Making the decision to travel the world is exciting. But then the planning starts and you have to budget and figure out the cheapest way to travel the world. We all want the best deal, the cheapest and the most attractive. Especially when it comes to flights! Although it might be easy to book a plane ticket nowadays, it may not be such a breeze to find the most advantageous or cheapest option for you. A lot of the time, it comes down to the simple fact that people are unsure about where to even start their searches (myself included). If this is the case for you and you find that just booking your flights is a stressful experience, worry no more! With just these few travel tips, you will no longer fear the booking process and will become your own travel guru. Get ready for to find some insanely cheap flights..
Tip 1) Book in advance.
Whether you are a traveler rocking up to the airport for your next adventure or a businessman making a last-minute trip, there will always be a lot of people fighting (not literally!) for that last seat on the flight they want. Why risk not getting that low-cost flight that YOU want? If you can, planning in advance could mean you save a bunch of money and won’t have to worry about securing that seat of yours. Nowadays you can find Cheap Flights as early as six weeks before your day of departure.
Tip 2) Consider different booking sites.
Why rely on one website when there could be plenty of other booking sites offering even cheaper prices? This might seem like common sense, but the effort of looking elsewhere may be enough to tempt some people into booking their flight there and then. It’s all about comparison! One site will not give you an exhaustive account for all air companies and the options that you have. Just bear in mind that although a little more effort, browsing two or three sites could save you a lot of money that could be better spent!
Tip 3) Know the best days to travel.
By “the best” we obviously mean the cheapest and the cheapest days to travel on are weekdays. This may not be possible for those of you with a 9 to 5 job but for you adventure folk that aren’t so tied down, do take the opportunity to look at all your options. Clearly stay away from the weekends if you can! The best traveling day if you’re booking on a budget is Wednesday, smack bang in the middle of the week where few people are traveling so more seats are sold at a discount. There you have it ladies and gents, the best time for booking your flight is a Tuesday afternoon.
Tip 4) Combine airlines if necessary.
This may only appeal to the hardcore budgeters out there (shout out to the traveling junkies!) but it is definitely worth a mention. Being flexible in your choice of route, such as opting for an indirect flight, may clock up a few more hours on your traveling time but will save you a considerable amount of money.
For example, if you fly from the US to Europe, it’s reasonable to buy a ticket to the nearest European country and then catch a European airline that will take you to your destination at a much lower price.
Tip 5) Take advantage of the 24-hour rule.
If you’re worried about losing a cheap flight that you have found just reserve it! Most airlines have the option to book a ticket without paying for it and reserving it for 24 hours, where during this period you can cancel without penalty. How can you use this rule I hear you say? Book a flight in the night, check the website in the morning to see if the cost has dropped significantly or even other sites as well. If your find is still the cheapest keep it, if not cancel and book the cheaper one, simple!
Tip 6) Make use of the internet!
Sign up for newsletters and use social media to your advantage! There is still a chance of finding a good old flight bargain at the last minute and this requires no effort! Visit several different airline websites and sign up for their email alerts to get bombarded with special offers, last minute flights and other useful information. Remember to regularly check your inbox especially on Tuesday where potential discounts on weekday seats will be announced. Many airlines also have their social media accounts so it might be worth following their pages so you can be notified of any sales that benefit you.
So there you have it guys, easy-peasy tips on booking those flights on a budget so you can go make those dreams of adventure a reality!