How to get the best cheap flight deals!
By Ross Williams, Contributing Editor
There is only one thing better than a free ticket and that is a cheap one. Most people are not fortunate enough to get much in the way of the former type of plane ticket, but with a little digging around online getting a cheap flight ticket is certainly a real possibility. Here are a few quick tips to help you get off to flying start, on the cheap.
Travel Fairs and Shows
Be the first in line when a Travel Fair or show comes to a town near you. The discounts are real but a quota for cheap flight tickets is usually imposed, so it pays to be an early bird!
Book in Advance
It pays to be the early bird when you are searching for a cheap flight. Most airlines will hike there prices for last minute travelers, which are usually the business travelers who don’t mind paying extra, or are too busy to bother. According to a study by the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), you could save 6% on average by booking six weeks in advance.
Sticking with the early bird theme, the best time to find a good airline deal is in the morning. Airlines often put up the discounted tickets in the morning and these will sell out during the day meaning that the later in the day you leave it, the slimmer the pickings will be.
It’s all about Wednesday
When it comes to getting a cheap flight, Wednesdays are quite special. According to a study conducted by farecompare.com, if you need to make a domestic trip then midweek is your best bet. On Wednesdays carriers often have more empty seats so they will release more cheap tickets in order to fill those seats. Avoid traveling on Fridays and Sundays if possible as these were found to be the most expensive days.
The internet is a great place to find all the latest deals as and when they are announced. With a little awareness and some digging like TRAVELAUREATE.COM you can easily find a cheap flight at any time of the year. The real trick, however, is to sign up for newsletters like Travelaureate’s FREE newsletter. That way, you don’t have to waste time scouring the net. You leave the heavy spadework to the research teams that work on these newsletters. You can even ignore the newsletters until you decide it’s time to take a trip. That’s what I do and when its time for a trip I find myself eagerly awaiting the arrival of the newsletters and then grabbing the best stuff on offer! Most of the time, it works out great! THE END
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