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Anthea @ The Granite Extended Stay Event Calendar April 2017

Anthea @ The Granite is Albuquerque, NM’s premiere extended stay hotel and corporate apartments, but we also view ourselves as ambassadors to the quirky nightlife and entertainment hub that Albuquerque has become! Please,  stay awhile, and check out what New Mexico has to offer!

Event Location Date and Time
Centro-Matic Living Room Show April 5th 8:00 PM
Dick Dale Sister Bar April 5th
Red Elvises Low Spirits April 5th 7:30 PM
Sepultura Sunshine Theater April 6th 12:00 AM
Emmett Bower Band The Dirty Bourbon April 6th 9:00 PM
Keys N Krates The Historic El Rey Theater April 7th 7:00 PM
Casa Esencia Casa Esencia April 7th 9:00PM
James and the Giant Peach Kimo Theatre April 8th 2:00 PM
Fiestas De Albuquerque Historic Old Town April 8th 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Bacon Beer and Blues Balloon Fiesta Park April 15th 11a-5PM
38th Annual American Indian Week Indian Pueblo Cultural Center April 24th-30th
Gathering of Nations Pow Wow Expo New Mexico April 27th-29th
Albuquerque Renaissance Faire Anderson-Abruzzo ABQ International Balloon Museum April 29th

5 Awesome Things to Do In Albuquerque That You Need to Know

 

Our fair city is a burgeoning metropolis—just over a half of million in population! We’re excited to show off New Mexico to you—this city is immersed in natural wonders, balloon festivals, art, and culture. Speaking of our balloon festivals—we’re home to an international balloon festival that attracts visitors from the entire world over!

As you travel around our city, you can’t miss the obvious Spanish culture influence in everything we do. A lot of the original Spanish culture remains and makes for awesome sight-seeing. Let’s take a look at the awesome things to do in Albuquerque!

1.) Go Fishing At Tingley Beach!
things to do in albuquerque

 

This ‘beach’ is actually a series of ponds that went by the name ‘Conservancy Beach’—the area is manmade and was built by diverting water from the Rio Grande.

The ponds were originally used for swimming when it first opened and then in the 1950’s, it was closed off and then became primarily used for fishing.

You can spend an entire day at Tingley Beach—the area includes a restaurant, paddle boats, a model boating pond and then the fishing ponds for both adults and children alike!
2.) Get Some Education at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

 

things to do in albuquerque

Get a unique chance to discover more about the area’s Pueblo Indian Culture at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center!

This center features a collection of pottery and art with a day’s worth of hands on activities. Sit back and watch the Traditional Native American dances that honor Mother Earth or peruse the gift shop that sell original works of art.

Try some cultural works of art yourself! The center offers pottery classes and a chance to learn about gourd painting. Finishing up at the center, you can stop and grab an award winning Tewa Taco before you head back to the hotel.

 

3.)    Take a moment to see over 15,000 Historic Petroglyphs

 

things to do in albuquerque

 

New Mexico is home to the Petroglyph National Monument—housing more than 15,000 prehistoric and historic Native American and Hispanic Petroglyphs. The monument has a visitor center with in-depth information, temporary exhibits, and educational material.

The monument boasts elevations of up to 5,000 feet—but there are many mild hikes for all ages. The area is mild throughout the year, save for a couple of intense summer months.

 

4.) See Albuquerque From a Hot Air Balloon

 

things to do in albuquerque

 

The Rainbow Ryders offer hot air balloon rides over Albuquerque and the surrounding states for a while now—an established TripAdvisor Hall of Fame member, they take every precaution to ensure that you are in the safest of hands.

You can plan your airborne trip in a variety of ways—sunrise hot air balloon rides, sunset balloon flights, or even a private ride with you and your loved ones. The most popular flight is the Dawn Patrol Flight that takes off 30 minutes before sunrise and gives you the perfect view to watch the area wake up and come to life.

5.) Kimo Theatre

things to do in albuquerque

One of Albuquerque’s best-known architectural landmarks, the KiMo Theatre was originally built in 1927. The somewhat gaudy Pueblo-Revival-Art Deco Style incorporates adobe architectural styles with the linear motifs and recessed spandrels more typical of classic Art Deco. Paintings and images of Native American cultures abound. Through the 1970s the theatre fell into neglect and was barely saved from the wrecking ball. A renovation completed in 2000 has allowed the theater to again become one of the city’s premier venues. Oh, and it is reputed to be haunted!

