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I have never planned or taken a plane trip. What do I do? | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

I have never planned or taken a plane trip. What do I do?

feeddaneed asked:

Basically, I am always broke, so, I thought I would start planning my Christmas trip now. I need to get from Phoenix, AZ to Bear, DE by plane. What do I do now?

What are the deals, discounts, or cheaper ways of doing it? There will be 2 adults and 1 child traveling.

Where can I find a simple list of does and don’t s for luggage, carry-on, etc?

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  1. Keely S on September 17th, 2009

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    this is what i would do, go on expedia.com, hotwire.com, and cheaptickets.com, then type in all your info and they’ll give you lists of prices. after you book your flight, go on the airline’s website and look for all that luggage information. OR! after you book your flight, post a question about that airline’s luggage rules.

  2. vicky on September 18th, 2009

    Thanks for the info.
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  3. haggerpotter on September 20th, 2009

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    personally i think you are looking too early. i wouldnt start looking more than 3 months before your trip. check airlines websites, expedia, travelocity, travelzoo, orbitz, etc all the travel sites. southwest and airtran are usually priced well but you have to wait to see their schedule.

    i wouldnt worry about luggage and stuff. first find a flight. after you find a flight check their bag policy. carryon is the same for all airlines, 1 carry-on per person plus a purse and a laptop is ok. interms of liquids look at tsas website. it will probably change by december

  4. Traveler on September 21st, 2009

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    Don’t feel like the lone ranger there, with the ecconomy the way it is now we all feel “always broke”. If you have the time and energy these simple steps will help you get the best airfares. When you settle on the airline that you want to use, go on their web-site to find out their particular baggage rules and regs. You will also be able to specify seating and special meals etc. Have fun. there are some good deals if you do your home work.

    There are several ways to get the best airfare:
    Try one of the big companies: Travelocity.com., Kayak.com or Expedia.com. The advantage to them is that they show many different airlines and the cheapest prices for both the specific date you want to fly and the dates surrounding that date. In case your plans are flexible. The disadvantage is that you are locked into the fare dates. If you want to change a date due to injury or an emergency, their fees can be extreme.
    My personal method it to use Kayak as my initial check on fares and dates. I generally start at least a month in advance when looking for a ticket. The nice thing about kayak is that it hooks you up directly to the airline. Hence… you don’t get locked too deeply into one of the big three that charge up the wazoo for rescheduling. Then after I have figured one or two flights that are at the right times and right prices. In the upper left corner of the Kayak screen there is a feature that says “ track fares by email”. It’s referred to as Fare tracker and it really helps. Sign into this feature and it will update you daily on the changes in airfare. At least once in the month you are going to be able to find a fare that is usually a couple of hundred dollars less than what you have been quoted in the first place. A very cool feature.
    Also, check out currentcodes.com and naughtycodes.com. these two sites have discount codes for some of the airlines and can save you some real money if you catch a special at the right time. They have discount codes for just about everything including airfares and Cruises. Not to mention coupon type codes for many stores and services.
    If that is not what you want or you are in more of a hurry, then…
    Try the airlines directly. Either their Web sites or direct telephone lines. Some of the Airlines offer low price guarantees meaning that if you find a cheaper fight on another Web site they may match the price or beat it. Each airline is different though, so you have to check them out individually.
    Just remember, if you are going to try to get the cheapest flights, the airlines normally have restrictions. You may have to purchase the ticket 14 or 21 days in advance, there may be no refunds or changes allowed. You really need to know these restrictions.
    If you try looking for a last-minute flight you will end up paying a lot more, although there are occasional exceptions. I personally, managed a last minute ticket to S.F on the Millennium New Years eve. And received a better price than my friends that had booked a month in advance! But… you cannot depend on this at all.
    Usually travel agents do not get the lowest fares and sometimes they tack on a commission. Travel agencies used to be the best way to get the best airfare, but with the Internet, It is now just as easy for individuals to check themselves.
    If you call an airline directly (they all have toll-free numbers), be sure to ask them if they have any specials. Often they do have specials, but you have to ask them about them, they won’t just tell you!
    So be careful about restrictions on tickets. Be aware of charges for overweight baggage and remember that many of the very CHEAP fares you see in the Travel section of the local Papers are fares that are quoted, “without taxes” Taxes can really add up.
    Have fun and happy travels.

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