Let’s face it: the most expensive part of any trip can often be your plane ticket. Airline companies are famous for charging an arm and a leg for a flight, whether it be abroad or within your own country. A lot of my friends and family wonder how I can afford to travel as often as I do, on a student budget, and manage to make it overseas almost every year. And anyone who knows me well knows that I am very cheap and love a good sale! Today’s post it dedicated to those friends and to others who are looking to save some of their hard earned money when it comes to purchasing plane tickets.
Tip #1: Sign Up to Airline Mailing Lists
I know that no one likes receiving those annoying spam emails from companies, where they clutter your inbox with a million emails about the most useless things you don’t need. But if you are planning on flying somewhere, you can save yourself a lot of money by signing up with an airline company’s email subscription. The annoyance you receive for spending 2 seconds deleting the email could save you hundreds of dollars. Airline companies often advertise their sales for certain flights months in advance via email. Unless you have the time to constantly check the airline website, this is a fast and convenient way to be informed of deals. Case in point: In 2010 my friend Jasmine and I bought our tickets through KLM to fly from Toronto to Prague for $600 for a round trip flight for the beginning of May. If you have flown from Toronto to anywhere in Europe, you know that is a steal!
Tip #2: Plan and Book in Advance
The further in advance you plan your trip, the better. The closer you wait to your departure date to buy your plane ticket, the higher the cost of your flight will be. I know that some websites often advertise “Last Minute Deals” but these last minute deals seem to only apply to resorts (please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, this is just what I have experienced).
Tip #3: Do Your Research
Don’t jump on the first ticket you see, unless it is a really amazing deal. Do your research. The websites that I often use to search for tickets are:
- SkyScanner – this site scans numerous other sites (including discount sites) to find you the best deal, and it is often a good starting point
- CheapOair – this site scans all airline companies that fly from your departure city to your destination city. They often email promotional codes so be sure to subscribe to them as well
- Orbitz Travel – same as above, however, I have found that they often change their price to be higher as soon as you start to book your ticket so be cautious of this
- Kayak – another site that scans multiple airlines at once, although, I have never booked with them but have used them to do my research
- Expedia – one of the more expensive search sites, but their customer service is great in case you ever run into any problems
- Travelocity – same thing as Expedia, however, I can’t comment on their customer service as I have never had to call them before
I Want to Hear From YOU!
Are there any tips you have to share that were not shared here? If so, comment below to help others save some $$$ too!
Happy Travels Everyone!