5 Basic Tips for Getting Better International Air Fares

Better Air Fares 101 from The Professor

The Traveling Professor helps well over 100 travelers a year get the best airfares.  Whether they are on one of The Traveling Professor's small group tours or if they are traveling on their own, it is always a pleasure to help them get the best air itinerary possible. Not only do I book about 75,000 to 100,000 air miles for myself each year, I am also booking hundreds of thousands of miles for other travelers too.  So, here are my most basic tips on how to get the best airfares.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (742)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Save on Airfare

Tips on Getting a Better Seat on the Plane

Get a Better Seat and Pay Less

how to get a better seat on a planeLet's face it.  Flying is miserable these days.  Coach class seats are tight to start with and no one wants to get stuck in the dreaded middle seat.  So, why not just upgrade to a premium class like first, business or premium economy?  Well that can be expensive.  For example, I priced a R/T flight between JFK and Madrid in October.  The coach class fare is a bargain $483 departing on October 30 and returning November 6.  But upgrading to business class is a whopping $2676. Premium economy is more than double the price at about $968.  But there are ways to get a better seat without spending so much money.

Monday, July 17, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (964)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6

Why You Need to Switch Airlines

There are Better Options Out There

small group tours to europeThe major overseas legacy carriers:  American, Delta, United and even British Airways, Lufthansa along with their "alliance airlines" control the most passenger traffic between the U.S. and Europe.  You have heard the horror stories of poor customer service, old planes, unfair fares, tight seats, lousy meals, passengers being treated like cattle, etc.  But now, there are some new kids on the block in terms of airlines going to Europe.  Are they worth a look?  You bet they are.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and find out how to get to Europe cheaper and in more comfort.

Thursday, July 6, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1158)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

Find Award Flights on American Airlines

Find Flight You Want the Easy Way

american airlines award mapIt seems like airlines are giving away frequent flyer miles all over the place today.  Get them by using a credit card, flying, buying flowers, dining in restaurants, even when buying electricity for your home.  Getting frequent flyer miles is easy - but spending them is another story.  Airlines have "cheapened" miles earned by making flights unavailable for redemption with frequent flyer miles or simply raised the number of miles needed to ridiculous proportions.  In this blog post The Traveling Professor shows you the easiest way to find the diminishing award flights available on American Airlines.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1467)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.4
Categories: Save on Airfare

Cheap Airfares to Italy

4 Tips to Save Money Without Sacrificing Comfort

cheap airfares to italyThe Traveling Professor runs several small group tours to Italy each year.  We travel to major cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento.  We also take small group tours to Italy to smaller cities like Padua, Verona, Lucca, Siena, and Vicenza.  Italy is not always the easiest place to fly to and fares can be high.  In this blog post, The Professor shows you how to save a significant amount of money on your next tour to Italy with cheap airfares.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1309)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.6

Are Points Better Than Miles?

The Best Options for Travelers

points vs miles for travelersIn our blog post yesterday, we examined how airline award miles have become devalued, are harder to redeem, and have added extra fees.  Today we talk about accumulating points through credit card spending to help people fund their travel endeavors.  So, check out The Traveling Professor's blog post on using points instead of airline reward miles.

Thursday, March 9, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (982)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Is It Worth It To Accumulate Frequent Flier Miles?

Are Mileage Programs Obsolete?

Is it worth it to redeem frequent flyer milesBeing a frequent flyer and a member of American Airlines AAdvantage program, I have accumulated millions of miles since I became a member in 1984.  I have accumulated these miles mostly through purchases on credit cards and through flights themselves.  I would use these miles to get "free" flights or upgrades. Is it worth it to accumulate and redeem miles anymore?  Please read my blog post and see what The Traveling Professor has to say.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (898)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.2

3 Discount Airlines Worth Flying On

Save Money and Get to Europe

discount flights to europeThe second most costly part of a tour, after lodging, is airfare.  Airfares were sky-high a few years ago and it is my opinion the legacy carriers like American, Delta and United were gouging the consumer, despite lower fuel costs, on their fares to Europe.  It was my prediction that other "discount" airlines would come along and take advantage of a lucrative market by offering lower-fares to a variety of destinations in Europe.  But be aware, not all discount airlines are the same.  In this article, The Traveling Professor names his favorite discount airlines to Europe.

Monday, January 30, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (806)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.7
Categories: Save on Airfare

How I Made Over $1,000 on My Travel Credit Card

It's the Best Deal Out There

chase sapphire card testimonialUsually I stay away from credit card offers.  There always seems to be some sort of catch and the bank winds up on the winning side of the deal and not me.   But I got a Chase Sapphire Card Reserve Card and used its benefits to turn it into AT LEAST a $1,000 net profit for me.   To see how you can do it, read my blog post.

Thursday, December 29, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1854)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare

Air Travel Tips for All Travelers

Simple, But Important Advice

air travel tipsThe Traveling Professor has spent the last several blog posts giving advice to air travelers on how to make the most of buying tickets, maximizing their award miles, getting the best itinerary, and using their elite status.   The last series of blog posts today gives general, but important tips to air travelers.

Monday, August 1, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1918)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Save on Airfare
«January 2020»

Who Traveled With Us in 2019

who travels with The Traveling ProfessorThe Traveling Professor ran small group tours to Iceland, Peru and Machu Picchu, Scotland, Croatia, Italy, Normandy Invasion Beaches, and Canada in 2019.  We had a wonderful year, making new friends and traveling to great places.  But who goes on Traveling Professor tours?  In this blog post, we will tell you the number of people and what the make-up of our small group tours looks like.
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26 Places to Eat in Paris

where to eat in ParisAh, we love to eat when we go on our small group tours to Paris.  Who doesn't?  The Professor presents his list of Paris restaurants. The list includes places for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Some are expensive, some are not.  Some qualify as a great place for a romantic dinner, but most of them are on the casual side. Take advantage of The Professor's experience and see where to eat in Pars. 
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The Perfect 14 Day Introduction to Italy Itinerary

perfect 14 day Italy itineraryEveryone loves Italy.  The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy usually covers Venice, Florence, Rome and Sorrento (the Amalfi Coast).  Planning an itinerary can be daunting, but The Traveling Professor makes it easy for the first-time Italy traveler.  See all the great sites, eat wonderful food, experience the culture. Take a look at our introduction to Italy itinerary and get ready to say "Ciao!" to Italy.
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A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers

Day trip to Auvers from Paris

Vincent Van Gogh is considered by many to be the greatest painter of all time. He spent much of his time in France.  Those who have gone to Paris with The Traveling Professor on one of his small group tours to Paris can remember walking the neighborhoods frequented by Van Gogh and seeing his paintings at the Musee d'Orsay. In today's guest blog post adapted from a  post originally done by Laura Keefe Junod of VoyageScholar.com, she talks about visiting Auvers - the place where Van Gogh lived, died and is buried. She does a wonderful job of explaining where Van Gogh  lived, died and is buried.

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What to Do in Paris the 2nd Time You Go

what to see 2nd time in ParisThe Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay, Louvre, Montmartre, Seine River Cruise, Pantheon, Pomidou Center, Rodin Museum, Arc de Triomphe - those are all things people see on their first trip to Paris.  They are timeless sites that probably could be visited time and time again. But what should you see on your second and even third or fourth visit to Paris. In this blog, The Traveling Professor gives some ideas on other great sites that would be superstars in nearly any other place in the world. 
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