How to Save on Airline Tickets

If you are planning on taking a vacation this year but have not started looking for flights yet, there are a few things you can do to help you get a better ticket price (especially if you are thinking about flying this summer). This is one thing that currently has my attention as we now have a wedding to attend across country and booking a flight for four within the next few weeks will be challenging. (Yes, it isn’t much warning, but wedding planning is a completely different topic.)

The first place I start is with the big sites that cover all of the airlines. It lets me see what rates I can get with the different airlines without having to look at each of the sites individually. By looking at a couple of sites at the same time you can get a good idea of what to expect in terms of prices. Most of the time the different sites will offer similar prices, so if you try a couple and see that the price is way more than you are willing to pay right now you can stop looking for a few days.

Of course, you want to start your vacation as early as possible, but one thing you shouldn’t do is plan to fly on a Friday or Sunday. They are, hands down, the absolute worst days to fly out of any airport. Everyone is flying then, so ticket prices are not going to get any better. If you can wait a day, Saturday is actually a pretty good day to fly because most people either leave on Friday to go on vacation or are returning on Sunday, so the chances are good that flights won’t be sold out. However, if you really want a good deal, plan to fly out on Tuesday or Wednesday (Wednesday is usually the best day). It’s the middle of the week, which means most people are not going anywhere and flights aren’t booked up.

Check out the price of a single ticket, and then see if there are enough seats available for everyone who is traveling. Sure, you may have to sit separately, but in most cases this is well worth what you will save on airfare. My son also really enjoys this because he gets a little time away from the family while on vacation (my daughter still likes to be near mom or dad). Also be checking out ticket prices around 3pm. This is the time when many airlines are shifting prices, which gives you a look into what the prices will be for the next day or two.

If you are late in getting started in researching and buying tickets, give the first class tickets a look. If you get really lucky you may be paying roughly the same price as you would for a coach seat with all of the benefits of first class, depending on whether or not they are sold out.

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