avoid using websites like Orbitz, Expedia or any other third-party booking sites to buy airline tickets. When there is a problem (cancelled flights, overbooking, time changes, delays) those purchasing from third-party sites are taken care of last - if at all. When there are problems with a flight, the airline will often tell flyers to go back to the site where they bought the ticket from - and good luck when trying to resolve a problem through one of those on-line booking sites.

Go Indirect:  Whoever can figure out the logic an airline uses when figuring out ticketing prices should be nominated for some type of prize.  In any case, look at connecting through a city to get to a destination to find significantly lower fares.  For instance, I have a choice of flying out of New York, Boston, Hartford or Albany.  I priced a direct R/T flight between JFK and Paris CDG at over $1,000.  However, if I initiated my flight in Boston, which connected with the same $1,000 flight at JFK, it was hundreds of dollars less.  


Number of views (402)/Comments ()

Tags: Airline
Blog Calendar
«August 2018»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
30311

Denmark and Norway by Rail and Ferry

Norway by Train and FerryOne of the more popular Traveling Professor tours is his small group tour to Norway and Denmark.  No matter how one travels to these countries, they will see some of the best natural beauty to be found anywhere. But if traveling by train and ferry, it offers special sights that can be found no other way.  Read The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out why you need to travel to Denmark and Norway by ferry and rail.

Read more
2

Best and Worst Ways to Change Money Overseas

how to exchange money overseasOne of the money matters we encounter when traveling is how to change money.  Most European countries NEVER accept US dollars.  Fortunately, most European countries accept the common Euro currency but a good amount don't.  In any case, there are situations where you will need to obtain currency.  Look at The Traveling Professor's travel tips on the best way to change your currency into local currency.  I'll also tell you about some of the worst ways to do it too!

Read more
3

4 More Paris Restaurants

favorite paris restaurantsEveryone loves to eat in Paris. Today, more than ever, there are options for eating in Paris. In general, on our small group tours to Paris we eat at local spots at a moderate price.  I have picked out 4 of my favorite Paris restaurants, two of them are actually located on the same street, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.  The other two are on the other side of the river and I am very sure you will enjoy them. 

Read more
45
6789101112
13

Things The Professor Cannot Travel Without

small group tours packingWe do anywhere from 10-15 small group tours each year.  Sometimes I am away for 6-7 weeks at a time and I NEVER check a bag. So, what are the essential things I bring on every trip other than the obvious like a change of clothes? Take a look at The Traveling Professor's blog post to learn what he cannot travel without. 

Read more
141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789