15 Tips For Getting The Best Deal On Airfare

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Published on April 5, 2019 by Chris

15 tips & hacks on how to save money on airline tickets. Air travel doesn’t have to cost a fortune if you know the tricks of the trade. I’ll share some basics tips to save a bit, and some more advanced hacks to book the cheapest flights possible. Tip #1: Be Flexible. Want to fly at Christmas?It’s going to be expensive! Be flexible on your dates, and your destination, and perhaps your oubtound airport. Use the “flexible dates” feature that many search engines have. The difference of one day can be hundreds of dollars. Google Flights has a “Explore Destinations” feature. I often find it can be cheaper to fly to Japan than New York.

2. Use multiple airfare search engines

I like Kayak, Google Flights, Momondo, Skyscanner

3. Plan in advance

Start at least 12 weeks out… book before 6 weeks out is usually best. Unless it’s an award booking, then when the schedule opens, often a year ahead… or last minute, like the day before.

Exception is holiday travel… you might want to book those way way out… but only if you KNOW you are traveling. Change fees will quickly eat up any savings.

4. Know how to spot a good price

Airline prices are a little bit like the weather, they fluctuate wildly
Search your route over time to see the fare go up, down…
Kayak has a price forecast, and a “fare watch” tool

5. Pay attention to the fare rules

7, 14, 21 days before, saturday stay over… travel on a certain day

6. Look out for fare sales

Sign up for your favorite airlines e-mail list
Theflightdeal.com is a good site
Or mistake fares — be quick — but these sometimes get cancelled

7. Look for tickets as one person

Sometimes buying tickets for “2” or more is more expensive
But you can buy “1”… and then another “1”

8. Use one-way fares, multiple airlines for a round trip
Yes, you can fly United there, and Jet Blue back
But if you book 2 one ways, or multiple carriers your change fees can be higher

9. Fly a budget carrier
Southwest
Norwegian
WOW Air
Ryan Air, etc

10. Book from a different city / pay in a foreign currency
Japan Airlines might be cheaper if you book the ticket from their Japan website and pay in Yen.

11. Use a travel agent or consolidator

Some airlines — particularly Asian carriers will offer heavily discounted tickets to travel agents

12. Book a connecting flight

Airlines know people like non-stops… so connecting flights are often (but not always) cheaper. Just make sure to have plenty of time at your connecting point.

13. Book a hidden city ticket

Book a flight with a stop-over, then get off at the stop-over instead of the final destination
Don’t check a bag though
And airlines really don’t like this

Best website for this is skiplagged — to tell you how much the airlines don’t like this, United sued skiplagged

14. Fuel Dump

Book an extra city at the end that will cause the ticket to price without fuel surcharges, or lower fuel surcharges

LAX to Narita, Haneda to Burbank, then Burbank to the Caribbean

But you don’t take the last leg… airlines don’t like this one either

15. Award tickets
But this is a topic for a whole other video

Things that don’t matter:
Day of the week
Time of day
After Midnight
Incognito Mode
Incense
Standing on one foot
Human Sacrifice

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