Even though fuel costs have plummeted over the last year airline tickets have not come down in price. With this in mind it becomes even more important to search for the best deals on your airline tickets. In this post I will show you how to save money on airline tickets.
Best Days To Travel
Generally speaking Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday are the best days for airline travel if you want a good deal. Personally I try to travel on Sundays because there is a lot less traffic getting to and from the airports. This leads to a much less stressful journey.
I just did a week long trip to Miami leaving and returning on Sunday. My stress level was so much lower than if I had done it any other day of the week.
If there is a big difference in price I will travel on another day. If there is only a small price difference it is worth it to me to pay a bit more for a more pleasant trip.
I go to Florida in the spring and the fall. Air fares, car rentals, and hotels are all less expensive and you don’t have to fight the crowds. April and October are great months to go to Europe or Latin America. Just remember in April to wait until after Easter and Spring Break.
Airline Food And I Gotta Pay For It?
If you are flying on an airline that charges for food just bring your own food. Buy something good before you get to the airport or make something at home.
You can sign up for e-mail alerts from the airlines directly and you can go here to see a list of 10 websites that will send you alerts.
Time Of Day Matters
Travel in the early morning or take a night flight and you may save some money.
Search for your flight in a number of different places. Booking sites can have different prices and also sometimes don’t have all the airlines.
Figure The Total Cost Of Your Flight
These days you have to look beyond the actual airfare. A few years ago it was just the low cost airlines that charged you for everything.
Today you have to be very careful because the airfare is just one part of your ticket cost. As you know airlines are now charging for bags, food, seats, etc.
Pretty soon they’ll charge you to use the bathroom.
Bottom line is you need to figure in all the extras to get the true price of your airfare.
Be sure to weigh your luggage before you leave home because the airlines have steep fees for overweight baggage.
Use The Net
Book your ticket online. If you use the airlines phone service many times there will be an extra charge.
Skyscanner is one of the best ways to search for the best airfare deals. Their flexible search options let you search prices over a month or year and will search 1000s of airlines.
Book In Advance
Try to buy your ticket 4 to 6 weeks before traveling. This is usually when you’ll find the best fares.
Yapta You Say?
After purchasing your ticket put your information into Yapta and it will let you know if you are eligible for a refund if the price of your trip goes down.
Be sure to take advantage of student discounts. Go to STA Travel and use their search engine if you are a student.
If you are 50 or older you may be eligible for a senior discount on many airlines. You need to check with each airline individually. If you find a senior discount do not book it until you have checked normal discounted fares because sometimes they are lower than the senior price.
Frequent Flyer Programs
Absolutely positively sign up for the airlines frequent flyer program to earn miles or points when you fly. There are also a number of other ways to accumulate miles that you can use for free flights in the future.
Most airlines have a shopping portal that you can use to buy things at hundreds of retailers and earn miles simply by going through the portal.
You can also earn miles with credit cards but that is a whole other article which I will be writing soon.
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How To Save Money On Airline Tickets
Now you know How To Save Money On Airline Tickets.
Please leave comments below on any of my tips above or if you have any other airline ticket saving methods that I did not mention?
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