Monday, October 09, 2006

How to: Save money on your next international getaway

If you are travelling international and you need to fly between local destinations in the country you are visiting then this tip is for you. Often times people will use big name travel websites, such as Travelocity and Orbitz to book their entire travel to and within the destination they are visiting. But, you can save a whole lot of money by booking your travel within the destination by booking your flights directly with a local airline that serves the cities that you want to visit. For example, I want to travel to India. In India, I am interested in visiting New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Jaipur. I could use Travelocity, Orbitz, and such to book my tickets to New Delhi. Now instead of booking my travel within India (to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Jaipur) with them, I can save by booking with local airlines like Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, etc.

How do I find out about which local airlines serve the destinations I want to visit, you ask. That is where A-Z World Airports comes in. On this website, you can browse through the index of all the airports by city or by country. When you find the airport for the city you are interested in visiting, you will be able to see all the airlines that serve that airport. Now, it would be nice if it had links to websites for each airline, but you can always use your favorite search engine to dig that up. Note that not all airlines will have an online presence, and even if they do, they might not let you book tickets. If you book tickets you might also have to worry about the forms of payment they are willing to accept as well as the currency conversion rates to determine if you are, in fact, getting a good deal.

A-Z World Airports

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