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10 ways to save money on flights

1. Have patience. It takes effort to get a good price on flights. Now, don't let that deter you, as saving $ 100 on flights can mean you can spend more on sightseeing, hotel, lunch, sightseeing, and more. This means that if you want to travel in the spring, you should start checking prices in late fall or winter. Sometimes there are last minute deals, but most often you will find the best deals at least 21 days before the departure date.

First of all, in the morning (around 9:00 in the morning and after 6:00 in the evening), I like to browse the travel websites to see if there are any offers available that day. I also like to delete my browser history and cookies, because sometimes travel websites and airlines remember your search, and this can cause prices to really go up.

My favorite site is Skyscanner. One of the great features of this website is that you can check what the best price for the day is – travel around the world from your airport at your convenience. For example, I live in Toronto, so I will fly from Toronto (YYZ) to everywhere. This is a great feature because it will tell me where the day, the date, the month, etc. are the cheapest for me to fly anywhere in the world. (I recently used this site to help me get tickets on my trip to Seoul, South Korea in April. Other airlines charged $ 1000- $ 1500 + for flights to Seoul, but Delta promoted and I managed to get roundtrip for only $ 850 CAD / $ 770 USD per course.)

Another great feature on Skyscanner is that you can specify a destination and travel date and sign up for "Price Alerts" so they can email you if the price goes up or down within the specified travel dates. (My sister just used this feature to help her get a flight to Edmonton, Alberta for a trip in May. One way tickets were about $ 300- $ 400, and she was able to get it for $ 269 CAD.)

Another website I like to use is Expedia. Each day, they will show travel deals available to leading local and international travel destinations. They will also include "Flight + Hotel" offer packages. This helps me understand what the average cost, such as a 4-night trip to Las Vegas. Let's say the price of a flight and hotel in Vegas for 4 nights on the Strip is $ 500- $ 600 per person from Toronto, I like to try to keep track of deals below or below that price – that's how I know I save money and get the best the price.

However, the one thing Expedia has is that the advertised price is not always available. If I look at their last-minute flight tickets, I can see round-trip tickets to Miami for $ 250 CAD (departure from Toronto), but as soon as I click on the deal, it may say that instead the price has gone up to $ 350 CAD. This is not always the case, but it can sometimes be something to keep in mind.

Other websites I like to use are: Kayak, Redtag, Sunwing, Bing Flight Forecast and Airfarewatchdog.

2. Check the airline's direct web site. While these third-party travel websites can be great, sometimes the best unreleased deals can be found directly through the airline's website. I recommend signing up for email promotions offered by your preferred airline. For example, since I live in Canada, I have signed up for Air Canada promotional trips. This will allow me to see the special offers available as soon as they appear on Air Canada.

I really wanted to take a weekend trip to New York with my sister last February to celebrate her 21st birthday. In addition to checking third-party websites, I would also sort out the dates by entering Air Canada travel. They didn't advertise this deal, but I managed to find direct round trip flights from YYZ to LGA for $ 199 CAD. It was so much that I was so happy to be through Air Canada. Sometimes the airline website also offers promo codes, so it's worth a look.

3. Check departures / arrivals from alternative airports. This is not always convenient, but sometimes many large cities have more than one airport or have another airport in close proximity to them in another city. For Toronto residents, there is Pearson Airport, which offers domestic and international flights, and Billy Bishop Airport, which offers separate flights to Canada and the US. It is also possible to cross the border and depart from Buffalo Airport. Flying from Buffalo Airport is almost always cheaper than Pearson or Billy Bishop. But the downside is most (if not all flights) aren't straight, and you'll have to pay for parking, as most people leave their car at the airport when traveling. A flight from Buffalo is always a last resort for me as it's a 90 minute drive from Toronto (you have to consider gas rates) and depending on the length of your trip, the cost of parking can bring this reduced flight to or around the same cost as on flight if it departed from YYZ or YTZ. However, sometimes there are significant savings when you depart from Buffalo, which will definitely make your time. (When I did corporate corporate travel at my previous job, last-minute travel often happened, and if a group of 2+ years needed a trip to the US, a Buffalo departure saved the company $ 300- $ 600 + flight.)

This can also be said not about the airport of departure you chose, but also the airport of arrival. For example, when flying to New York, there are essentially three airports that you can reach: LGA, JFK, or EWR. Sometimes you can get a higher price by arriving at one airport over another. However, you need to be mindful of airport travel to your hotel. If you take public transit, you can reach Manhattan from LGA for only $ 2.50 when you take the bus and subway train. However, getting to Manhattan from EWR is a bit more expensive because you need to transit in New Jersey and then go to Manhattan. If you take a taxi, fares from each airport to Manhattan may vary. This is an important point to keep in mind and I recommend you do your own research before traveling.

4. Follow the airlines and third-party travel websites on Twitter (social media) and subscribe to their mailing list. One of the most important features of social media is that airlines can use this to advertise special promotions through specific social networking sites. Sometimes the airline will offer a special promotion code through its Twitter or Facebook page, which is not posted on other websites. West Jet is offering Blue Tag Thursdays, which is a special event only offered on Thursday afternoons (unless they have another special run during this time). You can find it on their web site or follow its advertisement on your Twitter or Facebook page. By subscribing to third-party mailing lists or airlines, they sometimes send private promotional offers to their subscribers, which give you secret access to their sales.

5. Don't be afraid to book your flight and hotel separately. Sometimes you can get a lot of money from sites like Expedia when you collect your vacations and book flights and hotels at the same time, but that's not always the case. If you see an exclusive flight deal, book it now, don't wait! Later you can find the best price at the hotel. I also recommend if you really see a lot on the flight, please book it now, and don't wait later in the day. Let's say you see a lot on the flight to San Francisco in the morning, but wait until you get home from work to buy tickets, it may not work for you.

