When you book a flight ticket, the most important decision is the date. Why? Because in April 2010 the trick for finding cheap tickets to Sierra Leone was to find flights departing on a Friday and returning on a Wednesday. If you didn’t take this route, your flight home would be prohibitively expensive. It’s not as though airlines were trying to make it hard to book tickets in April; they are just responding to what people are willing to pay.
The same is true at other times of year. Sometimes when everything is cheap, there aren’t many passengers willing to pay what they need to in order to get where they want to go. This can happen at any time of year, but February and March are particularly likely times for it. Then the airlines have too many seats, and those seats are all empty.
If you don’t like these suggestions, try booking early in the season and late in the season; or booking at the end of September, when prices have gone down again because there are fewer people wanting to travel.
Despite the growth in the number of airlines competing for passengers, the range of travel options is greater than ever. There are now so many airlines to choose from that it can be difficult to decide which is best for you. To help you make the right decision and to save money, we have put together a list of our answers to some of the most common questions we get when people ask about booking their flights with us.
Booking your flight tickets before you need them can be expensive.
What is the best time to book my flight?
The best time to book your flight depends on a lot of factors. The main ones are:
1. How long do you want to travel?
2. What type of ticket do you want?
3. Where will you be traveling?
4. How much do you want to spend?
5. If any, what is your preferred airline?
6. How much experience do you have with online booking systems?
7. Are there any special interests or hobbies that require a specific airline, such as skiing or scuba diving?
Airlines have a reputation for being very aggressive and trying to sell new passengers as much as they can even though they realise that it’s better for everyone to wait.
But there’s a simple rule that applies to all flights whether you’re flying in the morning or the afternoon.
The rule is: if you book it the day before, you’ll save money.
In the United States, airlines are legally required to give you a refund if a flight is canceled or delayed. But if your flight is overbooked, you’re stuck with your ticket and have to pay for it. It’s also likely that your early departure will be upsold.
As a general rule, if you book at a time when flights are scarce, you’ll end up paying less than if you book at a time when flights are abundant. Because the market for plane seats is so elastic, this is true whether the plane seats are sold on an airline’s own website or on third-party websites like Orbitz or Expedia.
The law requires airlines to give you a refund in the case of a no-show, but they can demand that you pay more if they need to fill empty seats. The greater the scarcity, the greater the amount they can demand as compensation.
When you are trying to save money, it is often worth booking as much in advance as possible. But it is not always that simple. There are several important considerations.
First, the seasonality of air travel means that the cheapest time to purchase a ticket may be around the middle of the week in January. This is the best time to buy, but don’t buy any earlier than you strictly have to, especially if you’re going to be travelling during the shoulder months. Of course, if you’re going to be travelling at other times of year, then don’t buy anyway.
Second, for non-stop flights over long distances (say from New York City or London to Tokyo or Los Angeles), prices are generally lowest when there’s a gap between flights. So if you’re not flying on a red-eye flight (where the previous flight left at 2am and is due back at 8am), your best bet for getting a cheap ticket may be around midnight on Friday or Saturday night.
Third, prices are generally highest during weekends and holidays when there’s demand for seats and airlines can’t sell them all they want. This may mean that if you want to travel on a holiday weekend (for example New Year’s Eve) it makes sense to book way
Most airlines will let you purchase a ticket for a date in the future, as long as you pay for it in advance. The problem is that they will sell that seat to someone else. If you want to beat the rush, you have to book ahead. But if your travel plans are not firm, you can still save a bundle by waiting until the last minute to buy your tickets.
But there’s a catch. To get a bargain fare, you need to know when you want to travel. The airlines will give you only one fare for any given date and time in advance. You must decide whether to fly from Chicago at 11 P.M., or from New York at midnight—or some other time. And then the airline has the right to change the flight schedule anytime up until the day before your flight is scheduled, so even if you buy two tickets for 2:00 P.M., on October 23rd, all bets are off if, for some reason, the airline changes its mind about where it is going and what time it is going there.
You can make good money in the stock market, but it’s not the first place to look for passive income. If you want to avoid the ups and downs of the stock market and just make a steady stream of income for years and years, then a travel blog could be a good idea.
There are three ways to make money from travel blogging. One way is to work as an independent contractor, where you write travel stories for companies that pay per click. Most of the time, this is a pretty miserable way to earn money. In the end, it’s basically like having a full-time job with no benefits. You have to wait for clients to find you through search engines. And if you don’t get any clients, eventually your income dries up.
The second way is to offer your travel tips as a paid service to sites like TripAdvisor and Expedia or other booking sites that pay per click. This is much better than having your own business, but still less than ideal because you won’t get any income while waiting for tips from other people who use your advice.
The third way is to offer tips on blogs that charge by subscription. This approach could work well if there were enough people using your advice. That’s fine if you’re