Finding Inexpensive Airline Tickets

Remember if you are on a travel budget and searching for a travel deal, those inexpensive flights, sometimes finding the cheapest air tickets is not the best way to reduce your trip cost.  If you are traveling with young children, it’s often about BEST VALUE rather than the lowest fare.
For example, if you are planning to take a long flight, it is often best to get to your destination as quickly and as painlessly as you can, with the most amount of comfort your budget will allow!
Certainly, if it’s your only Premium Trip of the year, and your best vacation days are limited, we recommend you pay a bit extra for your airline tickets and fly direct if possible.
Flexibility is an important consideration when you’re looking for those cheap flights. If you require fixed travel dates, or you can only fly on weekends or during popular holiday periods, it’s going to be more of a challenge. 

TIPS FOR FINDING INEXPENSIVE TICKETS

1. Begin your search as early as possible…check every week starting as early as 11 months in advance.  That’s when most airlines release their tickets. Have an idea for the price you want to pay and PURCHASE immediately when you see a fare in your price range.

2. What is the best time to PURCHASE?
FOR DOMESTIC TRAVEL:  Industry studies show that an optimal time to buy is about 3-7 weeks in advance.
The WORST time to purchase is within 14 days of flying, or more than 5 months in advance of your travel

FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL:  The best time to purchase is 11-12 weeks prior to departure. 

3. What is the best DAY to fly to book your vacation?  Plan to FLY OUT on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for the best price on tickets, due to the fact there are fewer travelers on these days.   Fridays and Sundays are usually the most expensive days to fly.  Try these combinations:

4. Be flexible with your travel dates. Search a few days, or even weeks, either side of your preferred departure date.

5. Change Departure times.  Change the time of day you plan to fly. Often this will help you find the best price. Usually, the cheapest flights leave either early in the morning or late at night.

6. Inquire for the least expensive payment method.  Sometimes the most inexpensive way to pay is not a credit card!  Be sure to ask in advance if they have a preferred method of payment.  But, don’t forget to use your credit card for frequent flyer points on more costly flights.

7. Check other airports close to your Destination.  Be certain you know where on the map is the exact location of your ultimate destination and it’s proximity to airports in the area.

8. Add a layover. A longer layover may allow for some shopping AND a cheaper ticket!

9. Become a Frequent Flyer. You can use the points you earn to get cheaper fares, upgrades, and free companion tickets. Gain premium status and you will be given access to the airline lounges in many terminals. Priority check-in, priority security, and priority boarding are other benefits.
10. Request Email Notification of Reduced Fares.  Airlines often promote lower fares and discount codes only for email subscribers.

11STA Travel’s Exclusive Tickets can save students and those under 26 substantially!

12. Beware of those refundable tickets!  Purchase these only if you have a high risk of cancellation, such as traveling during peak season of bad weather or if you happen to have medical conditions which could limit your travel. 

13. Avoid luggage fees by traveling LIGHT!  Or book with airlines that don’t charge fees, or will waive bag fees for frequent flyers or members of its credit-card program. If you do need to check baggage, pay for it in advance rather than at the airport.  

For US based airlines, Smarter Traveler shows bag fees on their site.

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on Aug 22, 2017

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