Spring Break will be here before you know it. This means you’ll need to act fast and grab hold of the cheapest flight deals possible, this way you won’t have to break the bank for Spring Break. You’ll need that money for whatever crazy shenanigans you run into while on vacation.
When it comes to vacations, the three top priorities are flight times, costs, and comfort. But if you’re just looking to squeeze that penny and make that dollar go far then you’ll need to check out these six tips that will help you find the cheapest flights around.
Tip #1: Avoid traveling on Friday, Saturday or Sunday
These days are peak travel times. Absolutely avoid flying on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It’ll really help out your checkbook.
Tip #2: Book your flight 4-5 months in advance
It’s best not to book your flight too soon or too late. Booking your flight eight months in advance means that you’ll have to pay the full price, so you’ll miss out on plenty of future deals for a reduced cost. And if you’re looking to book at the last minute, don’t expect your airline to give you any cool deals (they’ll probably give you the highest price possible). The sweet spot for booking a travel package is 4-5 months in advance. During that time, you’ll find plenty of awesome deals to sink your suitcase into.
Tip #3: Make online booking engines your best friend.
You should seriously make online booking engines your BFF. STS Travel is offering amazing vacation package deals, and you’ll be able to stay at 5-star hotels at only a fraction of the cost if you book now. This booking engine provides the option of group air blocks or scheduled flights. However, the cheapest flights may require lengthy connections along with late departures or early arrivals to your vacation destination.
Tip #4: Avoid those pesky fees
Tip #5: Look out for extra charges
Be aware of all the extra fees that can be tacked onto your flight cost. For example, Spirit Airlines offers very low airfare prices. However, they will charge you for checked and carry-on luggage, meaning you’ll wind up paying more than what’s advertised. On the other hand, Southwest doesn’t charge regular baggage fees so the price of airfare will not change. However, if your checked bag exceeds 50 pounds and or 62 inches then you will be charged $75.
Tip #6: What if I’m traveling in a group of 10 or more people?
Booking options will be very different for you if you’re going on vacation with 10 or more people. In a lot of cases, airfare will be slightly more expensive than usual. However, most airlines will be quite flexible with name changes or substitutions. If at any point you notice a drop in airfare price for your flight contact your booking agent asap, as occasionally airlines will offer reduced prices for groups.