Flight deals are not there, but not many travelers in the travel industry offer them, without first asking you about them. That is, if you want to earn the best travel deals on flights, you have to do some research on your own. This article is going to help you get started in that direction. Following are the basic tips that will work for anyone (i.e., they don & # 39; t need "insider connections" to achieve good results).
1) Book in advance. Being basic and recognizable, I almost feel guilty for offering it as a tip. However, it will save you a lot of money. Get your flight ready a month in advance, optimize your discount. Book your flight the week before, consider paying premium prices.
2) Don't worry. Don't fly during normal business hours. Airplane flying is a supply-and-demand business. If you insist on flying between 8am and 5pm – if the seats are there the least – then plan to pay higher price. "Red-eyed" flying – when there are many seats available – can lower the cost of your ticket.
3) Check prices for flights from / to an alternative airport. Sometimes, you get a better deal by driving to a larger metropolitan area, rather than forcing a flight to depart from your local "community" airport. Los Angelenos, on the other hand, for example, knew that driving to one of the small airports – NOT known as LAX – would save them so many diners.
4) Ask the airline to change your ticket price to reflect the current price they have been flying – IF, that is, the prices are incurred since you booked your ticket. Few people do it – or even KNOW about it – but agencies will adjust the price if you ask them. Just don't expect them to do this without your first priority.
5) Don't worry. park your car at the airport, if possible. Parking fees are easy to control – and can even offset all the savings you have made to earn your other money-saving efforts. I once traveled to Hawaii when I was a freshman in high school (about 30 years ago … gulp!), And when I returned to Denver after two weeks, the cost of parking everyone time came in at over $ 100, leaving four of us traveling home with nothing but coins in our pockets and fuel by the time we finished our 300 mile car journey from airport. Obviously, airport parking is not always an option. So, at the very least, consider the cost of parking your car in your budgeting plans.
6) Try flying "off-season." True, flying to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday can be wonderful if your home is under a few feet of snow, but flying there in the summer can be a lot cheaper. I, for one, found Hawaii last July to be very exciting – especially with the extra money for the Mai-Tais on the coast.
7) Check package deals. Sometimes you can save a lot of money by buying a package deal, where you buy your flight, your motel room, and maybe even a car rental all in one "package deal." You can also get some extra extras, such as luau (in Hawaii), or a Broadway show (in New York City).
8) Great discounts. Occasionally organizations or communities arrange trips for their members, saving each individual some money on the deal. The senior community often does this on trips to Las Vegas, for example.
9) Check with aggregators. These outfits – aggregators – compare to many travel agencies and travel agencies, at once – you find the most deals from all the places they dig. Of course, an aggregator can check ALL travel outlets, so try out a few aggregators, and then try to go directly to the aircraft selected by the aggregators. You may find that "direct access" to selected airplanes can reap better discounts for you, through frequent flight programs, and such – it doesn't mean you're allowed to evade of travel agency fees (small even if they are).