Tips & Tricks: How to get the best price on airline tickets

BEST PRICE ON AIRLINE TICKETS

It’s something that we are all constantly trying to accomplish; going away without it costing a small fortune. There is possibly nothing more frustrating than planning a holiday and budgeting for flights and accommodation only to go and book your flights and discover that the costs have increased drastically.

By using our easy guide you’ll be able to plan when, how and who to book through in order get the best possible prices when booking your next plane hopping adventure.

1. Booking in Advance

So how far in advance should you book? Generally speaking, airlines sell their cheapest tickets first. So theoretically you should book as far in advance as possible. The golden rule isn’t much fun, but you should book flights the moment you find a flight price you’re comfortable with. The further in advance you’re booking, the greater the chance is you’re booking the airline’s cheapest flight tickets.

2. bUDGET DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN CHEAP

Don’t assume low-cost carriers are always the cheapest! Always make use of a search engine that compares flight prices from both budget carriers (Mango & Kulula) and full service carriers (British Airways, SA Express, SA Airlink & SAA). Make sure the results are sorted so that the cheapest options are listed at the top. Sometimes the results might surprise you!

3. gET sOME HISTORY

A good way to determine whether a flight price is reasonable is by comparing current airline prices to what they’ve historically been. If current airfares are lower than they have been historically, it’s less likely that they’ll drop a lot going forward.

4. PLANNING YOUR LUGGAGE

Most airlines these days will charge you a surcharge for checking in luggage, this is one place where you could save a couple well deserved travel funds by using carry on luggage rather than checking in a big suitcase or two. You’re able to take up to two carry on bags with you on most airlines, so getting a cool combination of a backpack and some cabin sized luggage would be ideal for those not checking in luggage.

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