With the plethora of airlines and options available today, we are constantly faced with the same dilemma each time we wish to fly. When is the best time to book? Well, there is no real definitive answer to that question. A number of factors can influence the cost of a flight.
So, to try and help readers of Journey Pro, I have decided to come up with my 5 Tips To Find The Best Flight Deals. Ok, here it goes…….
1) Research, Research, Research!
I can not stress this enough!! Never just go to a fare comparison sight and buy then and there (unless of course it is an amazingly good price). I use comparison websites to gauge the rough prices. I then go directly to the website of the carrier I wish to fly. It is almost always the best deal booking direct through the carrier. This works well for domestic flights in most countries but, bear in mind that this may not be the case for international flights where more research is required. This is the most important factor in my 5 Tips To Find The Best Flight Deals!
2) Book in advance.
Most airlines allow you to book up to 330 days in advance. The cheaper seats are always the first to go so, if you have a long window of planning, make sure you book as early as possible. This avoids disappointment and is a lot easier on the credit card! Correct and well timed planning is the key to getting that fantastic deal we all crave.
3) Be flexible.
If you are flexible with the days you can travel, try and find flights on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Avoid Friday and Sunday nights as these flights are taken up by weekend away travellers. Unless it is absolutely necessary, avoid travelling during school holidays and around public holidays. The airlines always raise their prices at these times. Supply and demand.
4) Travel when nobody else does!
These include overnight “red eye” flights and very early mornings. People find it difficult to be taken out of their routine. I don’t really care if I have to wake up at 4am for a flight. I have done it many times. I also get more time at my destination by doing this and avoid the peak hour traffic getting to the airport. An early morning Sunday flight is the most quiet time. This is GREAT way to save money.
5) Round The World (RTW) tickets.
For international, long haul travel, it is worth looking at the cost of a 3 stop RTW ticket. You can often get these for a similar cost to a roundtrip flight. It allows you to visit a destination or two which you normally wouldn’t and also gives you the right to say “I have been around the world”!
So, there you have it. My 5 Tips To Find The Best Flight Deals. I hope I have given you a few interesting tips to help you get the most out of your next flight booking. Keep in mind that finding the cheapest flights are not limited to these 5 tips. However, they will put you on the right track and make your job a little easier when booking your next well deserved holiday.