Know Your Flight Budget
I have seen several trips got postponed or cancelled after deciding on place and vacation days, due to high air tickets.
So, know how much you can afford to pay for your flight. Check for flights, before planning for the trip.
Clear Browser Cookies
I was trying to book a cheap flight ticket to New York JFK. I was looking for over a week to get the cheapest air fare. I decided on the flight and days of travel.
Finally, air fare price was $50 less than previous fares. I was using Firefox for last 1 week to search for the fare.
I was using Chrome when I saw the lowest air fare to New York.
So, I went to Firefox (where frequent flyer data was saved), ticket price was $50 higher.
Same ticket, same flight in Firefox was $50 highest than Chrome.
That’s when I realized, airlines were using cookies to track my fare prices and searches.
I cleared the Firefox cookies and cache, then same search query gave the lower fare.
Always clear your cache and cookies when searching for flight tickets and use different browsers.
When to Book Flight tickets
Don’t buy airline tickets earlier than 3 ½ months before departure.
Looks like airlines will manage the fare actively from 8 weeks of travel date. So, your best deal will be offered 8 weeks before the travel date.
- Airfare prices can rise dramatically within 14 days of departure
Book at 3 PM Tuesdays
Airlines offer sale prices at 3 PM Tuesday.
When one airline published the lowest fare for a route, then other airlines will start matching the lowest fare.
Shop for domestic airfare Tuesdays at 3pm eastern time.
Search around the expert travel sites. Pretty much all the experts agree that airlines publish the best rates at 3 PM on Tuesdays.
Same flight ticket will cost $199 on Tuesday 3 PM and could go up $499 on Sunday.
Cheapest Travel Dates
The cheapest days to fly are usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Also, flying on major holidays can be cheap. But, if you miss the flight, you might be stuck for few days.