Just a few days ago, we were telling you about the best ways to save some cash while booking flights online. The feedback we got from you was just awesome, and we thank you for that! It was shocking for me too to discover just how much money you can save with these basic tips. But there’s probably not much new info there for the more savvy travelers – which is why I decided to post a part II, with more suble tips.
Shop on Tuesdays
This is just a statistic, it doesn’t have any direct impact – but the statistics say that the best day to shop for airfare is Tuesday, at about 3 p.m. eastern time. Why? Well, airfare sales typically launch late Monday or early Tuesday. As they are launched however, companies will try to outdo their competitors and offer lower prices – this is the best time for you to look for cheap flights.
Again, this doesn’t always happen, and there’s no guarantee that this will guarantee the cheapest ticket, but it’s definitely worth a look.
Fly on Wednesdays
Airlines know us. They’ve been studying us for decades. They know what we like, and they know when we want to fly. Usually, we want to fly on Fridays and return on Sundays – that’s when you’ll usually find the most expensive flights. For the very cheapest prices, look for flights midweek – statistics says these ones are Wednesdays, or almost just as good, Tuesdays. Mondays are too early and some people mix them up with the weekend, staying and extra day, and the same thing goes for Thursdays – some people choose to leave a day earlier.
As we told you in the previous post, checking the social media of airlines is a great idea! They publish offers, you get a good idea what they are up to, and some of them will actually offer discounts for social media followers.
But something else you can do, just as good if not better, is sign up for alerts – it’s simple, and you’ll be instantly notified of any price drops in the flights you’re interested in, good deals with a limited timespan, and much more. Just be careful what boxes you check when you sign up for these alerts – if you don’t want your email inbox crowded with irrelevant offers.
Always check other options
Yes, there’s only 2 companies flying there. Yes, X is a low cost with a decent offer and Y is a relatively expensive company – but for the sake of it, check both companies. It happened to me – the low cost company was more expensive than the alternative – and it may just as well happen to you. It’s definitely worth a couple of minutes checking.
Travel just outside the peak season
You have to find a balance here. You probably don’t want to see Ibiza in the winter, and summer is not the best time for skiiing. But if you choose to travel just outside the peak season, even if just for a week, that can save a lot.
Flexibility is key
Most people have specific days and specific times when they want to fly – but if you want to find the golden deals, a little flexibility goes a long way. When possible, it’s best to take at least a couple of days before and after your preferred departure date, as the odds are you’ll be finidng something cheaper.