Today we are all looking for bargains when flying away on holiday. However, when it comes to finding cheap flights it can prove quite a laborious task. Previously to get the best flight deals you would need to use the services of a travel agent who would search through dozens of flights, and for which they would charge a small fee. However, with the invention of the internet you can do this all for yourself from the comfort of your own home.
Airlines compete among each other and they can give great flight deals. Travel agencies might also find you great deals. Here is the truth… lately several airlines and several large and well known travel agencies started having some issues and several airlines banned those huge agencies from selling their airline tickets. Therefore, small and specialised agencies still do have very good contracts with major airlines of the world. So, my advice is to look who has the best flight deal, not at the size of the agency or the popularity. At the end of the day, it matters how much you pay for the ticket and that you have a confirmed seat.
5 tips on How to find your Best Travel Deal:
- Be Flexible. In order to find lowest price, you might need to be flexible on travel dates, arrival/departure times, airlines, and sometimes destinations. In short, there are different price levels for every flight and the only difference is the price and number of seats an airline assigns to that price level. Therefore, all depends on when you buy a ticket, how popular is the destination, travel season (peak or low), and how full the flight gets.
- Book domestic travel tickets as early as you can (this applies to some international travel as well). Most domestic airlines have best fares with 21, 14, and 7 day advance purchase. This means that you may find lower fares when booking (= purchasing) a flight this many days before the flight.
- ‘Play’ with the search. This means that you need to be creative when searching for flights. Check flights couple of days or weeks (if possible) earlier and later, check various airlines, different connections (an airline might have several hubs or fly with 1 or several connections), search based on price and try searching based on schedule (you’ll see different results).
- Check travel package deals. If the purpose of your travel is vacation, instead of booking flights, hotel, and car rental separately, check on travel package rates. Sometimes your total package rate is lower that if you book everything separately.
- Use miles or points when possible. Apply for airline/ hotel/ car rental, etc. frequent traveler programs. They are FREE, and you can get lots of benefits. Go to the airline, car rental, or hotel websites and sign up. The only disadvantage of using miles and points is that you need to book your travel early as there is limited number of seats for miles or points on the plane and they go fast.