Everyone loves to go on a vacation now and then. But sometimes, when you’re tight on budget, you simply can’t afford it, especially if it requires mortgaging your house for a couple of economy class flight tickets.
While the above possibility might be an exaggeration, it is not entirely false to say that flying is expensive. But what many don’t realise is that it doesn’t really have to be. With the right planning, research and patience, you can cut your flight costs considerably so that you can enjoy your vacation without bothering about how you’ll pay your bills next month.
The first rule of thumb for not spending a fortune on air tickets is to plan early. Buy your tickets as early as possible. Airlines give massive discounts to passengers who book their tickets a few months in advance. Another important thing to keep in mind is the timing of your trip. Since off-peak flight fares are considerably more inexpensive than fares during peak periods, it is always wise to travel during such off-peak times of the year. So plan your vacation cleverly.
Also, if conditions permit, try booking your return trip with the same airline for some more discounts. However, make sure that your tickets are fully refundable because if you happen to find a better deal after you’ve bought them, you would want to shift to that. Just use the internet and keep checking back every now and then. Moreover, as flights at odd hours (generally those after midnight and before dawn) are much cheaper than those at regular hours, and if you have no problems travelling at odd hours, then you can avail these discounted fares on such flights. Also, if you’re a student or a senior citizen, the airline in which you’re planning to travel is bound to give you discounts. All you’ll need is an official proof or id. So use this to your advantage.
Finally, avoid booking your tickets through travel agents because, although this method is convenient, all agents will invariably charge you a commission, which will bring your costs up. Besides, in this internet age with so many travel sites up there, you don’t really need an agent. If you put in some time and effort into your research, you can find the best deals yourself.
Of course, no matter how much you try, air tickets will always be one of the costliest expenditures you will have to incur while you travel. However, with these simple tricks, you can minimize these expenditures to a very great extent - at least to the extent that you will not have to mortgage your house.