On the heels of National Travel and Tourism Week, the tourism industry is getting a bit of good news. Despite a brief dip due to recession, leisure travel is expected to rise 1.9 percent this year to more than 1.63 billion trips, reports the U.S. Travel Association. Unfortunately, there’s also some bad news. The rise of leisure travel is accompanied by the actual rising cost of travel — making your vacations more expensive. Read on to find out more about several booking tips that may save you money when on the search for travel deals.
1. Search as if you were a solo traveler
Even though you may be flying with a partner or in a group, a “quirk of travel booking systems is that they will show the lowest fare available to seat your entire party,” said Rick Seaney, chief executive of FareCompare.com in an interview with Today. For example, if you’re searching for tickets for a family of five, the site will report numbers for five available seats — even if there are two very cheap seats, one slightly more expensive seat, and two very expensive seats. In simpler terms, this means that the booking sites will only give you fares that are the same price and that you can save money cobbling together tickets one, two, or even three at a time and booking them in separate transactions. To use this option, begin your search for a party of one, and then move up your party number until you see prices change.