Holiday airfare is not only expensive, it sometimes can be impossible to book if you wait too long or need to change your plans. Saving money on holiday airfare also happens to be something that a lot of travellers think isn’t possible, but there are ways to shave dollars off normal fares, and even save on last minute flights.
Even if you cannot find a super cheap flight, there might be other ways of saving, or earning credit for your purchase that can be applied to future travel or other purchases.
Tips to help save money on holiday airfare
Early Birds Do Best
The old saying, early bird gets the worm is true in the case of holiday airfare. Most airlines open up flights for holiday travel at least six months in advance and they right away begin offering low rates when you book in advance. If you know that you are definitely going to need a flight for the holidays, book as early as possible because flights will only become more limited and prices will go up rather than down.
Skip the Party
Everyone tries to travel on the same days, and it makes for overbooked flights, delays and less baggage space onboard. Travel on less busy days for the best rate and less hassle.Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday are the best travel days, midday is also the best time of day and tickets will be about ten percent less than other days.
Small Can Be Better
Everyone goes straight to their main airline when they are searching for flights, but if you want to save some cash you can look at regional airlines. A lot of flights from regional airports fly to larger airports at your destination via the airport that you would originally look at. In some cases the distance to one airport is closer or the same as the other, so it does not require more time to fly, just a stop.
Airlines and discount sites allow you to sign up for fare drop alerts via email every time discounted airfare for routes you are looking for are offered. Begin signing up for these alerts especially if you are not certain where you are going for the holidays and waiting to decide based on a great airfare deal.
While it might not always be possible to save huge on your airfare, there is always the chance to be rewarded for that purchase. Make sure that you are buying with a points back credit card, are signed up for the airlines mileage club and use any additional deal sites to stack rewards. A lot of super savvy travellers double and triple stack their rewards to pay for free travel in the not so distant future.
Flexibility is Rewarding
Another travel savvy trick, is to keep your travel plans flexible for when you get to your destination. If you are staying with family that will be picking you up from the airport and hosting you, the airport volunteer position is a lot easier to do. Book a day earlier than you need to be in town, or just an early flight, and when volunteers are sought, give up your seat for a future ticket when there is the chance of you flying out on the next plane. Often, the travel credit that is given can be applied to more than one round trip ticket when planned right.
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