One of the largest and most essential expenses of any trip is the flight. It’s important for most people to find the lowest fare possible to keep travel costs low. To find the cheapest flight you need to be patient and flexible. Luckily there are some tricks to finding the best deal!
1. For domestic flights it’s best to shop around 1 to 3 months before your departure date. For international flights, 1 ½ to 5 ½ months before is more appropriate.
2. A good method to finding the lowest rate is to check prices frequently. There isn’t truly an “optimal time” to purchase airline tickets, though Tuesdays are rumored to be cheapest.
3. The least expensive days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. The most expensive days are Fridays and Sundays. Some airlines and booking websites have a great calendar view showing the prices on other dates. Try using Google Flights for this type of feature.
4. Bigger airports are usually associated with cheaper tickets. Flying with a major airport a little further from home could potentially save you a lot of money.
5. Choose to fly on cheaper, undesirable flights, like red eyes and dinner time flights.
6. Airlines have to give each passenger the same rate when they book together, so search for individual flight tickets to see if there’s a price difference. For example:
One seat left for $200. Several seats left for $300.
Buying 2 tickets in one transaction: $300 + $300 = $600
Buying each ticket separately: $200 + $300 = $500
Savings of $100!
7. As long as there is no serious time constraints, choose a connecting flight because, although travel time is longer, it’s almost always cheaper.
8. If you don’t already have one, apply for a rewards credit card so you can earn cash back or miles and then use that to lower the cost of airfare (or possibly fly for free if you have enough).
9. Check baggage fees before you buy your ticket. If bags don’t fly for free, you might end up spending a lot more than expected.
10. Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your airline ticket and other travel expenses. Since you worked hard to find an inexpensive flight, travel insurance could help make sure to keep your costs low in case something unforeseen happens.
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