ANY GOOD TIPS FOR SAVING ON AIRFARE?
We all know airfare can be very expensive, especially if you’re traveling with the family. Here are some of the best tips from Bargains to Bounty readers:
Clear your cookies (or cache or web history) after each online search for airfare, as sites will track your searches and raise prices accordingly. (Or search using a friend’s computer or internet at the library!)
If you keep looking at the same dates the prices go up. They figure you have intent to purchase. (Diana)
Statistically, Tuesdays are the cheapest days to buy. Aim for purchasing tickets 52-55 days before your departure.
Flights always are high at the beginning when they are first released and high closer to the date of travel (last minute flights) so usually around 55 days before you go is the time when they drop. (Sara)
You get good prices online around 1 to 3 am most nights. (Terryann)
Consider options for departure from other airports. Especially for international flights, it may be far cheaper to fly out of Toronto rather than Detroit. Other people have found better fares from Flint or Cleveland.
Buy directly from the ticket counter at the airport.
Go to the Spirit customer service counter at the airport. Tickets are super cheap there. (Brian)
We do this every time we fly because we have a large family. Just got tickets for us in March to Florida! Saved over $200 buying at the airport vs buying online! (Laura)
Buy gift cards first at a discount to save. If you use the Scrip fundraising program, you can buy gift cards with a rebate there. Consider other options like the occasional Meijer or Kroger kickback.
I always book Southwest and buy Southwest gift cards from Sam’s or Costco to save an extra 5% off. (Jaimie)
Contact a travel agent – and/or look into package deals when possible.
If you also need a hotel, check out Delta Vacations. I’ve gotten some awesome deals, and you reserve your spot with just $200 per person. You just have to pay the trip balance 30 days before departure. It has been the only way we can truly afford a family vacation each year. (Nicole)
Try these website and/or apps:
Sign up for fare notices on Airfare Watchdog. They also tweet airline promo codes. (Wendy)
With Google Flights, you can play around with dates, airports etc. I like the graph for finding the best deals. (Kim)
The Hopper app will alert you when the prices on your airfare drops. (Lauren, Marci)
They have a “fare watcher” option where you can put in your travel dates and destination. It will email you when the fare changes. You choose the settings as to how often you want to be emailed. (Andraya)
On the Kayak app you can search areas by cheapest dates. It’s great if you’re flexible, and able to plan your vacations around pricing. My brother has paid under $40 round trip MI to CO multiple times. (Jamie)
JetRadar is easily the cheapest. Got round trip to Orlando for $83. (Chris)
JustFly – Search and compare the best deals with over 440+ airlines
Matrix Airfare Search (Angela)
Of course, there are so many other ways to save on airfare! What have you found that works well? Add it in the comments!