It is often very difficult to find affordable airline tickets. With the rising cost of flying and the new fees for baggage and other essentials have made many travelers shop around for the least expensive rates available. People have to really work at finding the best rates by scouring the internet and searching different sites. Some small changes can also help you to obtain the best prices. For example, find the right days for the cheapest air fares, and waiting until the perfect day to buy the tickets are a few ideas.
First and foremost, you need to make your reservation as early as you can. Late reservations are a killer to the wallet. Tickets go up gradually from 21 days to 3 days prior to flying. This is for domestic travel, so if you are travelling internationally try to book at least 3 to 6 months prior. Alternately, if you purchase your tickets really late, you may get lucky and find a great deal. This works when an airline is having trouble filling up their seats. You can often find these deals in the airlines newsletters or on travel websites that specialize in late bookings. This works best for people who are flexible with their time and even their destination.
When you are playing the waiting game, it is hard to know when the best time to buy. If you are travelling in the US, certain parts of Canada and the Caribbean, you can find websites that give you fare predictions for all the major cities. These websites will let you know to either book your flight or wait a little longer, and all you have to do is enter your itinerary. Others predict the rates for flights all over the world by showing you’re the flight history. This will let you see the pricing trends for these trips. Remember that most airlines will have their sales on Tuesday and Wednesday, so if you are looking for deals, don’t buy on a Monday. Flying back on a sunday also tends to be more expensive.
Recently I was flying from fort lauderdale airport in florida to upstate new york and the southwest airlines site showed one way there to be 190 though going back I was able to get it for 114. I didn’t want to be the 190 and called the airlines to see what they had. Nothing was lower than that. It was about 12 days before I wanted to fly. I checked for 2 days and saw it had dropped to 170. Still, expensive but I needed to go those days. I wasn’t sure if I should hold out a few more days to see if it would drop. I decided to purchase and then a few days later I saw the fare jumped to 230 one way. This was during a college school break. I did check and compare to west palm beach airport but their rates were higher plus I had a ride to the one in fort lauderdale. Southwest had a 3 hour direct flight to albany so I wanted to use them because of that feature, as well as not needing to pay for checked bagggage.
Many people are lucky enough to live near a couple of airports. If you do, research the rates from all of them. You can find a lot of deals from airlines that ask if you can leave from one city and return to a different city. This slight inconvenience can save you a bundle. Shifting your departure time a few day or weeks can also be an asset to your wallet. And remember, the days for the cheapest air fares are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. Also, check your credit cards as you may be collecting points and not know it. You may just be overlooking this when you see your statement but these can go towards rental cars and flights.