The cost of air travel can be prohibitive and might make you feel like that vacation, family reunion, or wedding is unattainable. After all, the flights are just one element of the total cost of travel but they sure take a significant chunk of your travel budget. But don’t give up now – there are ways to reduce the cost of air travel and we are going to share them with you. One thing we won’t be recommending is airline miles. Curious why? Stick with us until the end.
For now, let’s dig into the five best ways to find a cheap flight.
1. Plan accordingly
Timing is everything in flights, as in life. If you don’t have any flexibility about when you travel, start looking for flights 4-6 months before your departure date. To get the best deal, the goal is to book the tickets somewhere around 2-4 months in advance. Starting early gives you time to monitor fares, which go up and down all the time, so you can recognize and jump on the best price when you find it.
On the other hand, if you are flexible about your travel and have windows during which you could drop everything and go, keep your eyes open for last minute deals. Airlines hate to fly with empty seats and often drop prices significantly in order to fill up a plane. These bargain fares are typically offered anywhere between three weeks and one day prior to departure.