How to save money in flights

Everyone knows that most flights, especially international flights, aren not cheap. Here are a few tips on ways you can try to cut your flight costs and nab some flights of the cheaper variety. This way you can keep your hard earned money until you arrive at your destination where you can duly spoil yourself.

Have a good look around

Consider all the various carriers that offer services to your destination. While third party sources compare airline prices there are some carriers that only sell tickets directly through their website. Even for those that do allow 3rd parties to compare their prices, going through actual airlines website can often throw up cheaper and better prices depending on when you look.

Change Location

If you do have a little time on either end of your journey then look into changing airports. Even though other airports may be further away from the city centre it could still work out cheaper even when taking into account transportation costs. Or if you only have time on one side of the trip search one way tickets and see if that is a better financial option while allowing you some adventurous free time to make your way to another airport en route home.

Understand the Fees

When a price looks too good to be true then unfortunately it usually is. It is important to understand that the price given may not include additional costs such as taxes and baggage fees and this can add up to be quite a substantial bit of your overall costs.

Timing is Everything!

Prices seem to change by the minute so it can be stressful to decide when exactly is the right time to buy. It is often said that the most expensive time is 8-10 weeks and 2-3 weeks before you travel, so try purchasing 4-6 weeks before. Within this period, many airlines have mid week sales, so look regularly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Be Flexible

The less restricted you are, the better. If you do not mind leaving and arriving in less than ideal times, try getting on a red eye flight. Travelling Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays tend to be the cheapest days to travel. If you are looking to take a vacation, ideally try and go during the shoulder season meaning, between two seasons. May through September tend to be peak times, so look into October. This way the weather may still be pleasant and the crowds will be dispersed making for a much more relaxing holiday.

Odds and Ends

Sign up for alerts from the airlines or a third party source that will let you know of any deals coming up. You can also look out for coupons and discount codes as well as signing up to get Frequent Flyer Miles or any other loyalty plan. And the last tip, if you can, share luggage space with fellow travellers. The extra cost of checking in bags can add up quickly, especially if there is a group going so splitting one 23kg bag between 2 people can help reduce those costs.

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