We all know that when it comes to airfare, it’s indisputably one of the most expensive components of any travel plan. Rates change daily and usually without notice. The good news is, there are still a few tricks left when it comes to finding airfare you can afford. Now a days the hassle of searching might be less labor intensive than you realized.
Try these simple tips when planning your next vacation
Clear your cache- Airlines track your behavior via cookies so make sure to clear your cache prior to looking for cheap flights. Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices.
Use search engines- Most of us go straight to Expedia and TripAdvory which are great site, however my all-time favorite right now is Scottscheap flights. Scott Keys does all the leg work for you. He will search for great flight deals and emails you with instructions on how to book. I mean, how great is that!
Free subscribers only get 1/3 of the deals he finds online while premium subscribers get them all. For Premium, you can choose to subscribe Quarterly, Annual, or Semiannual for a low fee. On average he emails about 2-3 deals each day to the premium list for USA/Canada.
Be flexible with your dates- Identify the cheapest day to fly out. Most airlines only offer their best discounts for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Booking flights during the weekdays can save you money. Airlines can’t afford empty seats on flights and lower fares to encourage off-peak booking. Try changing your dates from a Wednesday to Wednesday rather than a Sunday to Sunday. This can make a huge impact on the price of flights.
Don’t fly direct- By working various airlines you can take advantage of several offers. Don’t rule out flying from an alternative airport and mix and matching airlines can also save you money. Compare pricing to make sure you got the best deal. Check out Elena from Muslim Travel Girl’s “How to save money on your flight ticket”. She breaks it down for us in this video.
Search ticket prices as one person- Warning don’t search for multiple tickets in a single purchase. Airlines show the highest ticket price in a group of tickets. For example if Seat A1 is $200 and Seat A2 is $300, the airline will charge you $300 per ticket. No worries, you can pick your seat at the checkout process or when you check in at the gate.
Trying one of these tips could lead to hundreds of dollars in savings. Booking the best airfares is a combination of doing your research, being flexible and timing. So start searching online for deals, and pinpointing the lowest fares available.
Have you tried any of these tricks and tips? Which of them have worked best for you?