3 Holiday Travel Tips that Will Save You Money

BY: - 5 Nov '13 | Travel

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This year has blown by and the holidays are fast approaching.  Thanksgiving is literally 2 ½ weeks away and I can’t wait to try ShesGotFlavor’s ‘sweet potato’ pie recipe.  Just in case it’s slipped your mind, Christmas is just 6 weeks away.  If you haven’t booked your ‘Thanksgiving’ flight, well…consider driving at this point (lol).  Prices have already skyrocketed.  We are here to help with a few more holiday travel tips.

Still trying to figure out how to get a flight home in time for Christmas?  Do you have a credit/debit card with unused rewards points?  This is the time to use them.  Reward points don’t have blackout dates…so redeem your rewards points now for holiday flights.  I recently booked a roundtrip flight to Atlanta for $5 using 25,000 of my rewards points that I earned by using my debit MasterCard for everyday purchases.

Depending on which airports you use, you could book that premium flight during Christmas week for next to nothing.   Busier ‘hub’ airports typically require more rewards points, but it doesn’t matter in the long run because you’re going to save a lot of money.    Money that can be used for, let’s say…after-holiday shopping. (lol)

If you just can’t get home for the holidays, consider a trip home during the first two weeks of December or the first two weeks of January.  The ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday travel rush will be over and in January the ‘Christmas’ holiday travel rush will be over.  In the travel industry these are considered the ‘dead weeks’ of travel and you can get a fabulous deal on a flight.  You’ll miss the holiday festivities but you’ll enjoy seeing family and friends.

The other key to holiday travel is to ‘learn how to pack and live out of a carry-on bag.’  Actually this is a good rule of thumb when traveling by air in general.  Not having to check a bag on a roundtrip flight will save you $50 on the first bag and $70 on the second bag.  Traveling with a carry-on bag also helps you save time.  You won’t have to find the baggage claim area and wait for your luggage to be off loaded when traveling with just a carry-on bag.

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends, not spent in an airport waiting on a plane. BMWK family what are your favorite holiday travel tips?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Fun Holidays with the Kids in NYC!

BY: - 12 Nov '13 | Travel

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When you think of the holiday season a couple of fabulous images usually come to mind. For example ice skating at Rockefeller Center, the ‘National Christmas Tree’ lighting on the mall and Gaylord National’s ‘Ice’ holiday experience to name a few. If you are planning a family holiday trip to NYC, we have a few fabulous holiday experiences just for you.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Mark your calendar for December 4th that’s the day the big tree out back (as news anchor Brian Williams puts it…lol) comes to life.  A NYC holiday tradition since 1931,the iconic tree will be turned on for the season during the official ‘Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree’ ceremony. Enjoy family fun, holiday music performances and more during the event from 7p-9p.  I think the tree at Rockefeller Center is more popular than the ‘National Christmas’ tree on the mall. When you think of holidays in NYC you automatically think of that gorgeous decorated tree and the beautiful gold leaf statue watching over the ice skating rink. For you fun loving ice skaters, the ice skating rink is now open (thru March 31, 2014). For more information visit www.RockefellerCenter.com.

FAO Schwarz

A trip to NYC with kids would not be complete without a trip to the world’s biggest toy store.  A 150 year old icon, the FAO Schwarz toy store is a kids (and big kids) dream! The iconic living ‘Toy Soldiers’ greet you at the door (you can also take a picture with them) and open the door to toy store heaven.  The worlds’ biggest toy store is home to NYC’s biggest candy store ‘FAO Schweetz,’ and ‘Bookworld’ where kids can discover a new world in new and popular books.  You will loose your daughter in ‘Dolls’ the largest collection of dolls from exclusive brands like ‘Madame Alexander’ and ‘Tonner.’  You can also have breakfast with a ‘Toy Soldier,’ learn how to bake/decorate cupcakes in the ‘Tastebuds Kitchen Cupcake Decorating Experience’ and have your face painted.

If you are going to treat the kids and yourself to a visit to FAO Schwarz you have to relive Tom Hanks fun scene from the movie ‘Big.’  The famous larger than life ‘Big Piano’ is still a major attraction at FAO Schwarz.  So take off your shoes and start dancing on the keys!  Pictures of your families ‘Big Piano’ experience are available for a fee. For more information on holiday hours and tours, please visit www.FAO.com.

The Rockettes

Any other trip to NYC would include a visit to Broadway but during the holidays you have to visit Radio City Music Hall to see the legendary high steppin ‘Rockettes!’  Tickets for the ‘Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes’ are on sale now.  Santa and the legendary ladies take you on a 3D thrill ride thru NY skies to the North Pole.  You also love the Rockettes take on the ‘Nutcracker’ and the tribute to the first Christmas with the famous ‘living Nativity.’  For ticket prices and information, please visit www.RadioCityChristmas.com and www.Rockettes.com.

BMWK what are your favorite holiday experiences in your city/home town? Have you ever been to NY for the holidays? What was your favorite activity?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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