There is nothing better than that just booked holiday feeling! The excitement of things to come…, the planning of what you will do, and all the places you will see. Yep, I have just experienced it – and now new year’s can’t come quick enough! I am however a tad disappointed about not scoring myself a cheap flight this time around, as nothing compliments that holiday feeling better than knowing you got a great deal on your flights. With more money to spend on the good stuff, who wouldn’t want that??
But sometimes you win, and sometimes you don’t, and hey it’s taken me this long to book a holiday so I am happy with that. But I did think I would share with you the usual things I do when booking my flights online – as 9 times out of 10, it comes up with the goods.
My Top 5 tips + tricks when booking your next flight online
> Fly mid-week
Not only does this break up a working week, research shows that the cheapest day to fly is a Wednesday. If you can be flexible with your dates, try to book mid-week and certainly not over the weekend. The cheapest day to buy tickets online is also a Tuesday.
> Sign up to weekly emails / specials from airlines
If you know where you are going and have a few weeks up your sleeve before you book, sign up for weekly emails from airlines letting you know when sales are happening. Keep an eye out for happy hour sales (Virgin does a great happy hour every Thursday from 4-11pm) and monthly sales (Qantas often do great sales to London and LA but usually only for a couple of days at a time), a great time to book if you can.
> Book yourself
By all means use search companies such as skyscanner and farecompare to check out cheap flights, but this doesn’t mean you need to book through them. Once you have found the cheapest flights, go straight to the airlines website and book. This will usually save you the admin/service fee and cutting out that middle man is a sure way to keep costs low.
> Do your research for school holidays, long weekends
This might sound obvious to some, but if you are booking a holiday in advance you might forget that a public holiday or holidays such as Easter can fall on the days you want to fly. If you can, try booking the day after, as usually the prices will fall dramatically.
> Avoid paying by credit card
Last but not least, we all hate the sting of an admin or credit card fee, so check out other ways to pay. Some airlines now offer a payment option via bank transfer/bpay (for people that have the cash) – paying via bank transfer with Jetstar for example allows you to save up to $18 per flight.
Hope these tips are helpful, and as always would love to hear if you have any others that you use!
HAPPY FLYING xx