How and when to book your flights?
A few tips that can help you book cheap flights.
- The more restrictions there are on a plane ticket, the cheaper your ticket will be! If you know where you’re going, the exact dates and don’t need the possibility to chance your coming back date, this is the best choice for you.
- A lot of airlines apply a ‘Sunday’-rule on cheaper tickets, this means you have to stay at your destination at least one Sunday starting from the day of departure.
- If you don’t have fixed days to leave, check the prices for one or two days before and after the date you wanted to go.
- Check a few search engines, but also the airline sites, to compare prices!
- Don’t be fooled by the low prices if you end up with lousy hours. If you loose a day leaving for your destination or coming back, it’s sometimes wiser to spend a bit more money on your plane ticket, than on one or two more hotel nights. And loosing precious vacation time!
- Also check how many stopovers you have to make. If you don’t mind spending time at airports waiting and you don’t have a lot of luggage with you (that can get lost!), you can consider these tickets. Because they are cheaper than non-stop flights.
If you’re not a fan of waiting a lot or changing planes, spent a little extra!
- Check different departure airports, if you live close to more than one. There are price differences in these as well!
- Try to find out when a good time is to book tickets. Usually the sooner, the better. But sometimes there are deals to catch. Here in Belgium it’s in January, a lot of big travel agents have a pre-booking sale for the year to come. A possibility to get updates on this is to subscribe to newsletters from airlines on when they have promotions.