Travel Changes After Covid

Travel has gotten easier, but covid still is a concern in some areas of the world. Here are some tips on changes after covid, but also way to streamline your trip and make traveling fun again! Enjoy and be aware of what to expect this travel season.


Kathy Husser

3 months ago | 2 min read

In a previous article I discussed a trip to Seattle that required a lot of waiting in airports and patience. Now, I’m here to share the money saving tips that helped get me through a 7-hour flight delay. My trip home was longer, but here are travel tips that worked for me.

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Book Flights First

When traveling book your flight for the trip first. Book airfares according to the approximate time (within a day or two) you want to travel. In this case, I was traveling in mid-October. I was leaving on a Thursday morning and returning on Saturday evening for about $200.00. Great deal, and I had about two and half days for my weekend vacation. By traveling during lower in-demand times, I saved over $300.00 by coming home Saturday vs. Sunday or Monday.

Flexibility is the key to saving on your airfare when traveling. I know a friend that routinely checks the flights after a ticket is purchased and will rebook a flight if there is a significant savings on the airfare. He banks the savings in his “flight account” with the airline for the next trip. Be sure to take the very first or very last flight of the day for maximum ticket savings too.

Volunteer To Be Bumped

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On each leg of my trip volunteers were needed for the over booked situation with the airline. I did not take advantage until the fourth request for a passenger to give up their seat. The first time the voucher amount was not quoted. However, after no takers, the fourth request came with a $800.00 voucher and the price of my one-way seat! I had to wait an additional 4 hours to depart and had a 3-hour layover in another airport. But my time was compensated at about $100.00 per hour with the travel vouchers. I walked around the airport, ate lunch, and read my book. The free wi-fi was great too.

Being bumped worked for me on this trip. You need to decide what your time is worth and be prepared with a plan if you do accept being voluntarily bumped. Again, filling your day at the airport is not for everyone. But, overbooking is more common these days with the crew shortages and fewer flights in the air.

Don’t Forget Points

The other savings to consider are points from credit cards which can pay for hotels, flights, and rental cars. Check out the The for specifics on getting started as a travel hacker on the cheap. I don’t use this method, but I’ve learned it can save you thousands of dollars. If you love to travel, have the flexibility, and pay off your credit cards immediately, travel hacking might be for you!

Have a flexible itinerary on your next trip and keep in mind these travel tips for the future. It might save you a bit of cash for your next trip!

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Kathy Husser

Kathy Husser is an accomplished Administrator having over 25 years of experience in business management in the private and public sectors in the United States. Kathy and her team earned the 2019 nomination from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the National Medal, the highest honor in the United States for the public library industry. Kathy prides herself on her depth of knowledge in leading diverse teams, grant writing and management, and providing mentoring for colleagues. Kathy believes in a work life balance and her personal website is filled with more articles about her travels, photography, and her love of gardening in the desert southwest. Check out her social media for more information. And her website to learn more:







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