Check out this scenario. You've wanted to take a week off next month for
that well-deserved vacation, which you have postponed several times because you just couldn't get away. But that inner voice is now shouting, "It's now or never!"
OK. But where and how do you get the best bargain? You want the best
price! Do you have to spend 3 to 4 hours hopping from search engine to
search engine? The thought almost makes you want to stay home!
NO, you do not have to spend hours researching. Your own time is far more
valuable than that. Learning and following just a few guidelines will you
hours of research from the beginning.
Three hours of research may save you $5 one each airline reservation. At
this point in time (market circumstances will change and also these
guidelines will change), being aware of the following guidelines should
save you hours of searching.
1) The most expensive tickets are for days and times when more people are
2) The most expensive tickets are for prime destinations during prime
3) Passengers can expect to pay more for tickets purchased at short
4) Likewise, you'll pay more if you feel you have to book flights weeks or
months in advance.
From this information it's fairly obvious that you won't get the bargains
if you travel during vacation time when lots of others are competing for
those seats. If your destination is a popular vacation spot during prime
vacation time, you won't see the bargains. If you fly tomorrow, you
probably will pay a premium for the seat. If you have to secure your seat weeks or months in advance to guarantee your place, don't expect a bargain price.
Where are the bargains?
1) Be flexible and travel when others don't, or travel to locations that
are not prime vacation destinations.
3) From time to time airlines offer special promotional deals. Frequently
check independent travel sites that specialize in travel tips and resource information.
4) Sign up to receive e-mail from specific airlines as an interested customer. The company will notify you of their travel promotions.
Finally, may I offer a few words to those of you who do not have the luxury of
flexibility in your travel? You can shop around a bit if you wish, but
honestly, you probably won't find the bargains on search engines or from
the airlines themselves. All the online booking engines gather their information from the same source, the airlines. When you find a site that offers something of value in addition to ease of booking, just stay for awhile with that site as a devoted customer. Every six months or so, check out a few to assure that your favorite is still competitive and offers quality service.
When you really want to find those discount airline tickets, you may be
tempted to do your own thorough search and visit a dozen online search
engines. Don't waste your time. It is unusual to find ticket prices that
vary more than a few dollars. Invest your time by learning a few simple
facts and trust in your favorite travel agency.