When attempting to book the cheapest air ticket available, the usual approach is to book it far from the flight schedule or wait for the airline’s so-called “Global sale” which promises such irresistible deals. But in between those opportunities, there are other ways to save money while planning to get that desired destination in your upcoming holiday.
1. Fly on Tuesday or Wednesday
We often adjust flights based on our available days which is normal because we have limited days off, restrictions at work and school vacation considerations. But in case you don’t know, most people tend to fly on Friday or Sunday, which makes those days most expensive to fly. If you wish to save, and provided your schedule is flexible, flying on a Tuesday is highly recommended while other days in the middle of the week also possible in offering savings. According to FareCompare.com, Tuesday at 3pm Eastern Time is the best time to buy airline tickets and shop for domestic travel.
2. Buy on Tuesday or weekend
It makes a difference what day you buy your ticket. When you see an airline offering seat sale, try to make the booking on a Tuesday if it’s within the valid buying period. Otherwise, buy — not fly — on a weekend. Also, try out Kayak’s Price Confidence tool which advises whether it’s the right time to buy or not.
3. Go incognito when doing flight searches
It’s believed that flights change in price the moment they are repeatedly searched thanks to browser cookie technology that suggests user interest for flights searched multiple times. For that reason it is recommended you go on private browsing mode using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.
4. Get to know more about low-fare airlines
These airlines exist for obvious reasons. If you are into flying without the frills of comfortable seats, favorable hours or accessible airports, then these airlines could be your best friends. While some are known to earn extras on use of blankets, food service or extra piece of luggage, your understanding of the flight restrictions described in the fine prints should help a lot.
5. Shorter sectors over non-stop long haul flights
It is usually cheaper to book two short legs of a flight instead of taking the long-haul non-stop. If you have enough time, you may even stay for a few days before taking the next leg of flight. Otherwise, travelers are advised not to book flights that allow very short layovers (less than 3 hours).
6. Travel agents
Contrary to conventional wisdom that agents act as middlemen and indeed earn through markup on air fares. Some of whom actually have exclusive access to special rates. This is especially advised on travelers of long-haul flights.
7. Currency considerations
In most cases, you are paying the currency of the location where you are departing from. But it is also possible to change this to another currency. Should you decide to use another currency which, in your calculation, saves you money, ensure that the credit card you use do not charge extra for currency conversion.
8. Use your air miles
Using your airline rewards points is one of the most cost-efficient redemptions you could get. So when you are certain of your flight dates, make it a point to use your airline points to redeem them before seats run out.
9. Flight time
Usually early morning flights are also the cheapest.