Cheap vacations have never been so accessible, especially for those willing to shop around for the right deal. With so many airlines and destinations to choose from, it can be easy to book an affordable and exciting getaway. Follow this simple guide and grab yourself a bargain.
Book in advance
Many airlines release their seats for sale between 10 and 12 months prior to the departure date. Try to book your seats as close to the release date as possible, which will give you the best chance of getting the cheapest price. This is especially true for long haul flights which can often get booked up quickly. Be sure to register your email with chosen airline websites to receive alerts when seats are released and special offers.
Choose the right time
According to industry experts, the best time to book your flight is on Tuesday at 3:00pm Eastern Time. What’s more, you’ll want to book your flight for a Wednesday departure date. This day is shown to have more seats available than any other day of the week – meaning they’ll be more discounted seats, giving you a better opportunity to grab a bargain.
Finding the best deals for flights usually requires some flexibility with dates. Traveling outside the school breaks will reduce costs as demand is lower during these periods. While not ideal, you should also travel at inconvenient times of the day. No one wants to wake up at an ungodly hour to catch a flight, but the first flight of the morning is recommended as the cheapest. While the next cheapest are during or after lunch. Also, be sure to avoid national holidays if you’re booking a weekend getaway. Finally, when booking a flight, play around with the departure and arrival dates to compare all the best prices.
Check other airports
Certain airports may charge additional fees which can increase the price of the fare. Before booking, check fares for all airports located 100 miles from your home. Renting a car and traveling to a smaller or remote airport can actually be more cost effective.
Don’t pay for extras
Once you’ve booked your flight, it’s time to check in online. Many airlines offer additional services for a hefty cost. This can include insurance, car rental, meals and additional baggage. Don’t be tempted by these hidden extras, they’re often overpriced and better deals can be found elsewhere. Using a comparison website for your travel insurance will often be cheaper than the airlines option.
If you follow these simple steps, you could save plenty of money when booking your next trip. That means more spending money to treat yourself to an indulgent hotel- or more money to travel more.
What tips would you add to save money on flights?
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