Saving Money While Flying
I admit it. Every time I go on a a flight (long or shorter), I want to buy a new book, buy delicious snacks, maybe some magazines, and definitely some water. Except airports are like their own tiny countries where everything costs just a bit more than you’d expect – especially food! I’m flying back to my home state for the long weekend, and I”m not looking forward to my evening of travel tomorrow.
Like pretty much anything, the best way to save is to be prepared.
Transportation: The cheapest method is to get a friend to give you a ride if you can. In L.A., that really is an annoying favor. And if you ask, you’ll be asked in return. We have used friends, Super Shuttles, taxi, airport parking (for short trips), as well as the local bus. I highly recommend the local bus if you are coming back at a convenient time – so cheap! For my trip, T will drop me off at work so he can have the car this weekend. I haven’t figured out my plan to get to the airport from there, but I work within walking distance of an airport parking/shuttle, and rumor has it they will give you a lift for about $5. Or I’ll just ask a coworker. And I’ll just have T pick me up when I’m back.
Food: The food choices are are rarely that appetizing or healthy anyway, so I”m planning on making a Trader Joe’s run after work to stock up on a few things. I’m flying from dinner time until about 10 p.m. (California time), so I’ll need something packable yet substantial.
Water: I think I’ll bring an (empty) water bottle. Not just for the flight, but because I’m in the habit of drinking a lot of water. Supposedly you can fill them at water fountains once you get through security.
Entertainment: I usually spend most the flight listening to my iPod podcasts, but I still might pick up another book before I take off. I’m still working on my Master and the Margarita book, but I don’t have anything for when I finish that. I’ve been contemplating Crime and Punishment (at the suggestion of a reader), but I am quite sure I’d feel like way to much of a nerd bringing that to the lake (and I’m already almost certainly the biggest nerd in my entire extended family)… so maybe I’ll look for something a bit lighter that I have on my list!
This is all pretty common sense stuff. Plan ahead if you know you always want overpriced airport food! Did I miss anything? This all seems a little ridiculous given the insane cost of my flight this year!