A few things
to consider before
booking a flight
Fuel costs are
constantly fluctuating, which can make budgeting for a trip a bit
difficult. Another budgeting challenge to consider is all those
extra fees that airlines have started tacking onto their services.
But don't let these industry trends discourage you from traveling
the world and seeing its beauty for yourself! Since you can't
drive to all your dream destinations, flying is the only way to go
sometimes and, undeniably, the fastest. Luckily, there are plenty
of ways to find the most affordable fares and also avoid paying as
many extra charges as possible when you plan ahead.
Airlines put out their fare sales on Tuesday morning.
Airlines put out their fare sales on Tuesday morning, making this
day the best day to book a flight for less.
Don't wait until the last-minute to book.
Many travelers don't know that there's a sweet spot for booking
and getting the best price on your tickets. Book too early or too
late and you could end up paying more than you need to.
Avoid the upgrade it's not necessary.
Sometimes upgrades are free, but mostly you will be charged for
seeking a last-minute bump to first class, and the cost can be
Fly during the least popular times.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are the slowest days to fly, which
means cheaper deals than the rest of the week. You can also find
reduced rates on early morning flights, since many people don't
like to get up before the sun to get to the airport. Earlier
boarding times can also considerably cut down your chances of
getting bumped on an overbooked flight or delayed because of other
delayed flights or mechanical issues.
Airlines will charge for just about anything these days. Some have
even toyed around with charging customers for using the restroom.
All those extra fees can certainly add up, but there's no reason
to pay them if you don't have to. Here are some tips to keep money
in your wallet once you get to the airport.
Some airlines charge you to pick your seat when you book online,
adding even more to the bottom line of your ticket cost. If you
show up early on your travel day, you can still get suitable seats.
Some of the best seats get held back until flight day, unless
others are willing to pay extra for them ahead of time, so you
still have the chance at one of those.
Unless you're flying internationally, it's rare your flight comes
with a free meal. Snacks on the plane are not cheap and almost
never healthy. So don't rely on what's on the small menu and
instead tuck some of your own snacks granola bars, homemade
muffins, nuts, quick snacks, fruit and trail mix all make
fantastic travel foods into your bag and eat a lot better, and
cheaper, than other passengers.
You already know that summer is the most expensive time to fly,
and even though most other times are more affordable, the days
surrounding holidays can be crazy. Save big if you're willing to
travel on major holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fly carry-on only. Baggage fees vary wildly.
Almost all airlines charge them and charge big. Why pay for your
clothes to fly with you? If everyone in your travel party checks a
bag, your bill can be astronomical before you ever even get to
your destination. It's easy to reduce the amount of stuff you pack:
Make sure all your clothing coordinates, so you can take less and
still make more outfit combinations, take only two pair of shoes,
plan to do a bit of laundry on your trip and bring only travel-sized
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