Is there a way for you to pay less for the same flight?
Yes! The more you know about the airline ticketing process, the better your chances of getting the BEST deal available.
So how to get cheap flight tickets. Here’s what goes into the ticket.
Base fare, taxes, airport costs, operating costs, seat selection, baggage, administration fee.
The price of your airline ticket depends on the following:
Class, competition on the route, destination, flight date and time, types of passengers, purchase date, seat supply-and-demand.
Airline ticket prices CHANGE depending on seat demand.
Airlines use sophisticated computer programs that are constantly monitoring flights, in order to analyze booking patterns and evaluate the changing number of seats available.
When demand is high airlines may reduce the number of seats available at their lowest fare, or wipe them out altogether.
But at low demand more seats may appear at fare levels that were previously ‘sold out’.
This process happens continuously until just a few hours before departure. Generally, over time, fares on a particular flight will rise as more seats are booked and more fare levels are closed.
Is it possible to get a cheap last minute flight?
Contrary to the popular belief, airlines WON’T lower their prices a few days before the departure.
It’s more profitable for them to sell a few of the remaining seats at premium rates, than selling more at the regular prices. Let’s say that they sell 100 seats,
That’s why, as the departure date approaches, the only available seats ‘just happen’ to be in the more expensive classes.
How do you SECURE a cheap flight?
Search one seat at the time even if you’re with a group. Keep in mind that there might be just one or two seats left in the lowest fare class, which won’t appear on group search.
Studies show that you actually save money by booking together your flight, a hotel, and a shuttle to and from. Go for a package.
The best day to book! If possible, book 14 to 21 days prior to travel date, and fly at least one leg of your trip on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday.
Looking for flights on single airlines may be the easiest, but you may have better results if you look into flying on multiple airlines. Try taking one airline to your destination, and a separate one from. Or, include a layover with another airline mid-flight.
Travel alerts often offer amazing prices you wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.
Airfarewatchdog.com is a website run by people (not a computer) who search for the best deals and send them to your email.
Adioso to compare the price of flying into different airports near your destination.
Using some great historical pricing tools like Kayak’s Price Forecast, you can work out whether the ticket price for your flight is more likely to rise or fall.
Comparison sites are great but, all comparison websites are not equal. Some have access to airlines and fares that others don’t. Momondo and Skyscanner are some of the most efficient tool to compare fare.
And finally, remember that prices are often much lower during off-peak and shoulder-season – and that you’ll have a great time, too! You will avoid crowds while visiting beautiful and popular places, indoors and outdoors both!
Travel smart, and you will travel at the LOWEST prices!