Everyone knows that airline tickets are the most expensive during the holiday travel season. Holiday ticket prices can be priced up to 103% higher than normal prices during the off season. If you need to travel during the holidays and want to save money, there is still hope. In the eyes of the airlines not all the holidays are the same and if you want to get the best deals on your tickets then you need to ask the right questions. One of the most important factors in saving on the cost of your airline tickets is to be flexible on your arrival and departure times.
The easiest method to get discounted airline tickets during holidays and peak travel seasons is to book your airline tickets as early as possible. Most airlines give the best seats and the biggest discounts to the people who book their flights weeks or even months in advance of their travel dates.
What happens if you are unable to book your flight in advance and have to travel at the last minute? Luckily, it's still possible to get discounted rates. You just have to be a little more flexible on your travel schedule. Thanksgiving (for example) is one of the busiest holidays for airlines but you can still get a great deal on your airline tickets. Usually ticket prices are reduced for later flights on Thanksgiving eve, the day of, and the day after. The airlines won't tell you this unless you ask because they would like to get premium prices for their tickets.
Traveling to Europe during the summer or Colorado in the winter can make flights very expensive. Discounted fares can still be found if you ask. Sometimes traveling during the middle of the week can reduce the price of your tickets significantly. Usually Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days to book discounted fares. Flights vary in price depending on which day of the week you travel so it's always best to ask first to get the most discounted fares when booking your flight.
Round trip airfare is usually cheaper on shorter trips. If you are staying at your destination for several weeks you may want to consider purchasing two one-way tickets. Sometimes this can save you money over a round trip ticket and it's worth asking about. This will work best if you book your flights separately and with different airlines.
As you can see it's best to ask many questions about travel days, times, and the length of stay for your trip. The more options you have the better your chances are to book your flights at low discounted rates.