1. Have patience. It does take a high price to get a ticket. Now, please don't stop you, because saving more than $100 a flight may mean more money spent on sightseeing, hotels, dining, travel, etc. This means that if you want to travel in the spring, you should start checking the price in the late fall or winter. Sometimes there will be a last minute deal, but usually, you will find the best deal at least 21 days before the departure date.
The first thing in the morning [around 9:00 am and after 6:00 pm] is that I want to browse the travel website to see if there are any offers on the day. I also like to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel sites and airlines will remember your search, which may cause prices to actually rise.
My favorite website is Skyscanner. One of the key features of the site is that you can view the best deals on the day of travel from your favorite airport to the rest of the world. For example, I live in Toronto, so I will enter flights from Toronto [YYZ] to Everywhere. This is a great feature because it tells me which day, which date, which month, etc., the cheapest for me to fly to the world. [I recently used this website to help me get a ticket to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines charge $1,000-$1,500+ for flights to Seoul, but Delta Air Lines has been promoting so I can get a round-trip ticket The exchange rate is only $850 / $770.]
Another important feature of Skyscanner is that you can enter your destination and travel dates and register a “price alert” so they can email you when the price of the specified travel date increases or falls. [My sister just used this feature to help her fly to Edmonton, Alberta in May. The price for a one-way ticket is around $300-$400, and she can get it for $269.]
Another site I like to use is Expedia. They show travel deals to top domestic and international destinations every day. They will also include a "ticket + hotel" transaction package. This can help me understand the average cost, for example, a 4 night trip to Las Vegas. Assuming a 4 night flight to Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip and the price of the hotel is $500-$600 per person, starting from Toronto, I would like to try to note a transaction equal to or lower than this price – This is what I know to save money and get the best price.
But one thing about Expedia is that advertising prices are not always available. If I am looking for their last minute ticket transaction, I might see a round-trip ticket to Miami for $250 [from Toronto], but once I click on the deal, it might say that the price has risen to 350 plus. yuan. This is not always the case, but sometimes it does happen, please keep in mind.
Other sites I like to use are: Kayaking, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Predictor and Airfarewatchdog.
2. Check the airline's direct website. While these third-party travel sites may be great, it's sometimes best to find the best deals directly on the airline's website. I recommend signing up for email promotions through preferred airlines. For example, since I live in Canada, I signed up for Air Canada's travel promotion. Let me see special offers on the Air Canada website.
I really want to spend the weekend with my sister in New York City in February to celebrate her 21st birthday. In addition to checking third-party websites, I can also check the date by entering Air Canada's travel. They didn't promote the deal, but I was able to find a direct return flight from YYZ to LGA for $199. I am very happy to find a lot through Air Canada. Sometimes, the airline's website also provides a promotional code, so it's worth a look.
3. Check out/arrival from other airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes there are more than one airport in many big cities or one nearby airport in another. For Toronto residents, we have Pearson Airport for domestic and international flights and Billy Bishop Airport for certain flights in Canada and the United States. You can also choose to cross the border and fly out of Buffalo Airport. Flying from Buffalo Airport is always cheaper than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But the most unfavorable thing is that [if not all flights] is not direct, and since most people leave their cars at the airport while traveling, you will have to pay for the parking. For me, flying out of Buffalo is always the last choice because it is 90 minutes from Toronto [you must consider the fueling fee], and depending on the length of your travel time, parking costs may increase the discounted flight to and from Flights departing from YYZ or YTZ cost the same. However, sometimes you can save a lot of money when you take off from Buffalo, which is definitely worth your time. [When I was dealing with a company's corporate travel in my last job, the last minute trip often occurred. If two or more groups are required to travel to the US, flights departing from Buffalo can save the company every time. A ticket for more than $300 to $600.]