 

Anthea @ The Granite Extended Stay Event Calendar March 2017

Anthea @ The Granite is Albuquerque, NM’s premiere extended stay hotel and corporate apartments, but we also view ourselves as ambassadors to the quirky nightlife and entertainment hub that Albuquerque has become! Please,  stay awhile, and check out what New Mexico has to offer!

 

Event Location Date and Time
Nuevo Martes The Dirty Bourbon Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:00 PM
Jill Cohn Rio Bravo Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6:00 PM
Tribal Seeds, Raging Fyah, Aloha Radio Sunshine Theater Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00 PM
Red Fang Launchpad Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 12:00 AM
Tribal Seeds, Raging Fyah, Aloha Radio Sunshine Theater Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00 PM
Banff Mtn Film Festival Kimo Theatre Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00 PM
Cheah Boi Warehouse 508 Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 4:00 PM
Pierce the Veil The Historic El Rey Theater Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
Banff Mtn Film Festival Kimo Theatre Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:00 PM
Jackson Tillman The Dirty Bourbon Thursday, March 9, 2017, 9:00 PM
Mýa myamya.com Friday, March 10, 2017
Perla Batalla in Concert Perla.com Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:00 PM
Duke City Gladiators Tingley Coliseum Saturday, March 11, 2017, 6:00 PM
Alibi Best of Burque Music Showcase Sister Bar Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:00 PM
ДахаБраха Kimo Theatre Sunday, March 12, 2017, 7:30 PM
Seasons of Growth Gardening Class Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Sunday, March 12, 2017, 9:00 AM
P.O.S., Dwynell Roland Launchpad Sunday, March 12, 2017
John Batdorf Art of the Song Creativity Radio Sunday, March 12, 2017, 7:00 PM
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival-Spring Show Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals March 10-12, 2017
Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest Coffee & Chocolate Fest March 25-26, 2017

How to Pick the Ultimate Travel Companion

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We all love traveling, but realize it can really bring out the worst in a person. Finding someone who can take in all of the awesome sights and fantastic food, stumble through language barriers and take bus delays in stride is often like finding a diamond in the rough. If you find someone who fits this bill—hold onto them tight and don’t let them go—great travel companions are worth their weight in gold!

 

If you’re looking to travel the world, or even jaunts to the next town over, the perfect travel companion can bring the average adventure experience to heights you couldn’t have even imagined.

 

Pick someone who isn’t afraid to say that you’re about to make a bad decision, and is willing to hear the same. A travel companion that will keep you grounded and safer. Make sure that your traveling companion is someone that you can spend an unlimited amount of time with—and not want to ditch them on a train somewhere. Your travels could make it so that you spend a lot of time with this person, you’d better find them interesting or it could mean a lot of boring meals and train rides.

 

Also—don’t forget to take time for yourself! You and your travel companion will have a new found appreciation for each other by even spending an hour apart—and you’ll have new things to talk about.

This segues into the next observation—find someone you don’t completely agree with. This doesn’t mean that you should take on a travel companion that you’re constantly bickering with, but a person that will occasionally push your buttons can be a good thing. We travel to broaden our horizons, and what better way to do that than surrounding yourself with people that make you think about things differently?

 

A good sense of direction can be a real plus, but give you and your travel companion the opportunity to get lost and wander a bit. This allows you to get off the beaten path and create some great memories!

 

As an aside—pick someone who isn’t glued to their smartphone. A large part of the experience of traveling is wandering through and discovering an unfamiliar place. Smartphones are useful tools while traveling—there is no doubt about that—but do not allow them to take over your experience.

 

Choose a travel companion that is willing to eat anything at least once. Food and travel go hand-in-hand—it’s a huge part of a region’s culture—and it’s hard to understand the local’s way of life if you don’t experience their food.

Pick a travel companion that has a good sense of humor. Travel is messy—there are delays, cancellations, booking errors, language barriers, and cultural faux pas to dance around on even the well-planned trips. A person that can roll with the punches or even make you laugh about them is worth their weight in gold.

 

There are dozens of different personality traits that make people good traveling companions, but most of it is matching personal temperaments.

