There are two main reasons why people do not travel as much as they want to. One is time, the other is money. Flying is conveniently, inconvenient – if you fly often you know what I mean. However it does get you to your destination pretty fast. That does come with a price though and if you do not have the funds for it, it could be stressful.
I’ve created a list of secrets to help you book affordably and save yourself some extra money…
1. Best Days to Book are Tuesdays and Sundays.
I am sure while talking with your friends or family conversations of catching a flight usually arouses on the Friday or the weekend while the fun juices are flowing. However, DO NOT start looking to book flights on Fridays or Saturdays the rates are ALWAYS super high. Book your flight on either Tuesday or Sunday if you can wait. Some studies even say “Tuesdays at 3PM” but I don’t know how accurate that is because I’m usually on my booking sites all day Tuesday and I haven’t seen a rate change.
2. If You Are a Planner – Book 7 Weeks In Advanced
I am in no way shape or form a planner, I book my flights at most a month in advanced. However, it has been proven that if you start looking for your flight 7 weeks in advanced you save a total of 10% on your flight total by doing this. To me, 10% is sorta like taxes paid, but any money saved is a good day. Right?
3. Cheapest Days to Fly Out: Tuesday, Wednesdays, Saturdays.
Being in the economy that we have today, it is easier or more convenient to travel on the weekends and either extend our trip into Monday or leave early on a Thursday and airlines know that unfortunately. To get the absolute best prices and save yourself possible over $100, you should fly out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Flexibility is key.
4. Early Bird Gets the Worm – Choose the Earliest Flight.
The cheapest flights typically are those adorable 6AM beauties that seem to never sell out. Usually you’ll have an entire row to yourself on these flights if its not around the holidays and is in the middle of the week. Probably because that requires you to wake up before the birds start chirping to get to the airport on time and situated. The next cheapest time to fly out is around lunch time so the 11AM-1PM time frame flights.
5. Go Beyond Search Engines – Check Individual Sites
I am pretty sure we all use our different forms of search engines we use to research our flights – my personal favs are Expedia, Skiplagged, and Hopper. However, some of the booking apps don’t cover all the airlines. Most times, airlines like Alleigant Air and Southwest don’t make it on the list so it’s best to go to those sites individually. Also, sometimes you may even find the same flight cheaper by a few cents on the actual website.
6. Subscribe to Those Booking Websites
Yes, no one wants their email clogged with a bunch of promotional emails however there be some gems in there. Airlines like Spirit, Southwest and Frontier constantly have flight specials that they have sent out in emails. This is how I stay current with the flight market as well. These flights that are offered are perfect for people who have flexible schedules or for those who want to do a spontaneous trip to a not so common city. What’s life without risk eh?