Where to find cheap plane tickets
Traveling by air is convenient and fast, but it can get quite expensive, particularly if you have to purchase your tickets at the last minute. There are, however, a few strategies that you can use to get cheap airline tickets:
• Take a vacation at the right time. The price of plane tickets fluctuates during the year. Tickets are always more expensive at peak travel times (such as Christmas). If you can, try to take a trip at a time of year when no many other people are traveling (for example, go to Europe during the winter, as this is the offseason). It's also a good idea to book flights for the middle of the week rather than the weekend.
- Don't shy away from very early or very late flights. You can save some money if you book a flight that departs in the early morning (we're talking 4:00 a.m. or maybe even earlier).
- Don't fear stopovers. No one likes landing and changing planes, and everyone detests prolonged layovers. That said, you can sometimes find substantial savings if you're willing to sit in change planes and sit in an airport for a few hours.
- Use small airports. Instead of flying out of the major metropolitan airports, find out if there are any smaller airports near you. Sometimes, these local airports offer cheaper flights (although they frequently include stopovers).
- Look for last minute deals. There are a number of great "last minute travel" services that can be found online. If you look around, you may find an amazing deal. The downside is that you often don't have much flexibility or time to meticulously plan your trip.
- Pack lightly. Most airlines charge extra for heavy luggage and extra bags. Before you pack your entire life into your suitcase, ask yourself whether you'll ready need everything that you want to bring.
- Get rich! If you're sick of trying to find discount airline tickets, your only option is to get so rich that you can afford a fleet of private jets that can fly you around on your own schedule. Until that happens, we wish you luck in finding good deals on plane tickets.