Buying airfare can be a daunting task. There is so much information out there on how to best buy your airfare. In this blog, I will help you navigate the world of online airfare and show you how to save money and fly with confidence.
There are many different factors that go into buying airfare online. Factors including: time of year, day of week, time of day, and which website/company you buy from.
First thing to understand is that airfare is dynamic. What this means is that the price of a ticket will change depending on all the different factors I mentioned above and more. Airlines model prices based on demand for flights, how full the flight is expected to be, the airline’s need for revenue, and other factors that are constantly changing. This makes it difficult for someone who has never bought airfare before to know if they are getting a good deal or not. In this blog, I will give you all the tools you need to confidently purchase your next flight online!
The whole purpose of this blog is to help you learn the best ways to buy airfare online. The information you need is out there, but it can be confusing. Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of it all. I want this blog to act as a guide for you, so you can make smart decisions about how you buy airfare online.
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If you want to buy the cheapest airfare, the best time to book is when the airlines put their seats on sale. Airlines generally put fares on sale on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so that’s when you should buy.
If you don’t want to wait for a sale, you can still save money by buying at least two weeks in advance. Most major airlines guarantee that their prices will be lower than those of their competitors if you buy at least two weeks in advance. This seems to work only with major airlines and only for flights within the contiguous U.S.*
Airline fare sales seem to come out at random times, but if you subscribe to your favorite airline’s email list or social media feeds, you will be notified when there is a sale. This is a great way to save money on airfare because sales are generally short-lived and you have to act quickly to take advantage of them.
If you don’t need to fly immediately, it might be worth waiting until a holiday approaches because many airlines offer discounted fares around big holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. You may also find that flying on holidays themselves can save you money, as long as your travel dates don’t fall directly on the holiday itself.*
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There’s no magic formula for the cheapest airfare. However, there are tips that can be used to make a flight less expensive.
When is the best time to buy airline tickets?
Many experts say Tuesday morning is the best time to buy airline tickets. Airlines have their weekly fares sales on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning, other airlines will match or beat those fares. If you’re not sure when to book your flight, online tools can help with the research.
What if I miss the best time for buying tickets and decide later in the week or month?
You may see an increase in ticket prices from Monday afternoon through Friday evening. By Saturday evening, prices should return to “normal”. So, if you missed the Tuesday deadline, watch fares during the weekend and early next week to see if they drop again.
Is it cheaper to buy my airline ticket directly from an airline website?
In most cases, yes. Airlines usually offer lower rates when you purchase your tickets directly from them instead of a third-party site (e.g., Expedia). However, third-party sites often allow you to compare rates across multiple airlines at once, so it’s worth browsing several websites before making a final decision on your purchase.
As with most everything, you’ll find the best deals online. While you can still buy tickets through a travel agent or over the phone, it usually costs more. It is a good idea to check out several sites before purchasing your ticket to make sure you are getting the best deal. Some sites are known for having really cheap airline tickets and other times, it’s better to go with a big brand site. When in doubt, check Expedia or Travelocity first since they usually have some of the cheapest airfare.
Unfortunately, there is no golden rule or one stop shop for finding cheap flights that I have found yet! Sometimes it’s cheaper to book on one site, and then the next time you search that same flight it will be cheaper on another site (grrr).
The first thing is to plan ahead. You should be booking as far in advance as possible, and you should have a pretty good idea of where you want to go by the time you book.
I’ve heard that booking 6 months in advance is the best time, but I don’t know if that’s true. If you’re going to Europe, I think it’s best to book a year in advance and definitely for the summer.
Another thing about booking is to know when low season vs high season is for your destination. Airlines have different prices depending on this, so you might save some money if you can travel during low season.
Also look at airfare websites like Kayak or Orbitz and see what days are cheapest to fly and what days are most expensive. Flights are usually cheapest Monday-Thursday, while they’re very expensive Friday-Sunday. Keep that in mind when scheduling your trip.