Summer vacation planning tips to help you save $$$

Posted on: 10:45 am, May 28, 2013, by , updated on: 10:47am, May 28, 2013

It’s that time of the year when families start planning out their summer vacation destinations.  FOX 4 Problem Solver Linda Wagar appeared on Tuesday’s FOX 4 Morning Show to give some tips on how to spend your vacation dollars wisely

If you’re interested in saving money, the best thin to keep in mind when planning your summer vacation is to be flexible.

For example, if you’re considering an international trip, don’t just check into departure flights and prices from Kansas City.

According to CardHub.com, if you’re in the market for an affordable flight, you need to key in on certain cities that are the most affordable to fly from.  The top one for domestic flights is Denver followed by Dallas and Chicago.

For international flights, the most affordable city if Washington, DC, followed by New York and Chicago.  One of the reasons Washington, DC is so affordable is because of the competition in the area.  There are three major airports right next to each other — Washington Dulles, Reagan National and Baltimore.

Remember to check out the prices on mid-week flights.  Those flights tend to be significantly lower than weekend or Monday or Friday flights, when airlines know they will fill seats easily with higher paying business travelers.

Kayak.com is a good website for locating low-cost flights.  Once you find a low-cost flight, remember to go to the airlines own website to see if you can find any even better choice of flight times.

Southwest Airlines isn’t listed on the discount websites, so to find out how their flights compare, you will need to go to the Southwest website.

CardHub also had some good advice for international travelers.  It you’re heading oversees, make sure the credit card you’re taking does not charge you a fee for foreign transactions.

All Capital One cards have no transaction fees.  American Express Platinum doesn’t charge international transaction fees.  To find other cards, check out the website Nerdwallet.com.

Also when buying with a credit card overseas, don’t let the shop you’re buying from convert your purchase into dollars for you.  Because shop owners who do this often choose an unfavorable exchange rate and then pocket the difference.

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