Tips for getting cheap flights
Tips for getting cheap flights
DO search for tickets one at a time – Even if you’re flying with a group. Airlines often sell multiple fare classes at different prices, with a couple seats in each class. If there’s only one seat left in the lowest fare class and you search for four seats, most automated systems will show you the highest fare class for all four tickets. Try searching one at a time, just in case there are limited seats on sale. This way, you’ll rest assured that at least some, if not all, of your tickets were purchased for the lowest possible price.
Do your search for flights midweek -Airlines tend to launch their sales on Tuesdays and end them on Thursdays, so don’t limit your searches to the weekends.
Don’t wait until the last-minute to book – Many travelers don’t know that there’s a sweet spot for booking and getting the best price on your tickets. Book too early or too late and you could end up paying more than you need to.
Do Search for two one-way flights, even on different airlines – While some airlines charge extra for a one-way fare, it can pay to compare. Just make sure to triple-check the dates, times and cities.
Try to book at least one of your flights on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, because planes are least full on these days of the week, these flights usually have the lowest fares. Side perk: Getting through airports is usually a breeze.
Tuesdays are the best days to buy and to depart and Mondays are the best to return
Do look at package holidays – If you need a hotel in addition to your flight, it may be cheaper to buy a flight-and-hotel package than to book each separately. Many hotels take this opportunity to hide a very aggressive discount within a packaged price versus discounting the hotel alone. This is a great opportunity to find deals at big brands that are hesitant to have a low price next to their name.
Don´t rule out alternate airports – If there is more than one airport near your origin or destination city, check them both. The more options you have in terms of airports and travel dates, the more likely you will find what may be one of the last discount seats to where you are going
Booking flights 53 days before flying can save up to 26 per cent of holiday travel costs according to several studies.
According to statistics, flights that depart between 6pm and 12am are cheapest.
Pay in other Currency if this is Cheaper – As you decide about the date and the company to book your flight ticket, because often companies suggest their clients to pay in their local currency, do not rush paying it before checking if it is cheaper to pay it in another currency.
Be Mindful of Seasonality & Holidays – Knowing when to go can matter just as much as when to buy. Because the most important factor that influences the price of a particular flight is how full that flight is, it makes sense that travel during Easter, Children’s school Holidays, or Christmas time would be more expensive than normal. If you’re going to Europe, for example, you can find some amazing deals during the February and March low season, but if you want to go during the summer, you’ll pay up to double the price. If you do need to travel to popular places at popular times, you usually want to book earlier than you otherwise would since discount seats are likely to sell out quickly.
Pack your own snacks – Unless you’re flying internationally, it’s rare your flight comes with a free meal. Snacks on the plane are not cheap. So don’t rely on what’s on the small menu and bring your own snacks – health bars, cakes, make your own sandwiches etc, nuts, fruit and trail mix all make fantastic travel foods – into your bag and eat a lot better, and cheaper, than other passengers.
Fly Hand luggage only. Baggage fees vary wildly.