When I took a trip to Spain this past March, I realized something — travel is back. The airports were sardine-packed and the plane seats were all full. Months later, though, the picture of what travel looks like for the rest of 2022 has snapped into sharper focus. The bottom line? It’s expensive.

Airline cancellations and delays are skyrocketing, along with fuel costs. Those rising prices will affect road trips as well as flights. In fact, airfare costs rose by 12.6% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The rebound in travel comes at a time when inflation has reached its highest point since 1981. Climbing gas prices the world over are exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine. Food costs are also higher, and global economies remain short-staffed as a result of the pandemic.

Yet 85% of Americans expect to travel this summer, according to the US Travel Association. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to use every tool you have to cut costs, whether you’re hopping into a car, boat or plane. Here’s how to save on travel despite the climbing costs.

Read more: 10 Road Trip Essentials for Summer Travel

Take advantage of COVID-era booking flexibility

Many COVID-related changes for airlines and hotels are here to stay. “Airlines have mostly removed the punitive change fees that had been a long-standing frustration with travelers,” said Scott Mayerowitz, executive editor at CNET sister site The Points Guy

Now, most major airlines will allow you to change a flight without incurring fees for most domestic, Caribbean and Mexican destinations. Change fees, however, will still largely apply to international flights, Mayerowitz said, so keep this in mind if you’re planning to travel farther abroad.

The same applies to flights booked using miles.

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