We’ve already covered several tips for booking cheap flights in our post on how to book the cheapest flight possible. The following are more of our favorites:
1. Be Flexible With Travel Dates
If you want to save the most money when booking a flight, your best bet is to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Those days generally have the lowest airfare. It’s no surprise that a majority of the flight deals posted here at Thrifty Traveler are departing on those dates.
2. Book 30-90 days Before Departure
This isn’t going to be an option for everyone, but if you can wait to book your flight until 2-3 months before departure, you may be able to snag a great flight deal. If you are Thrifty Traveler veteran, you will notice a majority of the deals are for flights in the next 90 days. I’d make sure to book regardless if you are less than 30 days out, as flights can become expensive in the last month.
3. Fly Budget Airlines
Norwegian and Wow Air have changed the game for those who live on the East and West Coast. Other carriers such as Icelandair also offer incredible deals including the 2 for 1 trips that include a week stopover in Iceland. That value is tough to beat. It’s important to note that budget airlines typically charge you for everything from checked bag, carrying on, seat assignment, meal and so on. Do your research before booking. We suggest packing a sandwich and bringing your own water aboard to save cash. Purchasing your checked luggage when you buy the ticket is also a good way to save.
4. Pay in Foreign Currencies
We have offered several deals which give you the option to pay in Euros, British Pounds, or the Norwegian Kroner. You can easily save $25-75 by booking in a foreign currency. It’s important to make sure you have a credit card with no foreign transaction fees when booking. Otherwise, you’ll get hit with a 2-3% surcharge. Many times it’s still worth booking in a foreign currency, even if you have to pay the foreign transaction fee!
5. Search with Momondo
6. Book the Shoulder Seasons
The spring and fall are known as the shoulder seasons. Prices tend to be significantly lower during the shoulder season than during the summer or during the holidays. The shoulder season usually includes late summer in early September, which is our recommended time to travel!
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