 

Anthea @ The Granite Extended Stay Event Calendar February 2017

Anthea @ The Granite is Albuquerque, NM’s premiere extended stay hotel and corporate apartments, but we also view ourselves as ambassadors to the quirky nightlife and entertainment hub that Albuquerque has become! Please,  stay awhile, and check out what New Mexico has to offer!

 

Event Date Time Venue
All the President’s Men (1976) Friday, February 3, 2017 7:00 PM Kimo Theatre
Rebel Heart Friday, February 3, 2017 9:00 PM Dirty Bourbon
Crttrz * Ukari * Zillaphyst * Cinematica Friday, February 3, 2017 9:00 PM Low Spirits
Felix Cartal @ The Stage at The Star in Albuquerque, NM Saturday, February 4, 2017 10:00 PM The Star
The Day of the Jackal (1973) Saturday, February 4, 2017 7:00 PM Kimo Theatre
Rebel Heart Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:00 PM Dirty Bourbon
GrooveSession * Pherkad * Burque Sol Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:00 PM Low Spirits
Flash Back 80s Saturday, February 4, 2017 9:00 PM Sister Bar
Cidny Bullens Saturday, February 4, 2017 5:00 PM Aux Dog Theatre
The People Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:00 PM Tractor Brewing Company
Superbowl 51 at Wells Park Sunday, February 5, 2017 4:00 PM Tractor Brewing Company
k.flay Monday, February 6, 2017 7:00 PM Sunshine Theater
Paper Route Monday, February 6, 2017 Sunshine Theater
A Bear’s Choice featuring Dave Abear Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:00 PM Low Spirits
Nuevo Martes Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6:00 PM Dirty Bourbon
Datsik @ Ninja Nation Tour Tuesday, February 7, 2017 9:00 PM The Historic El Rey Theater
Protoje Wednesday, February 8, 2017 protoje.com
Iration Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:00 PM Sunshine Theater
The Creepshow Thursday, February 9, 2017 7:30 PM Launchpad
Speakeasy Health Quest Dinner Party Thursday, February 9, 2017 6:00 PM Vernon’s Speakeasy
Alcest Friday, February 10, 2017 7:30 PM Sister Bar
THE WILD PARTY Live Stage Reading Friday, February 10, 2017 7:30 PM Kimo Theatre
Valentine’s Weekend in the Main Dining Room Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 AM Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro
Fire, Stones, & the Brilliance of Love: A Conversation with Female Jewelers Saturday, February 11, 2017 5:00 PM Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Marbin Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 PM Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Sometimes a Great Notion (1969) Saturday, February 11, 2017 6:00 PM Kimo Theatre
Celebrate Black History Month at South Broadway Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:00 PM South Broadway Cultural Center
USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2017 Recurring daily Albuquerque Convention Center
Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships February 23, 2017 – February 25, 2017 Recurring daily Albuquerque Convention Center
Performance: Motown the Musical February 28, 2017 – March 5, 2017 Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday Popejoy Hall

How to Travel As a Couple: A Survival Guide

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How to Travel As a Couple & Survive

  1. Communicate how you see the trip going and your expectations before you leave

So you and your other half are departing on a lengthy trip. You’ve decided on a destination, but what if you both have very different ideas about how the trip will play out once you get to where you’re going. One person is daydreaming a romantic getaway relaxing away in luxury, with a cocktail in hand, and the other is dreaming up adventures—planning on scuba diving, exploring the area, hiking. One of you likes a super packed detailed itinerary and the other wants to just wander around the city. Communication is a must—talk through your preferences and come up with a draft of activities or experiences that you both can agree on before you depart.

 

  1. Figure out the who/what/when of your travel budget before you go.

Avoid unnecessary spats while on vacation about finances. You and your partner may have different ideas and conceptions about how much to spend, or one may prefer the finer things in life while the other attempts to keep a modest budget while traveling. Make sure that you and your partner have an honest conversation about how much each of you are willing to spend and how you are going to divide expenses.

  1. You both need your space. Make room for it.

No matter where your relationship is, being around each other 24/7 will at some point be a strain. Avoid all of this by making time for yourselves. Doing your own thing gives you time to reconnect with yourself and rejuvenate. It’s healthy and it enriches your trip!
Allow each other to do things that they enjoy on their own—even if one of you just wants to rest in the room while the other explores the local area! This makes for a more relaxing, enjoyable trip for both of you and gives you a chance to miss each other too.