This can be said not only the departure airport of your choice, but also the arrival at the airport. For example, when flying to New York City, you can basically choose three airports to enter: LGA, JFK or EWR. Sometimes, when you arrive at an airport than other airports, you can get a better price. But one thing to remember is travel from the airport to the hotel. If you are travelling by public transport, you can take the bus and subway from LGA to Manhattan for only $2.50. However, the price will be higher when you arrive in Manhattan from EWR because you have to take the New Jersey public transportation system and then switch to Manhattan's public transportation system. If you take a taxi, the price from each airport to Manhattan may vary. With this in mind, I recommend that you conduct your own research before you travel.
4. Follow airlines and third-party travel sites on Twitter [social media] and register their mailing lists. A major feature of social media is that airlines can use it to promote special travel promotions through certain social media channels. Sometimes airlines offer special promotional codes through their Twitter or Facebook pages, which are not posted on other websites. West Jet offers "Blue Label Thursday", a special promotion offered only on Thursday afternoon [unless they have other special events during this time]. You can find it on their website or watch an ad on their Twitter or Facebook page. When registering mailing lists on third-party or airline websites, they sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers so that you can access their sales in secret.
5. Don't be afraid to book flights and hotels separately. Sometimes, when you bundle holidays and book flights and hotels at the same time, you can get a lot of offers on sites like Expedia, but that's not always the case. If you see great deals on your flight, please book now, don't wait! In the future you may find a better price at the hotel. I also recommend that if you do see a large number of flights, please book now instead of waiting until later in the day. Suppose you see a lot of things on a flight to San Francisco in the morning, but when you get home from work to buy a ticket, this may not be good for you.
Let me give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco, looking for a flight that I can go back to [it was in October 2012], but their price is around $600, and I want to wait for a better price. A few weeks later, Delta Air Lines sold and offered flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $437. Considering that the price I saw in the last few weeks was more than $600, it was an incredible price, so I didn't wait to buy the ticket immediately. Later that afternoon, I checked if the transaction was still valid and the price rebounded to $600. I highly recommend that you find it cost-effective when booking, as the price may disappear faster than you think.
Sometimes, if you are booking a multi-city flight, a separate booking may be more cost effective than booking with the same airline. For example, last summer [June 2013], I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally back to my hometown of Toronto from Los Angeles. It took me about a month and a half to check the price every day to get the best price. I eventually got sales from Air Canada to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles to Toronto. I am waiting to book a US domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, because Air Canada clearly does not offer this service, and the price of a one-way flight was about $100. About a week later, I was on Southwest.com and I saw that they had a “Getaway” deal from LAS to LAX for $49 USD. There are so many, so of course I will book it right away. My total ticket cost for multiple cities is $515. [From YYZ to LAS, I spent $466 on LAX to YYZ and $49 on the Southwest flight from LAS to LAX].
6. Know when and how many days are the cheapest. Usually, Tuesday and Wednesday are cheaper than the other days of the week. [Usually, searching for flights during the week also produces the best deals]. Based on my experience, I also found that sometimes the best price is available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Of course not all of the time, you will have to try the date, which is why Skyscanner can very well decrypt which day the cheapest departure and return. Usually the most expensive days are Monday, Friday, and sometimes Sunday. The airline knows that most business trips take place from Monday to Friday, which is why it is more expensive to leave on Monday and return on Friday. However, business travellers have begun to start on Sundays instead of Mondays, hoping to get more affordable fares, but this is not always possible. Of course, getting the cheapest departure date of the week depends on the flexibility of your travel dates.
The time of year is also helpful. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off-season and off-season [end of autumn, winter and early spring]. Last year , my parents took a direct flight from Toronto to Toronto in Toronto in April, for $671 per person. This is not the best price I have ever seen, but it is definitely the best price for direct flights. Traveling on vacation or shoulders is not always negative. Sometimes you don't want to travel during the off-season due to bad weather, but in general, there are fewer people in the off-season and the price is cheaper.
