More for Your Money

More for Your Money

10:00 AM EDT, September 1, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

More for your money: Some tips on tipping in Europe

Here's a tip. Don't stress over tipping.

Want to sit together on the flight? Here are tips on getting the seats

10:30 AM EDT, August 15, 2014

Want to sit together on the flight? Here are tips on getting the seats

When David Masunaga flew on United Airlines from Honolulu to Paris recently, a passenger traveling with his young son asked if Masunaga would switch seats. As is often the case these days, the father and child couldn't get seat assignments together, and Masunaga, who teaches high school math in Hawaii, was presented with a carefully curated bag of snacks as a thank-you for trading.

10:00 AM EDT, August 4, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Travel money tips: Keep your credit card secure while traveling

Vacation. It's supposed to be a time to kick back and relax, but if you're traveling, there can be a lot of stress, from finding the best deal when making the hotel reservations to getting to and waiting at the airport and even checking into your hotel.

10:00 AM EDT, July 21, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

What to do when your flight is delayed or canceled

You've probably been there: You are in a rush to get home, and your flight is delayed or canceled. What to do? Buy a new ticket? Before you spend the money, here are some things to know.

10:00 AM EDT, July 7, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Ideas for traveling on a budget with a dog

Sometimes it's not your kids or your traveling partner that make your vacation plans expensive; it's your dog.

Sweet deals on summer and fall cruises

8:17 PM EDT, July 2, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Sweet deals on summer and fall cruises

It's not too late to get a deal on a cruise vacation for summer or fall. Cruise lines use yield management — increasing or (in this case) decreasing a price in response to demand, among other factors — to fill their cabins, so some of the best deals in cruising are offered within 90 days of the sailing if cabins need to be filled.

10:00 AM EDT, June 23, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Frequent-flier changes need not ground leisure travelers

This column is called "More for Your Money," but this week we're going to tell you why you'll be getting less for your money when it comes to some airline awards programs and what you can do about it.

Hot spots for affordable Internet access while traveling

10:00 AM EDT, June 9, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Hot spots for affordable Internet access while traveling

Staying connected on the road can be costly, especially if you're staying in a hotel that charges you on top of what you're already paying for your room.

10:45 AM EDT, May 12, 2014

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Luggage can put heavy hit on your wallet

Lots of people still carry on their bags, but a heavy, big bag more than likely will need to go down below.

Options Away, Level Skies let travelers lock in airfares before buying

10:30 AM EDT, April 25, 2014

Options Away, Level Skies let travelers lock in airfares before buying

One of the most tired cliches is that so-and-so doesn't actually sell such-and-such; they sell peace of mind. Well, in this case, it's true. The question is whether there is a market for that peace of mind among airline customers.

10:30 AM EDT, April 11, 2014

Tips to protect data and dollars from thieves

Any traveler can get distracted — in fact, it's the rare traveler who doesn't. But when your attention is focused on other things, you may be leaving yourself wide open to theft and data breaches. From stashing your cash to selecting luggage, here are some of my favorite security solutions.

10:30 AM EDT, March 28, 2014

Travel tips on how to find cheaper airfare

As you're planning your summer travels, you may be in for sticker shock: Airfares on some routes are higher than they were four or five years ago. Here are some tips for making your airfare dollars go farther.

Stretching every dollar while vacationing

1:13 PM EDT, March 14, 2014

Stretching every dollar while vacationing

A recent trip to Europe was an exercise in saving money. Here is some of what I discovered.

10:30 AM EST, February 28, 2014

More for Your Money: VAT refunds and other ways to save when traveling

On a recent three-week vacation, I was reminded — forced to remember, perhaps — that there are plenty of ways to save: There are cheaper alternatives or ways to get discounts for almost anything. You can even get money back on that extravagant pair of boots or replacement lens you just had to buy.

More for Your Money: Finding airline seat upgrades

10:30 AM EST, February 14, 2014

More for Your Money: Finding airline seat upgrades

Air travel these days is sometimes likened to the flying version of a Greyhound bus. Here are some strategies to help you keep your costs in hand and perhaps get a little more (comfort, perks) for your money.

6 tips to save you money on your 2014 travels

10:30 AM EST, January 31, 2014

6 tips to save you money on your 2014 travels

Besides providing ideas and inspiration for your trip, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 handed out money-saving tips at its panel sessions. Here are some that we gathered:

One travel writer's most valuable money lessons of 2013

10:15 AM EST, January 6, 2014

One travel writer's most valuable money lessons of 2013

Last year was filled with great travels, which also presented opportunities for money errors — mistakes I had never made before and hope never to again. Herewith, the "If I Only Had a Brain" award winners of 2013:

Tips for smart spending during holiday travel

10:30 AM EST, December 20, 2013

Tips for smart spending during holiday travel

Will you be traveling with family during the holidays? It's not your regular trip. Besides the need to get where you're going — seeing loved ones amps up the pressure — you have the complication of weather that can cause delays and, of course, crowds that almost certainly will cause delays.

