Now that we learned about finding the shoulder season (click here to learn about Shoulder Season) to know when is the best time to visit your desired destination, I am going to give you some tips and tricks for finding your best-valued flight.
🌸WHEN TO BUY 🌸
You do not want to purchase your airline tickets too early or too late. I know it might seem logical to book your flight 6-11 months in advance but when you book this early you’re almost certainly going to pay more on airfare. If you don’t mind the extra cost, the advantage of buying early is access to more flight options and a better chance of securing your desired flight. Airlines tend to price flights on the higher end at first because there’s not yet a strong sense of market demand. With last-minute fares, up to 3 weeks in advance, you are most likely to pay on more as well and have a very limited choice in seats, which will probably be a center seat and don’t we all love center seats! 😡
The optimal time to book your flight is 3 weeks to 4 months in advance. This is when you will find the best fares. This is your best chance to secure a ticket on the cheaper end. You may not have as many seats or routes to choose from compared with when the flight was first announced, but this is when sales will likely heat up.
🌸 WHICH DAY TO BOOK 🌸
Airlines usually announce deals on Monday evenings so by Tuesday at noon, other airlines are trying to match those deals. Tuesday afternoons are the best time to hunt for reduced airfare.
🌸FIND DEALS 🌸
Use flight tracker websites such as Google Flights which lets you track flight prices. You can set an alert, and Google will send you an email if prices go up or down.
Many credit cards offer points or miles for every dollar you spend. Lots of airlines offer credit cards to give you big rewards when you fly.
Also, check Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) for deals on flights.
Before purchasing, make sure to calculate all the end costs and extra fees. Some airlines charge low fares than charge extra for certain seats and/or luggage.
If Airline A sells a ticket for $150 and Airline B sells the same for $200, but you have to pay for a seat and checking luggage on your Airline A flight, you might end up spending more than the other flight in the end.
🌸Stay Positive My Loves🌸