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How Do You Finance Your Tickets?  
User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2994 times:

I really like to travel, but my wallet puts a hold on it too often. Although I have a decent income and travel "non-rev", I just cannot understand how some of you here manage to travel that much. I'm not talking about the business traveller of course, but when I read the user profile's of some of the frequent travellers, I often see that a lot of A.net members are still students.

It's not only the airline ticket, but also the additional costs like car rental/ hotel/restaurant etc etc.

I admit being a bit jealous  Yeah sure , just wonder how you guys finance all these trips!
 nosy 

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User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5869 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2990 times:

work...our family owns a company which has a substantial turnover each year which i gain a dividend from, i tend to chop up the price between work & dividends from my share.

usually-fare paid from work earnings
accomodation and expenses from dividends...rest get's re-invested and the money made on that usually pays for the next trip. vast majority of my trips are spotting orientated.



a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

One thing that helps me get around is my Credit Cards!  Smile

Cheers,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 2):
One thing that helps me get around is my Credit Cards

 checkmark 
Me too


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2983 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 3):
Me too

Although I am paying out of my rectum for it now! Main thing is I have a job with good earnings so it's not the end of the world!

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

I work, my wife works, both for airlines gaining staff travel privelages in the process and we still can't travel like some bastards on here!!

I do the odd trip now and then, but not usually overnight as the additional cost of car hire and accomodation is prohibitive!

It's just not fair!!  hissyfit 

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2976 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 4):
Although I am paying out of my rectum for it now! Main thing is I have a job with good earnings so it's not the end of the world!

do you purchase travel insurance or does it come as condition with credit card??


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 6):
do you purchase travel insurance or does it come as condition with credit card??

I get free travel insurance on one of my cards, and I also have my own policy too.

Justin  Smile


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 2):
One thing that helps me get around is my Credit Cards!

 checkmark 

Oh, and working hard at my job helps  Wink



Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlinePulkovokiwi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

Credit card. No point getting to 80 and saying I wish I visited NYC,London,Paris etc. Do it death is permanent!

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

I hoard cash and generally don't spend all that much. I don't like using my credit card as it just means I have to pay more off in the long term.


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User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2938 times:

Loans. From my parents that is  Silly They're usually happy to lend me flying-money (with no interests) and I usually pay them back pretty fast too.

User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4028 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

I work to get money from which I pay my trips.
Since I don't have a Credit Card I loan the money from my mom/dad to book on-line and I pay them back afterwards.


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

Quoting Pulkovokiwi (Reply 9):
Credit card. No point getting to 80 and saying I wish I visited NYC,London,Paris etc. Do it death is permanent!

 checkmark  I agree...
I used my credit card for my NYC vacation, and i have paid it off in less than a year...

-Zaki


User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2916 times:

there is also accured ff points that some people use and only have to pay the taxes

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

I save up my money, as I don't have any credit cards (I use my debit card to book things, and have never had any issues using it.) to use (No sense paying for a trip many months or even years afterwards.).

When I used to work in the industry and flew non-rev, all of my trips were planned as day trips (one of the first flights in, one of the last flights out). I did this because I knew I couldn't afford a hotel room on a ramper's salary. I only ever got stuck anywhere overnight once and ended up staying at the airport overnight (I could afford the cheapest room that was available, but at the time, $100 was a bit more than I as willing to pay for a hotel room).


User currently offlineRAPCON From Puerto Rico, joined Jul 2006, 671 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

Work flies me around, they pay the tix, I rack up the miles. So go to gollege and get a job that treats you the same way, and pays well.

Oh, before I forget, marrying a wife that makes even more money than I, and who travels more than I, sure helps things.

p.s. Ain't life grand?



MODS CAN'T STOP ME....THEY CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN ME!!!
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Quoting SK601 (Thread starter):
How Do You Finance Your Tickets?

My dad paid so far.
I guess he wanted my sister and I to see the world while we can afford it. You only live once, so while you have the money to do so, don't hesitate. My dad loves travelling and so do I and my sister now too.

