Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A quick tip about planning travel itineraries

So my friend Natalie and I are trying to plan a trip coming up, and we're having some logistical/award miles points redeeming problems. It brought up some other itinerary related tips to the front of my mind that I thought would be useful for those of you planning a trip away. 
  • If you are taking a trip touring a whole country, consider booking an open jaw.  For instance, if you were going to Spain, fly into Madrid and back home out of Barcelona.  If you're planning a cross country of Australia, fly into Melbourne and out of Sydney.  It doesn't really cost much more and you save valuable time and possibly money as opposed to backtracking to your first city to get home. 
  • If you are doing an itinerary overseas and plan to check bags in, NEVER get a multi-airline ticket.  It usually means you have to pick up the bag at a transit airport and check it back in, and believe me, just pay the extra $ so you don't have to freak out about this and its checked all the way to your destination.
  • Look at alternate airports.  For instance, NYC has a bunch of airports to fly into and some may be cheaper than others.  LA has LAX, Burbank and Long Beach.  Other countries will have alternate airports as well (think like London).

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