Traveling can cost quite a fortune and if you’re going to places on the other side of the globe, the prices are just gonna get higher and higher. But! Expensive airline tickets never stopped a wanderlust heart from traveling! And the great thing is that there are some really neat ways on how to score cheaper airline tickets. Read on below to find out how.
Get the Timing Right
Booking at the right time can increase your chances of getting good airline deals. This does not mean booking those tickets extra early though! According to research, tickets that are bought six months before the departure date are actually 19% more expensive rather than the dates closer to it. Read more about the study here.
Flexibility is the Key
If you’re not traveling on a tight schedule, it might be best to check out two one-way ticket booking. There are instances that two one-way tickets are cheaper than a one round-trip package. Additionally, ticket fares also vary per day. Rates on the Fridays tend to go to a peak, while the best days for cheaper plane tickets are Tuesdays Wednesdays, and Saturdays. This is because a lot of people don’t prefer flying on these awkward days. Capitalize on that advantage. Mark out your possible travel dates and see if you can move them around.
Choosing off-peak hours can also drastically change the amount of your fare.
Stay Updated, Right from the Source
Nothing beats information provided by the airline companies themselves. Subscribe to their newsletters to get notifications about seat sales, price drops, and promos that you might want to take advantage of. It’s pretty simple but it works! Also, airlines sometimes tend to offer exclusive promos for their subscribers, so that’s an extra bonus.
Use the Right Tools
There are so many tools available online that can help you find the best ticket deals. Included in these are Airefarewatchdogs, Momondo, and Skyscanner. Just type in your origin and destination, log in the dates, and these aggregator will show you a compiled list of all the available flights for you.
Another great tool to use is Hopper. The website analyzes all the flights daily and notifies you in instances of price drops.
Additional thing to remember when using the internet for booking flights are the following:
• Don’t forget to clear your cache. Better yet, try using a different device with a different IP address. Although there are no hard facts to support this, Travel Editor for CBS News, Peter Greenberg wrote “Whenever possible, I shop for fares on one computer and then clear my cookies or book on another computer altogether. If you want to take it a step further, go to a different location. While there’s no proof or hard evidence, there is growing anecdotal evidence that suggests airlines are tracking your behavior online, and potentially even tracking IP addresses, and prices could go up for flights that are searched frequently.” Source: Qz.com
• Changing your computer’s location can also improve your airline ticket rates. Check out this detailed post by Erica on how to do it. By masking your connection, the airline website detects you as a local buyer, hence offering the prices in local currency and somehow cheaper rate.
So, are you ready for your next trip? Try out these travel hacks and try to score that sweet airline deal!