Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winter Motorcycle Touring Tips - How to Save on Motels & Airfare

Here at Kano's Coffee House were all into saving money whenever the opportunity arises. So for the like minded tight wad riders out there, I've come up with some ways to do motorcycle traveling on the cheap.

Winter is nigh upon us and unless you're traveling through the southern hemisphere, the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii, or ski resort areas, you're in off-season country. That means some big savings on Hotel and Motel rates. The off-season is typically less expensive to rent a room but there's also an opportunity to save even more dough.

When you arrive in whatever town you plan on staying for the night, ask the front desk clerk if there are any vacancies and the cost of a room. Then offer to pay a little more than half of the quoted price.

For example, if the clerk gives you a $120.00 quote, offer to pay $65.00 or $70.00. No need to feel bad about asking either. Often rooms go vacant during the off-season, especially in a non-tourist town in the middle of the week. It's a win-win situation! But if they decline your offer or their counter-offer isn't good enough, be prepared to fire up your motorcycle and ride on to another place.

This tactic doesn't always work but its well worth the try and could save you a lot of money, especially on longer trips. "Mom and Pop" places can be more likely to accept your offer over a chain establishment simply because the chain clerks sometimes could care less if they rented a room or not.

Also, if you're doing a fly and ride there's a way to save money on airline fares as well. Get a quote from the likely suspects such as Travelocity or Expedia and then get a quote directly from the discount airlines such as Virgin Atlantic, Horizon/Alaska Air, Frontier, and Jet Blue. The popular travel agencies sometimes don't include those discount airlines in their searches. Big bucks can be saved by booking directly with the airlines and especially when it's done at least 14 days in advance.

So there you have it, ways to save a lot of dough on Motels and Airlines. Winter motorcycle touring has one last advantage, the price of gas. Except for right around the Holidays, gas is generally cheaper during the winter months. Ride safe and have fun!
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