FIND CHEAP FLIGHT
Find cheap flight is not easy task even you are frequent traveler. This is good news for every that now a days airfare lower than ever these days. Thanks to budget Air lines. If you’re willing to put in a little time and effort in right way, you could save big on your next flight.
Here are a few tips that can help you find cheap flights and deals:
Be Flexible with Your Travel Dates
Airline ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week, time of year, and upcoming holidays such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July. Overseas, August is a big month for traveling around Europe as many Europeans go on vacation then, so airline tickets tend to be higher.
Never fly on Friday as it’s always very expensive. It’s always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend, because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices then. Prices are also a bit cheaper if you fly after a major holiday. Early-morning or late-night flights are cheaper because fewer people want to travel then. Before you commit to your departure, make sure you check other dates so as to pick the cheapest day. If you are not flexible on the dates you want to fly, you will never be able to find a cheap flight. Even the difference of one day can mean hundreds of dollars in savings.
Especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up in the last two weeks before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before this deadline. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance — for the best deals.
Sometimes you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. You can find such fares at specialized sites like LastMinuteTravel.com, or sometimes on airline websites and online booking sites such as Expedia. If you can stand the suspense, and if you are flexible with your itinerary and dates, you can find fantastic money-savers to very attractive travel destinations.
Be Flexible with Your Destinations
Instead of going to a place with an expensive flight, go where it is cheaper to get there. Kayak offers the “Explore” tool that allows you to put in your home airport and see what routes have the cheapest fares. Google Flights also has a similar (and better) feature. If you are flexible with where you want to go (i.e., anywhere but home), these are wonderful tools to start your planning with.
There’s always a deal to some destination around the world and if you’re flexible on where you want to go, you’ll be able to find a deal. Use these tools to figure out where they current deals are.
Fly with Budget Carriers / Airlines
Years ago, if you wanted to fly between continents, you were mostly stuck with traditional expensive airlines. That’s no longer true. Budget airlines now service many long-haul routes, making it possible to bounce around the world for little money. Norwegian Airlines allows you to fly to Europe and from Bangkok for about $250 each way. WOW air is introducing cheap fares to Iceland and London from the United States. Air Asia X offers crazy cheap deals around Asia and Australia for as little as $100 each way. Indian and Middle Eastern airlines offer cheap flights throughout the subcontinent and Africa.
In America, there are only a handful of budget airlines. But in Europe and Asia, there are more, and competition has kept prices there low. For example, you can find tickets from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur for $30 USD. You can even fly from Southeast Asia to Australia for around $110 USD each way. Many times, these low-cost airlines offer no-fare tickets — you pay just the taxes.
Flying the budget airlines is a good alternative to flying “the majors” whenever possible. You get fewer perks, but you can save a bundle in price. Whenever I am not flying a long, overnight flight, I fly these airlines as much as possible.
Just be sure to watch out for fees. That’s how they make money so if you don’t follow their rules, you’ll get hit with a gigantic fee! However, despite that, these budget airlines are an incredible deal.
Try Alternative Routes
Not only does it help to be flexible with dates and destinations, but try being flexible with the route you take, too. Sometimes it’s cheaper to fly to London and take a budget airline to Amsterdam than to fly direct to Amsterdam. There are so many budget carriers around the world that taking advantage of a good deal to another city and then hopping on a budget flight to your destination is sometimes the best way to go. I had to go to Frankfurt once; the flight was $980 USD, but I could fly to London for $620 and get a $64 flight to Frankfurt. It meant more flying time, but the $296 I saved was worth it. Use the search sites listed in the previous tip to see where the cheapest airports to fly into are.
By working various airlines and special offers, you can save a lot. This method is not for everyone, however. It is more work, as you have to figure out lots of different routes and check different airlines. But it will shave some money off your flight, giving you more to spend at your destination.
Search at the Right Time
Try hunting for fares after midnight; that’s when many airlines reload their computers with the deeply discounted fares that people reserved but didn’t pay for. If you’re only seeking last-minute Web fares, look on airline sites, major booking sites, and aggregator sites (search engines that scour on-line suppliers, consolidators, and booking sites) between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning for tickets for the coming weekend. Such fares usually require that you leave on a Saturday and return on Monday or Tuesday, but some airlines offer Friday departures and Sunday returns.
Use Aggregator Sites
Once you’ve figured out which dates will yield you the best fares, search one of the Web’s “meta” travel agents. Mobissimo searches 85 U.S. and international sources and converts foreign currencies to U.S. dollars. Kayak, which at press time was still being tested, searches 60 sites and allows you to sort airfare results by departure or arrival time. Qixo is a good source for deals from small charter companies and discount airline agencies, as well as major carriers—28 in all. Cheapflights lets you search flexible dates and, like Travelocity, offers a calendar with a range of available dates. Here, too, you should click through the green (available) dates to ensure that the fare you want isn’t sold out. Aggregator sites don’t charge fees themselves, but they might direct you to a site that does.
Take Advantage of Student Discounts
If you are a student (or under 26), there are many, many discounts available to you. There are many student discount codes out there, and many of travel agencies like STA Travel or Flight Centre can help find you a cheap ticket.
Sign Up for a Frequent Flier Program
If you are frequent flyer then it very good idea to join the Airline rewards programs. Airline rewards programs are a great way to get free flights, free upgrades, and free companion tickets. No matter how often you fly, you should be signed up for the airline’s reward program. I stick to US-based airlines since they are involved in all the major alliances and you can earn miles on their partner flights. For example, if I fly Singapore Airlines, I can earn United Airlines miles because they are partners. Likewise, if I fly Air France, it’s credited to my Delta rewards account. This way I am always earning miles when I fly. However, if you aren’t from the United States, simply use an airline from your home country that is involved in one of these alliances.
No matter how good it sounds, you should never book the first fare you see. Start your search by checking a few of the major online travel providers such as Travelocity, TripAdvisor Flights or Kayak. Airfarewatchdog is another good source of low fares. Checking these sites will give you a preliminary idea of which airlines fly your particular itinerary, what the going rate is and which restrictions might apply. Armed with this information, you can head directly to the airline website to see if the same flights are any cheaper (some airlines guarantee to offer the lowest possible fares on their own websites). While you’re there, check to see if the airline is running any sales or promotions to your destination.
If you don’t see anything in your preferred price range, don’t be afraid to bide your time and watch the fares for a bit. Most major booking sites have alert features that will email you when your fare drops to a price you’re willing to pay.
Get a Refund When Fares Go Down
If fares go down after you’ve purchased your ticket, ask for a refund! You may not always get one, but policies vary by airline — and many do not publicize the fact that they will refund you the difference if prices go down. It can’t hurt to ask.
Yapta.com will track flights for you after you purchase and notify you if the fares go down. Orbitz.com has a Best Price Guarantee, which entitles you to money back if you find your itinerary for less on another website.
Consider an Air Pass
In order to promote tourism in their countries, many national airlines offer air passes at reduced rates for tourists. If you’re planning to do extensive travel in one country or region, an air pass might be your most cost-effective option. For more information, see our guide to air passes. Planning an even bigger trip? Look into around-the-world tickets and fares.
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