10 Travel Tips That Will Change The Way You Book Your Flights
Booking a flight, be it for a holiday, business trip, wedding abroad or honeymoon although exciting, can also be a chore. Why? Because of uncertainty – you can never be 100% certain that the ticket you’ve bought was any cheaper than the passenger sitting next to you on the flight.
You’re right to feel that way. The truth is that the fare you paid can vary vastly depending on when and how you booked it.
Fortunately, we are sharing our 10 proven flight booking tips that the airlines won’t tell you about – to help save you money on your tickets so you can enjoy your travels that little bit more….
Disguise Yourself when Browsing
Book Flights Way In Advance OR Last Minute
Compare The Comparison Sites
When you’re booking flights, be sure to clear your cookies or go “incognito”. Travel sites often track your visits and browsing habits, and therefore raise the prices for you just because you’ve visited their site before.
Sometimes it’s tough, but for the best deals on flights, it’s best to book either super early, or really last minute. Prices rise on average about two months before the departure date. But don’t book too early – often airlines don’t release their cheap seats until about four months before departure.
All airfare comparison websites are not equal. Some have access to airlines and fares that others don’t, and booking fees can vary greatly between them. From experience, there’s no one site that’s better than any other, so shop around and use a few of them.
Book Two One-Way Flights
Browse For Flights On Tuesdays
It can be cheaper to book two one-way flights as opposed to one round trip. You can look through a whole host of different airlines and find individual flights at the times (and prices!) that work best for you.
Tuesday afternoons are when airlines post the best deals on flights. I’m not sure why, but it’s a real thing.
Be a Flexible Flier
If you aren’t too fussy about the exact date that you fly, you could slash a huge amount off your airfare. Mid-week flights are less popular than weekends, and Wednesday is historically the cheapest day to fly. Also consider travelling to destinations in their off-peak seasons – if your itinerary (or wedding plans!) allow, great savings can be made and you may get to see a different side to your destination.
Go Multi City or Country
Check One Person Flights First.
Once upon a time, a round-trip ticket into and out of the same city and/or country was the cheapest and only, way to go. Not anymore. Often, flying into one city and/or country and out of another will yield better prices.
Even if you’re booking for an entire group or family, be sure to do a separate search for the flights set to just one person first. Many airlines hike up prices when you’re buying a few seats at once.
Use a “Fake” Point of Sale.
Keep your Currency Local
International ticket prices, and especially domestic flights whilst in another country, can be cheaper depending on where you’re searching from. The best and most obvious Points of Sale to search for typically include both the destination country and the country where the airline is based in. You may find that this travel hack may not work everytime, but it’s time well spent nonetheless
If you’re booking international flights, purchase them in the local currency. Flights in local rates are customarily less expensive. Do this by selecting the native country as your location often found in upper right-hand corner of the airline websites. In order to maximise savings, be sure to use a credit card that won’t charge you a foreign transaction fee, failing that not to worry – more often than not even after paying the foreign transaction surcharge, the savings are worthwhile.