Hey all! I’m in New Jersey right now visiting my girl Cat, so I thought it’d be appropriate to share some tips so you can save money in case you decide to fly across the country to visit one of your internet friends too. 🙂
Getting ready to go on a trip is always an exciting time. You start counting down the weeks and days until you leave, and you begin planning out all your activities from the second you land until the time you depart. However, in the midst of excitement, the time to buy plane tickets comes and all of a sudden, the cost of travel quickly sinks in. Nevertheless, there’s no need to second-guess your decision to travel. Follow these tips and you’ll not only save money, but also be on your way to a relaxing vacation in no time.
Plan and Book Early
I’m sure you’re no stranger to this idea, but the worst thing you can do when booking your flight is wait until the last-minute. Although there are times when airlines have last-minute, cheap flights, it’s not something I’d rely on if you hope to save money. Generally, the closer you are to your departure date, the higher the price of your tickets will be. So, check with everyone’s schedule and make your travel plans, as far in advance as you can, especially if you’re going to travel during the holidays.
Travel During the Off-Season
Although the time of year may differ depending on the location, every destination has a prime season that tends to bring in a multitude of tourists. It’s during this prime time that ticket prices to these areas are much higher, which is why it’s smart to travel outside the typical tourist season. (This is why I’m visiting Cat in the northeast during the middle of winter.)
You’ll most likely notice a significant drop in airfare costs, and hotel costs, saving you double in the end. Of course one caveat to consider is whether or not popular attractions will be open during the off-season, so make sure you do your research before booking your flight.
Don’t Travel on the Weekends
There’s no doubt that Fridays and Sundays are the go-to days to travel, however that also means that they’re the most expensive days to fly. While it may mean sacrificing an extra vacation day or two, it’s well worth the money to travel during the week. Fewer people leave mid-week, which results in more empty seats and reduced airfares. This is also one thing I love about working for myself. I now have the ability to travel mid-week without having to take a “vacation day”.
Do Your Research
More than anything, take the time to research before booking your flight. Look through multiple airfare and airline sites for a variety of prices and flights options. Make sure you take into consideration any extra fees, like the cost of checking your bag, when looking at different airlines; picking a company with cheaper or no fees, alone, will save you money. Furthermore, look at both non-stop and multiple-stop flight options; you may be surprised at the differences in price.
Airfare doesn’t have to cost you the majority of your travel budget, and it shouldn’t be the reason you can’t go on your dream vacation. With some smart planning and a little research, you can book cheap flights and start planning your trip to paradise, wherever that might be. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to do more traveling, both state-side and abroad, in the future. 🙂
Are there other ways you save money on flights? How else do you save when planning a trip?