Flight deals are there as well, but not many travel industry insiders offer them without first asking about them. So if you want to get best flight deals, you will need to do some research yourself. This article will go a long way towards getting you started in this direction. The following basic tips are available to everyone (i.e., to achieve good results they do not require “insider connections”).
1) Order in advance. So basic and well known, I almost feel guilty offering it as a review. However, it can save you big money. Secure your flight a month in advance, optimize the discount. Book your flight the day before, expect to pay premium prices.
2) Do not fly during normal business hours. Airline flight is demand and demand. If you insist on a flight between 8:00 and 17:00. – subject to availability of minimum seats – then plan to pay higher prices. Red-eye flights – if plenty of seats are available – can greatly reduce the cost of your ticket.
3) Check prices for departure from / to the alternate airport. Sometimes you will be able to get a better deal by traveling to a larger metropolitan area rather than insisting on a flight departing from the local “public” airport. On the other hand, Los Angeles, for example, knows that travel to one of the smaller airports – not known as LAX – can save them. a lot of money.
4) Ask the airline to adjust the price of their ticket to reflect the current price they are paying – IF, that is, prices have fallen since you booked your ticket. Few do – and even KNOW about it – but airlines will adjust the price when asked. Just don’t expect them to do it without your encouragement.
5) Do not park the car at the airport if possible. Parking fees will accrue quickly – and may even offset all the savings you’ve managed to get through other money-saving efforts. One day I went to Hawaii when I was in school (about 30 years ago … in one gulp!), And after returning to Denver two weeks later came the cost of parking the car for all that time. more than $ 100, leaving the four of us who set out on the journey, coming home other than coins in our pockets and smoke in the gas tank by the time we finished driving 300 miles from the airport. Obviously, parking at the airport doesn’t always work. So at least consider the cost of parking your car in your budgeting plans.
6) Try to fly “in the off-season”. Of course, flying to Hawaii for Christmas sounds very appealing when there is a few feet of snow in your home, but flying there in the summer can be much cheaper. I, for one, found Hawaii in July very enjoyable – especially with the extra money for May-Thais on the beach.
7) Check batch deals. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by buying a package deal where you buy your flight, motel number and maybe even rent a car, all in one “package deal”. You can even toss in extras like luau (in Hawaii) or a show on Broadway (in New York).
8) Mass discounts. Sometimes organizations or communities organize trips for their members, while receiving each individual piece of money. For example, older communities do this when traveling to Las Vegas.
9) Check with aggregators. These outfits – aggregators – compare several airlines and travel agencies – find a good offer from all the places where they dig. Of course, the aggregator cannot check all outlets, so try a few aggregators and then try to go directly through the airline that the aggregators consider the cheapest. You may find that the “direct route” to your chosen airline can bring you the best discounts with frequent flight programs, and that’s – not to mention allowing you to get around a toll at a travel agency (minimal, though there is) .