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How to book flight tickets cheap!

There are so many apps and sites that it is enough to make your head spin. Airfares can cost a pretty penny if you are not travel-smart, right? So then, here are a few tips and tricks to get hold of the cheaper flight tickets.

Are flight booking platforms cheap?

  • No, not all of them are cheaper than booking directly with the airline. From all the flight booking platforms we’ve found Travelstart to be the easiest to navigate, the most transparent in information sharing, and the most reliable in the market. 
  • Don’t always believe what you read; check it out! Use a reliable platform. of your choice, and compare the ticket prices with the airline directly. Sometimes flight ticket promotions are advertised as cheap, but once you add your baggage and seat reservations you end up paying far more than you should have.

Reduce flight costs by using your frequent flyer membership

  • If you’re about to fly regularly, register on the airline’s frequent travel program. This way you will earn credits with each flight. You can use your credits against an upgrade (once you have enough credits), or even pay for a flight ticket!
  • Better still, bunch your frequent flyer programs together so you can do more with them and get the most value. See the advert below – it actually works!
  • Direct flights to your end destination can be expensive. Whereas, if you choose to fly on a route with connections or stopovers you will pay much less. It all depends on how much time you have on your hands, and how patient you are to get to your end destination.
  • Don’t buy your tickets too late. For example, your preferred seats may be unavailable when you make your booking 1 to 2 weeks in advance of departure. On the other hand, there may be bargain deals coming up over this period with the view to filling the empty seats. Weigh up your options, i.e. a bargain ticket versus a preferred seat with more legroom?
  • Similarly, don’t buy your tickets too early (like 6 to 11 months in advance) because there may be some promotions coming up 1 to 4 weeks before departure. On the plus side, you stand a great chance to book your preferred seat when you buy your flight tickets way in advance.
  • As a rule, the best time to get the cheaper flight tickets is between 3 weeks and 4 months before departure.

Which days are the cheapest to book flight tickets?

  • In general, you stand a good chance of finding discounted flight tickets early Tuesday mornings. This is because most airlines launch their promotions on a Monday night. So, it’s a matter of the early bird on Tuesday morning that will catch the worm. Only in this instance, you stand to catch the discounted ticket!
  • If you can avoid flying on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll have more money in your pocket for your holiday.
  • Flying on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is usually cheaper.
  • Another consideration is to fly during times when most people want to be at home. Discounted flights are not unusual these days. For example, when you choose to fly on Christmas Eve or 31st.

Get cheaper flights on seasonal bookings

  • To experience a European winter, the best time to buy your flight ticket is 62 days in advance of your departure date.
  • The spring season in Europe seems to attract higher-priced tickets during March and April. Thus, book well in advance e.g. 90 days before departure.
  • Summer in Europe is the busiest time in the European tourism industry, with July/August being the most popular holiday period. Subsequently, airfares soar. Therefore, if you can travel in June or September, you will benefit from lower fares. An ideal time to buy your tickets is about 47 days in advance.
  • You can find great deals during the autumn season on the condition that you don’t fly around the Thanksgiving period. The best time to buy flight tickets is about 69 days in advance.