1. Have patience. It takes effort to get good prices on flights. Now, don't let that stop you, as saving $ 100 + on flights can mean that you have a lot of money to spend on sightseeing, hotel sightseeing, dinners, tours, and more. . This means that if you want to travel in the Spring, you need to start checking the prices for late Explosion or Winter. Sometimes there are last minute deals, but more often than not, you will find the best deal at least 21 days before your departure date.
First thing in the morning (around 9:00 am, and in the evening, after 6:00 pm) I would like to browse the travel websites to see if there are deals offered that day. I also want to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel websites and airplanes can remember your search and this may cause prices to actually increase.
My favorite website is Skyscanner. One of the nice parts about this website is that you check to see what the best price for the day for traveling around the world is from the airport of your choice. For example, I live in Toronto, so I board flights from Toronto (YYZ) to Everywhere. This is a good part because it tells me where that day, which date, month, and so on are the cheapest for me to fly anywhere in the world. (I've been using this site lately to help me get tickets for my trip to Seoul, South Korea last April. Some airline agencies charge $ 1,000- $ 1,500 + for those travel to Seoul, but Delta has a promotion and I booked flight trips for only $ 850 CAD / $ 770 USD.
Another great feature of Skyscanner, is that you can set your destination and travel dates and sign up for "Price Alerts" so they can email you when prices go up or out for your fixed travel dates. (My brother uses this feature to help him fly to Edmonton, Alberta for a May trip. Prices for one-way tickets range from $ 300- $ 400 and he earns $ 269 CAD. )
Another website I like to use is Expedia. Each day they will show travel arrangements that apply to the highest domestic and international tourist destinations. They will also include deal packages for "Flight + Hotel". It helped me feel what the average cost for example, a 4 night Las Vegas trip. Let's say the price for a Vegas flight and hotel for 4 nights on the Strip is $ 500- $ 600 per person from Toronto, I'd like to try and keep the deals equal to or under this price – that's how i know i saved money and got the best price.
One thing about Expedia though is that the price advertised is not always available. If I was looking at their flight deals for the last-minute pass, I would probably see Miami travel tickets for $ 250 CAD (leaving Toronto), but once I click on agreement, it could be said that the price increased by $ 350 CAD. This is not always the case, but it does happen sometimes as something to keep in mind.
Other websites I like to use are: Kayak, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog.
2. Check the airline's direct website. Although these third-party travel websites can be wonderful, sometimes the most unchanged deal can be found directly through the airline's website. I recommend signing up for email promotions offered through you want a plane. For example, since I lived in Canada, I signed up for Air Canada travel promotions. This is how I look for special offers that come in handy when they go live on the Air Canada website.
I really want to spend the weekend in NYC with my brother this past February to celebrate his 21st birthday. In addition to browsing third-party websites, I also play dates by entering Air Canada travel. They did not announce this deal, but I did find direct flights from YYZ to LGA for $ 199 CAD. This is a very good thing that I was very happy to see through Air Canada. Occasionally the Airline website will also provide promotional codes, so it's worth checking out.
3. Review departures / arrivals from alternative airports. This is not always easy, but sometimes large cities have more than one airport or another airport near their town. For Toronto residents, we have Pearson Airport offering domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport offering select flights within Canada and the USA. There is also the option of driving across the border and flying from Buffalo Airport as well. It's almost always the cheapest flight from Buffalo airport than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But most people, (if not all the trips) are indirect and you will have to pay for parking since most people leave their car at the airport while traveling. Flying from Buffalo has always been a last resort for me, as it is a 90 minute drive from Toronto (you have to consider the fuel charges) and depending on when your trip is, the Parking costs can bring discounted flights to or around the same cost as flying if it leaves YYZ or YTZ. However, sometimes there is significant savings to be had when flying from Buffalo, so be sure to give it a try. (When I was managing the company travel company at my first job, the minute trips occurred frequently and when a group of 2 or more needed to travel to the USA, flying from Buffalo saved the company. up to $ 300- $ 600 + per flight ticket.)
