6. Leave on a Wednesday
Again, flexibility is key to saving in this tip as well. Leaving midweek (specifically on a Wednesday) you’ll usually get better rates than leaving on a Monday, Friday or a weekend. This is usually true for both domestic and international flights but sometimes for a domestic flight leaving on a Saturday can also be cheaper because it’s a day business travelers usually avoid, leaving a market gap for you to swoop in and save.
5. Shop for One Passenger First if Booking a Group
If you’re booking flights for a group of people you may not be getting the best deal possible because reservation systems must sell every person in your party the same fare….even if there are a few cheaper priced seats that could be booked by a couple people. To get around this try doing a search for fares for one seat first and check the rate, compare with a search for your entire group to confirm if booking separate transactions is worth it. Yes it’s a bit of a hassle but it could put dollars back in your pocket!
4. Educate yourself
From the consumer end, it may seem like airlines have little rhyme or reason for how they price their flights (think about a time you got one price then searched the exact same flight another time and got a completely different price) but in reality they use teams of people working with complex computer algorithms all designed to maximize the profit of every seat on every plane. Knowing that’s what you’re up against when trying to book a deal, it pays to do some research so you can beat those airlines at their own game. Farecompare.com has a good article here that will help you understand these pricing strategies a bit better.