Airfare can be one of the biggest expenses of your trip. But there are easy ways to save money on flights, just by booking at the right time.
The first consideration is the season in which you’ll be traveling. If you’re planning a trip for the winter, it’s best to book two months in advance. For spring, three months out is ideal. In the fall, it’s most cost-savvy to book two and a half months in advance. And for summer, peak travel season, the procrastinator can save big—booking only a month and a half in advance is the best way to get a good price.
Choosing the right day of the week to book can also be a big cost-saver. The perfect day to book? Drum roll please … Tuesdays! The thinking behind this is that airlines usually announce new deals on Monday nights, so by Tuesday afternoon, many of the other airlines are trying to match the deals, thus saving you money.
Setting up price alerts for your travel destinations can also save you money, as can credit card travel hacking. Google Flights is a good option for tracking, but there are others, like Skyscanner, that offer low price alerts as well. Simply input your destination and your potential travel dates, and these will shoot you an email when the flights reach a lower than average price. If you have flexible dates, you can also use Google Flights to see which days have the cheapest flights.
If you see a price that seems too good to be true, check the fine print. Some of the budget airlines charge for everything from choosing your seat to bringing a carry-on bag. On most airlines, bringing just a carry-on is another great way to save money. Worried you won’t be able to fit everything? Compression sacs will help you squeeze in everything you want to bring.
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