When I’m planning a trip, flights are a significant expense. However, I’ve learned a few tips to get a cheaper ticket. Below are a few things I do to buy a cheaper ticket.
When you’re searching for affordable airfare it pays to be flexible. If you have the option of playing around with dates, your airfare may be significantly cheaper than if you have a set date you have to fly in or out of.
To find out the cheapest day to fly out or return, check out flight aggregators, and play with the dates.
Being flexible with airport location could save you money. Traveling from your home airport might be convenient distance-wise, but it might not be the most cost-effective. When you search for airline tickets, try looking at surrounding airports.
Airline search engines search for the best deal across multiple websites and show you the results in one place. I like airline search engines because they let users be flexible with their travel dates and location. Also, some search engines have an everywhere or anywhere feature. This feature shows users the cheapest flights to any location. This is great if you’re flexible about your destination.
When you’re online some people will say that flying on a Tuesday or Wednesday (even Thursday) is generally better than flying out on a Friday or returning on Sunday. To be honest, I have no idea if this is true, or not.
However, I would say that as soon as you know you want to go somewhere, you should monitor the flights. Every day check and see what price the flight is. When you find a price that you’re comfortable with, buy the ticket. Also, you can sign up for travel alerts. I personally, don’t rely on travel alerts. I like to monitor flight prices for myself, but they may work for some people. Do what works for you.
Budget airlines usually get a bad rap. Some people swear against them. However, sometimes their prices are worth it. When you fly with a budget airline, it is important to read the fine print. While the prices are fairly lower compared to their counterparts, if you don’t read the fine print (ie., about baggage, boarding, etc) you may have to pay extra.
If you’re a student, youth, or even a teacher, you may be able to score cheaper airline tickets. There are websites dedicated to youth and students. They offer discounted rates on flights, hotels, and tours.
Sometimes airlines charge for extra baggage. If your luggage is overweight, they will charge you a pretty penny. If you want to avoid extra fees, travel light.