Gas prices can go up or down, but airline prices never seem to go anywhere but up. It’s only natural that you want to get the best deal possible when flight booking. Here are 4 valuable tips on getting the cheapest tickets for your next trip.
Book Your Flight in Advance
There is a huge divide on when you should book your plane tickets. Some people swear that booking a flight within two weeks of departure has saved them lots of money; others prefer to book as far in advance as possible. Who is right? It turns out the latter.
According to recent research, there is a prime booking window when prices are lowest. This is between 105 to 21 days before your trip. On average, people saved the most money when they booked 54 days in advance. The sweet spot will vary for each flight, but if you plan to get out of town within the next couple of months, you should reserve your seats right now.
Airline costs can put a big dent in your vacation budget. If you just want to see a new city but are flexible about your final destination, it may be worth to shop around. For example, if you’re going to Europe, you could pick a city to arrive in and travel by train from there. If you just want to go skiing but don’t much care where, you could go to Salt Lake City, UT, but you could also check flights to Denver, CO. If you’re flexible with the route, which could save you money, too. It can be a little bit of a hassle to add an extra layover, but it might save you a lot of money on airfare.
Fly on the Right Day
It’s obvious that plane tickets are more expensive during peak seasons, such as Christmas, spring break, and summer vacation. If you fly outside of those busy times, you can get an excellent deal. In addition to flying at the right time of the year, you should also think about which day of the week you’re getting on the plane.
For domestic flights inside of the U.S., the cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. That makes sense, considering business travelers will board more flights on Sunday, Monday, and Friday. If you’re flying to Europe, you want to fly on a weekday instead of on a weekend if at all possible, even if that means carving out some additional vacation time.
Have you ever noticed that the price of an item goes up after you search for it repeatedly on your browser? It has to do with cookies certain sites will store on your browser. It might be the airline’s way of scaring you into booking the flight before the price goes up even more. To ensure you get the best deal, you should change to incognito mode on your browser.
If you’re using Chrome or Safari, you can enable incognito mode by hitting Control+Shift+N or Command+Shift+N if you’re on a Mac. For Mozilla or Internet Explorer, you need to hit ‘P’ instead of ‘N”.