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17 EASY Flight Booking Hacks To Save Money On Your Flight

17 EASY Flight Booking Hacks To Save Money On Your Flight

Quick List : 

1. Book Ahead

2. Book Last Minute

3. Collect Airline Miles

4. Book Directly With The Airline

5. Check 3rd Party Services

6. Fly Coach / Economy

7. Bring Less Baggage

8. Don't Buy On Flight Alcohol

9. Fly With Layovers

10. Book On Weekdays

11. Check For Discounts For Military, Health Care, Police, and More!

12. Plan Your Trip For Best Available Deals

13. Use Flexible Date Search To Find The Cheapest Plane Tickets

14. Get Across The Ocean As Cheap As Possible

15. Use Map Features To Find The Cheapest Airport

16. Make Sure Your Luggage Is The Right Size and Not Overweight

17. Use AAA

So you're looking to book a flight and save some money in the process? Well you are in the right place! We've compiled a list below of simple tips & tricks to save money on flights, no matter where the destination! 

1. Book Ahead


When booking your next flight sometimes you can find huge savings if you book well ahead of your departure date. Not only may you find discounted rates but when booking ahead you can lock in this rate so there are no sudden surprises or price adjustments.

2. Book Last Minute


This method contradicts or suggestion to book ahead. But to be clear both options are valuable depending on your destination of choice and time frame for booking. Flights are very similar to hotels in the way that if there are un booked seats on a flight you may be able to score a great deal last minute as the airlines will try to fill up the capacity of each plane prior to its flight.

3. Collect Airline Miles


If you use a credit card it is likely that you may have heard of Airline mile Rewards. Some credit cards offer cash back in the form of airline miles making your dollar go further every time you make a purchase. There's too many cards to list that offer this benefit some come with an annual fee so be sure to redefine print before you apply for your next airline mile rewards credit card.

4. Book Directly With The Airline


Typically we see the best pricing directly from airline companies. Sometimes third party services are nothing more than a middle man thus causing a raise in your airline ticket so that they may make money from your purchase. This can also work vice versa so our best recommendation is to always check both third-party services and direct with airline companies before you purchase your ticket.

5. Check 3rd Party Services


Sometimes there's too many for Party services to count and even though we suggest booking directly with the airline it is possible to find better deals or rates through third-party services. Sometimes when an airline hasn't had much luck with gaining passengers they rely on third-party services and give them a discount rate to work with in order to find paying passengers. When this happens the third party service well then slightly mark up the price to make profit and pass along the remaining discount to the customer. Please be careful of any extra fees or baggage costs that will raise your ticket price at checkout.

6. Fly Coach / Economy


This one's pretty obvious. When picking your seat on a plane to your next destination economy most likely always be cheaper than first class or business class seating. Sometimes the price difference can be exponential but keep your eye out sometimes first class seats may come with a sweet deal of a discounted price a justifies flying first class or business.

7. Bring Less Baggage


In most cases when flying you are charged for your baggage and subsequently any extra bags as well. Some airlines include the carry-on for free and others also include one checked bag for free as well. Free baggage May reflect upon your ticket price initially, but when comparing flight tickets and their costs make sure you are comparing apples to apples and that you are not missing any added cost for your luggage. If you can try to limit what you bring and pack appropriately so that you can avoid the extra cost and the hassle of lugging around more than you actually need. Instead of bringing full bottles of shampoo or several pairs of pants that you may not even wear try to downsize with travel-sized toiletries and less extra clothing.

8. Don't Buy On Flight Alcohol


Hey we've all been there, sometimes the flight might be too long so you may want to buy a couple drinks to relax. We strongly suggest otherwise as on flight drinks can be extremely overpriced. If you're looking to unwind we suggest bringing your own travel size bottles and alcohol or stopping at some restaurants or bars within the airport before your flight.

9. Fly With Layovers


Layover flights are usually cheaper than Non-Stop or direct flights. You'll end up spending more time to get to your destination but hey at least you'll save a few bucks and get to stretch your legs on the way! If the flight has a long layover, also known as a "stayover", keep in mind you may end up staying the night in a gate lobby or at a hotel (which will end up costing you more money)

10. Book On Weekdays


When most people book their flights they end up going when they are likely to have off from work which typically ends up being weekends. If you can try to book your next flight departure on a weekday and return date on a weekday to pay less for flights. Not only will you pay less for your flight usually airports are much less crowded on weekdays, which means it will be quicker to get through TSA and to your docking Bay.

11. Check For Discounts For Military, Health Care, Police, and More!


Are you a military personnel or health service member? Did you know that most flights have special discounts and pricing for people who serve in the military, provide service as an EMT or firefighter, etc.? Before buying your next ticket feel free to call a customer service representative of the airline you'd like to fly with and ask them about any available service member discounts!

12. Plan Your Trip For Best Available Deals


Sometimes it's overlooked to carefully select your departure location and your arrival location when booking your next flight. Certain airports are cheaper or more expensive than others in comparison, but also it may be better to choose an airport that is closer to your planned destination. This can save you time and money in the long run, even if an airport further away is cheaper.

13. Use Flexible Date Search To Find The Cheapest Plane Tickets


Google has a feature that shows you current up-to-date prices for airline tickets using various filters locations and dates. If you can plan with a relatively open schedule to find the best price, also try and check different airports as well!

14. Get Across The Ocean As Cheap As Possible


If you plan on flying across the ocean buckle in because the prices to do so can be extremely high. A hack to save money on a flight that crosses the ocean is to split your flight up.
  1. Book your first departure ticket for the cheapest international fare across the ocean to the cheapest yet closest airport on the continent you plan to visit.
  2. Book your next ticket with a cheaper local carrier/airport (or a bus or train trip) to get where you want to be for your final destination!

This method may at times be more difficult when breaking up your trip but in the long run you can save quite a bit of money on your next vacation and get some more sightseeing in!



15. Use Map Features To Find The Cheapest Airport


Google has a great feature that allows you to choose various airports for your departure and arrival and it also will show you current prices for the airports. This tool is free to use and is as simple as googling "flights to -----" and you'll be able to find the best destination at its current rate per airline.

16. Make Sure Your Luggage Is The Right Size and Not Overweight


Before heading to the airport we recommend pulling out your weight scale if you have one. Once you have your bags packed an easy way to weigh them is by standing on your home scale while holding your bag and writing down your weight, then reweigh yourself without the bag, then subtract your weight alone from the weight of yourself with your bag to get the weight of your bag! This will prevent any mishaps at the airport such as having to leave items behind or paying extra fees for your overweight bag. Be sure to check the appropriate dimensions allowed for your baggage in conjunction with the allowed weight.

17. Use AAA


AAA is a membership program that helps its members save on everything from restaurants to rental cars to hotels and airlines plus more! The membership does have a yearly fee but typically you will get that back plus more in the savings to be had. Check with your airline and third party service for any AAA member discounts that may be available!

 

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