Tips for Finding the Best Airline Deals

  • Travel Team
Sep 26, 2012

Buying airline tickets can be a headache. Travelers have to deal with luggage restrictions, layovers, frequent delays and high prices. In order to make your purchasing process easier and more affordable, take advantage of the following travel tips:

Shop around

It is typically a good idea to check out the prices on third party sites as well as the deals available directly from airlines. Don’t be afraid to inquire about tour operators or travel agencies, as they are often affiliated with certain airlines or programs that offer discounted rates. Exploring these programs can help a traveler uncover deals and avoid the hidden fees that may be tacked onto the price. Looking at foreign or lesser-known airlines is also a good way to find cheaper flights.

Be flexible with plans

The Economist reports that the cheapest time to buy flights is eight weeks prior to the departure date. Aside from booking that far in advance, travelers can try moving the dates of their trip around in order to take advantage of price fluctuations based on the day of the week. Air travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to have more affordable price tags, and let tourists avoid many of the large crowds that plague airports on weekends.

Watch out for refunds

Often, passengers who had flights delayed or cancelled are eligible to receive refunds or be placed on another, earlier flight. However many travelers don’t know what they are entitled to and therefore don’t go through the proper channels to get what they deserve.

There is usually a formal complaint process that needs to be followed in order to get money back, and many travelers find this procedure to be too much of a hassle to complete.

Of course, the best way to guard yourself against cancellations or delays is to purchase the best travel insurance. The right package can provide compensation for travel problems that are out of your control, and the benefits extend beyond flight protection.

What do you do to find the best airline deals?

Have any additional tricks up your sleeve? Leave a comment below to share your best kept secret about finding those elusive airline deals.

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