The same can be said for not only leaving the airport of your choice, but also arriving at the airport. For example, when flying to NYC, there are three airports you can choose from: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes you can get an excellent price when it comes to one airport on the other. One thing to keep in mind though is to travel from the airport to your hotel. If you ride public transit, you can get to Manhattan from the LGA for as little as $ 2.50 for a bus and subway ride. Although it is a bit cheaper to get to Manhattan from the EWR because you have to take the New Jersey transfer, then turn to the Manhattan transmitter system. If you are taking a taxi, the prices to get from each airport in Manhattan can vary. This is an important point to keep in mind and I recommend that you conduct your own research before traveling.
4. Follow airlines and third party travel websites on Twitter (social media) and sign up for their mailing list. One of the great features about social media is the use of airplanes to advertise special travel promotions through certain social media outlets. Occasionally an airline will offer a special promotion code through their Twitter or Facebook page that is not advertised on other websites. West Jet is offering Blue Tag Thursday, which is a special promotion only offered Thursday afternoon (unless they have another special run at this time). You can find it on their website, or see its announcement on their Twitter or Facebook page. When signing up to third-party shipping lists or airline websites, they may sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers giving you secret access to what they are selling.
5. Don't be afraid to book your flight and hotel separately. Sometimes you can get a big deal on sites like Expedia if you book your vacation and book and hotel travel at the same time, but this is not always the case. If you find an amazing flight deal, read it now, don't wait! You can find an excellent hotel price later. I also suggest that if you really do see a lot of flying, please do book this now, instead of waiting until later that same day. We say you've seen too much of a flight in San Francisco in the morning, but wait until you get home from work to buy tickets, it won't do you any good.
Let me give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco and looked for trips to come back and visit (they avoided October 2012), but they were close to $ 600 and I wanted to wait for a better price. A few weeks ago, Delta sold and offered flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $ 437 CAD. It was an unbelievable price, considering all I saw was $ 600 + in recent weeks, so I didn't have to wait around and buy tickets right away. I checked in later this afternoon to see if the deal was still live and the price was set back to $ 600. I highly recommend booking if you find a price that you feel is great, as it can be to disappear sooner than you think.
Sometimes if you book flights in multiple cities, booking this flight may be more effective than getting on the same plane. For example, last summer (June 2013) I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally from Los Angeles back home to Toronto. I spend about a month and a half checking prices daily to get the best deal. I finally got a sale through Air Canada for flights from Toronto to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles back to Toronto. I waited to book a USA domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles as Air Canada obviously did not offer it and prices were close to $ 100 USD for a one-time flight. About a week ago, I was at Southwest.com and I found out they had a "Getaway" deal for $ 49 USD for the flight I needed from LAS to LAX. It was pretty cool, so of course I booked it right away. My entire airplane in many cities ended up costing $ 515 altogether. (YYZ to LAS and LAX to YYZ cost $ 466 CAD and Southwest flights from LAS to LAX are $ 49 USD).
6. Know what time of year and which days are the cheapest for flying. Traveling on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is generally cheaper than any other day of the week. (Usually, finding mid-week for flights also makes the best deal. From experience, I also know that Thursdays and Saturdays can offer the best prices sometimes as well. Of course not at all. time and you need to experiment with dates, which is why Skyscanner is great for deciphering which day is best to leave and back in. The most expensive days are Monday, Friday and sometimes Airlines know that most business trips occur Monday – Friday, which is why it is more expensive to fly Monday and return Friday. However, business travelers start flying Sunday instead of Monday. in the hope of getting the cheapest fare, but it doesn't always work.Getting the cheapest departure date for the course of the week depends on the speed of your travel dates.
The time of year also helps. It is usually cheaper to fly in Europe during off-season and shoulder (late fall, winter and early spring). Last year (2013) my parents traveled to Paris last April with a direct flight on Air Transat from Toronto for $ 671 CAD each. It's not the best price I've seen, but it's definitely the best deal in time for flights that don't stop around. Traveling off time off or on the shoulder is not always negative. Sometimes because of bad weather, you may not want to travel during the off-season, but often the off-season is less and offers better prices.
