Ask anyone that knows me, I’m obsessed with traveling. I want to see the world.
With graduation coming up, I want to go to England but how am I going to afford it? It’s around $1500 and high school students don’t have that kind of spending money laying around.
Here’s the first addition of travel tips for cheaper flights.
1. Start your search early.
Typically, airlines start releasing tickets for flights 11 months in advance. If you have a maximum amount for a flight, sign up at Airfare Watchdog. You can input what price your looking for. When a ticket gets that low or even lower, you’ll receive an email. This is a great resource if you don’t have a lot of time to check the internet constantly for ticket prices.
2. When to buy your ticket.
It’s a good idea not to buy tickets during peak seasons or holiday seasons, that’s when they’re the most expensive. While you should start your search early, unless you find an unbelievable price, do not buy 5 months in advance!
Several studies, including ones by Cheap Air and the ARC, show that the BEST time to book domestic flights in U.S. is 5-7 weeks advance. The WORST time to book is 2 weeks before! Cheap Air suggests booking international flights 11-12 weeks in advance.
3. What days to fly on.
FYI: it’s an urban legend that booking on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is an advantage. Research shows that any day is as good as the next for booking. Although, it is true that you can save money by flying on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays because they are the least busiest. The worst days to fly on are Fridays and Sundays! A study by Fare Compare suggests booking at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays for domestic travel.
4. Book a 4 a.m. flight. If you really want to save money then book a late-night or early-morning flight, as these are unpopular and generally cheaper than mid-day flights.
5. Rack up some points/miles.
If you don’t have a credit card and would like to build up some credit and get airline miles, then get one! If you’re a shopaholic, just the right amount of course with a bit of self-control, then go ahead and get a credit card. Many companies offer a point/mile promotion just for signing up.
Others give you points for spending money. You can earn airline miles by buying groceries or a prom dress, you don’t have to go into debt to do it. I recommend joining U.S. Airways Dividend Miles. After your first purchase, which has no minimum, you receive 40,000 points. That’s equal to a $400 ticket. There are also several other benefits. Like, no baggage fee for one bag and flight discounts year-round.
Leave a comment if you know of a good travel tip!