3 Tips on How to Get the Cheapest Airfare
We love traveling, and for most traveling means flying. Flying however can become expensive and unaffordable, but not if you are as savvy as us!
Today we will provide you with awesome tips on how you can fly to your next dream destination without breaking your bank.
Tip #1: Plan (6 weeks) Ahead
It used to be that buying tickets last-minute yield great savings because airlines were scrambling fill up the plane and were willing to make fares much cheaper just book every seat on that flight.
However with many business people and travel agents booking flights last-minute, the airlines saw an opportunity and increased last-minute fares dramatically!
ARC did a study of 144 million flight purchases and revealed that the best time to purchase a flight ticket is 6 weeks before your departure date. See the chart above to see how air fares fluctuate.
Tip #2: Fly on Tuesday-Thursday
It’s common sense that Friday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s are the busiest days for airlines. The reason is because 40% of air travelers are traveling on business, and either need to be at work by Monday, or be home for the weekend.
60% of air travelers are leisure travelers. However leisure travelers also tend to have similar departing, and arriving schedules as working travels due to work related time constraints.
This causes a shortage in flights for airlines on the less traveled days. So airlines provide incentives (cheaper flights) for the less popular days.
When trying to save the most and your dates are flexible, book a your flights Tuesday-Thursday (or Saturday). Say you want to visit your parents/friends over the weekend. Book a flight Thursday evening thru Tuesday (early morning).
Tip #3: Multiple Airports
When rate shopping on Kayak.com, SkyScanner.com or Google Flights you have the option to input more than one airport code. For example if you are in the NJ/NY area you have at least three airports. JFK, LGA, and EWR.
This is how you’d input a multiple airport search “JFK, LGA, EWR” and the website will automatically search which airport has the best airfare for your destination. You can even do the same with your destination!
NOTE: Be careful when booking roundtrip flights because your returning home airport might not be the same as the original departing airport.