ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

how to save money on international flights and domestic travel

Updated on December 9, 2014

Tips to save money on international flights and domestic travel

With airlines constantly cutting routes and flying planes with full capacity, air fares have been increasing steadily. Here are some simple tips on how you can save money on flight tickets.

Feedback and suggestions are always welcome, share your tips and tricks in the Reader Feedback section of this page.

save money on travel with these easy tips
save money on travel with these easy tips

Simple tips for finding a low airfare

Avoid weekend flights

Try to fly mid-week, a flight on Tuesday or Wednesday will be less than flying on the weekend. Pick a mid-week flight for outbound and return flight.

Book early

Waiting for a last minute deal is truly a gamble. And with airplanes booked to full capacity more than in previous years, a truly good fare is available by booking in advance. Check for Fare Rules when shopping online as it will disclose the advance purchase time frame for you, for example 14 days advance purchase fare, 21 days advance purchase fare, etc.


Check big online travel agencies such as Expedia or FlightNetwork or TravelOne. These agencies buy fares in bulk and sometimes offer a better deal than the airline directly.

Be flexible

Fly at night or consider a red-eye flight. For example red-eye flights to and from Las Vegas can save you a bunch of money. Also, being flexible in dates will help, make sure to check flights -+ 2 or 3 days of your preferred travel date.

Consider Airlines based in the country you are travelling to

For a trip to Paris it makes sense to visit Air France's website for special offers. Airlines directly also might be able to offer discounted air fares.


The fare rules are always disclosed to you, sometimes hidden, but they are. You might save hundreds of dollars but you have booked a non-refundable, non-changeable air fare. Always read the fare rules and the ticket's rules and restrictions. If you don't understand the fare rules, call your airline or travel agency for clarification. Fare Rules can be complex and mind bogglin to a novice traveler.

munich airport
munich airport

Consider multiple connections

If offered, check for multiple connections. If time is not an issue for you, let the airline fly you around the country, for a lower fare.

Check surrounding airports too, ground transportation might save you if another airport is not too far from your destination/departure city.

Book a Roundtrip Ticket for International Travel

You might be able to save money by booking two separate one-way tickets on domestic flights. However, some countries will not let you enter without proof of purchase of a Roundtrip Ticket.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Consider Travel Insurance

If you ended up booking a highly restricted flight ticket and you can't travel due to unfortunate medical or other covered reasons, buying Travel Insurance is a great way to protect your money. The lowest air fares are usually highly restricted, and unfortunately do not allow for a refund or change. You can read a ticket's restriction in the Fare Rules before purchasing the ticket. lets you compare and buy Travel Insurance.

Need Airport Parking?

If you have to leave your car at the airport for an extended timeframe, you might want to look into pre-reserved Airport Parking.

$5 off airport parking. Use code CJNAT1 at checkout.

Other valuable travel information

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has published valuable information for travelers, including security, form of identification required and more. Please visit their information here:

You can find current Travel Warnings and Passport information here:

Airline Toll Free Numbers

Here are the phone numbers for some of the major carriers:

Air Canada 888-247-2262

Air China 800-982-8802

Air France 800-237-2747

Alaska Airlines 800-426-0333

American Airlines 800-433-7300

Continental Airlines 800-525-0280

Delta Airlines 800-221-1212

Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359

Hawaiian Airlines 800-367-5320

JetBlue 800-538-2583

Lufthansa 800-645-3880

Southwest Airlines 800-435-9792

United Airlines 800-241-6522

US Airways 800-428-4322

Virgin America 877-359-8474

Share your tips here, or show us your love.

© 2014 onesourcetravel

Reader Feedback

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)