So you’re ready for your well deserved holiday. Booking the right flights, however, can be a very stressful time. Especially with so many airlines to choose from, as well as the vast scale of prices different airlines seem to use. So below I’ve listed my top 5 tips on booking flights and saving you money at the same time.
* Be Flexible
Being flexible about your flight’s can save you a heap of money. What I mean by being flexible is, if you’re not too fussy about what day and time you fly, you will find most airlines and agents will list several dates and prices either side of the day you are intending to travel. So, if you want to fly on the 12th but it’s cheaper to fly on the 13th.. then why not fly a day later.
* Avoid School Holidays
It’s no secret airlines bump up their prices during the school holidays. So if you’re travelling without children try to book flights during term times. Also you can check out what the low season is in the country you will be visiting. You will be surprised how much you can save just by booking your flights in the low season.
* Use Comparison Sites
Instead of trawling through the hundreds of airline websites trying to find cheap flights, there are now websites that do all the searching for you. One of my favourites is skyscanner.com, just a quick search will bring up hundreds of flights. The prices listed from low to high, so you can pick the best flight and price range that suits you, without the headache
* Book in Advance
I know, I know, we all know this one but it’s actually true. A recent study concluded that those who booked their flights between 30 and 47 days in advance saved considerably more than those who didn’t.
* Sign Up For Promotions and Alerts
This is especially good if you’re a frequent flyer as most airlines and travel booking sites have loyalty programs. You can quite easily sign up and once a member you will get emails and alerts notifying you with exclusive deals and promotions.
Do you have any tips on how to save money on flights, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.