Back in my airline days I had a major perk. Free travel. That’s right. My husband, kids, and I could travel the world for next to nothing. Weekends in Hawaii, day trips to New York. The sky was literally the limit. But that ship has sailed. Now that I have to pay full price airfare I have made it my business to find the cheapest rates out there.
Its a sad reality that on a flight with 200 people, there is probably 50 different fares that were paid. While 5B may have paid $200 for that ticket to Houston, 14C may have paid $425. It all depends on several factors. Today, I would like to give you some tips on saving money on your next ticket purchase.
- Research, Research, Research Can you hear me in the back? It has never been easier to research ticket prices on sites like Kayak and GoogleFlight. You can see how much was paid and at what time of year it costs the most and when it will be cheapest. This is a great tool if you have a lot of advanced warning about a upcoming trip.
- Subscribe to Flight Deal Sites There are many sites you can check out that will offer deals, some are time sensitive so sign up for email alerts to be the first to know when there is a big sale.
- Be Flexible If you can travel on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Saturdays you will pay less then those traveling on other days. Also, figure out when the off season is for your destination to save even more. That won’t work for some places and in all situations but I’m telling you, if you can do Disney in September on January you will save a ton of money.
- Book Early The early bird gets the travel savings. Isn’t that a saying? Maybe…anyway, if you can purchase your ticket between 45-90 days out you should hit the ticket sweet spot and save some cash (You know, for all those souvenirs).
- Be Decisive If you find a great rate to your destination grab it. Rates can disappear as fast as you can hit a refresh button, and may never return again.
- Clear Your Cookies I don’t mean finish all the Oreo’s I mean clear your cookies on your computer. That way airlines can’t track your ticket searches. Talk about your big brother watching…
- Weird Hours You can also save some money by flying at odd times. These times will typically mean you land late at night or have to get up early in the morning but if you are flexible with time you should save some of your hard earned money.
I hope these tips help you save some money on your next purchase! Flying does not have to cost an arm and a leg. I will post more money saving tips for saving on air travel soon.
Thanks for reading!