Most people don’t usually plan their trips too intricately, but if we do have time to prepare, there’s a bigger chance of finding cheap airline tickets online. When you’ve got time to look around, you’ll find more options at better prices. Generally, as seats on a plane fill up and fewer seats remain, prices go up. Simple supply and demand, and it happens on every flight as the date of travel gets closer.
How To Book Cheap Airline Tickets Online
But hey, some trips pop up at the last minute, so that’s not always an option. You might think of canceling your spontaneous family vacation when you see how expensive flights are, but just wait a second. There are still ways for you to search for cheaper ticket prices to make the trip! Here are a few tips to help you out.
1. Be flexible with your flights
You have to be flexible in order to get cheap flights. And by flexible, I’m saying you have to be flexible with the dates, times, airports, and even destinations involved in your trip. If you can be flexible with all these, you definitely have a shot at finding cheap tickets.
2. Use Miles
Some airlines have merged with others, so if you’ve been flying with American Airlines a lot, you can use your AA miles with US Airways flights. Instead of having to pay for airfare, you can use miles to pay for your flight.
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If you use United Airlines for most of your travel, this is really good for international flights as far as availability and upgrades to first class. Look for credit card offers to earn free bonus miles. Paying your usual expenses could end up paying for your trip in this way.
3. Try booking connecting flights
Let’s say you want to fly from New York to Dallas-Fort Worth. That can be an expensive ticket. Instead, check out connecting flights, like flying from JFK to DFW as a connection, with Los Angeles as your “final destination”. Since your flight to DFW shows as a “connecting flight”, it’s usually cheaper compared to non-stop flights. So in this case you won’t have to take the trip from DFW to LAX since your destination is just Dallas, but booking it this way can actually make your trip significantly cheaper. This tip makes you purposely miss the second flight and not complete the whole flight itinerary, but can save big bucks.
4. Search tickets using airline comparison sites
A few airline comparison sites are recommended like Kayak, Skyscanner, and Hipmunk. These are the top sites on my list, but you may be able to discover others you may like more. With these sites, you can compare different airlines and different types of tickets.
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Then, you can check the airline’s direct site to find out if they offer a better deal. If you’re lucky to find cheaper flights in one of these third party travel sites, simply call their customer service and ask them to match the cheaper ones you found.
5. Look for last-minute trips
Being very flexible with your travel plans can get you a cheap roundtrip flight. Unbooked flights on the weekend will prompt airline companies to send email notifications of cheap flights on Tuesday. Flight schedules normally depart on Friday night to Saturday morning and return either Monday or Tuesday. This gives you time to plan a weekend getaway.
6. Check flights on Twitter and Facebook
Special fares are sometimes blasted on social media, but you have to be quick in booking the flight. Twitter and Facebook are very effective avenues for advertising where airlines experiment from time to time with cheap flights. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find something perfect for a vacation.
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7. Search for early flights
When you examine available flights on a certain day, you will notice early flights are usually the cheapest. The most convenient flight times, of course, are more expensive due to a lot of booking passengers. It’s just basic supply and demand.
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These are some of the tricks to getting cheap airline tickets, and these work 90 percent of the time. Well, I guess the secret’s out in the open now, but I’m glad to help out in these hard times. With all the tools available online at your disposal, it pays to be creative in your approach to stretch that dollar. I’m pretty sure you’re thinking about a certain trip you’ve been planning for a while now, so why not try these tips and see if they help.
Do you have other ways of getting cheap airline tickets? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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