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Steps to Save Money on Travel

Jan 10, 2007

By Marshall Loeb

Planning on traveling in 2007? If you want to save money, plan ahead. Here's how to save on travel expenses this year:

If you're flying to Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean this year, you better have a passport. Starting Jan. 23, you'll need it to get back into the United States. It can take up to six weeks to get a passport, which costs $97 for adults and $82 for children under 16. For details, visit or

Crossing the border by land or sea? A birth certificate and photo ID will do for now -- the passport law won't take effect for those modes of transportation until 2008.

To save on airfares, go beyond the usual suspects. Web sites like and don't always include smaller airlines such as JetBlue and Spirit in their search engines. These smaller carriers may offer cheaper deals, especially at the last minute. Try searching, and These sites scan fares offered by various discount airlines and consolidators in addition to mainstream carriers.

Fly into a smaller airport. If you're headed to Boston, consider the Providence, R.I., airport or the Manchester, N.H., airport. Both are less than 55 miles from Boston and may land you significantly reduced fares. This strategy may be particularly useful if you're flying with a family or group of people -- you could save several hundred dollars per person on airfare and use the savings from just one person to drive to your final destination.

If you're renting a car, reserve a compact or low-end model when making your bookings, says Pauline Frommer of the Frommer's travel guides. It will be cheaper for you to upgrade in person than it would to book a higher end model ahead of time. And check with your car insurance and credit card companies before you travel -- both often cover rental car insurance. That way, you can forego the insurance rental car companies are likely to offer.

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