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Re: Save Money on Travel

LaKisha Dillingham ·
Hopper (App) and Google Flights allow you to monitor the price of airfare for your destination and recommend when the ideal time is for you to purchase tickets.
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Save Money on Travel

Moore Income ·
Almost everyone I know likes to travel, but few people do it much. One of the primary reasons for this is the lack of finances. But if done right and properly planned, there are ways to travel without spending a ton of money. My wife and I have been able to go quite a few places although we don't have a ton of money, we just have to plan well ahead of time. So I figured it would be a good idea to start this thread for people to talk about ways they personally save money on travel and for...
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Have you been successful in getting a refund for summer travel?

Maryann ·
I'm curious if anyone has been successful in getting a refund for summer travel? It seems more and more people are having to change summer vacation plans due to COVID. Curious to know what steps folks took to get their money back. If you were successful in getting a refund (not just a travel credit), how did you go about that?
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Dr Richard Ray Shreve ·
Yes I did get a refund for my spouse and I on a 2 week trip to Europe, starting March 3, 2020, for an International ski meet. It involved AC-1, Delta, Alitalia & Aeroflot. We got back about 85% of our purchase price. A lot of work with a great effort by the credit card company. I had filed a dispute over having paid without any service. Still have NOT received anything for the R & B in Europe. This was paid by personal check and NOT the credit card. RR$, Ph.D.
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Julie Matek ·
We were supposed to go to Tampa, Fl April 26, 2020 and canceled due to the Pandemic. Southwest would not refund the money for flight, but we can use that money towards another flight later. They extended the time to use it from one year to a date in 2022. So that's good. I don't know when I would want to fly again. Maybe once there's a vaccine.
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Olivia ·
We were supposed to visit Pennsylvania family and during that time my husband was to take in a conference and a business meeting. The return flight got cancelled by the airline. They refunded our ticket price. We re-booked with another airline. The business meeting cancelled. Then the conference cancelled. Then the friends we were to stay with told us of government restrictions, so could no longer house us. So we ended up cancelling the entire trip. We got airline credit for the two flights...
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William P. Barnett ·
I had planned a trip to Hawaii involving 4 one-way flights, i.e., 1 to LA on American Airlines, 1 from LA to Honolulu, 1 back to LA, and 1 back to Pittsburgh. Accommodations in Hawaii were canceled, so I couldn't go. Sun Country Airlines canceled the flight back to LA, so I got a refund. Since the other flights hadn't been canceled, I got vouchers for future flights. I also lodged claims for the unrefunded amounts with Travel Guard, but don't know the outcome of those yet.
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NikDanger ·
AirBnB does not refund money for rentals in locked down states, instead gives a credit to be used for the next rental. A win/lose situation, AirBnB wins as one ends up spending money,even with a credit. The consumer loses, as is often the case. The honorable thing would be to give refunds, not credits toward future rentals. You gotta love those extra fees: service fee, cleaning fee. So I'm sure you have figured by reading above: we took the credit and am vacationing in a nearby un-locked...
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Re: Are cheap travel options really worth it?

Sushil ·
I have also tried budget airlines, but I *always* am sure to book the first flight if I can -- they are more likely to run on time and have fewer delays (though that's not always the case). I've learned to pack efficiently (a backpack, no checked bags -- although that's easier in warmer weather than in colder weather).
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Gabby ·
I try to find a balance. I'm a mom and have done most of my cross country travel with kiddos. In my case, much of my decision in terms of expenses revolves around them. I prefer to keep the actual travel costs to the destination slim so we can splurge with family and friends when we arrive. BUT for us, that pretty much means driving however many hours to our destination because I put a $$ value on the sanity I lose trying to occupy kiddos for hours long delays if we were to travel any other way.
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Joshua Pramis ·
@Sushil That's a really great point! Early morning flights — even on those budget airlines — are the safest bets for avoiding delays, and I'm all about the carry-on life to save money and avoid the circus at baggage claim. @Gabby It's all about finding that balance and figuring out what works best for you, isn't it? Traveling with kids — as I recently learned flying with my 3-year-old niece — can change everything. At that point, it's a delicate dance between remaining cost-conscious and...
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sthom ·
I will use Southwest Airlines, but that's the only budget airline I will fly. When I fly, I also try to do the early morning or even the red-eye flights to avoid delays. That said, I have no intention on getting on any airline anytime soon.
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Angie P. ·
"So, I’m curious. What is your approach to cutting costs when you travel? Are you all about budget transportation? Or would you prefer to dial back experiences at your destination?" It really depends on how many points I have at the time. But for the most part, I wouldn't ever fly Spirit or anything like that because those airlines are known to have hours upon hours of delay. I'd fly cheap with Southwest for example because I don't feel the experience there differs much from United. There...
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Are cheap travel options really worth it?

