I love saving money when I am buying things. For some unknown reason I find that saving money on flights is really fulfilling.
I think the explanation for this is because the amount of money you can save is usually over a hundred dollars, in some cases it can be huge! It could also be that special offers and deals are only available for a short space of time, it kind of feels like winning a raffle when you book one in time.
However you explain why it feels so good to save money on flights, here are some really great tips that you should try before you book a flight. They’ve worked for me over the years, so give them a try and let me know how you go.
Check out other airports
A lot of people don’t realise that you can save a few hundred bucks just by choosing to fly out of a different airport. The airport may be a couple of hours away but if it means that you have a few hundred dollars in your wallet it could well be worth your time. The savings apply to both international and domestic routes.
Things to weigh up when choosing different airports are costs that you’ll incur; parking, petrol and time. I personally do not mind traveling an extra hour or two if I save over a hundred dollars per flight, especially when I’m buying tickets for my whole family.
I recently booked a flight with go air for my holiday and found that by changing the date, by a day or two, saved me money. If you use a good search engine it will tell you the different cost per day. You’ll notice that the price of a flight can double from day-to-day.
If you can hold on and change your dates by more than a month you will be able to avoid traveling during peak times, such as school holidays. This is very important when you’re planning to fly overseas.
One-way or return?
On the whole I find that booking a return flight is the cheapest option. However, with the rise of budget airlines these days, they usually sell you 2 one way tickets when you’re booking a return. So it can be beneficial to book each leg with a different airline. Always do a search for 2 one way tickets before confirming the return booking with your airline.
Have you saved money on flights in the past? I would love to hear about your experiences and tips. I think it is great when we, as a travel community, can share what works for us so that others can save money. Just pop your thoughts in the comment section below – I’m looking forward seeing what you have to share.