We are moving into travel season. While many will make a trip by car, some of you may end up booking a flight. If you are not careful, you can end up spending more on your airline tickets than you ever intended to.
Is there a way to get a lower price on those seats? Believe it or not, there are ways you can actually find better deals when booking your flight.
More ways to save on your vacation:
1. Be flexible.
If your trip has flexibility, you might try to fly out on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday as those are the days when you can usually find the lowest fares. You might also consider flying very early in the morning or meal time (lunch or dinner) as these times may also offer some of the lower prices as well.
Try to avoid flying on Friday or Sunday as those are often the days of the week when the flights are at a premium rate. Just a little flexibility can save you a lot on your ticket.
2. Purchase your tickets at the right time.
If you can, try to purchase your tickets at around 5 – 6 weeks before your trip. As the flight gets closer, the airlines need to ensure that the flight is full as it costs them the same for the flight whether it is 50% or 100% full. They want to make sure that they are making enough from customers to cover the cost of the flight.
If you want to get even more particular, CheapAir did research on millions of flights and found that if you purchase your tickets 47 days before your flight, you can usually get the best price! I’ve not had a chance to try this one yet (I’m not flying anywhere until September), but you can bet that I am going to give it a shot to see if it works!!
No matter when you book, just remember that as you move closer to your departure date, the prices will creep up. They usually hit peak pricing a few days before the actual flight date. So make sure you don’t wait to buy your tickets, or you will pay more.
There is also a a rumor that if you purchase them on Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning you can find the best price. This may be true in some cases, but not always. So don’t just check flights on these days of the week (or you may miss out on a better deal).
3. Follow your airline.
Most everyone offers email alerts and notifications for subscribers. Make sure you are signed up so that you get the information about any potential price fare reductions. You may also want to follow your airline via social media (Facebook and Twitter) as they often put out promotions there before they even share it with email subscribers (or if even at all).
4. Visit the right websites.
There are several websites which state that they will help you find the lowest fares, but are they all the same? Make sure you also follow them on social media, Twitter and Facebook, as they may share something with those followers, which y may not see elsewhere.
Some of the best ones which can help are:
- Kayak. When you run a search for your tickets, they will let you know in the Price Trend box if the price is one you should grab now or if you will want to wait.
- Airfare Watchdog. This site will pull in all of the best rates from all of the various flights and puts them in one place so you can quickly scan through them.
- Travelzoo. If you need to fly internationally, this is a great resource to find discounts on your international destinations.
5. Clear your browser’s cookies.
If you keep checking a site to check on the cost of a flight, that information can be tracked by the airline and they know you need to book. They may just never show a lower price, or may even raise it to make you think that you need to book before you pay too much!
Simply clear your browser’s cookies each time you search to ensure you get the newest price, which may be lower than what you were shown previously.