Joshua Pramis ·
Hey all! I’m a writer here at The Penny Hoarder and want to take a few minutes to talk about traveling on a budget. Whether it’s been out of necessity or simply my frugal sensibilities, I’ve always looked for the most affordable way to get from point A to point B, even if it came at the expense of my comfort. My thought being: I’d rather have a little extra in my pocket to spend on food and experiences. This all stemmed from my previous life as a New Yorker. Living in one of the most...
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Re: What are your financial dealbreakers?

Omi ·
This letter was a conundrum to me when I read it last year, and still is. My significant other likes to eat really nice food, i.e. nice steaks, does not eat fast food. and I am more of a budget eater when I need to be. He is debt free, and I am not and I earn less money than he does. I try to purchase what he likes when it is on sale, as he does the same for me; but sometimes I think I am holding my own debt pay off back a little by not being super frugal on the groceries, as I could be if I...
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Re: What are your financial dealbreakers?

irishnanny ·
mine is worrying about the future i am 72 years old, had my job with the school for 20 years, about 12 years ago my husband said to me you don't need a retirement , so i dropped out, now at 72 i am getting back into it, i do hope this can help me in some way, i am what my children call me a young 72 because i stay active, i will be able to buy back to the tier i was in by May 22 .
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Angie P. ·
Hmm no dealbreakers for me per se, since love and money are compartmentalized into 2 different categories in my mind. One dealbreaker might be if the partner has the expectation that the person who is more well off should pay for everything -- but that is less about money and more about an entitled attitude. Re: above scenario. I think in the book I Will Teach You To Be Rich, the author talks about how he's more well-off than his spouse and runs into the same issue. The thing that worked for...
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mintjulep ·
The only red flag I see in the letter writer's example is her expectations of him. Though money going into our senior years is certainly important, so is good health, attitude and/or freedom to do what we'd like. If any of those assets are lost, those retirement dreams can evaporate in seconds. My financial dealbreaker is irresponsibility with money. Living beyond one's means. Doesn't matter if a partner or family is wealthy or not, doesn't matter the reason for the irresponsibility, it...
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Dear Penny ·
@Omi That's a great point about splitting more than just costs. Effort definitely matters!
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Omi ·
Angie P has a point, and I will say my sister and brother-in-law did that style successfully, (ratio of incomes), for the several decades they have been married.
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KellyFromKeene ·
The letter writers situation sounds like mine! When I was dating, my boyfriend (now husband's) income was 3X my income, and he was single and I was supporting 2 children. It was tough! He often paid for meals out for both and his part of vacations (and more) but I felt like I had to cover my own expenses. Really, coming up with 1000$ was MUCH harder for me- for him it was a day of overtime. I would save all year for something that he could just pull from his checking. Now we are married and...
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SWP63 ·
Welfare It is true some people need the help and I hope they get it but, too many people consider it an early retirement plan. I see too much abuse of the system and have no desire to hook up with the abusers. Welfare should only be used by those who truly need it and only as long as they truly need it!
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What are your financial dealbreakers?

Dear Penny ·
Since Valentine's Day is approaching, I'm wondering what dealbreakers everyone has involving love and money. What financial red flags do you look out for in a partner? I get tons of letters involving some very big dealbreakers. Some common ones include one person refusing to work (even though two incomes are needed), secret spending, gambling problems, and refusing to deal with mounting debt. But here's a letter I got last year where I actually don't see any big dealbreakers, and I'm curious...
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PiNaY ·
I appreciate this support we have about discussing love and money! Having dated both sides of the scale - one who had bad credit and owed me money, and one who was married to his money and belittled how much debt I had - there needs to be a partnership, balance and communication. I’ve learned that in a relationship, we both need to discuss finances, provide for each other and build wealth together because we love each other and want a life together.
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Re: Are cheap travel options really worth it?

Big Lew ·
Everything you mention makes sense to me. Being single myself, I have not been on vacation in 6 years. Also I planned out my last trip months in advance. Currently, I am debating if I want to fly to Detroit for a family reunion in September or drive there with my sister, or just skip the whole thing once again.
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Areba khn ·
I believe that many people would agree that travelling is beneficial to them, but not everyone is the same. I personally despise travelling, regardless of how expensive or inexpensive it is. My perspective would most likely be different if I were married (to share the experience with someone special), but I am happily single. I also read a similar guide about cost of living in Ireland at howyoumatter.com That being said, this isn't an either/or decision, or it doesn't have to be. It only...
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