 

  1. Compromise Often

Love is about the little things, and that involves compromise. One partner may care about the views out of the hotel room window, the other partner couldn’t care less. Pick your battles. There will inevitably be discord and disagreement while traveling with that special someone—dietary differences, schedule preferences, personality differences can all lead to squabbles and strain/stress while traveling. Try to keep your partner happy by easing up a bit on the little things without sacrificing too much of yourself and it will only serve to enrich your travel time together.

  1. Kiss and make up.

Despite all of the advice in the world, partners will inevitably have some sort of spat on one of their trips. But it’s the way that you deal with it afterwards that counts. The golden rule? Never go to bed angry with one another. At the end of the day, the issue isn’t your relationship and vacations are meant to be enjoyed—just make up!

Traveling as a couple can be especially difficult—even trying at times, but it can also be extremely rewarding. Learning about the world with your best friend, sharing experiences with them that will enrich your lives for years down the road. Traveling with your partner can also test your relationship as well as help you both connect on a deeper level than could ever happen by just staying at home!

 

Anthea @ The Granite Extended Stay Event Calendar January 2017

Anthea @ The Granite is Albuquerque, NM’s premiere extended stay hotel and corporate apartments, but we also view ourselves as ambassadors to the quirky nightlife and entertainment hub that Albuquerque has become! Please,  stay awhile, and check out what New Mexico has to offer!

 

 Date and Time  Event  Venue
Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 6:00 PM Nuevo Martes Dirty Bourbon
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:00 PM Poetry and Beer Tractor Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 4:00 PM Wednesday Open Mic hosted by Daniel Chavez Low Spirits
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 6:30 PM Draft sessions Ponderosa Brewing Company
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 11:00 AM ABQ Trolley X: Best of ABQ City Tour ABQ Trolley Co. 
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 7:00 PM The Comedy, Magic & Mentalism of Max Krause Max’s Magic Theatre 
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 5:30 PM Fail Night IV Tractor Brewing Company
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 9:00 PM Tyler Stephens Dirty Bourbon
Thursday, January 5, 2017, 9:00 PM Fayuca * VibeStrong * Burque Sol LaunchPad
Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:00 PM Keith Sanchez and The Moon Thieves People Of The Sun * Burque Sol Low Spirits
Friday, January 6, 2017, 6:00 PM Chris Zaccara Ponderosa Brewing Company
Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:00 PM THE SHOW The Box Performance Space
Friday, January 6, 2017, 8:00 PM Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:15 PM Dar Williams @ South Broadway Cultural Center South Broadway Cultural Center
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:00 PM A Night With Elvis Featuring Lonnie Yanes Kiva Auditorium
Saturday, January 7, 2017 Kids Rock Geology Class ABQ Free Press
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:00 PM The Squash Blossom Boys Tractor Brewing Company
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 8:00 PM Milonga de Las Puertas Las Puertas
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 9:00 PM Bandwidth No Name * Moonhat Low Spirits
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6:00 PM Eryn Bent Ponderosa Brewing Company
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 7:00 PM The Devil Makes Three Sunshine Theater
Monday, January 9, 2017, 7:30 PM Old‑Time Jam Circle Tractor Brewing Company
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 PM HIRIE The Historic El Rey Theater
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 12:00 AM Pueblo Book Club – Taos Pueblo Painted Stories & Dragonfly’s Tale Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 PM Nuevo Martes Dirty Bourbon
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:00 PM Kamikaze Karaoke Tractor Brewing Company
January 13, 2017 – January 15, 2017 ALBUQUERQUE COMIC CON Albuquerque Convention Center

Don’t Make These Mistakes Traveling Solo

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Traveling Solo

Traveling alone can be exhilarating, freeing, and life-changing. But those who are traveling solo can also be more vulnerable while traveling alone. Stay safer with these tips on traveling solo from the travel experts at Anthea!

 

Don’t Get Too Ambitious At The Beginning or End of A Trip.

