Posted in: Travel Tips
Date: April 25, 2014
Summer is the busy season when it comes to travel. Although planes are more packed and rates tend to go up, you can still achieve some savings when booking your flight. Here are a few tidbits of information to help you get the best deal.
• Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are generally the cheapest days to fly (unless it is a holiday).
• You should try to book about four to six weeks ahead of time. If trying to travel around a holiday you’ll want to book three months in advance for the best rates.
• Search for low fares based on flexible dates within a travel window. Choosing one day before or after your original selection could save you $100.
• If your itinerary is complicated use a travel agent. It could help you avoid an airline-fee surprise or two.
• Keep an eye out for promo codes from the airlines. Some recent ones from a few major carries have offered up to $300 off.
• Flying Internationally? Find out which international carriers fly directly to their home country from your nearest international airport.
• Follow your favorite carriers via social media. More and more airlines are posting special sales deals via their Facebook pages and Twitter.
• Early Tuesday is a good time to check rates as that is when low-cost carriers generally announce their sales.
• Check the flight-prediction tool on Bing Travel to see if prices are expected to go up, down or remain the same, based on historical data.
• Always check the fine print on any special offer. You may not be able to use your savings during key travel periods. A saving is useless if you can’t use it.