Budget Travel Basics
By Mark Kahler, About.com Guide
Airfares rise and fall like stock prices. Buy at the right time and you can save a lot of money. Know the rules, find the Web sites with last-minute deals, use your credit cards to snag free air travel and be certain your baggage doesn't cost you more money.
- Airfare Rules
- Airfare Websites with Last-Minute Deals
- Airline Credit Cards
- A-la-carte Airline Prices
- Baggage Fees and Packing
- Carry-On Bag Picks
- Kango: Value and Low Price
- New Airline Fees
- New Frequent Flier Rules
- Park and Fly Hotels
- Shopping for Airports
- Tools for Tracking Low Airfares
- Twitter and Low Airfares
- Yapta: Protection from Overpaying for Airfares
Can you find a cruise for $100 USD/day? If so, you've found a good price, since cruising costs usually include most of your dining expenses, transportation and lodging. The Internet makes it easier than ever to research and book a budget cruise.
- Cruise for $100 per day
- Five Chances at a Budget Cruise
- Repositioning Cruises
- Research and Purchase a Budget Cruise
Hotels once were a largely unknown commodity to travelers, who would simply check in and hope for the best. Now, it's possible to read reviews and bid for the price of your room. There are also plenty of alternatives to hotels that can, in certain situations, save you a lot of money.
- Accommodation Strategy
- Avoid Add-On Hotel Charges
- Bargain Rooms
- Capsule Hotels
- Internet Hotel Review Sites
- No Frills Lodging
For car rentals, use Internet special offer pages to find last-minute bargains. Look at a variety of car rental tips, or book a train vacation and leave driving to someone else.