As tempting as it may be to do everything on your first and last night during a trip, try to reel in your ambitions. These two period during a trip are your most vulnerable and stressful points of your trip. You’re laden down with luggage when you first arrive, and super stressed when you’re trying to reach a plane or train on time. Be sure to take it easy on these days—stay near your airport or train station, splurge on a fancy hotel, or take a cab even if public transit is easier on your wallet.

 

Don’t Overschedule

In theme with the above, this is important. Overscheduling is a trip killer under most conditions, but if you’re traveling alone, this can leave you feeling exhausted and burned out. Traveling solo means that you are responsible for all the planning, all of the execution, and any mundane and tedious tasks as well. The ability to go with the flow is a large part of many people’s decision to travel alone and over scheduling can make that impossible.

 

Do Not Tell People That You’re Alone

This is a major mistake made by people who are new to traveling alone. It seems fairly innocuous, right? Tell people that you’re alone so that they can help you if you need assistance…most people are likely to be okay, but it’s important to practice caution.

A key proponent to staying safe while traveling solo is to never let anyone know that you’re alone. If you order something from a hotel, casually mention that you’re waiting for someone to return. This will keep you from being left vulnerable.

Also, if you’re leaving your room, put the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on your door so that no one knows that you’re out.

 

Being Too Nice or Friendly

 

Okay, let’s be clear here: this does not mean be intentionally hostile to everyone you meet. When you’re traveling solo, you have to take special precautions to stay safe—meaning you have to listen to your initial gut feelings about anyone you meet.

 

Even if you want to give someone you met during your travels the benefit of the doubt, don’t. Traveling solo means that you can’t afford any lapses in judgement. In this case, someone else’s perception of you is irrelevant, be cautious and don’t take any risks.

 

Don’t Travel Without a Backup Plan

 

What happens if the worst case scenario happens and you are robbed? Better have a backup plan. Here’s a great way to make sure you aren’t caught off-guard: save empty vitamin or aspirin bottles—the kind that you can’t see through. Add 5 $20 bills and some old loose pills into the bottle. If you shake the bottle, it still sounds like a pill bottle—no one would consider looking inside for money. You can take this anywhere with impunity—your backpack, your hotel room, or in your cosmetic case. Also, be sure to make copies of any important documents- ID, passport, etc. and email them to yourself. This provides access to all of your information should something happen and you lose the original documents.

Anthea @ The Granite Extended Stay Event Calendar December 2016

Anthea @ The Granite is Albuquerque, NM’s premiere extended stay hotel and corporate apartments, but we also view ourselves as ambassadors to the quirky nightlife and entertainment hub that Albuquerque has become! Please,  stay awhile, and check out what New Mexico has to offer!

 

December 2nd 5:00 PM Pueblo Shop & Stroll: A Fireside Tradition Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
December 2nd 7:00 PM Fresh Fridays Sunshine Theater
December 2nd 6:00 PM The Fisher King (1991) Kimo Theatre
December 2nd 9:00 PM Nathan Dean & The Damn Band Dirty Bourbon
December 2nd 8:00 PM Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots Kiva Auditorium
December 2nd 9:00 PM Let It Grow Low Spirits
December 2nd 12:00 AM Firkin Friday Ponderosa Brewing Company
December 3rd 7:00 PM Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Route 66 Casino
December 3rd 5:00 PM Polar Bear Express ABQ BioPark- Zoo
December 3rd 7:30 PM Howlin Holiday Jam Sunshine Theater
December 3rd 5:00 PM John De Hoyos Tractor Brewing Company
December 3rd 7:00 PM It’s A Wonderful Life Kimo Theatre
December 3rd 10:00 AM North Fourth Holiday Stop & Shop North Fourth
December 4th 7:30 PM Dark Tranquility Launchpad
December 4th 7:00 PM Don’t Stop Rappin Tour Burt’s Tiki Lounge
December 4th 3:00 PM Albuquerque Concert Band Holiday Show Kimo Theatre
December 5th 12:00 AM 8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
December 5th 7:30 PM Old-Time Tract Tune-Up Tractor Brewing Company
December 6th 7:00 PM Kamikaze Karaoke Tractor Brewing Company
December 7th 7:00 PM Dirty Heads Sunshine Theater
December 7th 9:00 PM Zach Quinn & Adam Hooks Sister Bar
December 8th 11:30 AM AED Quarterly Investors’ Luncheon Albuquerque Marriott
December 8th 9:00 AM Museum General Admission New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
December 8th 7:00 PM Cruel Hand Duke City Sound
December 9th 8:00 PM Danu Popejoy Hall
December 9th 10:00 PM Dirtyphonics Effex Night Club
December 9th 9:00 PM Asphalt Cowboys Dirty Bourbon
December 17th 12:00 PM Gildan New Mexico Bowl University of New Mexico
Through December 30th 6:00 PM River of Lights Botanic Garden- ABQ BioPark

