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How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets

Updated on September 16, 2015

How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets

Do you want to know how to get cheap airline tickets? Traveling by airplane can become quite costly but sometimes we have no choice when our destination is very far away. With the high costs of plane tickets, passengers also have other burden fees for bags, booking fees by telephone and even costs for choosing a seat to be near loved one during travel. Although there are no guarantees to save money and find cheaper tickets, you can take the time to get the best value for your money by knowing what to look for before booking. Choosing the best travel date is the most important step to getting plane tickets that are cheap. Here are tips to help you get cheaper airline tickets for your next trip.

Did you know that a pet plane ticket can be almost as much as a regular plane ticket? Prices can be anywhere from $70 up to $200. Prices vary, depending on the airline.

How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets: Tips to Save Money

1). Avoid traveling during certain holiday dates. Traveling by airplane during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays can be very costly. Did you know that most individuals fly the day before or a few days before Christmas and Thanksgiving? If you must fly to visit friends and family for the holidays, you can sometimes save a lot of money by flying on the actual holiday. Flying on Christmas day or Thanksgiving may save up $150.00 or more per plane seat. Check out your options if you plan to travel during these times before booking and pay attention to the price differences for traveling on the exact day of a particular holiday. Compare the price to the day before Christmas. You may be surprised.

2). Book a month in advance for domestic and international travel by plane. The closer that you book to a particular date, the more that you will end up paying. Booking a month in advance may save you a couple hundred off a seat.

3). Compare costs before you pay. If you just visit one website or travel company and book then you may be overpaying. Check out tripadvisor.com, orbitz.com and other travel sites to compare costs. You could save quite a bit of money by spending a half and hour of your time by researching the best deal that is available for your travel needs.

4). Check the cost of round trip tickets. Even if you are flying one way, consider checking out the prices of round trip tickets. One way flights may actually cost more than round trip tickets. International tickets, expensive as they are often fall under specialty prices for round tickets. Therefore, check out the prices for both domestic and international flights to get cheap tickets.

5). Do you air travel during the week. Weekend traveling by air costs a lot more than during the week. If you can be flexible with your travel plans, then consider leaving on a Wednesday or other weekday to get cheaper airline tickets.

6). Compare the costs of other city flights nearby. If you live in an area where there a few airports that are within two hours of driving distance then compare the costs between each. You may save a couple hundred dollars a seat by making a drive to a nearby airport, rather than using a different one. This could save a family a lot of money if several tickets are needed. A family of five could save $500 to $1000 just by traveling to another airport –even if they have to drive an hour away to the airport.

How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets? Start by staying away from the day before Christmas and Thanksgiving. Photo: goiun123/sxc.hu
How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets? Start by staying away from the day before Christmas and Thanksgiving. Photo: goiun123/sxc.hu

How to Get Cheap Airline Tickets: Warnings

Before you buy your tickets, check out other pricing information on the airline website. Check out the costs for priority boarding, fees incase you have to change your flight and all bagging fees. You may end up not really saving on the plane ticket or tickets due to other fees. For example, as of 2010, US Airways charges $100 for a 3rd checked bag where AirTran charges $50. That’s double the price. Planning a trip isn’t easy. Do your homework on all costs to find the best value for your money. 

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