Holiday Travel Hacks To Save Money – Aired on KHOU 11 Houston

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Kerwin’s Holiday Travel Hacks To Save Money

On December 12, 2018, KHOU 11 Houston aired a segment about Holiday travel hacks to save money. I’ve embedded the video below as well as added some additional tips to help you with your travels.   

 

 

Quick Tips

  • Be Flexible. Sometimes, just by traveling a day earlier or later or even getting up earlier can save you a lot of money.
  • Travel during the off season if you can (outside of Holiday periods). You get the best deals during these times as there are not many people flying and the travel brands are eager to fill the beds and seats.
  • Join the loyalty programs of the travel brands you use. Get credit for every stay, rental, flight, etc. But remember to watch the expiration dates of the points/miles too.
  • Major airline alliances with affiliated U.S. airlines:
  • If you can, get a credit card that gives you miles/points for each dollar spent. Don’t leave money (points) on the table.
  • Be courteous. Treat the people who serve you like a friend.
  • Get travel insurance. No trip should be done without this option. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.
  • Know the rules of what you bought. Check cancellation policies, change policy, fees for seats, bags and meals. The cheapest fares usually have a lot of restrictions and sometimes by the time you’ve added in the extras, the fare is the same as a regular fare.
  • Don’t always buy the cheapest fare. This ties with number 7 above. If the fare is cheaper, there will be a lot of restrictions. Also, you may not get the full mileage/points credit you’re looking for.
  • If you can buy your airline ticket directly from the airline. If there is a change the airline has more flexibility to make the change without a fee than an online agency. Also the airline does not have control of the ticket before the day of travel or check-in, so all changes has to be done through the online agency from whom you bought the ticket.

 

International Nonstop Flights From Houston And The Airlines Who Fly Them

 

Houston-Intercontinental (IAH)

  • Asia
    • Beijing, People’s Republic of China (PEK) – Air China (CA)
    • Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) – EVA Air (BR)
    • Tokyo-Narita, Japan (NRT) – ANA (NH) and United Airlines (UA)
  • Australasia
    • Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) – Air New Zealand (NZ)
    • Sydney, Australia (SYD) – United Airlines (UA)
  •  Canada
    • Calgary, AB (YEG) – Air Canada (AC), United Airlines (UA) and WestJet (WS)
    • Edmonton, AB Canada (YEG) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Montreal, QB (YUL) – Air Canada (AC)
    • Toronto, ON (YYZ) – Air Canada (AC) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Vancouver, BC (YVR) – United Airlines (UA)
  • Caribbean
    • Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (BON) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (GCM) – Cayman Airways and United Airlines (UA)
    • Havana, Cuba (HAV) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) – Bahamsair (UP) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (PLS) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) – United Airlines (UA)
    • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (STT) – United Airlines (UA)
  • Central America
    • Belize City, Belize (BZE) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA) – Spirit Airlines (NK) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Panama City, Panama (PTY) – Air China (CA) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Roatan, Honduras (RTB) – United Airlines (UA)
    • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) – United Airlines (UA)
    • San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP) – Spirit Airlines (NK) and United Airlines (UA)
    • San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) – Avianca (AV), Spirit Airlines (NK) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) – United Airlines (UA)
  • Europe
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Frankfurt, Germany (FRA) – Lufthansa German Airlines (LH) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Istanbul, Turkey (IST) – Turkish Airlines (TK)
    • London-Heathrow, England (LHR) – British Airways (BA) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Manchester, United Kingdom (MAN) – Singapore Airlines (SQ)
    • Munich, Germany (MUC) – Lufthansa German Airlines (LH) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Paris-Charles de Gaulle, France (CDG) – Air France (AF)
  • Mexico
    • Acapulco (ACA) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Aguascalientes (AGU) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Cancun (CUN) – Spirit Airlines (NK) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Chihuahua (CUU) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Cozumel (CZM) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Guadalajara (GDL) – United Airlines (UA), VivaAerobus (VB) and Volaris (Y4)
    • Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (ZIH) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Leon/Guanajuato (BJX) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Manzanillo (ZLO) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Mazatlan (MZT) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Merida (MID) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Mexico City (MEX) – AeroMexico (AM), InterJet (4O) and United Airlines (UA)
    • Monterrey (MTY) – InterJet (4O), United Airlines (UA) and VivaAerobus (VB)
    • Morelia (MLM) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Oaxaca, Mexico (OAX) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Puebla (PBC) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – United Airlines (UA)
    • San Jose del Cabo (SJD) – United Airlines (UA)
    • San Luis Potosi (SLP) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Tampico (TAM) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Queretaro (QRO) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Veracruz (VER) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Villahermosa (VSA) – AeroMexico (AM)
  • Middle East
    • Doha, Qatar (DOH – Qatar Airways (QR)
    • Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB – Emirates Airlines (EK)
  • South America
    • Bogota, Colombia (BOG) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Lima, Peru (LIM) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Quito, Ecuador (UIO) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Santiago, Chile (SCL) – United Airlines (UA)
    • Sao Paolo, Brazil (GRU) – United Airlines (UA)

 

Houston-Hobby (HOU)

  • Caribbean
    • Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
    • Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
  • Central America
    • Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
    • San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
  • Mexico
    • Cancun (CUN) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
    • Mexico City (MEX) – Southwest Airlines (WN)
    • Puerto Vallarta (PVR) – Southwest Airlines (WN)

 

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