We all know that flights take up a significant part of the cost of our holiday – which means we’ve spent most of our holiday fund before we’ve even arrived. Fortunately, by following some simple tips you can spend less on your flights and more on the fun stuff!
Planning ahead isn’t practical for everyone, however if you have the time you can save yourself huge amounts of money on your flights. Airlines like to have seats booked as early as possible, and as an incentive, they offer their seats at a lower price than they normally would be.
Keep an eye out for cheap flights both online and in the window of your travel agents. They try to lure customers in with cheap flight offers before revealing they can only be redeemed in a year’s time. Make the most of these offers and plan ahead!
Book Last Minute
We may be contradicting our last suggestion – however leaving it until the last minute can often pay off! If you aren’t flexible with your departure date or destination then planning ahead is the best way to save money on your flights.
If you are flexible then you can usually grab yourself a last minute bargain if you get in quick. Up to a month in advance, airlines start trying to sell off all of their empty seats – often at a fraction of the original cost. Don’t expect to have much say over dates, though!
Flexibility is by far the best way to save money on flights. As with planning ahead, not all of us can be flexible – but if you have that luxury then make the most of it.
You may enjoy flying Fancy Airlines to your favourite holiday destination, but chances are you can get to the same location on No-Frills Airlines for a fraction of the cost.
The dates you travel as well as the time of day will almost always influence the cost of your flights. Before booking your flight, check the price of flights several days before and after the day you want to leave to see if there are any differences. Mid-week flights are often much cheaper than weekend flights for example.
The internet has revolutionised the cheap flights market. You no longer have to rely on what your travel agent tells you – you can do all the research yourself.
Even just a quick Google search for ‘cheap flights to Bali’ for example, will bring you back a range of results to look through.
There are numerous online travel agent websites that list flights to a chosen destination for all airlines on one page – making it easy for you to compare your best options.
Look out for Hidden Extras
You may overlook the extra options when it comes to booking your flight – but this can end up costing you more in the long-run.
For example, most Australian domestic airlines now charge you to take check-in baggage onto the plane. These charges are relatively low if you pay for them at the same time as booking your flight – but you can pay up to twice as much if you pay for them at the airport during check-in.
Do you have any tips for saving money on flights?