Airfare continues to rise with no end in sight it seems, especially since gas prices have skyrocketed. If you plan to fly on business or for vacation you may be worried about the high cost of airfare. There are a few ticks of the trade you can use to help ensure you get the best deal for your air travel.
Be flexible with dates
If you must travel on a specific date, chances are you will spend more for your ticket especially if you are booking your ticket within a couple of weeks of departure. If you can be flexible with your dates, a day or two on either side, your chances for savings are increased. If you use a travel website such as Orbitz or Travelocity, then you will be given the option to search for fares by lowest price first on multiple dates. These sites make it easy to shop around for air the best prices in air fares.
Book your flight in advance
You can also save on airfare by booking your flight at least two to three weeks prior to departure. If you wait to book your flight a couple of days out, you will have to pay quite a bit more. The exception is if you try and get a last minute fare on a flight that leaves the same day. Sometimes you can get a real good deal on last minute flights. If you plan to fly overseas then you should plan to book your flight a minimum of four weeks out if you want to get a reasonable price for your fare.
Fly on weekdays
It is usually cheaper to fly on a Tuesday or Wednesday than it is Friday or the weekend. So if you plan your flight to leave and return on a Wednesday you will save money and may even save a few more dollars for including an overnight Saturday stay.
Fly out of a smaller airport
You may get a better deal on your ticket if you fly out of a neighboring airport instead of the airport of a major city. If you search for your fares on a travel website, you will be given the option of looking for fares at a nearby airport.
There is no need to spend more money than you have to on your airline ticket. By booking early and flying on weekdays, you should be able to get the best deal possible.