Traveling is so expensive, and the bulk of that cost is from flights. Don’t worry about spending an arm and a leg hitting the friendly skies. Here are six easy tips to help you save on airfare when booking your next vacation!
1. Allow flexibility for departure and arrival cities
If you live near a small town or airport, consider driving to a larger city in order to save potentially hundreds of dollars on airfare. For the cost of gas and parking, you could still offset the higher charges incurred at limited service, smaller airports. Since larger hub cities typically have more flights and fewer connections than small towns, you can also be more flexible with your dates and times. You may also be able to choose from different airlines, giving you a chance to compare prices.
2. Use a travel agent
Travel agents are in the know when it comes to special packages, hotel and resort destinations, and optimal times of year to visit certain destinations. If you’re looking for a girls’ trip, for example, they could recommend a great flight and package to Daytona in mid-March, but a travel agent would also know that may not be the best destination for families during prime college spring break!
3. Shop online or at the airport
Travel sites like Trivago, Expedia, and Travelocity well help you find the best bang for your buck when it comes to vacationing. These sites scour airline prices, hotels, car rentals and more to make sure you get the best deal. Price guarantees are often available when many of these sites.
You can always purchase airfare a lot cheaper at the airport.
4. Change your dates
Do you have to leave on a certain date? If not, be flexible and save by taking flights on different departure and return dates or varying your time just a bit to trim off some costs. Knowing that popular destination cities have conventions and events year round, it might save you a some to move your trip a few days forward or back. If you can, be flexible with your dates to save!
5. Shop with the airline directly
Once you check online for prices, call the airline directly or check their website. Sometimes the prices are lower when you simply go to the company’s website. If you do check multiple times, clear your browser cache. Prices have been known to sneak up on some sites after viewing many times.
6. Get to the airport!
Don’t be late! Re-booking flights can be costly and inconvenient. If you chose to take a flight away from your hometown, be sure to allow enough drive time. Larger airports can have longer security lines. Some airlines do allow you to pay a nominal fee for priority boarding. Check it out as it may be worth it to save you time in long lines!