More for Your Money
10:30 AM EST, February 28, 2014
On a recent three-week vacation, I was reminded — forced to remember, perhaps — that there are plenty of ways to save: There are cheaper alternatives or ways to get discounts for almost anything. You can even get money back on that extravagant pair of boots or replacement lens you just had to buy.
10:30 AM EST, February 14, 2014
Air travel these days is sometimes likened to the flying version of a Greyhound bus. Here are some strategies to help you keep your costs in hand and perhaps get a little more (comfort, perks) for your money.
10:30 AM EST, January 31, 2014
Besides providing ideas and inspiration for your trip, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 handed out money-saving tips at its panel sessions. Here are some that we gathered:
10:15 AM EST, January 6, 2014
Last year was filled with great travels, which also presented opportunities for money errors — mistakes I had never made before and hope never to again. Herewith, the "If I Only Had a Brain" award winners of 2013:
10:30 AM EST, December 20, 2013
Will you be traveling with family during the holidays? It's not your regular trip. Besides the need to get where you're going — seeing loved ones amps up the pressure — you have the complication of weather that can cause delays and, of course, crowds that almost certainly will cause delays.
10:15 AM EST, December 9, 2013
Airline fees can certainly take some of the joy out of the holidays. Travel, already difficult because of decreased capacity and increased ticket prices (about 2% higher this year, according to Rick Seaney, the founder of FareCompare.com), becomes even more so when you're confronted with having to make changes or check a bag.
10:30 AM EST, November 8, 2013
If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have work for you.
8:28 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
You booked the flight, you reserved the hotel room and the rental car and maybe you even figured out your meal. You're set. No surprises, right? Maybe not.
July 7, 2013
MORE FOR YOUR MONEY
Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, the best time to lock in your ticket is about seven weeks out. Here are some other suggestions, courtesy of CheapAir.com, which mines its database for trends and pivot points in prices and availability:
June 23, 2013
Has a last-minute travel emergency left you frustrated with logistics such as ground transportation or airport navigation? Do you stress about storm updates when traveling by car? Perhaps an unexpected flight delay has left you stranded and bored. Take a tip from the smartphone set and embrace these savvy travel apps.
May 27, 2013
If you buy an airline ticket and need to change or cancel your itinerary, you could be in for an even more unpleasant surprise.
May 12, 2013
Some answers to readers' airline questions:
April 28, 2013
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones.
April 14, 2013
It's difficult to know when to buy an airline ticket and when to wait. Some sites offer to guide you on the timing of your purchase.
March 31, 2013
Here are some tips to add to your storehouse of money-saving knowledge. For instance, you can get money back when a hotel room rate drops. Or you may be able to get free airline lounge passes or a hotel upgrade. Here's how.
March 17, 2013
A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester may cause some changes in hours or personnel). Here are some suggestions on how to make the most with the least:
February 17, 2013
One of the biggest trouble spots for travelers is the topic of money — how to spend wisely on vacation, what to do in foreign countries, how much, what credit cards and much more.
February 3, 2013
Anyone who has booked a last-minute flight knows you pay more when you wait. But you also pay more if you book too early. What's too early? What's too late?
December 9, 2012
If you have the money to travel, you'll want to spend it the way you want to spend it. That means making sure rip-off artists keep their mitts off your dough.
September 2, 2012
We long for travel, but we long even more deeply for affordable travel.
August 19, 2012
If you are flying with kids, you may be able to get a discount, depending on the children's ages and your destination. You can often find discounts on international routes of 10% to 25% off for kids ages 2 to 11.
August 5, 2012
Hotel rooms once were just a place to shower, sleep or maybe indulge in breakfast in bed. Now they're also spots to pick up a souvenir — we don't mean the towels.
April 15, 2012
Servicemen and servicewomen have a world of travel bargains available. Here are some areas to explore:
June 10, 2012
Although airfare and hotel rates are up this summer, deals are out there — if you know where to look.
May 27, 2012
Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the U.S. and then through Latin America.
November 27, 2011
Lots of people are Groupon groupies; they sign up for this daily deal coupon site (or others like it) to get discounts where they live.
October 23, 2011
Condo by the beach with pool and ocean view: $129 including taxes.
April 1, 2012
If you're hoping to book airline tickets for your summer vacation, you may be feeling some extra pain in your pocketbook. A trifecta of factors is playing havoc with airline ticket prices ($1,400 round-trip from LAX to London's Heathrow? Really?) and pinching penny-pinchers' budgets.
March 4, 2012
President's Day weekend seemed to be a turning point for gasoline prices, which look to be increasing faster than a speeding bullet. If the trend continues, analysts say, we may see $5 a gallon and beyond. That will put into play some of the measures that made the gas price run-up of 2008 (in June, gas reached $4.62 a gallon) so painful: taxi cab and shuttle service fuel surcharges, hotel energy surcharges and ever higher air fares. Ouch.
February 5, 2012
If you don't know where you're going on vacation this year, you may not be indecisive. You might just be a bargain hunter.
December 25, 2011
Winter is the time of year when travelers are searching for the ultimate mountain cabin and ski experience, or scrambling to book the best beach resort package they can find. (Yes, even if you're a Californian.)
October 16, 2011
Whether you're driving the kids to games in your vehicle or sending them on a bus provided by the school, coordinating sports-related teen travel itineraries can be a logistical exercise that requires near-military precision.
August 21, 2011
My husband, Eric, and I are usually do-it-yourselfers, but on our first trip to the Boundary Waters between Canada and Minnesota, we paid an outfitter, who provided the tent, sleeping bags and meals — even a first-aid kit. Our fully outfitted vacation was half-price, thanks to an online group coupon site: $616 for us and our two children for three days and two nights, plus a night at the outfitter before venturing off.
February 13, 2011
When a crisis strikes a country you're visiting, it pays to have friends. By the time the U.S. government began evacuating its citizens from troubled Egypt last month, some tour operators, travel agents and private security firms had already moved their clients to safety.
August 15, 2010
I had been reluctant to try in-flight Wi-Fi because of the cost, but when I found a discount that cut the fee to $7.46 on a recent American Airlines flight, I tried the service and liked it. And the connection seemed faster than my DSL at home.
February 28, 2010
"Too wide for the sky?"
April 11, 2010
From the deserts to the mountains, national park lodges in the Western U.S.'s iconic destinations are close to putting up a "No Vacancy" sign for summer.
April 25, 2010
From finding cheaper flights to scoring last-minute lift tickets, here are some websites that will help ease you on down the road (or slopes).
March 28, 2010
When it comes to life's two guarantees, I find death less scary than taxes. Taxes, in fact, are so scary that they make me want alcohol. So is a margarita on a business trip as deductible as my hotel room?
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