I know that today (early Spring) Las Vegas is a bit more expensive (around $ 400- $ 500 CAD) because most people prefer to go there during the spring before the heat during the summer months. (I compared it to the flight deals I saw last winter for almost $ 350 CAD.) It's always wise to check what events are taking place on the dates you want to travel to a particular destination. . Occasionally a holiday or large conference meeting may increase fares. I always suggest increasing the average price for trips to your preferred destination, then carefully considering how the price is changing.
7. Save money on your luggage. Most airlines charge you $ 25 each way to check your luggage. And they will charge you if your luggage goes over the weight limit of the aircraft. You can avoid this by packing light and making sure your luggage does not exceed the limit (check the aircraft to confirm the weight loss and for checked luggage prices). Also, if you are going on a short trip, consider sharing a checked suitcase with your travel companions. It saves you $ 50 on travel costs, as it costs $ 25 each way to check your luggage.
If you are going on a shorter trip (weekend trip), consider carrying only luggage and forgetting the checked bag. Most planes allow you to carry a small amount of liquid into the aircraft. If you only go for a quick weekend getaway, you can avoid carrying a bag. I did this for my trip last month to NYC. I went to my local dollar store and bought a small travel pouch with clear plastic edges. It allows me to bring shampoo, conditioner, face wash, night / day cream, foundation, etc. Sticker labels are also included so I know what it's all about. I know this may not be practical for everyone, but for a 2 night trip, I would rather spend $ 1 for a Dollarama travel pouch then $ 50 for a checked bag. It also saves me the hassle of waiting to get my checked bag on the Baggage Claim.
8. Shop for travel / health insurance. I always recommend getting travel or (in addition) health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you don't get the best price if you choose the insurance package offered by airline when you book your flights. Usually your work insurance offers some form of travel or travel health coverage. Talk to HR about it if you are unsure. You can also buy insurance through your bank – that's where I want to find the best rates. It can also be cost effective for the duration of your plan and travel many times of the year. (Instead of paying for insurance each time you book a flight, you can be covered by your bank or alternative location for the year for a fixed fee.) If you are over 40 (or have a history of health issues), I recommend buying more health coverage (even if it already covers work). Unfortunately we do not know what to expect while traveling, and if, heaven forbid, no matter what, you will be glad that you have purchased additional health insurance. This is something that is unique to every person, so I cannot tell you what is the best option, which is something you need to talk to HR, your bank and family to see what is the best option for you.
9. Avoid paying for seat selection (if you can). Some airlines ask for an additional fee to make the choice of seating ahead, sometimes including this price – if that's the case afterwards, but only if you have to pay $ 20 or more to select one. choosing to sit in the chair, I passed. You can check in early (24 hours before the trip) and make the choice of seat for free. You can get the chairs you want, or you can't. It is either hit or miss. If you do not like where you are sitting, or are willing to take the risk, then avoid paying an extra fee for choosing the seat in advance.
10. Take advantage of travel rewards programs. There is so much competition between airlines and credit cards today, so sign up for their travel payment programs. Talk to your bank and see what the best credit card repayment payment is for your needs. It allows you a lot to collect points in your daily spending so you can redeem them for free flying. Some of these credit cards have stipulations, just like you can book flights through your bank, or have black out dates for travel. However, due to the large number of credit card rewards currently being offered, they are getting stronger and you'll find one that doesn't have any stipulations. That means you can use your points to redeem flights anytime, anywhere. Sometimes these cards come with a small annual membership fee, but the rewards are worth it.
As well as regular flyer aircraft programs. The more flying a plane, the more frequent flyer points you can collect. This works well for business travelers because as their company pays for their travels, they are able to collect frequent flyer points so they can redeem their personal holiday travel. Some companies even allow employees to book their own trips, then submit receipts for reimbursement. It allows employees to earn points on their travel reward credit card in addition to regular flyer points.
I hope these tips will help you book your next vacation or trip. Please note that these tips work in my own experience, but may not work for everyone. The main thing to keep in mind is that the key to getting the best deal on your travels is to be patient and to limit your travel dates.