Are you planning your next vacation? We all know that airfare is the most expensive part of a vacation. However, with time and flexibility, it is possible to reach your favorite destination without spending large amounts of money. Here are 14 ways to save money on your plane travels that will help you not throw your money through the window!
To get the best possible discount, buy your plane tickets between 3 weeks and 3 months in advance. Spend time frequently to compare prices on different internet sites and directly on the official website of the airline. You may also get a good price by buying your ticket at the last minute. Many passengers cancel their flight at the last minute and airlines resell those tickets at a reduced price or at a discount.
Find the cheapest days to travel
Compare prices on different days of the week. The prices of airline tickets are different every day. Keep your options open to find the best price. Tuesday is the best day to find the lowest prices. Purchase from 3 in the afternoon onwards. On Monday night, most airlines lower their prices by up to 25%. From Friday to Sunday prices go up.
Fly on different airlines
To get your best discount on airline tickets, buy your ticket on an airline at your departure and in a different one from your return. Fly with different airlines. Also look for connections in secondary airports instead of main ones for a cheaper price. If you travel at dawn, your savings could be even bigger.
Travel in low season
In the summer months of July, August and September, air tickets are more expensive. Schedule your holidays in low season months to get the best discounts. The cheapest days to travel are the days when airports are not so full. Find out the low season of your destination since each destination is different. Also, avoid the start and end dates of the month. Tickets in high season increase by 30-40% more.
Travel on weekdays
Most people travel on the weekend as it is the perfect time to travel due to work and study. Travel on weekdays and you will get a higher discount. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the days when airports are less crowded. You can also find the best hotel rates during the days of the week. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the prices are higher.
You can get the best price in a matter of minutes and compare in several internet sites. Travel agencies are little used these days. There are many sites on the internet that help you find the best deals on cheap flights.
Take advantage of the 24-hour rule
Some companies offer you a free refund without canceling your flight within 24 hours. If you got a cheaper flight on another airline, cancel your original flight and reserve the new one. Just be careful with reading the cancellation policy of the company you are buying.
Take food with you
The cost of air tickets from discounters is temptingly low, however, it should be remembered that it implies the refusal of such basic services as, for example, meals on an airplane. In order not to overpay in the “cafe on board,” bring light snacks from home.
Pack your suitcase wisely
Discounters have strict baggage rules. In order not to lose money, you need to minimize the mass of luggage by all available means. Putting things, do not be lazy to weigh them. If you fly frequently, invest some money in the purchase of a special bag and (or) clothes with a lot of pockets. You will be able to put everything you need there and avoid claims of the low-cost airline’s employees about exceeding the amount of hand luggage.
Check for alternative airport
In many large cities of the world, there are several airports, and one of them is most often used by low-cost airlines. In search of cheap air tickets, be sure to check how much the tickets to the secondary hubs cost. If the difference is really significant, it may be worth buying them. However, before this, by all means, check how much the transfer to the hotel will cost you. Sometimes the fare from a remote airport where discounters fly is disproportionately higher than the amount you save.
Check airport’s parking price
Taxi to the airport can cost more than storing a private car in the parking lot. Check in advance the price of parking in the area of the airport and, if possible, reserve a place early.
Be careful with roaming data
When going abroad, connect to a package of services that includes relatively cheap mobile phone communication and at least minimal mobile Internet traffic. After all, one person on vacation will manage to communicate with friends via SMS, another will need to go socially every hour, and the third one has to answer incoming calls from work for hours.
Take care of your finances
Find out your bank rates for converting and withdrawing cash at foreign ATMs. Depending on this, plan how much and when you will exchange. Or maybe the best option would be to immediately take more cash with you? Do not change all the money immediately upon arrival at the airport. The course there, with rare exceptions, is not the most profitable.
Make the rest useful
Combine travel with something useful that you have been planning to do for a long time. For example, put your health in order at a SPA resort or undergo a medical examination. After all, it would still have to pay at home. You can also get a short-term education in courses (now tourists are taught everything: from painting and dancing to cooking and programming).
Sometimes people wait too long to get the perfect price and end up paying more. If there is a price that you consider good, buy it now, do not wait any longer. Prices always change and you will never know if it is better to wait or not. So start making your plans and enjoy a wonderful vacation!
You have other tips & tricks to save your money when traveling by plane? Let us know in the comments section below!