I found it expensive to fly to Las Vegas now [early spring] [about $400-$500 CAD] because most people like to go there in the spring and then go there before the summer weather gets too hot. [I compare this to the ticket transaction I saw last winter at a price of about $350.] It is always wise to check what happened on the date you are going to a specific destination. Sometimes, holidays or large meetings may increase fares. I always recommend finding the average price of a flight to your preferred destination and then paying attention to price fluctuations.
7. Save money on your luggage. Most airlines now charge you a $25 baggage check price. If your baggage exceeds the weight limit of the airline, they will charge you an additional fee. You can avoid this by lightly loading and unloading and ensuring that the baggage does not exceed the limit [check the airline to confirm the weight limit and the price of the checked baggage]. Also, if you are traveling short distances, consider sharing a checked baggage with your travel companion. This will save you $50 in travel costs as the one-way checked baggage costs $25.
If you are traveling for a shorter trip [weekend trip], please consider carrying only your carry-on baggage without having to pay attention to checked baggage. Most airlines will allow you to bring a small amount of liquid to the aircraft. If you just want to travel fast on weekends, you can carry a backpack with you. I did this when I traveled to New York last month. I went to the local dollar store and bought a small travel bag with a transparent plastic container. This allows me to bring shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser, night cream/day cream, foundation and more. It also includes stickers, so I know everything. I did realize that this was not for everyone, but for a two-night trip, I would rather spend $1 on Dollarama to buy a travel bag and then spend $50 on checked baggage. This also eliminates the trouble of waiting for my checked baggage at the baggage claim.
8. Buy travel/health insurance everywhere. I always recommend that you buy travel or [extra] health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you may not get the best price if you choose an insurance package offered by your airline when you book your flight. Typically, your work insurance provides some type of travel or health insurance while traveling. If you are not sure, please discuss with HR. You can also buy insurance through the bank – this is where I tend to find the best deals. In the long run, this will also be cost-effective and travel multiple times during the year. [You don't have to pay for insurance every time you book a flight, you can get insurance for the year at a fixed fee through a bank or elsewhere.] If you are over 40 years old [or have a health history], I recommend purchasing additional health insurance [even You have obtained work insurance]. Unfortunately, we can never predict what will happen when traveling. If heaven is banned and anything happens, you will be happy to purchase additional health insurance. This is unique to everyone, so I can't tell you what the best option is. This is something you need to discuss with the Human Resources department, your bank and your family to find out which option is best for you.
9. Avoid paying for seats [if you can]. Some airlines require an extra fee for pre-selection. If this is the case, then the cost is very high, but if you have to pay about $20 to make a pre-selection, I will pass. Usually, you can check in early [24 hours before the flight departure] and choose your seat for free. You may be able to get the seat you want, or you may not. This is a hit or miss. If you have no preference for the location you are sitting in, or are unwilling to take risks, then avoid paying extra for pre-selected seats.
10. Use the travel rewards program. Today, competition between airlines and credit cards is so intense, so sign up for their travel rewards program. Contact your bank to see which travel reward credit card is best for your needs. Many of them can let you collect points for daily expenses so that you can redeem their free flights. Some of these credit cards do have regulations, for example, you can only book flights through a bank, or have an inapplicable date for travel. However, since a large number of travel reward credit cards are available today, they will get better and better, and you can find credit cards that do not contain any of these rules. This means you can redeem your points for anytime, anywhere. Sometimes, these cards do charge a small annual fee, but it is worth the reward alone.
The same is true for airline frequent flyer programs. The more flights you take on an airline, the more flight points you collect. This is very useful for business travellers because although their company pays for travel, they are able to collect frequent flyer points for redemption into personal vacation trips. Some companies even allow employees to book their flights and then submit receipts for reimbursement. In this way, in addition to frequent flyer credits, employees can earn points on travel reward credit cards.
I hope these tips will help you book your next vacation or trip. Please note that these tips work in my own experience, but may not be for everyone. The main thing to remember is that the key to getting the best price on a flight is to be patient and flexible.