Book Cheapest Airline Tickets Online For Your Next Trip

December 01, 2014
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Are you planning for a holiday vacation? Just wait until you’re scouring dozens of booking sites, and airline web sites to book a cheap flight – then you will be ready for the grandest vacation of your life!

Unfortunately for overworked travelers, there’s no real shortcut to searching cheap airfares online. As with any purchases, you need to look and shop around to get the best deals – that is by trying different booking sites, changing your dates, and waiting until just the right time to purchase. But, if you are willing to exert a little more time and effort, you could save huge amount on your next flight.

Buy Early

Especially during high peak travel periods, making late reservations can cost you big bucks. Airline ticket prices usually go up in the last two weeks before flying, so if you are planning ahead, try to make the call before the deadline. And if you are traveling worldwide, you’ll want to book even earlier from three-six months in advance in order to get the best deals.

Shop Around

You should never book the first flight you see. Begin your search by checking a few of the major online travel providers, such as the Travelocity.com, travel advisory sites like TripAdvisor Flights or other preferred airfare/tickets’ site like CheapTickets.com. Checking these sites will give you initial idea of which airlines fly your specific itinerary, what the going rate is, and what limitations might apply. Armed with this information, you go ahead directly to the airline web site to check if the same flights are any low-priced (some airlines guarantee to give the lowest possible fares on their own web sites). While you are there, you need to check if the airline is running any promo deals to your destination.

Know When To Buy

The most difficult part of booking a flight is when to stop tracking fares and make that final purchase. If you are flying within the USA or you choose international destinations, Bing Travel can help you reach that decision, providing fare predictions for most major cities. Just connect your itinerary and the site will instruct you either to book now or to wait, depending on whether the fare is projected to rise or drop. Another great site is the Kayak.com, which provides fare history graphs for domestic and international flights, enabling you to see whether your fare is headed in an upward or downward direction.

Keep in mind that many airlines promote fare sales on Tuesdays – so if you want to decide to buy on a Monday, you may be grating your teeth when your holiday destination goes on sale the next day.

Be Flexible

If you reside close to more than one airport, you must check out the fares from all of the airports nearest you. Various online fare searching engines will require you if you are willing to leave from or arrive in more than one city. Yes! In addition, experiment with a number of travel dates; changing your itinerary by a month, a week, or even a few days can make a huge difference in fares. You will usually get the lowest cheap flight fares for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Remember, that just about every vacation destination has a peak season – and if you can fly any other time of the year, you will often pay less.

Check for Deals and Discounts

Never forget to check travel deals for the latest fare sales. If you or your traveling buddies are senior citizens or children, you will want to check your senior and family discount fares as well.

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