Getting the Best Deals: How to Find Cheaper Airline Tickets
With rising fuel costs, add-ons and charges, it can be difficult to find the best deals. Ferratum are here to help, with our top tips for booking flights…
Fancy finding a last-minute break for the summer? If you’ve set your sights abroad then you’ll probably be looking to find reasonably priced flights.
Booking with budget airlines can be fraught with hidden charges and recommended extras, and it can be difficult to work out what you need and what you don’t. Read on to find out our top tips on getting the best deals, including the best day of the week to book and more…
Get the best deal
A little-known fact is that airlines often offer their cheapest tickets on a Tuesday. Always shop around and compare fares on sites like Kayak or Fare Compare. Additionally, set up travel alerts so you get notified as soon as flights for your destination go on sale.
Fly on less popular days
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are the least busy days at airports, which means seats can be reserved cheaper than on other days of the week. If you get up early enough, you could grab yourself a bargain. Browsing early in the morning is a great way to catch the great deals before everyone else.
Buy your tickets in advance
Leaving it to the last minute is often thought of as being a great way to bag cheaper flights. But booking so late often means the opposite. Similarly, booking too early also means you may not get the best deal. The ideal time to buy your tickets is actually around 7 weeks in advance for short haul and 18 weeks for long haul.
Avoid additional charges
There are so many additional surcharges surrounding budget flights, it can be hard to work out what’s essential and what is just sales patter! Keep an eye on additional charges, and make sure these are factored into your total price – often, seemingly great prices look much worse after they’ve had all the non-optional extras added on!
Limit your luggage
Baggage fees vary greatly from one airline to another, so make sure you’re fully clued up on your airline’s costs. Before you book additional baggage, think about reducing how much you take with you, and make the most of the carry-on baggage allowance.
Another good tip is to wear your heaviest items, such as boots, coats or jeans and pack the lighter stuff.
In addition to our tips above, Independent Traveler also posted a handy article on airline surcharges to keep a look out for.
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