The 10 Tips to Save Money on Holiday Travel That You Need to Know

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The United States Department of Transportation says that the holiday season is one of the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. Family visits and extra vacation days makes the six day period surrounding Thanksgiving boast 54% more long distance trips and the Christmas/New Year’s holiday travel period peaks at 23% more longer distance trips—bringing higher rates on airfare, longer lines at airport counters, and more stress.

At Anthea Granite, we want to help you beat the holiday travel blues and avoid breaking the bank—here’s our 10 Tips to Cheaper Holiday Travel:

Check Alternate Airports

The majority of major airport hubs have smaller airports within a 60 to 90 minute drive. These smaller airports may very well provide lower fares. If you’re flying into San Francisco, check San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and even Sacramento.

 

Consider Flying On the Holiday
If you are a ‘fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants’ type and are flexible when late-booking your flight, you can just fly on the holiday itself. Flight costs generally drop precipitously on holidays and are much less than booking travel on the days leading up to the actual holiday. Try flying out Thanksgiving Day instead of the Wednesday before and your cost could be dramatically different.

 

See A Good Fare? Snag It, Before It’s Gone.

Make sure you sign up for fare alerts and monitor fares for late booking deals. If you get notice for a super cheap fare close to the holiday, don’t wait! Snag it. Every airline has algorithms built into their pricing that will raise the fare after people shop flight combinations—even if they don’t book—so these fares can change in a second.

 

Consider Varying Travel Dates

Seating is tight during the holiday travel season. Giving yourself one or two days leeway (either earlier or later) than desired peak travel times may yield lower fares and improve travel savings.

For example, try November 19th or 20th for Thanksgiving and return November 30th or December 1st. Following this same pattern around Christmas and New Years can yield big savings! Try checking the 17th or 18th of December and the 4th or 5th of January.

 

Time Your Purchase Right

The day and time that you purchase your ticket may impact your overall holiday travel cost—shocker, right?

Most airlines launch their sales on Monday afternoons, so it’s a good idea to book air travel on Tuesday afternoon, after competing airlines respond by lowering their prices.

 

Look for Deals

The travel industry is extremely competitive—you can find deals on everything from rental cars, to hotels and flights. Sometimes if you book all three together, you’ll get a package deal/rate.

 

Ship Extra Luggage and Gifts

It all depends on how many days you are traveling and how many people are in your family, but shipping extra luggage and gifts is a great way to cut costs this season. Most airlines are charging extra fees for checked baggage, and in some cases, even for carry-on bags. Most airlines will also have an overweight bag fee as well. If it is feasible for your family to ship any extra belongings ahead of your trip, then you could totally enhance your holiday travel savings.

 

Don’t Book Large Parties All At Once

Most major airlines have about ten different pricing levels or seats. What this means or large parties is that if you try to book all at once the entire party will likely be charged at the highest tier. By booking in small groups, you may be able to get at least some of the seats at a lower rate, ending with hundreds of dollars in savings.

 

Hotel Prices and Holidays
Often, it’s assumed that hotel room rates rise during Thanksgiving and Christmas, which isn’t the case. New Years, however, is a different story.

On New Years in popular party destinations, some hotel bookings are already 85% full. Scarcity raises rates, so if you are looking to get away for New Years, it’s a good time to make those plans.

 

Getting First Class Upgrades for Free

This may surprise you, but very few people pay out of pocket for a pricey ticket in first-class. In the last few hours before a flight takes off, airlines begin rewarding the unsold first class seats to the passengers who fly the most and then it trickles down. There are other factors like weather delays and how much you paid for your ticket that may bump a lower level flyer to the top of the list.

It’s usually luck of the draw, but you can get first class for free 50-60% of the time on Delta when you become a Silver Medallion Member.