10 Tips to Booking a Cheaper Flight
- Check different websites
- When researching flights for your trip it’s a good idea to check multiple sites. Some sites may have specials that others may not. It also wouldn’t hurt to check the actual airline website as well. By doing so you are broaden your chances of finding the lowest rate possible.
- Know when to book your flight
- You might think that it’s best to book a flight as early as possible, but that’s not always true. Booking too early can increase the price almost as much as if you wait too long. Typically the best time to purchase a ticket is between 3 weeks and 4 months prior to your trip.
- Sign up for airfare alerts
- If you’re a busy person and don’t have a lot of time to keep checking for cheaper rates, signing up for airfare alerts can be very helpful. You can receive notifications about current specials so you can make the time to go ahead and book your flight.
- Fly different airlines
- Even though we may think it’s more convenient to stick to one airline, that doesn’t always mean it will be the cheapest. Sites like CheapAir.com offer a mix and match option that allows you to select the lowest rates of different airlines. This is also a great way to select flights with the most convenient times for you.
- Know when to fly: different days have cheaper rates
- Some days tend to be cheaper than others. Fridays and Saturdays tend to be most expensive days for flying. Generally Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheaper days to fly. So if you are flexible these would be the best days to book your flights.
- Check rates early and often
- Like with any other part of planning a trip it’s a good idea to research fares early. By doing so you get an idea of what kind of prices to plan for. You might also get lucky and find a special that may not always be available. So start looking!
- Consider connecting flights
- Flying can be stressful, and switching planes usually adds to the stress. But did you know that by booking flights with connecting flight you can save as much as $100.
- Be aware of baggage fees
- Some airlines include baggage fees in the original ticket price, where others will charge for bags when checking in. it’s a good idea to check these rates ahead of time so you know what to expect. Consider your options, is it better to pay a little more now or later.
- Check other airports
- If there are multiple airlines near you it’s a great idea to check each of them to compare rates.
- Jessica Payne - marketing assistant at Advantage Fundraising Online. Current student at Oakland University majoring in Marketing