Being a person that has traveled worldwide, I have come up with a lot of tips and tricks to save money on the transportation costs. I will share a few of them here. 1. Compare several websites for the same exact deal. 2. Look at clubs and organizations that you belong to in order to see if they offer discounts on travel, rental cars or hotels. 3. The travel section of the Sunday paper in most major cities has travel classified ads all through it. If you DO book through them, make your seat arrangements then if you can. Otherwise, you will be stuck with a center seat in the worst possible location on the plane. 4. Call the company directly with your best offer that you have found and ask them if they can meet or beat the offer. I once had an airline beat an offer that I had found online by 250.00! I had already done a lot of online comparing at that point, so I was pretty happy! 5. Join the travel clubs. Flying? Get the miles cards for all of the airlines that you will be using. Taking a train? Amtrak offers a frequent users' card. Rental car? They all have one. 6. Look for as many ways to earn miles as you can. They add up. I have a program I signed up for where I earn miles by using my debit cards. 7. Ask your friends if they know of any other discount plans for travel. A friend of mine sent me to Sunshine Rewards, a site designed for people to earn extra money for their Disney vacation. I have earned on their site, and it does add up if you are consistent. 8. Compare the rates for different days and times. So far, the cheapest I have found is middle of the week, late afternoon. That seems to be cheaper than a red eye.