SK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4 Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2473 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 , just wonder how you guys finance all these trips!
QANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5798 posts, RR: 42 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2469 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.
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17293 posts, RR: 51 Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2387 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).
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.
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2301 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!
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3000 posts, RR: 29 Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2297 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.
Duff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
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.
Usair320 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 991 posts, RR: 2 Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2243 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.
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2204 posts, RR: 22 Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2243 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 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 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