Tips for Reducing Travel Costs

Here are some suggestions to help you maximize your travel funds. Please note: Purdue Unviersity does not endorse any specific travel services or providers.

Do Your Research

  • Consult multiple sources to find the best deals. Some examples include:
  • Check out flights to and from Chicago and Indianapolis. Shuttles are available to transport you to and from both locations. See the Area Airport Service page for more information. 
  • As you compare hotel prices, consider that Purdue has negotiated special nightly rates for Grad Expo attendees at local hotels, all of which provide a free shuttle to campus. See the Accommodations section for more details.
  • Uber or Lyft services are available as transportation to the event from your accommodations.

Helpful Hints

  1. Book your arrangements directly on the airline and hotel's web site to avoid service charges
  2. Share hotel accommodations or carpool, if you are acquainted with other students that will also attend the Grad Expo.
  3. Consider requesting supplemental funding from your current academic department or special development program in which you participate. Some departments or programs offer assistance to students interested in participating in professional development opportunities, like the Grad Expo.
  4. Make your travel plans as soon as possible. Many travel arrangements are cheaper if they are booked several weeks in advance.
  5. Consider that many airfare sales are released on Tuesday and early Saturday morning.
  6. Check airfare rates often, since they can change daily and even at different times within a single day.
  7. Look for last-minute specials. Some airlines offer last-minute specials by email or offer sales only available on their Web sites.

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