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How to Book Cheap Flights in 2018
Have you ever gotten so stressed out that you kind of go numb and go a bit pale? Yeah, booking flights use to make me that stressed. I would want to book cheap flights, but didn’t know how exactly to find the best deals.
Since moving abroad, I have gotten a lot better and I’d like to share some great tips with you!
Remember, a lot of these tips can vary base on where you are flighting to and from.
When to buy your tickets
This is a tough question. There is always so much debate over when the best time actually is. I’ve always tried to buy months before I travel. But according to the ARC, the best time to buy is on a Sunday between 30 and 40 days ahead of time. Other sources say the best time to buy is 6-8 weeks before your travel date.
When I would buy tickets several months out thinking I was booking a cheap flight, but I would always kick myself as I saw the price start to drop more. But then again, if I tried to buy too close to your travel dates, I would watch the price climb like crazy.
“Myth busted: despite popular belief in the benefits of last-minute booking, in most parts of the world, no matter where you are headed, economy fares tend to increase as departure date gets closer. The most cost-effective booking lead time for an economy flight is one month, or even earlier, from the departure date.” ARC 2018 Air Travel Outlook Report
Have to find that 30 day to 8 week sweet spot.
When to Fly
Flying on the right day or month can lower your bill also.
Most people want to travel in the summer because that is when the kids are out of school and the weather is great. Unfortunately, airlines also know this and use that to jack up the price.
And the best months to travel are January, February, or October, although this depends greatly on where you travel.
We’ve found that my husband’s employer is more inclined to give him time off in February or October. Everyone is asking for June or July off work. That can be hard on the employer. But my husband is willing to work through June and July.
Win/win. We can go on vacations, we can book cheaper tickets, and his employer is completely okay with it.
Day of the week is also a consideration. I use to think that flying out on a Tuesday or Wednesday was best, however according to the 2018 ARC report, Friday or Saturday is now best. (That also differs where are you going.)
But I still think it is great news! Now you could finish your work we and still get cheap tickets!
Finding your Perfect Flight
Researching cheap flights is a daunting task. There are so many booking websites and it can take a lot of time to comb through them all.
But, we live in a wonderful time. I have the ability to research the best prices, plan, and book all my own flights. I’m my own travel agent.
Maybe it’s me, but that’s awesome.
I do have a fear of booking the wrong date, forgetting a time change, or something else. Thats why I always check over my plans with someone before I book. For example, one time my husband wasn’t home to check my plans, so I called my mom and read them to her.
I’ve never made a mistake with booking a flight, but you can never been too careful when there is potentially thousands of dollars on the line.
When I book a flight I always check several of my favorite booking websites.
My #1 choice is for finding cheap flights is Skyscanner.
Its awesome. It gives, buy far the widest range of choices and shows deals from agencies that you may not have heard of yet.
My other choices are expedia.com, kiwi.com, and Booking.com.
Bottom line: There are so many tools at your fingertips to find the cheap tickets! It is in your wallet’s best interest to become your own savvy travel agent.
Lastly, buy the insurance
I cannot say this enough.
Insurance is so important.
Because we are human and things happen.
My husband and I have 2 insurances when traveling. We have an insurance to cover things that get lost or stolen. Like if I leave my phone on the plane (happened. Got it back, all was good…. But I was covered) or if our bags get lost. We also always buy insurance to protect us if we need to cancel the flight. One major reason I purchase this insurance is because my grandpa is 92 and I never know if I will need to fly back to the states to see him.
My point is that life is unpredictable but that is not always your fault and you should have to pay for it.
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Finding cheap flights is possible.
Buying your ticket 30-40 says ahead of time and traveling in Feburary or October can save you big time. In 2018, Fridays and Saturdays are the best travel days.
And always buy the insurance. Because life happens!
xo, Erin Kay