3 Tricks To Save Money At The Airport (Beyond Airfare)

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated November 22, 2019

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Money Saving Tips
February 12, 2019

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When it comes to traveling, saving money on airfare is usually a top concern. That’s because flights can take up a good chunk of your travel budget. Luckily, you can apply strategies to find cheap flights and airfare flash sales via social media, such as researching aggregate travel tracking sites like Google Flights and Kayak to monitor airfares, or using flight booking apps like Skyscanner, Jetradar and Hopper to plan for the best (and cheapest time) to travel to your destination. You can even monitor hashtags, such as #JetBlueCheeps or #airfare, to save on airfare.

While saving money on your airfare is important to cut down your travel costs, you can save money in other ways right at the airport with a little creativity. Here are some creative ways to save money at the airport:

Carry-on luggage can cost you extra if you’re airfare doesn’t include it. Budget airlines, such as Spirit Air, often charge extra for carry-on luggage. So, it’s important to check with your airline to see what’s covered in the cost of your plane ticket. But if you want to save even more, then skip the carry-on luggage altogether. Instead, pack a lightweight personal item, such as your backpack, to save on costs.

The airport offers a wide selection of food you can choose from to delight your palate while you wait for your departure. So, it’s not uncommon to find delectable dining options while you wait, such as sushi, pastries, hamburgers and even full-course meals. But these conveniences also come with a hefty price that cost as much as 25 percent more than getting these foods at the grocery store.

Instead, avoid the exuberant airport food bill and pack a meal in advance with foods and beverages from your local grocery store. Just make sure it’s allowed on the flight and at the airport, such as chocolate, cheese and crackers or canned items or bottled beverages smaller than 3.4 ounces. Another frugal travel secret? Bring an empty water bottle and you can fill it once you’re past security.

Save on airport parking by conducting a quick online search for deals. You can search Google or even Groupon to score promotions and deals to save big big while you leave your vehicle at the airport.

Reducing your travel costs calls for creativity when you’re trying to save at the airport. By using these tips and tricks, you can avoid unwanted spending and better manage your travel budget. With the right travel hacks, you can even travel luxuriously on a budget. (Vegas cabana, anyone?)

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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