For many, summer translates into vacation time. Whether you’re going solo or traveling with the family, your budget is important and you’re likely looking for the best deals. If you’re taking to the skies, fear not–there’s still a deal out there for you. We’ve searched high and low for the best tips to save you on your next flight.
Tip 1: All Days Are Not Created Equally
We get it–when you’re traveling for pleasure, you usually want to to make the best out of your vacation and want to kick it off at the end of the week and usually choose to rush to return on a Sunday in time for work the next day. This is costly mistake many travelers make. The less popular days of the week to travel will save you the most in the end. According to the Wall Street Journal, for U.S. domestic flights, the cheapest days to fly tend to be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Maximize your savings: Avoid flying on Fridays and Sundays and choose flights most people avoid such as early morning flights, overnight flights, flights in the late evening and red-eyes.
Tip 2: Afternoon Delights
Not that kind of afternoon delights but shopping for a flight in the U.S. on a Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. is sure to put a smile on your face as this has been found to be the best day and time for airfare deals.
Maximize your savings: Flying internationally? You should be shopping for your airfare between 5 1/2 months to 1 1/2 months before you plan on traveling. For flights within the U.S., shop for your airfare three months in advance and 30 days at the least for the best price.
Tip 3: Don’t Leave a Trail
Some studies have shown that even the type of computer you’re using can affect the price you pay for your flight. If you have a go-to online booking agency, you could be paying more for your airline ticket than someone who’s viewed as a new customer.
Maximize your savings: You can clear your Internet cache before shopping for your flight or simply go in stealth mode. Most Internet browsers have a privacy window, meaning no cookies will be tracked and you’ll appear as a new customer to even a site you’re accustomed to visiting. In Firefox and Safari, go to File > New Private Window. In Chrome, File > New Incognito Window.
Tip 4: A Little Inconvenience Leads to big Savings
Your first instinct when you travel is to look for the easiest route to your final destination. What you may view as adding a bit more trouble to your planning could lead to bigger savings. From opting for a connecting flight to flying from a bigger airport that may be farther away from where you live, inconvenience could help save on your traveling expenses.
Maximize your savings: If you know you’re likely going to travel somewhere in the new future, sign up for airfare alerts from sites like Airfarewatchdog.com that can alert you in real time when your airfare route suddenly has a deal you can’t afford to pass up.
Here’s some tips for planning your next trip.