MADISON (WKOW)--Want to get away with the family but money's tight? Good Housekeeping says travel bargains are out there - it's all in the timing.
For instance, airfares are lower online from 3pm Monday to Wednesday nights. Airlines typically lower prices during these times and raise them on Thursdays. When you fly makes a difference, too.
"Book your trip from mid-week to mid-week. Say, leaving on a Wednesday and coming back on a Wednesday, you can save 20 percent on your airfare verses doing a Saturday to Saturday trip," says travel editor, Janet Siroto.
Chains like Days Inn, Motel 6 and Super 8 don't nickel-and-dime you on things like premium cable tv and morning coffee. And many offer free continental breakfast. And don't rule out the train.
"You can save 15 percent or more by taking Amtrak's auto train where you, your family, and your car actually travel together."
So if you're not enamored with the long lines at the airport and you're not in a great hurry to get to your destination, the Auto Train might be the right ride for you.
Check prices for airfare on travel-agency sites like Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity. But before you book, check the airlines themselves for the same flights.
You can often find a better deal and could save up to $100 for a family. Another bonus: most airline sites don't charge fees for booking online.