Traveling by plane can be a little more convenient than driving when you are going a great distance.
Here are a few tips that will help to make flying a little less expensive.
Book your flight early. When you buy your ticket months or even several weeks before the flight you are more likely to get a better deal on the airfare. The airlines want to have some confirmed passengers on the plane. Some airlines also have a pricing structure where there are some cheap deals on flights and some expensive deals on the same flight. What you get is based on a first come first serve basis. The earlier you book, even 12 months ahead, the more likely you are to get one of the cheap deals before they are gone.
Now, after all that being said about booking early, there are also deals to be had by booking late. If the flight is not filling up with the departure date quickly approaching, and those cheap deals are not sold out the airline might decide to sell those seats at an even more discounted price. Trying to book a flight like this a get a good deal is risky business. There is no guarantee that the flight will not have sold the cheap tickets early. If you have a destination to reach at a set time then waiting to book a late flight is not recommended.
No matter when you book the flight you will want to shop around for the best airfare deal to be had. Discounted tickets are out there, it’s just a matter of finding them. Unfortunately there is not one service or site to use that is a sure fire bet on the best discounted rates every time. Browse several websites before booking to be sure that you’ve found the best deal. There are websites that charge you a small fee for using their services such as Orbitz and Expedia, there are websites that are free of charge and instead make their money on site advertisement space and hotel deals such as Kayak and Yahoo Travel, and then of course the airlines own websites such as Southwest and Delta.
When checking these websites consider the different flight schedules available. Some days of the week and dates have less expensive tickets for the same flights. These are less expensive because they typically see less passengers and the airlines need to fill some seats.
Another idea is to shop different airlines and some of the lesser known airlines. One airline might have sold out of their cheap seats and will stick to their higher prices to sell the remaining seats while another airline might have plenty of seats left and start discounting the prices.
Consider what city you are flying out of when you schedule your flights. If you are near a large city it might save you a considerable amount to fly out of the larger city than flying from a smaller hometown airport. Also, some airports might be offering deals on flights that your airport is not offering.
The internet seems to be the way to go however, after checking possible online ticket prices check your local newspaper for deals. You might also call a travel agent and see what deals they can get you. Travel agencies sometimes have deals with airlines and airports to offer lower rates. A travel agent might be able to beat the online prices.
With plenty of good research you have a better chance of getting the best airfare deal out there. Once the ticket is booked start planning the trip and get ready to have some fun.