Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare on Internet
09 August, 2012
Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare on Internet

 

Think you need a vacation now? Just wait until you’re scouring dozens of booking sites, aggregators and airline Web sites to find cheap tickets for your next trip — then you’ll really be ready for a week off! New airline industry trend was e-tickets, this innovation gives you a chance to buy ticket in Tbilisi or elsewhere and send it to your friend in another country. Besides, this newest marketing campaign is to find someone from your professional background, using

www.linkedin.com (business contact social network used by headhunters) or Facebook, instead of dull hours you can have professional talk to the next seat passenger.

 

Unfortunately for weary travelers, there’s no real shortcut to finding cheap airfare. As with any purchase, you need to shop around to get the best deal - by trying different booking sites, altering your dates and waiting until just the right time to purchase. But if you’re willing to put in a little time and effort, you could save big on your next flight.

Especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up in the last two weeks before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before this deadline. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier - from three to six months in advance - for the best deals. Often you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. Many airlines offer weekly newsletters that feature their best last-minute deals. You can also find many of them listed in our section, or at specialized sites like LastMinuteTravel.com. If you can stand the suspense, and if you are flexible with your itinerary and dates, you can find fantastic money-savers to very attractive travel destinations. For more info, see www.expedia.com, www.cheapotravel.com, www.tripadvisor.com.

No matter how good it sounds, you should never book the first fare you see. Start your search by checking a few of the major online travel providers, like Travelocity.com, aggregator sites or like www.cheaptickets.com. If you travel from Moscow or to Moscow (Russia) www.pososhok.ru is another good source of low fares you book your airline tickets and get SMS with your booking number. Checking these sites will give you a preliminary idea of which airlines fly your particular itinerary, what the going rate is and what restrictions might apply. Armed with this information, you can head directly to the airline web site to see if the same flights are any cheaper (some airlines guarantee to offer the lowest possible fares on their own web sites). While you’re there, check to see if the airline is running any sales or promotions to your destination. If you don’t see anything in your preferred price range, don’t be afraid to bide your time and watch the fares for a bit. Most major booking sites have alert features that will e-mail you when your fare drops to a price you’re willing to pay. The hardest part of booking a flight is knowing when to stop tracking fares and make that final purchase. Finally, keep in mind that many airlines launch fare sales on Tuesdays - so if you decide to buy on a Monday, you may be gnashing your teeth when your destination goes on sale the next day. Why pay a fare at all when you can use your frequent flier miles? Although redeeming miles has gotten more difficult in recent years, it’s still a good option to consider, particularly if you’re booking early; airlines designate a very limited number of seats on each flight as eligible for award travel, and these seats go quickly. If fares go down after you’ve purchased your ticket, ask for a refund! You may not always get one, but policies vary by airline - and many do not publicize the fact that they will refund you the difference if prices go down. It can’t hurt to ask.

Don’t forget to check comprehensive travel deals on www.independenttraveler.com for the latest fare sales - they post new ones every weekday. If you or your traveling companions are senior citizens or children, you’ll want to take a peek at seniors and students areas as well. For example “Airzena” –Georgian National Airline offers discount to students and pensioners who are over 60.

 

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