Getting there can be half the adventure, it can also eat up more than half your travel budget and much of your sanity. Between having to pay for your bags, seemingly endless fees, hours searching, and aggregate sites that, “search hundreds of fares all at once,” and open about that many windows while they’re at it – it’s a wonder we don’t all just say on the ground. Here are some tips to help you get those cheap flights, easy and pain-free.
Wait Till Tuesday (had to toss the 80’s pop reference in there)
Several studies have pinpointed Tuesday (after 3pm eastern) as the sweet spot for saving on flights. Why?
Airlines tend to launch sales late on Monday. When the competition gets wind of it, they often drop prices to stay competitive. Loading the savings into their systems takes a bit of time, but by about 3pm on Tuesday everyone is on the same page. Often you can find fares that are even a tad cheaper than that first advertized offer.
The Early Bird Gets The Cheap Ticket
Fly out early in the morning. You’ll save enough money to buy some Visine for sure. Maybe even enough for a pick-me-up facial when you get where you’re going.
Happy Hump Day
Wednesday is marks more than the halfway point in the work week, it is also the cheapest day of the week to hop on a plane.
Listen to the Birds
Following in the footsteps of everyone from Lady Gaga to the Pope, nearly every airline that flies is on Twitter. Follow the carriers you’re hoping to hop a ride with. You might find a flash sale.
Like I did with Frontier
Pick Up The Phone!
I’m as guilty as any text-loving-send-me-an-email-I-can-find-it-online modern day human who would rather avoid a conversation via phone.
Real. Live. Human interaction – gads!
The thing is, actually talking to that real person can both save you money and time. Calling up the fine folks at Aer Lingus to book our tickets to Dublin and London was not only painless, but perfectly pleasant. The person on the other end of the line was able to quickly search days, times, lengths of layover, and more. They helped me find an even better itinerary at almost $650 less than I’d been able to find on my own. Now THAT is a conversation starter!