With the economy still in a state of change, it is becoming more difficult to find bargains. This is especially true when it comes to airline fares. However, it is not impossible to save money when flying the open skies to grandma’s house for the holiday celebration. Here are some ways you can travel to see loved ones over the holidays without spending too much money.
Step 1: Purchase your tickets now (or yesterday). There is a huge demand for flights this year, which is causing airlines to bypass their last-minute sales designed to fill planes. Experts say that each day you procrastinate booking a flight costs you about five dollars. Ideally, Christmas and New Year’s holiday travelers should have booked their flights by mid-November.
Step 2: Adjust the holiday travel schedule so you are flying at times undesired by other travelers. The cheapest airfares can be found if you avoid flying from Thursday through Sunday around both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Usually, the cheapest days to fly are the night before the holiday or the actual day. Some airlines add a seasonal surcharge and if you fly on the actual holiday, you avoid this expense.
Step 3: After you make a purchase, continue to research airfares. If the price falls below what you paid, some travel agencies and airlines will provide you with voucher or travel credit rebates. Consider re-booking fees when comparing prices because these can add up to $175 for domestic and up to $250 for international flights. Some airlines, like JetBlue, Southwest, and Alaska Airlines, do not charge for price drop refunds.
Step 4: Convince the gatherers to have the celebration on days other than peak flying periods, such as after this holiday season. Those traveling by air will get cheaper fares- up to 50 percent cheaper, say some experts. They will also avoid the seasonal airfare surcharge.