Plan for Great Escapes

Dreaming of a second honeymooon or vacation house by the sea? Check out these expert financial planning tips plus real-life advice from coastal dreamers like you.

Top 10 Secrets for the Best Travel Deals

Uncover new and surprising budget-savvy shortcuts to booking flights and hotels.

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Sleuth Travel Sites, and then Switch

Sleuth Travel Sites, and then Switch

Study Expedia or Travelocity to find out which airlines fly where, and when you want to go. Then scoot directly to the airline site to make a beeline for the best rates and flight times. If you book a package deal, with air and hotel, instead of directly with the airline, it can be harder to receive a credit or refund if your plans change.

Using an umbrella site first also saves precious moments when you don’t want to hunt through several sites to find one going your way. Be aware that some airlines, such as JetBlue and Southwest, aren’t always listed on suitcase sites, so you may need to head to their Web sites at the start.

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