My Top Five Tips…
Getting to your vacation destination can often be the most expensive part of the trip. Below, I have shared my best tips on cutting the cost of air travel. Mastering the art of how to fly for cheap can save you thousands and thousands of dollars over a traveling lifetime and some of them are so simple, you will kick yourself for not having used them in the past!
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- Pick your day to travel. Don’t travel on Friday or Sunday, these are known to be the most expensive days. Wednesday is often the day with most cheap deals and Tuesday and Saturday are the next best days.
- Comparison sites don’t have all the information. Many budget airlines (like RyanAir in Europe, for example), do not have allow their fares to be published on comparison sites so you need to get a list of all the airlines with flights to your destination and check them individually.
- Get up to date information. A useful site to get updated discount fare information delivered to your inbox is http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/ – just key in your departure city and your destination and they will do the rest. Another tip is to get yourself set up to receive the RSS or Twitter feed from the major sites such as mobissimo.com that publish discounted fares.
- Buy your tickets at the right time of day. Amazingly, airlines can change their fares three times a day. So while early morning is often the best time to get the cheapest deal, it is worth checking two or three times throughout the day. An insider tip is that Saturdays is the day when Airline companies are trying hardest to fill seats so first thing in the morning and again late afternoon are good times to land that bargain!
- Don’t just view ‘flight only’ prices. Surprisingly, a package deal incorporating either a hire car or a hotel stay can be cheaper than booking a flight alone. Even if you do not want these extras, a package deal could be your best buy.
I hope you manage to get a great deal by using these tips – and remember a vital part of learning how to fly for cheap is to always check the ‘extras’ that are actually, unavoidable ‘essentials’ and which many budget airline companies add on to their headline ticket price. Sometimes, the fare that looks the cheapest isn’t!