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Travel Planning Tips for Retirees

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photo courtesy of renjith krishnan/FreeDigital/

One of the joys of retirement is the ability to travel, and many seniors take advantage of that, if only to visit the grandchildren. The travel budget stretches furthest with a little strategy. It used to seem that the best rates were achieved by using a travel planning site, but I am not seeing as much of a benefit from this strategy any longer, unless you live in an area where there are numerous choices for airlines. In that case it makes sense to start with a price comparison at a travel site, such as Travelzoo or Expedia. As you become familiar with airlines available and your own personal preferences, however, it becomes beneficial to deal directly with your favorite airline. Be sure to click the button that indicates your dates and times are flexible, and watch for inexpensive upgrades that can greatly improve your comfort. Delta, the airline I use most, offers the roomier seats to those willing to pay $9.00 extra for a 3 hour flight.
Yesterday’s news reported that the best days to book a flight are mid-week. They also recommend calling after midnight on Tuesdays, and state that 45 to 50 days prior to your planned trip is the right time-frame to get the best rates.
When it comes to lodging, you can plan flight and hotel on a travel site and they will claim to have saved you a bit, but you can frequently get extra discounts on your own, by becoming a rewards member of one chain. This works especially well when you frequently visit the same city, as when visiting grandchildren. I have also found that, when you deal directly with the hotel, the rooms available are in better locations with better views.


Author: Marci

Having first retired from social work in 2008, I've now had time to work through seasons of all play, and seasons of part-time work, while I figured out how best to make use of my "golden" years. The internet provides so much assistance in finding unlimited ideas related to finances, hobbies, travel and staying healthy, but I soon found my passion in quilting. The vast array of techniques have resulted in seeing inspiration everywhere, and practice is always rewarded with improved skills. Of course, grandchildren and family still get priority, but I see this as a pursuit that will remain interesting into my old age.

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