There are offers for air travel, but not many insiders in the travel industry offer them without you first asking. So if you want to get the best flight travel deals, you will have to do some research yourself. This article will help you on your way in that direction. The following basic tips are available to everyone (i.e., they do not need "insider connections" to achieve good results).
1) Book in advance. So simple and familiar, I almost feel guilty if I offer it as a tip. Nevertheless, it can save you a lot of money. Reserve your flight a month in advance, optimize your discount. Book your flight the week before and expect to pay premium prices.
2) Do not fly during regular office hours. Airline flight is a supply and demand company. If you insist on flying between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the available seats are minimal – plan to pay higher prices. Flying "the red eyes" – when MANY seats are available – can significantly reduce the cost of your ticket.
3) Check the prices for flying to / from an alternative airport. Sometimes you get a better deal by driving to a larger metropolitan area, instead of insisting that a flight leaves from your local "community" airport. On the other hand, Los Angelenos, for example, knows that driving to one of the smaller airports – NOT known as LAX – can save them mucho dinero.
4) Ask the airline to adjust the price of your ticket to the current price they charge – ALS, which means that prices have fallen since you booked your ticket. Few people do this – or even know it – but the airlines will adjust the price if you ask them. Just don't expect them to do it without you asking them first.
5) Do not park your car at the airport if possible. Parking fees accumulate quickly – and can even compensate for all the savings you have made through your other money-saving efforts. I once made a trip to Hawaii when I was just out of high school (about 30 years ago … swallow!), And when returning to Denver after two weeks, the cost of parking the car for all this time came to increase than $ 100, bringing the four of us on a trip home with nothing but coins in our pockets and fumes in the gas tank by the time we completed our 300-km drive home from the airport. It is clear that not parking at the airport is not always an option. So at least consider the cost of parking your car in your budgeting plans.
6) Try to fly "out of season". Admittedly, flying to Hawaii for the Christmas holidays sounds very attractive when your house is under a few meters of snow, but flying there in the summer can be much cheaper. For example, I enjoyed Hawaii in July – especially with that extra money for Mai-Tais on the beach.
7) Check in package offers. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by buying a package deal, where you buy your flight, your motel room and possibly even a rental car in one "package deal". You may even get some extras, such as a luau (in Hawaii) or a Broadway show (in New York City).
8) Bulk discounts. Sometimes organizations or communities organize trips for their members, saving every individual some money in the deal. Higher communities often do this with trips to Las Vegas, for example.
9) Contact the aggregators. These outfits – aggregators – compare multiple airlines and travel agencies at the same time, and find the best deal for all the places they search. Of course, it is impossible for an aggregator to check ALL travel points, so try a few aggregators and then try to go directly through the airline that found the aggregators cheapest. It may be that "going directly" to the airline of your choice will result in better discounts for you, via frequent flyer programs, etc. – not to mention allowing the bypassing of the costs of the travel agency (however minimal they are).