Tips on how to get the
- Begin travel on
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday and stay overnight on a Saturday.
- Many airlines have RED-EYE flights
which depart late in the evening or early in the morning. Ask for
these special flights when calling the reservation department. Most of
these flights will return to their hub-station, so they can reduce
airfares by as much as 25%.
- Avoid departing on Fri-Sat-Sun and
Mondays. Airfares could be 25% - 50% higher on these popular days.
- Even if you are traveling one-way
check to see if it's cheaper to purchase a round-trip ticket. Most
airlines will charge more on a one-way reservation.
- Booking flights with a 21-day advance
purchase will usually get the lowest air fares.
- Tickets with less than a 7-days
advanced purchase will cost as much as $900 or more, because it is
considered a last minute reservation.
- Make holiday reservation 6-months in
advance, but be sure of travel dates. Changing travel dates can be
- Bidding for airfares? Unless you know
the current market, it could turn out to be going once..twice..gotcha!
Below are some useful tips
when searching for the lowest airfare. Please keep in mind you’re your
own Travel Agent when making reservations online, so we thought you
would need a little lesson in Travel 101.
Stay over a Saturday night
When searching for the
lowest fare, staying over a Saturday night will usually provide the
cheapest rate. This is not always the case in all markets, but is a
requirement on most fares. Just remember that if you are provided with
an unusually high quote, check your dates and make you have meet the
Saturday night stay requirement.
Book in advance
Depending on the cities you
are traveling to and from, the advance purchase rule will vary. In
general, most airlines require at least a 14 day advance purchase for
the lowest fare. In some markets it can be as little as 3 days all the
way to 21 days. Making travel arrangements with less than 7 days advance
purchase will, in most cases, provide the highest coach fare in that
particular routing. If you are flexible, alter your travel dates until
you find the lowest fare available.
Price will vary depending on
the number of seats available
As the plane fills up with
passengers, the rates will increase. If you have met some of the general
requirements noted so far, then you may need to alter your travel dates
for the lowest fare. Please keep in mind that weekend and holiday
travel are the busiest times to travel. The day before and the Sunday
following a holiday are the most requested times as well as travel on
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the year.
Travel on one airline
When selecting your travel
arrangements, please use the same airline for your departure and return
flights. Sometimes this is not always possible because one airline may
not service your departure and destination city. In this case, our
reservation will search for the lowest rates whether on one airline or
three. When traveling over seas, you may not always be able to travel on
the same airline.
Days of the week
Traveling on Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursdays are typically the cheapest days to travel. If
you are flexible in your travel dates you might try altering your dates
to meet these days, this is not always the case.
Everyone knows that Holidays
are busy times of the year and is the same case when traveling by air.
If possible, avoid traveling the day before and the Sunday following a
major holiday. Traveling on the actual holiday (i.e. Thanksgiving,
Christmas, etc.) are usually available. If you are planning on
traveling for the holidays, the best thing to do is book your travel in
advance. Some of the most popular destinations during holidays are
Florida, California, Hawaii, New York, and Mexico.
like holidays, there are destinations that many people prefer to travel
to during particular seasons. Summer is considered peak travel times for
Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe. These destinations are likely to average a
higher airfare then if you traveled during the fall or winter. Many
people we hear from will say, "I just traveled to Europe in October and
only paid $300.00, why is it $700.00 now?" Airlines realize that during
certain times of the year more people are flying to certain
destinations, knowing this they will increase prices.