We all want to save money on travel but most of us could do with some help and advice to get us started.
You should already know to compare prices for everything you need from flights, travel insurance, hotels and more but these tips should help further.
Save Money on Flights
When to Fly
Did you know the day of the week that you choose to travel can affect the price of your air ticket? Tuesdays and Wednesdays are generally the best days to fly if you like a bargain. Fridays and Sundays are the most popular so expect higher rates on these days. With Saturdays it depends on the destination as the day is not liked by business travellers but is popular with one week package holidaymakers.
Even if you do need to travel on a high demand day, the time of day can still make a difference. Evening flights are wanted by business travellers so think about leaving at lunchtime instead. The overnight red-eye flights can have some great deals as can the early morning flights, especially with budget airlines.
When to Book Flights
If you are looking at a budget carrier then the earlier you book the better. Months before your departure date is when the bargains are to be found as prices go up as availability reduces.
Other airlines will also try to entice you with offers and deals when they first release tickets so, again, early planning can be best. If you have a preferred airline, sign up for their e-newsletter/Like them on Facebook/follow them on twitter, etc. as they often offer deals to subscribers first.
If planning so far ahead is not for you, the other time to get a great deal is a few days before the flight leaves. Last minute offers are there to try and fill up the remaining seats so if you can be flexible with when you can fly then try this option.
The time of day you look for an online fare also matters as strangely many have found the cheaper fares in the early hours of the morning, around 2-3am. Whether it's in your time zone or the airline's is not clear but bargain hunters could try both options.
Where to Book Your Flight
- Online travel aggregators such as Travelocity and Expedia are a good place to start as you can compare rates with different airlines and they do bundled packages with accommodation.
- Travel search engines such as Kayak and Skyscanner are considered to be second generation travel aggregators and offer similar options.
- Travel Agents can still be worth talking to as they are travel specialists but be aware they may have commission deals that suit them well but possibly not you.
- Airline websites are the place for those last minute deals and to get an idea of routes and prices they can offer.