15 secrets of finding cheap flights every traveler should know
Let's face it: traveling is an incredibly expensive pleasure. A significant part is spent on airline tickets. Their prices so often fluctuate that there is always a feeling: but you could get a good price or discount. It turns out that if you follow a few simple tricks, you can book cheap flights, says Best life online.
1. Tickets are sometimes cheaper if you book them one at a time
The reason you can save this way is that “airlines often sell several classes of fares at different prices, with a couple of seats in each class,” travel experts at Travel Zoo write. “If there is only one seat left in the lowest fare class, and you are looking for four, then most automated systems will show you the highest fare class for all four tickets.”
This means that it is more profitable to search for tickets individually. And remember: if you decide to book one at a time, then make sure that there is no processing fee for each ticket that would compensate for any savings, especially if you book through an online travel agency and not through an airline. You can also select seats in advance to sit next to loved ones.
2. There are many outdated tourist tricks that can be ignored
Ever heard that Tuesday is the best day to book airline tickets? Or what do you need to search for incognito flights? This is only partially true. Most tourism experts agree that there is no “perfect” day to get favorable rates.
“Airlines use modern computer and pricing algorithms to determine prices and make sales based on time of year, passenger demand, weather, major events / festivals, time of day, competitors' prices and more,” writes travel blogger Nomadic Matt.
The only way to find the best rate is to be alert.
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3. The Hopper app can tell you exactly what a successful tariff looks like.
If you've never flown a particular route before, it's hard to know what a good fare looks like. For example, a flight for $ 350 may seem too expensive until you find out that a ticket for this flight usually costs $ 300. That's why it makes sense download hopper To use the application: simply indicate where you want to fly and when.
4. Pricing alerts can help you stay current.
As previously written, the only way to get the best price is to monitor them all the time. Sometimes you just don’t have time for this, so let the Internet do all the work for you. Sign up for pricing notifications on sites like Skyscanner or Google Flights, to receive notifications when fares drop on your route. And if they suit you, you can book them immediately.
5. You will find the cheapest rates if you fly on holiday
Flying on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when other passengers prefer to stay at home with their family rather than at the airport with the TSA, is probably the best way to get big discounts.
It should also be noted that these discounts do not apply to Presidents Day and Memorial Day, as well as other not very large-scale holidays.
6. Traveling in low season can save you a lot of money
Professional tip: booking a trip to Europe in the fall or winter can save you hundreds of dollars. For example, in August flights from New York to Barcelona are estimated at about $ 500, while in September there are routes at a bargain price of $ 224 round trip. In short: don't be afraid of the low season.
7. Tuesday and Wednesday - the cheapest days to fly
Unfortunately, the cheapest days are not always the most convenient. According to Hopper, the cheapest day to fly on a domestic flight is Wednesday, and the cheapest is Tuesday. The potential savings on such days are around $ 45 per ticket.
8. Reservation with transfers can mean 50 percent savings.
For example, the previously mentioned $ 224 flight to Barcelona has a stop in Madrid. If you fly non-stop, you will have to pay about $ 1000. And so - 776 dollars in savings!
9. “Hotel + Airline” packages allow you to reduce prices for both
If you book a flight, most likely you will need to book a hotel, which means a very good price. Fortunately for you, many large hotel chains offer service packages along with large airlines, that is, you can save on two costs.
10. Yes, airline credit cards can help.
While annual fees may puzzle you a bit, investing in an airline's credit card ensures that travelers who are especially fond of travel will earn points to end up traveling at discounted prices. According to The Points Guy, the JetBlue Plus card is the best option for passengers traveling mainly around the country because it offers a generous amount of air points (40 points after you spent $ 000 in the first 1000 days) for every dollar you spend.
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International travelers are encouraged to invest in an American Express Delta Reserve credit card where they can earn 40 and 000 Delta Medallion qualifying miles after spending $ 10 in the first three months.
11. Credit cards offering travel points can also help.
If you do not want to buy an airline credit card, check out other cards that offer generous travel points. According to Nerd Wallet, the best advantage in this regard is the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. She
offers two points for the dollar spent on airline tickets, transportation, food and various other expenses.
12. Feel free to buy when you notice a good offer.
If you book your ticket at least 7 days before departure, U.S. Airlines must provide you with a 24-hour period in which you can cancel your order for free. Therefore, when you see something interesting, feel free to agree. You can always change your mind the next day.
13. Small airports can offer huge savings
Especially when traveling to large cities, make sure that you have not found a more favorable fare with departure or arrival at a small airport.
14. Travel agents - great helpers
Travel agents have secret tricks that online agencies have never heard of. Therefore, immediately find a travel agent to really save on all your future adventures.
15. Southwest offers free re-bookings and refunds
The free re-booking and refund policy at lower prices Southwest Airlines is unmatched. Southwest is the only major airline in the United States that allows you to change your route for free (other airlines charge about $ 200 for the same service). So if you are not 100% sure of your reservation, you should fly this airline.
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