Many people choose to fly when going on vacation, so I
wanted to gather some tips here for finding cheap
airfare to make it easier to take affordable family
I really can't stress enough that one of the most
important tips is to just be very flexible on your travel
dates. I know that I have been guilty of this in the past,
being very rigid about when I wanted to leave and return.
But once I realized how easy it was to save on airfare with
just a small change in dates, I tried to start being more
flexible. It does pay off, so do keep this in mind!
Travelocity has a flexible travel dates finder so you can
try that, or just manually enter in the dates.
Don't forget, book your flight at least 2 weeks in
advance for US travel, and 1 month for international travel
for the best rates.
There has been a myth that staying over on a Saturday
will help you save money, but I am reading more and more
that this is not actually true. You can of course give it a
try, but it seems like that may not be the case any
Sign up for Fare Watcher with one of the online travel
agents. When you receive an email about a discounted fare,
waste no time checking it out. You MAY find a great deal. I
have in the past found some super fares this way, but the
problem is you REALLY have to be flexible about when you
will travel because these are very limited seats. But when
searching for absolutely cheapest airfares, this is one way
to find a ridiculously low price.
Quite often, the most inexpensive days to travel are
Saturday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
Fly in the middle of the week if you possibly can.
Return midweek as well if possible.
Fly into neighboring city airports. You can often really
chop some dollars off the fare by employing this
In the past, it has been said to never fly one-way, and
to always book round trip if you are looking
vacation ideas. This again is not quite as
true any longer. In the past few years I have noticed that
sometimes you can actually save money by booking two
separate one-way flights. So this is something to keep in
mind because it may be the best way to get that absolutely
cheapest airfare you are searching for.
Every airline would like to sell out every seat on the
plane regardless of price. No matter how little they get
for a seat, it's still better than nothing! However, they
will not tell you this so that they can continue charging
you outrageous amounts for last-minute tickets. If you have
left your travel to the very last minute, try looking
online at sites such as Lowestfare.com and Travelzoo. You
may find a good deal if you are needing to go somewhere
with less than a week's notice.