Some of us are now spending less on airline travel, and that could mean you’re not spending as much as you’d like on flights.
We asked our colleagues in the travel industry to share their takeaways from this year’s trip report and they had plenty to share.
“Mobile is an important part of our everyday life,” said Jessica Broughton, chief marketing officer at Travelocity.
“It allows us to make better travel decisions, and it allows us (to) spend more when we need to.”
Here’s what we learned about how you can make your travel experience more efficient.
“You’re not going to pay extra for a flight when you already have a ticket,” said Kate DeCarlo, head of travel at Expedia.
“In fact, we know that’s a pretty big misconception.”
DeCarlow said you should always be prepared to pay what you want for a trip, whether you’re on a holiday or a business trip.
She also suggested checking with your airline to make sure you don’t need to pay more to fly to a different destination for the same price as the one you’re already at.
“If you can’t use your mobile payments, don’t use it,” she said.
“Pay for a meal or a drink with your phone, and you’re going to save money.”
Broughon suggested using Pay Pal instead of credit cards or cash at most major airports.
“For a few weeks you can be using a card, and then you’ll probably switch to a Pay Pal,” she added.
“So you’re saving money on your trip and you won’t be charging the card every time.”
De Carlo also said you can get a little more out of your travel purchases with the gift card you buy with your smartphone.
“The card is a great way to spend,” she explained.
“A lot of people don’t know that you can spend them on a few different things, but they can buy them and take them to the airport with them.”
Travelocity is offering travelers a free gift card that lets them book a flight at a fraction of the cost of a standard ticket.
Broughson said if you’re planning to travel a lot this year, she recommends spending between $5 and $20 a day on your travel expenses.
“That’s probably the amount that you should be spending,” she advised.
If you’re looking to save on your phone bill, Broughston said you’re also going to want to get a few extra perks from your airline.
“When you use a credit card, you’ll be charged a small fee for each card you use,” she noted.
“Your travel will be less expensive because your phone will be charged the same fee.”
But if you really need to cut back on your spending, DeCarline said you’ll want to start paying for your flight tickets using your credit card instead of using Paypal.
“I would recommend using your card when you’re traveling and using it only when you have to make a major change,” she told us.
“We’ve found that when you’ve made a major travel change, you can save money by not using your cards for purchases.”
You might not need to use your credit cards to pay the airline fees If you’ve been paying for flights with your credit or debit card but aren’t sure you need to, it’s time to switch to using your smartphone instead.
“Once you’ve upgraded to using a mobile payment system, you will be billed for the airline fee at the airport and not at the terminal,” DeCarla said.
DeCaro said that’s because you don’ have to pay airline fees if you pay your fare using a credit or other form of payment.
“Even if you don”t use your card for the full fare you should still pay the airport fee and be able to use the card for all of your purchases,” she suggested.
De Carlos suggested you also consider buying flights at a discounted rate with your other credit cards. “
With this payment option, you get a small discount,” De Carla said, adding that this type of discount can save you up to $20 off the price of a ticket or hotel room at the destination you’re staying at.
De Carlos suggested you also consider buying flights at a discounted rate with your other credit cards.
“There are some people who might be in the airline business who have a lot of disposable income,” she pointed out.
“Some of their purchases might be used for travel, but their travel income will be going to other expenses.”
If you plan to travel frequently, De Carlas said it’s wise to pay your airline’s monthly fee for the use of your mobile card.
“This will save you money because it will be reimbursed at the end of the month,” she warned.
“Not only will you save money on a trip but you will also save money in the long run.” You