So far I have been to over 30 different countries, been to the US alone over 30 times, so I think that I am very privileged to have a dad that has been able to take us around the world.

[Edited 2006-08-05 17:26:00]

User currently offlineAA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Put an alloted amount of money you get from each pay check into a seperate account (or just keep tabs on it) and keep doing that until you have enough for a trip. If you don't work-well good luck....


Go big or go home
User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Many live on credit - way beyond their means - also why so many 16-20ish year olds drive high end cars. . .

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Quoting AA61Hvy (Reply 18):
Put an alloted amount of money you get from each pay check into a seperate account (or just keep tabs on it) and keep doing that until you have enough for a trip. If you don't work-well good luck....

This is the way forward, wise words. It's how I'm saving to clear my debts right now!  Smile

Cheers,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3047 posts, RR: 29
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

Good thread here, I have also asked myself how can these people afford to travel at their age. I see some younger than me and fly more than I do.

Credit cards are not the way to go to satisfy your travel needs. They will just get you into financial problems if one is not careful with them. I pay my trip with my debit card, I take my credit card along just in case I run out of cash.


User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

Money!

Signed,
Capt. Obvious


Seriously: I don't travel all that much, and when I do it's either for business (which they pay for), a trip to a race (I'm an avid sports car racing fan), or to MCO to visit the grandparents. My race trips so far have only been to ATL , but I might add MRY later this year.

So basically, I save up, and my trip is usually to an otherwise pretty mundane destination. I hate the sun and fear open water, so the usual "sunny beachside" destinations hold no interest. My sister is now a London resident, so I may end up there at some point.



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineUsair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Well I am 15 and 3/4's so as far as vacations and what not go they are at my parents expence. But every now and then as I live in ABQ I use some money of my own or Miles as I have many of those to take day trips just for flying to PHX, DFW, DEN, SLC or places equally as close and those are at my expence of either Miles or Money.

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2474 posts, RR: 24
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Quoting Usair320 (Reply 23):
I use some money of my own or Miles as I have many of those to take day trips just for flying to PHX, DFW, DEN, SLC or places equally as close and those are at my expence of either Miles or Money.

I've also bought two tickets to visit my now ex-girlfriend from the States at my own expenses and the upcoming trip to svalbard has been paid with Miles


25 Usair320 : P.S the only reason I have miles without A credit card is because I collect them thru airline websites and I have my mom's remaining Dividend miles as
26 Sabena332 : I pay my flights with AmEx but sometimes also with my Shithansa Visa card. AmEx and Visa are sending me a statement every month and debit the stated s
27 Usair320 : a quick question anyone know how to collect miles on CO's onepass online. Cant quite figure it out. Sorry if it's a bit off topic.
28 Post contains images BigOrange : I usually use credit cards, but the wife has grounded me at the moment, due to high credit card bills from things other than travel. I can get decent
29 Tercer : Cash is king; I save like a mad man, purchase the ticket on my card and pay the bill the same month.... If I have to put in on my card and am unable
30 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : 1. Work 2. Credit card, paid in full when bill comes in - I do NOT carry a balance, ever 3. Miles - but we've only used them once. We saved miles for
31 GOCAPS16 : This is what I do. I work monday to Friday from 2pm til 11pm. Most of my flying is on weekends and most airlines offer last minute weekend fares and w
32 American757 : My mom has always paid for my tickets.
33 Andrewuber : I have jumpseat benefits, and ironically I was just talking to a fellow a.netter tonight about why we don't use this benefit more often. We are truly
34 Bill142 : Don't like wearing huge amounts of credit card debt. I usually save like mad and limit the amount of expenditure on my credit card just incase I need
35 Lewis : Mostly non-rev or paid by parents.
36 Kazzie : I pay for my own trips.... I save, up, Maybe put the flight on a Credit card, but the rest is paid from my own pocket..
37 Post contains images BHXFAOTIPYYC : AD 75's and the occasional AD 00's ( to EK and CX for the last ones)
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