Travelling can be full of hassles, complications and a stressful experience. There’s a number of things that you will have to prepare yourself for, and deal with before reaching your destination. For example, dealing with rude flight attendants, or a crying baby that seems to always be on your flight, and that is the least of them. Unless you have a private jet, the hassles will always be there and will follow you wherever you go. Airlines make money by making themselves familiar with the passengers airline tickets buying habits, but if we can be smart about it, this can save us a ton of money in the process.
When to buy airline tickets?
Decided on where you want to go, and know when you want to travel? If you are looking to save money on your booking, the best time to buy your tickets is estimated to be between 6-8 weeks before your flight. Except if you are traveling during the holiday season (June – August or December) it is advisable to buy those tickets as soon as possible. If you are planning to fly internationally, you will need to start shopping 5 months prior, or 4 months for local flight as airline offer cheaper flight seat at this time. Do not make a mistake of shopping during the week of your flight, as prices can rise rapidly during this week, and you will find yourself paying 40% more than what you would have paid originally.
Knowing which day is best to fly or buy your tickets can also save you a lot of money. According to a study, the best day to buy your tickets is on Sundays especially if you are buying 21 days prior. But the best day to buy is not necessarily the best day to fly, as it was discovered that Sundays and Fridays are usually the most expensive days to fly, and the best days for that are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
What to consider?
The best time to fly is when people don’t like to fly, because people tend to run away from these times, airlines tend to drop their charges as a measure to fill the seats. So take the lunch and dinner times, dawn or overnight flights.
Some cities have more than one airports in the area, and the difference in the airfare between them can be evident, so it is always advisable to always check out nearby airports. A one way non-stop flight can be of convenience, but you can save up to 50% when you connect flights and add a stop or two.
Airlines change prices up to 4 times per day, and they offer most of the discounts in the early days of the week. You will need to consult with your travel consultant about this.
You will also need to consider that airline have a quirky reservation system. The system entails and requires that tickets sold in the same transaction be of the same price. If you are shopping for more than one ticket, you will find its best to buy one ticket at a time. For example if there is only one R750 ticket left and the rest of them are R1000, and you buy them both at one go, you will find yourself paying R2000, but if you buy them separately it will only be R1750 less.
TLN Travel can help you alleviate the stress by helping you know when to buy your airline tickets, and what to buy, while saving you money taking you there. Contact us today for all your travel booking requirements.