Of course, these tips are just the beginning to saving money and finding cheap air fares. However, if you remember these 3 tips:
- search nearby airports
- exercise time/date flexibility
- look into frequent flyer programs
you’ll be well on your way to claiming huge savings on your travel expenses.
These are my top three tips for saving money by finding cheap air travel fares. By using these tips, you could save hundreds of dollars in travel expenses. Trust me, your bank account will thank you.
Check neighboring airports when conducting your ticket search.
Don’t think of your local airport as your only flight option. Check other airports that are close, but just maybe not as convenient as your immediate airport. Prices can vary tremendously depending on which airport you decide to fly out of.
A great example of this was illustrated in a trip I took to the Dominican Republic. My local airport had roundtrip tickets for about $650.00. I searched and found an airport 3 hours away that had a special to the Dominican Republic for $300 roundtrip. Now, obviously I wouldn’t recommend you driving 3 hours for a plane ride. But if the savings justify it, why not?
Exercise time and date flexibility when booking your ticket.
You can get a significant reduction in price of an airline ticket simply by changing your flight times or dates. Be willing to take flights early in the morning or later at night. Also, be flexible with your departure and return dates. Typically, midweek flights are going to be significantly cheaper than weekend flights.
For example, I can guarantee that a 5am departure flight will be cheaper than a 10am flight, to the same location, all things being equal. The airlines realize that they are less likely to get those early morning flights booked and offer a discounted price for the inconvenience. The same logic is applied to midweek flights versus weekend flights. Try to avoid flying on Friday, Saturday, or Sundays as this is obviously when the airlines are going to have the most travelers. The prices will also reflect this truth.
Sign up for the frequent flyer miles programs.
Many credit card companies offer these programs, as do various airlines themselves. Although, the points and fees may vary widely among the different programs most allow you to cash in points for discounts on airline tickets or upgrades. You may also want to try and purchase someone else’s frequent flier miles at a discount.
Though rare, my friend BJ traveled for a full year on someone else’s frequent flier miles. Now, he had to pay for those miles, but it was substantially less than what he would have paid purchasing the tickets retail. This is definitely something worth looking into if you have friends or family that travel frequently for business.
Now, these tips are only beneficial if they are actually placed into practice. But if you do use them, you’ll likely be the envy of your friends when you tell them how cheap your airline tickets were. The money you save on your tickets, will just be that much more that you can leisurely use on your trip.