We asked four travel experts-Matt Kempes of NomadicMatt.com; George Hobica, founder of AirfareWatchdog.com; Jaime Freedman of TravelZoo.com; and Clem Bason, president of Hotwire.com-for simple questions every traveler should be asking to save money.
The worst answer you'll get back is no." Jaime Freedman of TravelZoo.com says, "I've seen instances where at the very last second they had business class available, so they offered it as an up-sell incredibly inexpensively.
"Always say what you're celebrating," says Freedman
"Go where the deal is," says Freedman
"When [deals] are sourced locally, it means you're going to places that aren't designed for tourists," says Freedman
, and are consequently less expensive.
If you live reasonably near a cruise port, ask your agent about the rate for in-state residents, which Freedman says cruises offer at a deep discount to increase sales.
"It's wonderful when you can cruise from home.
Basically you're going on a Caribbean vacation with no airfare.
notes that while discounts for residents can vary, in-staters may be able to save up to 25 percent on a cruise.
They'll know where to find the best off-the-beaten-path venues and cultural events, says Freedman
, as well as which ones are running deals.