 Tips on how to steer clear of airline fees

10:15 AM EST, December 9, 2013

Tips on how to steer clear of airline fees

Airline fees can certainly take some of the joy out of the holidays. Travel, already difficult because of decreased capacity and increased ticket prices (about 2% higher this year, according to Rick Seaney, the founder of FareCompare.com), becomes even more so when you're confronted with having to make changes or check a bag.

Very casual flier? Easy, quick ways to amass sky miles

10:30 AM EST, November 8, 2013

Very casual flier? Easy, quick ways to amass sky miles

If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have work for you.

How to avoid those surprising travel fees

8:28 PM EDT, July 30, 2013

How to avoid those surprising travel fees

You booked the flight, you reserved the hotel room and the rental car and maybe you even figured out your meal. You're set. No surprises, right? Maybe not.

Timing is essential to finding cheapest airfare this summer

July 7, 2013

MORE FOR YOUR MONEY

Timing is essential to finding cheapest airfare this summer

Booked your summer flights yet? Remember, the best time to lock in your ticket is about seven weeks out. Here are some other suggestions, courtesy of CheapAir.com, which mines its database for trends and pivot points in prices and availability:

Apps guide the way when you go out into the world

June 23, 2013

Apps guide the way when you go out into the world

Has a last-minute travel emergency left you frustrated with logistics such as ground transportation or airport navigation? Do you stress about storm updates when traveling by car? Perhaps an unexpected flight delay has left you stranded and bored. Take a tip from the smartphone set and embrace these savvy travel apps.

Changing an airline ticket? There's a fee for that, and it's gone up

May 27, 2013

Changing an airline ticket? There's a fee for that, and it's gone up

If you buy an airline ticket and need to change or cancel your itinerary, you could be in for an even more unpleasant surprise.

 The scoop on airline taxes, changing travel dates and more

May 12, 2013

The scoop on airline taxes, changing travel dates and more

Some answers to readers' airline questions:

Overseas smartphone fees can be a horror story

April 28, 2013

Overseas smartphone fees can be a horror story

You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones.

More for Your Money: Getting the best airfares

April 14, 2013

More for Your Money: Getting the best airfares

It's difficult to know when to buy an airline ticket and when to wait. Some sites offer to guide you on the timing of your purchase.

Perks and pointers for spending less

March 31, 2013

Perks and pointers for spending less

Here are some tips to add to your storehouse of money-saving knowledge. For instance, you can get money back when a hotel room rate drops. Or you may be able to get free airline lounge passes or a hotel upgrade. Here's how.

How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

March 17, 2013

How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester may cause some changes in hours or personnel). Here are some suggestions on how to make the most with the least:

 More for Your Money: Be on the alert for travel scams

December 9, 2012

More for Your Money: Be on the alert for travel scams

If you have the money to travel, you'll want to spend it the way you want to spend it. That means making sure rip-off artists keep their mitts off your dough.

More for Your Money: Readers share hard-won wisdom

February 17, 2013

More for Your Money: Readers share hard-won wisdom

One of the biggest trouble spots for travelers is the topic of money — how to spend wisely on vacation, what to do in foreign countries, how much, what credit cards and much more.

Booking flights too early can be as expensive as booking too late

February 3, 2013

Booking flights too early can be as expensive as booking too late

Anyone who has booked a last-minute flight knows you pay more when you wait. But you also pay more if you book too early. What's too early? What's too late?

Your Money: The best ticket prices when traveling with kids

August 19, 2012

Your Money: The best ticket prices when traveling with kids

If you are flying with kids, you may be able to get a discount, depending on the children's ages and your destination. You can often find discounts on international routes of 10% to 25% off for kids ages 2 to 11.

Affordable travel tips from the experts

September 2, 2012

Affordable travel tips from the experts

We long for travel, but we long even more deeply for affordable travel.

Hotels hang — and will sell — local art

August 5, 2012

Hotels hang — and will sell — local art

Hotel rooms once were just a place to shower, sleep or maybe indulge in breakfast in bed. Now they're also spots to pick up a souvenir — we don't mean the towels.

