I am always looking for the best possible price for flights but I don’t have the time to scour sites for weeks on end. Here are a few ways I save when booking a flight.
Book the Bargin
I know this should go without saying but I can’t stress it enough. Don’t procrastinate or you may never find that deal again.
Let your computer do the heavy lifting for you by signing up for email alerts. Choose to be notified when a flight you’re interested in drops in price, or when there’s a sale on for a specific destination.
Use the airline’s calendar view of flexible date option when you search to save a chunk of change simply by being flexible enough to leave or come home a couple of days earlier/later.
Most search engines will have a +/- 3 days option that you can tick to give you a variety of price options. Usually flying mid-week is cheaper and Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Large cities often have more than one airport. Flying to a slightly lesser-known option a bit further out of town can often save you money.
Check if the search engine will allow you to select “nearby airports” to see what options are available to you. Sometimes flying to an airport that is a couple of cities away from your desired destination can save you a ton. For example, the flight to London from my home town way close to $900, but flying out of a city 90 minutes away saved me $300. The price difference between flying out of Gatwick vs Heathrow was also significant.
If you are adventuresome and pretty flexible about your destination there are companies out there like Secret Flying or Holiday Pirates that track error airfares as well as great holiday deals. As of the date of this post, you can book a flight non-stop from New York to Paris, France for only $266 roundtrip!
Use the App
I use travel search engines like Skyscanner to compare flights between airlines. Some search engines like Expedia, you can even get additional discounts by using their App rather than the website? The same flight options are available for a deeper discount price!
When you use travel search engines like Skyscanner, you can easily save a couple of hundred bucks/euros on the total price by booking flights and accommodation together.
Follow them on social media or sign up for their emails and be prepared to book on the “fly”! Error fares don’t last.
Return vs One-Way Tickets
It might be tedious but check out various combinations of the same flights to get the best deal. Often times booking return with the same airline can be less expensive than two one-way tickets. However, sometimes booking one-way tickets with two different airlines can save you a bit of cash. Some travel search engines like Orbitz will do this for you.
Don’t forget to check directly with the airline’s websites to see if a better price is offered for booking directly.
Credit Card Power
Get a credit card that works with your plans to travel. Look for a card that doesn’t have an annual fee but gives you points you can redeem for airline tickets. I pay for everything with my credit card and then pay it off before the end of the month. My goal is not to have debt but to rack up airline miles.
Sometimes a bargin isn’t always cheaper
Don’t dismiss the small print, especially when booking with budget airlines. The price you see isn’t always the final price. Look at the airline’s luggage allowance if there is an additional luggage fee. Are meals included? Is your seat selection free? All of those additional or hidden costs can add up.
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