Have you ever booked an online flight ticket only to hear from someone else a few days later that they purchased a seat for the same flight but much cheaper? So how do you get the cheapest flight tickets after all? I think these are hard questions to answer. There are so many variables that come into play that affect flight prices including: demand, route, day of the week, number of passengers, holiday seasons, etc. You can’t control all these factors, but you can try some strategies that can increase your likelihood of getting the best available price for the route you want. Here are some suggestions on how to get the cheapest flight tickets:
10. Book flights that depart on Thursday instead of Friday.
If you are flying out just for a weekend trip and you can get Friday off work, then it may be worthwhile to take the day off. If the demand for seats spikes on Friday then be prepared to shell out a lot more for the same route. Flying back to your home base on a Monday will also save you some cash opposed to Sunday afternoon or evening.
9. Collect and redeem reward miles.
Regardless of what information you get from airlines, reward flights are never completely free or complimentary. You first have to earn points by purchasing products or flights. Then, in most cases, you have to pay incidental fees and airport taxes when you get your “free flight.” Despite these downers, collecting flight reward miles is a smart and practical way to save money on future flights. If you are a frequent flyer you have to make the effort to accrue points.
8. Avoid peak season travel.
For many of us it’s impossible to avoid peak season travel. That’s exactly why it is peak season in the first place. If you have some freedom in terms of your annual holidays, then keep in mind that many overseas destinations have excellent weather when you would never consider taking leave in your own country. For example, the spring months (March-May) in the northern United States and in Canada are usually characterized by damp and chilly weather. Travellers want to avoid the Caribbean at this time because of hurricane season, so most people wait to the summer months (June-August) to take leave. Why not check out Southeast Asia during the spring for a fraction of the cost if you have the time?
7. Refer to budget airline sites before booking.
Have you ever noticed that some of the largest flight booking companies around the world sell tickets for only elite airlines opposed to budget carriers? In Southeast Asia, for instance, there are numerous budget airlines that sell tickets for the same routes for a fraction of the cost. Always double check with budget carriers in your region first. You might even be able to get a flatbed chair with a budget airline for cheaper than an economy seat with an elite carrier. It makes you wonder how some airlines stay in business with the emergence of reputable low cost carriers such as Air Asia?
6. Fly on Wednesday.
Many people continue to debate the claim that Wednesday is the cheapest day of the week to fly. It isn’t always the case, but it seems like it is true for many routes with different companies. Middle of the week versus the weekend – you do the math!