Airlines make a lot of money online. So do hotels. After all, customers can book their flights on a whim. They can book a room from their phones while sitting in the hotel's lobby. Travel companies make billions in revenue, which should make everyone happy, right?
But for hotels and airlines, digital booking services are a double-edged sword. Travelers can also use several tricks to save money on trips, much to these companies' chagrin. You can skip extra expenses and add-ons that used to be required. You can even decide whether certain services are worth the dough.
Here are several cost-saving measures that the airline and hospitality industry don't want you to know about.
1. Use the Secret Formula
Airlines will try to make as much money as they can. It doesn't matter how much the flight is actually worth; they're trying to milk you for every penny, especially on busy routes.
So how do you know whether a flight is worth the money? How do you know if you're about to pay too much? There's a simple formula for that: Just multiply the round-trip miles (airport to airport) by $.032, and add $230 to get the average price.
Sound too simple? It's amazingly effective, and there's another formula you can use for international flights. In an emergency, people will pay whatever they have to, but if your plans are somewhat flexible and you're worried about getting fleeced, these formulae will keep that from happening.