Tips for Saving Money on Air Travel

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Tips for Saving Money on Air Travel

It is never too early to start thinking about summer vacation! In fact, doing some planning now can really save you money. There is no doubt about it- air travel is expensive. Here are some tips to help you save on air travel.

Tips for Saving Money on Air Travel:

  • Start researching plane tickets well in advance of your travel dates. For your initial search, use sites like Travelocity or Expedia. Find the airlines that is offering the best deal and then head on over to their website (i.e. United, American Airlines or Southwest). Sometimes you can get a better deal going directly though the provider.
  • Track the prices for a few weeks. Generally buying in advance will net you the best deal. However, prices can vary greatly day by day. Tracking prices for a few weeks will give you an idea of what to expect. If you see a dramatic price drop- buy!
  • In my experience, buying tickets in the middle of the week will score you the best deal.
  • Departure and returning dates make a difference. Try to avoid weekend departures and returns for the best deal.
  • If your travel dates are not set in stone, search using that flexible date feature. Sometimes departing a day or two earlier will significantly reduce the price.
  • If you find a good deal, make sure to look at the layover times if it is not a direct flight. If it is less than an hour layover, I don’t book the flight no matter how good the deal is.  There are too many factors that play a role in on time arrivals and departures. Missed flights are no fun!
  • Take the checked baggage fee into consideration. Many airlines charge for checked baggage.
  • Check cash back sites like Ebates before you make a purchase. Some airlines, like Southwest, offer 3% cash back!

Doing a little travel research and planning ahead will save you money on air travel. Check multiple websites in order to score the best deal.

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Comments

  1. I’m really happy that you’ve set up your own blog and have factually gived to the world your thoughts. I admire your work and feel I can refer to what you’ve done. Most folks can’t even imagine having such talent. I hope that you know how lucky you are. :) Good luck to you in ALL your objectives. :)

  2. Great ideas. :)

  3. Lonnita C. says:

    Thanks for the advice. I use Ebates all the time and didn’t know they offer cash back on airlines.

  4. Maralea says:

    Thanks for all your great suggestions! :)

  5. Katie O says:

    I use Expedia a lot of plane tickets. I did a lot of check to find the right price.

  6. Heather Adams says:

    Thanks for the tips. I have been looking for tickets to New York for December!

  7. Crystal K. says:

    See if your local airport has service by Allegiant. They don’t go a lot of places, but the places the do fly to (like Vegas!) you can get amazing deals on, often times $29 flights or B1G1 tickets. If not that, I’ve found their air/hotel packages to be very reasonable.

  8. Christy A. says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  9. sheralle says:

    I havve yet to travel via plane with my little one. I’m afraid he’ll hate it and spend the whole time crying. I’ll keep these in mind for when he gets older.

  10. Jeannie says:

    Sometimes ticket prices drop for a few hours during the day.

  11. For the most part, I’ve found the best prices to be in the middle of the week, as you noted.

  12. My husband was able to recently get a great deal on airline tickets on a holiday weekend. Most people were traveling either the Friday or the Monday, and he got a cheap rate for Sunday.

  13. jayme cox says:

    I LOVE JIF TO GO! SO YUMMY!!!!

  14. ginette4 says:

    We usually drive when we go on vacation, you have some great tips, especially looking for prices mid week, I’ll have to pass this one along, thank you

  15. Angela Dupree says:

    always pack a lunch to save money

  16. Jessie C. says:

    I’m not new to cashback of online shopping, but honestly I never notice I can get cashback on airlines tickets. Off the check Ebates, thank you !

  17. Dana West says:

    Thanks for the tips! We always struggle finding good airline deals.

  18. Air travel is so frustrating from finding the best deal, times, hoping your flight isn’t delayed and you miss your connection…and so on. That being said it is nice to be 1500 miles away in a few hours rather than 2 days in a car with a sore butt :)

  19. Charity L. says:

    I have found that leaving before the weekend hits is always cheaper.

  20. Thanks for the tips, but if I can drive, I’d rather not fly. Not my favorite thing to do!

  21. jennifer giordano says:

    Great ideas!

  22. Jennifer Digges says:

    Weekday travel is best as well as off season. Also inclusive deals can save money.

  23. Thank goodness my MIL always books the air travel!

  24. I personally don’t fly, but for those who do these are certainly excellent tips.

  25. CherylS22 says:

    I try to avoid flying all together, unless I really want to go far away. Air travel has become such a hassle & in many instances is just a waste of a lot of time. However, thanks for the tips – I can use them when I do decide to travel a good distance.

  26. The thought of flying five people is scary. If we ever do though, I will use some of this info.

  27. Charity I says:

    Jiff to go is great. I have used it many times. Using this for dipping apples is is just great!…… Take the Jiff to go on a family trip to the zoo bring your precut apples and you are ready for a good healthy snack.

  28. We booked our flight 6+ months in advance and saved a bundle!

  29. Great tips! Thx

  30. Great ideas!

  31. G Bailey says:

    thanks for the tip about cash back sites

  32. I didn’t know Ebates/Southwest offered 3% cashback-great to know!

  33. Good ideas! I will keep them in mind!

  34. Antoinette says:

    NevER ever assume that the prices will go down! If you find them at a good price within your budget, book them!

  35. Do all of this. Thanks.

  36. Joan Giambatista says:

    Book your tickets tue-thur to save alot of plane fare!

  37. Sheila Vives says:

    I also found that buying tickets in the middle of the week netted the better deals and flight times. Also if you go on a “slow day” you will have less airport hangups.

  38. Like I had posted in the other thread about air travel, if you plan an earlier flight that will be fully booked, you can sometimes score free vouchers for giving up your seat to someone else!

  39. I never thought about checking ebates, and thanks for the tip about checking during the middle of the week to find the best rates!

  40. Eric Seberg says:

    use vacum bags so you can carry on.

  41. I join the frequent traveler airline programs before booking tickets.

  42. Ann Fantom says:

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