How can you see some amazing places, visit family and NOT go broke traveling?
I am on a plane at least twice a month - either out of George Bush International in Houston, TX or Easterwood in College Station, TX. I fly to attend events, visit friends and family and (rarely) to vacation. So when looking for a flight and hotel to LAX and Downtown LA area for NBA All Star weekend, I was DISGUSTED by the prices for tickets out of Houston. So I found a little trick to save the most money.
If you are spontaneous like me, the phrase "just book it earlier," just flew over our heads. I didn't decide until yesterday that I was going to LA. Sometimes I get tired of traveling and trekking back and forth to Houston - but ESPECIALLY because I'm a whimsical Gemini - I change my mind often.
ASHLEE'S FIVE FOOL PROOF TIPS FOR TRAVELING ON A BUDGET
1. Based on the length of your stay, try to fly out on Tuesday or Wednesday.
3. For your flight & hotel: ALWAYS BUNDLE, especially when using sites like Expedia or Travelocity. They sometimes SLASH your savings by $600-$800 based on location if you use this method instead of booking them separately.
4. If you just need a rock bottom price on a flight, use the site justfly.com - the "discount" airlines like Spirit or Frontier flood these sites with crazy cheap flight prices. United Airlines now has a basic economy rate, where they only allow you one free personal item - you'd have to pay for a a carry-on, but if you can fit your weekend wardrobe in a backpack, it's worth it.
5. If you're just needing a hotel - PRICELINE has put me in four and five star hotels for crazy cheap! Use the EXPRESS DEALS, where it's a mystery what hotel you're getting (but they'll tell you the star rating and area) and be delightfully surprised.