5 sure ways to save on flights when you travel
Unless you’re lucky enough to find a flight during a fare sale, airline prices can be discouraging when you feel the need for a change of scenery. They can take such a big chunk out of your travel budget that you might start to wonder if traveling is a good idea. We’ve come up with some airfare savings tips so you can live your life and save on flights!
- Use Skyscanner’s ‘Everywhere’ flight search tool
This nifty website is a global metasearch engine for information that enables people to find direct comparisons for flights, hotels and more. Their everywhere flight search feature allows you to find the cheapest flights from any airport in the world. Just click on the ‘To’ field and the drop down menu will suggest you enter ‘everywhere’ if you’re flexible. It’s as easy as that.
- Plan travel around low season
According to Reidsguides.com, winter is generally low or off-season (with the exception of Christmas break creating a high-season spike from mid-December through early January). Low season dates typically range January 7th – March 31st and November 1st – December 14th. These dates reflect North America, Europe and other temperate zones. Be sure to check if your destination is celebrating a popular holiday to avoid additional costs.
- Buy at the right time (for domestic travel, 47 days out)
Travel deals website, CheapAir, showed that on average the best domestic plane fares were booked 47 days before the departure date and flights to Europe were cheapest 276 days out. Insights like these can help cut costs before you take off. And while you’re on the site, be sure to check out their blogs for more helpful travel ideas and tips.
- Fly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
Fridays and Sundays are popular travel days. If you’re willing to fly out mid-week and come back on a Saturday, you’ll save yourself some cash — and time in lines at the airport.
- Shop at the right time of day
According to FareCompare, 3:00 PM Eastern Time is the cheapest time of day to book a ticket. This is when airlines release sales, and then competitors try to match prices.