The 6 Most Common Mistakes When Booking a Flight
How much does that ticket really cost? Is it worth it? Is the date right? Here are some tips to make sure your trips go smoothly.
1. Not checking the price of the ticket before you buy it.
People often book flights without doing their research first. They find a flight, click on it, and then try to book it with their credit card. This is not good practice! Before booking a flight, do a quick search on Google Flights or Kayak to see if that price is right.
2. Not double checking the dates of your trip.
Flights are expensive, so most people book them in advance so they can get a better deal on them. That’s why you should always double check that the dates you choose for your trip are the same as the dates your tickets say you’re flying on! Otherwise, you’ll be paying for an extra day or two of vacation that was never meant to happen! You’ll also want to make sure any connecting flights have similar departure times as well so there’s no wasted time waiting around airports during layovers.*
3. Not realizing there are two different kinds of round-trip tickets: “non-stop” versus ”
1. Not Shopping Around
We are going to start off with the most common mistake, not shopping around. This can be time consuming, but if you want the best deal possible you need to shop around.
2. Not Checking Various Days
The second most common mistake when booking a flight is not checking various days. The price of flights varies by day, even a difference of one day can save you hundreds of dollars.
3. Booking Too Late
Another common mistake is booking too late. The longer you wait the higher the price will be for your flight. The best time to book flights is between four and six weeks before your departure date, but it depends on where you are going too. You can find out what the best time to book certain flights are on this website: https://www.airfarewatchdog.com/blog/3763770/when-to-buy-airline-tickets-the-guide/
4. Not Using Price Comparison Sites
This one seems obvious, but people don’t always use price comparison sites when booking flights. Price comparison sites help you get the best deal possible by comparing prices from different airlines around the web for you. Some examples of good price comparison sites are: Skys
Most people are aware that booking a flight is a time-consuming process, but it can be made even more tedious by the surplus of mistakes that can occur along the way. Here we will look at some of the most common mistakes when booking flights to avoid them in future.
1. Not checking alternative airports
If you are travelling to London, for example, you may wish to think about using one of the smaller airports rather than just going straight for Heathrow or Gatwick. There are around six airports in London and the surrounding area which accept commercial flights and many of them offer much cheaper fares than those from Heathrow. You may need to take a train or bus into central London if you travel from one of these smaller airports but this can be worth it if you find cheaper flights as a result.
2. Not comparing flights at different times
It is easy to simply check out prices for flights on your desired date but it could also be worth checking out what happens on other days and times too. Alternative times may have an effect on prices and it is possible that there might be a cheaper departure time available which works better with your schedule anyway.
3. Not comparing one-way flights versus round-trip tickets
Many people will automatically book round trip tickets because
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1. Booking your flight too far in advance or not far enough in advance.
2. Not using an aggregator to compare airline prices.
3. Not searching for flights on different days of the week or times of day, which can save you money.
4. Not using a VPN (virtual private network) to hide your location when booking flights, as prices can increase for those booking from certain places.
5. Not being flexible with your dates, as this can be a good way to save money on flights.
6. Not considering alternate airports if you are flying into a big city, as flying into a more remote airport can help you save money and avoid busy airports.
There are lots of mistakes you can make when planning a trip, but the most important one is to avoid these common errors when booking your flight.
1. Booking Too Early or Too Late
For domestic flights, the best time to book your flight is between 4 weeks and 3 months before your travel dates.
For international flights, the sweet spot is 7-12 weeks in advance.
2. Not Being Flexible With Your Dates and Times
If you have flexibility with your dates and times, you’re more likely to find good deals on flights within your budget. Try planning your trip for an off-season time of year. For instance, if you’re traveling to Europe in the summertime, try going in May or September instead. If you’re traveling to a tropical destination in the wintertime, try going during the spring or fall instead. Also be flexible with choosing morning or evening flights as they are often cheaper than flights during peak travel hours.
1. Not using a flight search engine
If you’re not using a flight search engine, then you’re missing out on time and money. I’m a huge fan of Kayak, because it searches airline and travel sites all at once to give me the best deals. And if you have some flexibility with your travel dates, check out their explore option. When I was planning my trip to Europe, I entered the continent as my destination and the month I wanted to travel. Then it showed me an interactive map of the cheapest places to fly!
2. Not Being Flexible with Travel Dates and Times
Airlines offer more flights during peak times, like around holidays or during summer months when children are out of school. If you have some flexibility with your dates and times, try plugging in different days or times of day (early morning or late at night flights are usually cheaper). Kayak has a great feature that lets you know when it’s best to book and when it’s best to fly, so you can make sure you get the best deal possible.
3. Comparing Only Airfare When Booking a Flight
I’ve seen airfares change by as much as $100 on the same day! But even if you do find a super
Don’t book flights on weekends
If you’re booking online, don’t do it on a weekend. Airlines often announce sales on Monday, and by mid-afternoon, competing airlines have matched the sale prices. On the weekend, you won’t see those lower prices, and you may end up paying more.
Avoid booking flights that have connections
Airlines charge extra for connecting flights because they know you’re willing to pay the higher price. But sometimes it’s worth it to spend the extra money or book a separate flight. It all depends on how much time you’ll spend in transit versus waiting at the airport for your next flight. If your travel time is less than two hours, try to avoid connecting flights.
Buy plane tickets from an airline website vs. third party sites
There are so many travel sites out there that it’s tempting to grab the best deal from wherever you can find it. But unless you have a specific reason to use a third party website (such as using miles or points), buying plane tickets directly from an airline’s website is usually a better option. If anything goes wrong with your flight, like if your plane is delayed or cancelled and you need help rebooking, calling an airline directly is usually easier to deal with than working