Traveling by plane is the fastest way, however, the most expensive. It does save your time but it does affect your budget. Usually flights take the most of our expenses and sometimes we reject the idea of going somewhere because the price is too high. Therefore, we decided to teach you how to get cheap tickets and still travel with comfort.
Follow these simple steps and enjoy your trip!
- Don’t fool yourself
You have probably heard a lot of secret how to get cheaper tickets. However, first thing first: there is no magic bullet or the secret ninja trick. Trust me, you won’t save if you buy your tickets on Tuesday. Moreover, there is no guarantee that searching incognito leads to cheaper flights. Finally, there is no exact date or specific time period in which to book your airfare.
- Be flexible with your dates and times
As we have already mentioned there is no magic in booking your tickets on Tuesday. Nevertheless, be ready to change the dates of your trip. Sometimes the difference in few days may save you hundreds of dollars. Airline tickets are more expensive during holidays (when kids are out of school) and big state holidays like Independence Day, New Year and so on. Also airlines sell weekend flight at higher prices, so obviously it is better to fly in the middle of the week. If you came up with an idea to travel to Paris try to plan your trip for spring or fall when there are less people to travel there. To sum up, you will save money if you travel when no one else travels.
- Choose flights with stops
No surprise that the less convenient the route is the cheaper it is. Did you notice that the the evening flights are cheaper? Or the flights where you need to wait for couple of hours to switch the planes also save you money? In this case you should use Google Flights. Type in that destination’s continent to look at prices to nearby airports. If the difference is more than $150, сheck how much it is to get from the second airport to your primary destination.
- Try different search engines
We highly insist on using different flight search websites to ensure that you are leaving no stone unturned. Many search sites don’t list budget carriers because those airlines don’t want to pay a booking commission while others don’t list booking sites that aren’t in English! That is why it is important to try couple of websites and make sure that you don’t miss a good deal. For example, you won’t find AirAsia, Ryanair, or most other budget airlines on large sites like Kayak, Expedia, or Orbitz. Moreover, US booking sites also tend to miss foreign airlines that might be more attractive for you. Don’t forget to check the following websites:
- Google Flights
- ITA Matrix
- Use student discount
You are very lucky of you are under 26. Many airflight providers offer student discount codes. In addition, travel agencies like STA Travel or Flight Centre can help you find you cheap tickets.
- Search single tickets
Don’t waste your money, search for the tickets as a single person. If you are traveling with family and need to buy 4 tickets, search engines will show you the tickets that are next to each other and at the highest price. For example, if seat A is $200, seats B and C are $300, and seat D is $400, it will price those tickets as $400 each instead of adding up the individual ticket prices. Don’t forget that you can pick your seats in the end of check-out, so you and your family members will sit together.
- Search in different currency
If you live in the country where the currency is stronger compared to others around the world, search airfare in a country where currency is weaker. Remember that US dollar is strong and, therefore, the price in US dollars will be always higher while in weaker currency. You can save up to $500 using this tip. Though it does not always work, but it works often enough that it’s something worth trying.
- Book early but not too early
Obviously the closer to the departure date you book the higher the price is. Don’t wait until the last minute but don’t book too early. First of all, you can’t predict the weather for couple of month in advance. Secondly, airlines set the prices according to demand. The best time for booking your tickets is either three months either 6-8 weeks before your trip. Choose the former option if you are traveling at peak sean.
To sum up, it is always possible to find a good price for the tickets. But don’t spend too much time on it. If you are spending more than one hour for a good deal – you are wasting your time. Choose the price that you feel ok to pay and move on. Flying is not everything about the trip. You will spend few hours in the plane, so don’t be that precise.
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