How to be “Lucky” in Travel

online-purchaseHave you been seeing green lately? If so, it can only mean one thing – St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Around St. Patrick’s Day we start thinking about luck… the luck of the Irish that is. If only we could all have the luck of the Irish when it comes to travel! Oh, the places we would go, and the things we could do. The following tips offer handy advice on how to feel a little luckier when planning your next trip:

Magic Tuesday
There might be flight ticket magic that happens when you stay up late. Flight prices often drop late on Tuesday night into Wednesday.1 The reason? Usually it’s a “fare war” of sorts between airlines that raise their price over the weekend, but compete with each other afterwards, lowering their prices into the early part of the week.1

Lucky Number 54
Book your travel approximately 54 days from your planned day of departure to ensure you get the best rates on your trip. 1 While the science isn’t exact, it’s around this time that flight prices are at their best.

Pot of Gold
If your credit card offers points for purchases, check to see if the points you earn can be used to pay for travel expenses like airfare. If so, you may be able to save money on booking your next trip. Talk about your own lucky pot of gold!

Rainbow of Diversity
While traveling, chat up the person sitting next to you on the plane or your waiter, the hotel attendant or a random person you meet at a theme-park. We’ve all heard of the person who, by simply striking up a conversation, has come away with a free pair of event tickets, or recommendations of places to see and things to do while on vacation. You may be surprised at a stranger’s hospitality.

Social Savvy
If you’re not on social media, you should be. Follow your favorite travel sites and travel agents to learn about giveaways, contests and discounts. Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest are just a few great places to start.

Plan Ahead
Research the city to which you will be traveling to learn about free events. Certain coupon sites may get you discounts on event tickets, certain products or places to stay. Remember, a well-planned trip can make things easy to find, allow you to get there quickly and alleviate the stress involved with traveling – that in itself is being lucky while on a trip.

Pack a Travel Guard® Travel Insurance Plan
Purchasing a travel insurance plan isn’t like carrying a four-leaf clover for good luck. But, it may make you feel a little luckier when you know your trip investment may be covered. The 24/7 travel assistance included with most plans can re-book flights and hotels on your behalf and act as your own personal travel counselor when you have questions while traveling. While other travelers may be left on their own figuring out how to maneuver any incidents that occur while traveling, you’ll have help – and that in itself makes you lucky.





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