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What are the best ways to save money on travel this summer?




A tourist pulls a rolling suitcase on August 15, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
A tourist pulls a rolling suitcase on August 15, 2012 in Berlin, Germany.
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If you’re following the golden rules of online travel booking, you’re already buying flights on Tuesdays and making sure your plane takes off Wednesday. But the old tricks aren’t as money-saving as they used to be (and sometimes, none at all).

So what are the best ways to really save on summer travel?

Travel site Hopper uses broad research to find the best travel days and purchase days based on origin and destination cities.

We’ll also discuss which cities to travel from and which to avoid, look into tips about packing effectively and cheaply to avoid bag fees, and talk about ways to save once you’re in vacation mode.

What are your best travel tricks? How do you save money in transit and at your destination? Are some travel luxuries worth the splurge?

Guest:  

Catharine Hamm, travel editor for the Los Angeles Times