Michael Wigge is the ultimate budget traveler

May 27, 2012

Michael Wigge is the ultimate budget traveler

Michael Wigge left Berlin without a penny and traveled 25,000 miles to Antarctica, hitchhiking, bartering and working his way by ship, plane, car and foot, from Europe to Canada and the U.S. and then through Latin America.

 More for Your Money: Where to find summer travel deals

June 10, 2012

More for Your Money: Where to find summer travel deals

Although airfare and hotel rates are up this summer, deals are out there — if you know where to look.

 Travel bargains for military personnel

April 15, 2012

Travel bargains for military personnel

Servicemen and servicewomen have a world of travel bargains available. Here are some areas to explore:

More for Your Money: How to cope with high summer airfare prices

April 1, 2012

More for Your Money: How to cope with high summer airfare prices

If you're hoping to book airline tickets for your summer vacation, you may be feeling some extra pain in your pocketbook. A trifecta of factors is playing havoc with airline ticket prices ($1,400 round-trip from LAX to London's Heathrow? Really?) and pinching penny-pinchers' budgets.

More for Your Money: Four-star Maui on a two-star budget

October 23, 2011

More for Your Money: Four-star Maui on a two-star budget

Condo by the beach with pool and ocean view: $129 including taxes.

How to beat the gas-price woes

March 4, 2012

How to beat the gas-price woes

President's Day weekend seemed to be a turning point for gasoline prices, which look to be increasing faster than a speeding bullet. If the trend continues, analysts say, we may see $5 a gallon and beyond. That will put into play some of the measures that made the gas price run-up of 2008 (in June, gas reached $4.62 a gallon) so painful: taxi cab and shuttle service fuel surcharges, hotel energy surcharges and ever higher air fares. Ouch.

Online coupons help make travel a daily deal

November 27, 2011

Online coupons help make travel a daily deal

Lots of people are Groupon groupies; they sign up for this daily deal coupon site (or others like it) to get discounts where they live.

Travel experts share bargain-hunting tips

February 5, 2012

Travel experts share bargain-hunting tips

If you don't know where you're going on vacation this year, you may not be indecisive. You might just be a bargain hunter.

In-flight Wi-Fi fees: How to get discounts

August 15, 2010

In-flight Wi-Fi fees: How to get discounts

I had been reluctant to try in-flight Wi-Fi because of the cost, but when I found a discount that cut the fee to $7.46 on a recent American Airlines flight, I tried the service and liked it. And the connection seemed faster than my DSL at home.

Packing tips with climate needs in mind

December 25, 2011

Packing tips with climate needs in mind

Winter is the time of year when travelers are searching for the ultimate mountain cabin and ski experience, or scrambling to book the best beach resort package they can find. (Yes, even if you're a Californian.)

More for Your Money: Don't get run over by school-sports trip costs

October 16, 2011

More for Your Money: Don't get run over by school-sports trip costs

Whether you're driving the kids to games in your vehicle or sending them on a bus provided by the school, coordinating sports-related teen travel itineraries can be a logistical exercise that requires near-military precision.

February 28, 2010

Big passengers should ask about seat policies before flight

"Too wide for the sky?"

Vacation? I've got a coupon for that

August 21, 2011

Vacation? I've got a coupon for that

My husband, Eric, and I are usually do-it-yourselfers, but on our first trip to the Boundary Waters between Canada and Minnesota, we paid an outfitter, who provided the tent, sleeping bags and meals — even a first-aid kit. Our fully outfitted vacation was half-price, thanks to an online group coupon site: $616 for us and our two children for three days and two nights, plus a night at the outfitter before venturing off.

February 13, 2011

More for Your Money: Getting out of a country in crisis

When a crisis strikes a country you're visiting, it pays to have friends. By the time the U.S. government began evacuating its citizens from troubled Egypt last month, some tour operators, travel agents and private security firms had already moved their clients to safety.

April 25, 2010

Websites that help you plan your travel

From finding cheaper flights to scoring last-minute lift tickets, here are some websites that will help ease you on down the road (or slopes).

National Park lodgings going fast

April 11, 2010

National Park lodgings going fast

From the deserts to the mountains, national park lodges in the Western U.S.'s iconic destinations are close to putting up a "No Vacancy" sign for summer.

March 28, 2010

Adding up tax deductions on business trips

When it comes to life's two guarantees, I find death less scary than taxes. Taxes, in fact, are so scary that they make me want alcohol. So is a margarita on a business trip as deductible as my hotel room?

  • Email E-mail
  • add to Twitter Twitter
  • add to Facebook Facebook
  • Home Delivery Home Delivery

Whether you are looking for a weekend get-away, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or just helpful hints, the Travel Unraveled newsletter is there to help.
See a sample | Sign up