Most of us want to save some quick bucks when it comes to booking our flight tickets, no matter what. But saving money on airline tickets require some good tips and a bit of luck as well. There is so much hoopla about the best day to book your tickets or the best month to save more on your international airline tickets. However, no matter how hard you may try, there are some basic rules that always play out when you go for a flight ticket reservation. And trust, it is not easy to beat the constantly changing airfares. However, to maximize your chances of getting cheap flight tickets go for the following tips.
1. Book your flight early but how early?
A well planned trip goes a long way in ensuring you have a good time without burning a hole in your pocket. It is always better to buy airline tickets in advance. It is found that airline fares usually go up two weeks before flying. So it is a good idea to make your flight reservation well in advance. Booking at least seven weeks before your travel for domestic sector is believed to be a good way to save some money. For international travel, book airline tickets 3 to 6 months in advance.
2. Keep an eye on airfares
It is a good idea to start tracking airline fares the moment you have probable dates of travel. There are many websites where you can compare prices without going into each and every airline website. This gives a sense of where airfares are heading and you can take an informed decision when to book.
3. Flexibility is the key
At times cheap flight deals only come your way when you are flexible with your travel dates. This really helps when you are booking with a travel agent. Usually airfare keeps fluctuating and it varies drastically when it comes to weekends and holidays. It has been found Tuesdays and Wednesdays are good days to get better flight deals.
4. Check alternate airports
Some times we get so fixated by a large airport that we miss the opportunity to save a few bucks that comes with flying to or from a smaller airport. For example, you have choice between New York or Newark; Washington DC or Baltimore; San Francisco or Oakland; Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. Do check fares to and from alternate airports if you are comfortable in taking a flight from there.
5. Shop around
Never ever go for the first airfare you see. It is better to check with more online travel sites or travel agents before you take a plunge. Airfares at times differ from agent to agent or website to website.
6. Use your frequent flier miles
If you are a frequent traveler and have accumulated enough flier miles, try redeeming them for your air tickets. Most airlines allocate a very limited number of seats on each flight for frequent flier miles and they go really fast.
7. Discount deals and alerts
Subscribe to deals and deal alerts from travel providers. These newsletter and deal alerts are a good way to keep track of discounts or any promotional fares launched by airlines and their partners.
8. The 24-hour rule
Check airfare after 24-hours of booking your flight tickets. If the fare has gone down, cancel your ticket and re-book at low fare. At times it is done without a penalty or at times you may be charged a cancellation fee. Go ahead if you see saving more even after paying the cancellation fee.
9. Mix and match
Sometimes you’ll notice when booking a return ticket, fare get exorbitantly high either for going or for coming back. In cases like these you can mix and match your flight timings or book a your tickets on a different airline altogether. Even flying to one airport and departing from another may save you some money.
10. Book connecting flights
Booking your tickets on a connecting flight too could save you up to $100 or more depending on the route you are taking. Just make sure you have enough time to catch your connecting flight. Larger airports require anywhere between 3 to 4 hours to catch a connecting flight.
The list though ends here but there are other tricks and tips as well, which you can employ to get best value for your money. For instance planning your travel dates a week in advance or a week after the peak travel season; opting for a red-eye flight or flying on weekdays instead of weekends are some of the tips you can try.