Best Airline Deals: Getting cheap airline tickets may seem just like one big lottery where you either get lucky or not, but there are many ways to beat the system – if you know how…
For the airline companies this is far from a lottery – it’s all extremely well calculated down to the smallest details, and while the price of a ticket changing several times in the same day may seem random to you, the airlines know exactly what they’re doing.
It’s a constant battle trying to find a cheap airline ticket when the companies try their hardest to maximize revenue, but the more you understand how they work, the more you can make their system work for you.
Here are some things to consider when looking for cheap tickets, whether it’s flight, bus, train or cruise tickets – they all work practically the same way.
How To Find The Best Airline Deals
Purchasing your tickets well in advance will usually give you a cheaper deal, however during peak season (holidays) the lowest fares that you can usually find are ”blocked” or “blacked out”, no matter how far in advance you book.
For example, if you look for a flight in February for next Christmas, the lowest fares still won’t be there as the airlines know this time will be busy.
Also, booking too far much in advance in general can bring the prices up. Usually the standard low fares can’t be found until about a month or two before your departure.
So the key here is to book well in advance, say 1-3 months ahead, not extremely early.
Last Minute Deals
When we talk about last minute flights, we don’t literally mean ‘last minute’. If you look for a flight leaving the same day you want to travel, the ticket will be much more expensive than it was two weeks earlier.
It will be much harder trying to find sam day flight deals than looking a few days before.
The best time to look for last minute deals, and this goes for last minute cruises as well, is around two weeks in advance.
This is because the airlines know that someone wanting to go somewhere the same day they look for a flight, is usually happy to pay a higher price because he really needs to go, and therefor make the same day flight deals more expensive.
The last minute deals can be found around 2 weeks in advance. So by looking for a ticket one or two weeks before departure, you can get a few great deals.
The Price Breaks
There is a price break at 21, 14, 7 and 3 days before your flight date – this doesn’t mean that the flight 3 days before departure will be cheaper than two weeks ago, just cheaper than the day before, or even the next day.
Departure and Return Days
The day you choose to travel will make a big difference in the price you pay – the cheapest days to travel are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Time Of Day You Travel
If you travel at an inconvenient time of the day your ticket will be much cheaper.
The first flight in the morning (5 – 7 am) and late evening flights (from 10 pm) are always cheaper than the others.
Just make sure that there are buses going to the airport at that time of the day, as paying for a taxi might just balance the difference between two flights so that a more expensive one leaving earlier would have been cheaper.
The Stop-Over Deal
When it comes to flights, buses and trains, the more stops on the way, the cheaper the ticket will be.
Direct flights will almost always be more expensive than one with a stop over for a few hours. Slow buses and trains with more stops on the way will be much cheaper than express ones.
In the end it’s up to you how much of a hassle you want to make for yourself – if you choose the 10 hour bus rather than 5 hour bus – will you end up spending that ”saved” money on food for the long journey instead?