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How To Buy Airline Tickets Cheaper

Aug 17, 2007
If at all possible, buy tickets 2-4 months before your travel date.

Many airlines offer discounts for early buyers. It's also best to buy your tickets at least 20 days in advance to ensure the best seating possible, most discounted tickets sell out fast. Airline Tickets are also subject to price increase, especially during Christmas season, buying early avoids further ticket increase.

Avoid flying on weekends if possible

When planning a trip, plan to leave on weekdays, preferable Monday to Wednesday. Weekends are high traffic times, for travelers and would probably cost you an additional $20-$30 increase.

Travel During The Off-Peak season

Most Airlines increase ticket prices during Peak travel season due to the increase in demand. Traveling during low or off-peak season is also advantageous if you want to avoid airport and tourist crowds. If you still have to travel during peak season, consider leaving home early and going home late to avoid the rush.

The Duration of your Stay

Your travel stay also affects airline ticket prices. Airlines give discounts if you stay at least a week at your destination or return within 90 days.

Why Use A Connecting Flight?

Direct flights aren't always the cheapest. Some people have saved up to $1000 dollars on booking connecting instead of Direct flights. If you are traveling light (minimum luggage), and flexible with your time schedule, it is best, and a lot cheaper to book a connecting flight instead of direct.

Ask about and use the senior citizen discount

Many Airlines offer the same senior Citizen discount to the companions of the Senior Citizen. Ask if it's available.

The Early Bird gets the best and cheapest Airline Ticket

Contact the Airlines at 12:01 am on Wednesday mornings. This is when airlines release all the new fares and seat plans. Be one of the first and choose the best and cheapest tickets available for your destination at this time.

Research Airline Ticket Prices On The Internet

Excellent feature of the internet is that you can see all available Prices from a very convenient place, your home. You don't have to visit travel agencies in your community. Most internet sites even offer internet only discounts that you can benefit from if you use their services.

Before you shop on the internet

Canvass travel agents in your area regarding prices, Internet prices aren't always cheap, it's best to ask a good old travel agent. Check the newspapers and compare prices, as some airlines publish discounts in print.

If you're planning to buy your ticket more than 6 months in advance, it's probably best to ask a travel agent, since internet sites don't usually have schedules that long.
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