14 Jan 10 Booking Flight Trends & Travel Tips
10 Booking Flight Trends & Travel Tips
Booking flights can become very overwhelming. You want the best price possible. In reality, ticket prices have no general equation and it doesn't come with a crystal ball because there are several variables. However, we have done our research across several platforms and complied some general trends and tips.
- Search Private: Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online. Travel sites often track your visits and will raise the price simply because you've visited before. You can find the "incognito" window under file when you open your search engine.
- Buy Early: Airline ticket prices typically go up in the last two weeks before flying. Traveling internationally, you'll want to book even earlier -- from three to six months in advance. With that said...
- Buy Late: Often you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. This is too high of a gamble to me but some are willing to take the risk.
- Shop Around: Never book the first fare you see. Start your search by checking a few of the major online travel providers, like Travelocity, Skyscanner, Expedia and Momondo. These sites will give you a preliminary idea of which airlines fly your itinerary and from there you can head directly to a carrier's site to see if they are offering better rates, sales or promotions.
- Kayak has added a feature that makes it like Google Flights. You can view a map with prices for all over, so that you can compare prices to different cities, if you are interested in exploring. Ryanair has a similar feature where you can add an airport and search cheap flights from that airport. Sometimes you can get great deals, and often to exciting places that you might not have considered originally!
- Student Universe was popular a few years ago, but more for international flights from the US. Something to check out.
- Buy on Tuesdays: Keep in mind that many airlines launch fare sales on Tuesdays. Typically this is when the big Airlines reduce their fares in order to compete with the discount airlines. If you're looking to save some money, this is the time to buy. Tuesday is technically the least expensive day to purchase tickets when booked more than three weeks prior to departure. Inside of three weeks, the data suggest that Sunday is the best day to buy tickets.
- Be Flexible: If you live close to more than one airport, check out the fares from all of the airports near you.
- Travel On…: You'll usually find the lowest fares for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Check Discounters: As their name suggests, discount airlines can save you a a lot, but they're not always easy to find, because those carriers fares can't be found anywhere but their own website. However, several sites allow you to search multiple discount airlines at the same time. Here are a few of the best and most popular for international flights: DoHop.com, SkyScanner.com, Wegolo.com, WhichBudget.com
- Frequent Flier Miles: If you got ‘em, use ‘em. If you don’t have ‘em, sign up for ‘em.
- *If you have time and are a bit techie* I highly recommend you check out this 3 min video by Travel Noir. They show 3 amazing tricks you can do to instantly save money on flight. Watch here.
Use Social Media: Airlines are increasingly using social media to connect with customers, follow your airlines on Facebook or Twitter. Airlines and airports are also using social media to handle customer service issues and this may be a quicker way of getting help if you need it. I’ve certainly used Twitter to communicate with carriers I use and they’ve responded within an hour or so.
Check Ticket Instructions: Be sure to check ticket instructions after purchasing. Some companies, like RyanAir, require that you print out boarding passes before hand to avoid extra fees.
Thank you to resources: forbes and distractify
Updated March 21, 2017 By: Anna Whetzle