Saving on Vacation Travel
If you think you cannot afford to go for a vacation this year, we recommend you take a look at the price war that is going on between airlines right now. Depending on the destination, some of the prices of air travel have been falling so low that many airlines are reporting lower profits versus rising operation costs. What does this mean to the average traveller? It means that there hasn’t been a better time to start booking travel and explore the world on a budget, using economy airfare.
In the past when you needed to book a ticket and you used a travel agent, you could be assured that the agent would be finding the best value for your money and flight deals. However when the airline industry moved to online customer direct booking the prevalence of cheap flights and their accessibility changed the way we schedule our travel.
If you don’t know much about finding flights online, there are a few pointers that can help you ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get started.
Tip #1: Always book your travel at least one month in advance wherever possible. By booking early you can take advantage of the early-bird discount when carriers are trying to fill the seats on a scheduled flight. The earlier you book the more money you will save on your flight.
Tip #2: Look for a Price Drop Guarantee. It is a great way to make sure that if the price of your ticket drops that you won’t be stuck paying the higher price for your flight. While details vary according to services or carriers, all of them will refund the whole difference or a portion of it if your ticket goes on sale after you have purchased it.
Tip #3: Book domestic flights whenever possible. As soon as a flight becomes an International Flight (involving customs at the airport) the cost of your ticket goes up. Can you take a bus to a domestic airport? Travelling within domestic routes can save you as much as 30% or more on the cost of your ticket.
Think smart and think affordability when you book your flights. Choose economy class whenever possible and avoid fare increases due to last minute travel. Try to travel in off hours where possible to shave some extra cost off your ticket. There are many flight deals to be found online if you know where to look and take the time to weigh your options wisely.