To give you an example: I grew up in San Francisco looking for flights to come back and visit (it was back in October 2012), but they cost about $ 600 and I wanted to expect a better price. A few weeks later, Delta sold and offered flights from Toronto to San Francisco for $ 437 CAD. It was an incredible price, given that I had seen – $ 600 + in the previous weeks, so I didn't expect and immediately bought tickets. Later that day, I checked if the deal still failed and the price dropped to $ 600. I highly recommend booking when you see a price that you think is a great deal because it may disappear sooner than you think.

Sometimes, when you book long-distance flights, it may be better to book them separately than travel with the same airline. For example, last summer (June 2013) I wanted to fly from Toronto to Las Vegas, then from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, and finally from Los Angeles back home, to Toronto. I spent about a month and a half daily checking prices to get the best deal. In the end, I managed to get an Air Canada sale for flights from Toronto to Las Vegas and from Los Angeles back to Toronto. I was waiting when I was booking a domestic flight from Las Vegas to Los Angeles because Air Canada apparently didn't offer it and the cost of this one way flight was about $ 100. About a week later I found myself on Southwest.com and saw that they had a $ 49 Escape deal for the flight I needed from LAS to LACS. It was a lot, so I usually booked immediately. My whole multi-city fare cost a total of $ 515. (YYZ to LAS and LAX to YYZ cost me $ 466, and a southwest flight from LAS to LAX cost $ 49 USD).

6. Know what time of year and what days are the cheapest to fly. Traveling on a Tuesday and Wednesday is generally cheaper than any other day of the week. (Typically, Weekly Flight Search also offers the best deals.) From experience, I also find that Thursday and Saturday can also offer the best price. Of course, this does not happen all the time, and you have to experiment with dates, which is why Skyscanner is great for deciphering which day is the cheapest for departure and return. The days that are usually the most expensive are Monday, Friday, and sometimes Sunday. Airlines know that most business trips take place Monday through Friday, so it is usually more expensive to leave on Monday and return on Friday. However, business travelers began to depart on Sunday instead of Monday, hoping to get a more affordable fare, but that doesn't always work. Getting the cheapest departure date in a week, of course, depends on the flexibility of your travel dates.

The time of year also helps. It is usually cheaper to fly to Europe in the off-season and shoulders (late fall, winter, and early spring). Last year (2013) My parents traveled to Paris in April on two direct flights from Toronto-based Air Transat for $ 671 CAD each. It's not the best price I've seen, but it was probably the best deal at the time for continuous round trip. Traveling in the off-season is not always a downside. Sometimes because of bad weather, you don't want to travel during the off-season, but overall the off-season is less crowded and offers better prices.

I think now (early spring) flying to Las Vegas (about $ 400- $ 500) is a bit more expensive because most people like to go there during the spring before the weather gets too hot in the summer months. (I compare this to the flight deals I saw last winter for about $ 350 CAD.) It's always a good idea to check what events happen on those days when you want to travel to a certain destination. Sometimes a holiday or a big conference fee can drive up the fare. I always suggest setting the average price for flights to your desired destination, and then watching the price fluctuate.

7. Save money on your luggage. Now most airlines charge you $ 25 for every way you check your luggage. And they will charge you extra if your luggage exceeds the airline's weight limit. You can avoid this by packing light and making sure your luggage does not exceed the limit (check the airline to confirm weight restrictions and checked baggage rates). Also, if you are traveling for a short trip, consider sharing one checked luggage bag with your travel partner. This can save you $ 50 on travel expenses, as it costs $ 25 for each baggage check.

If you are traveling for an even shorter trip (a weekend trip), just think about taking your luggage and forgetting your checked bag. Most airlines will allow you to deliver a small amount of liquid on board the aircraft. If you're just going for a quick weekend trip, you might only be able to escape with a bag. I did this for my trip to New York last month. I went to my local dollar store and bought a small travel bag from clear plastic containers. This allowed me to bring shampoo, conditioner, face wash, night / day cream, foundation and more. It also contained stickers with stickers so I knew everything was there. I understand that this is not practical for everyone, but for a 2-night trip, I would rather spend $ 1 on a dollar bag and then $ 50 for a checked bag. It also saves me the hassle of waiting for my checked bag to be returned for a Baggage claim.

8. Shop around for travel / health insurance. I always recommend getting a trip or additional health insurance for your trip, but sometimes you don't get the highest price when you choose the insurance package offered by the airline when booking flights. Usually, your work insurance offers some type of travel or health coverage when traveling. Talk to HR about this if you are not sure. You can also buy insurance from your bank – that's where I want to find the best rates. It will also be cost effective in the long run in your plan and trip several times during the year. (Instead of paying for insurance every time you book a flight, you can go to a bank or alternative place for a year for a fee.) If you are over 40 (or have health problems), we recommend purchase additional medical coverage (even if you are already covered). Unfortunately, we can never predict what might happen while traveling, and if, God forbid, something happens, you'll be happy to get some extra health insurance. This is something unique to everyone, so I can't tell you that the best option is to talk to HR, your bank, and your family to see which one is best for you.

9. Avoid site selection fees (if you can). Some airlines ask for an extra fee to make a pre-selection, sometimes included in the price – if so, that's great, but if you have to pay $ 20 or so to make a pre-selection, I would pass. You can usually check in early (24 hours before your flight departure) and choose a place for free. You may be able to get the chairs you need, and you can. It's a hit or miss. If you do not have an advantage over where you are sitting or want to take a risk, then avoid paying extra for your pre-selected seat.

10. Take advantage of travel rewards programs. There is so much competition between airlines and credit cards today, so sign up for their travel rewards programs. Talk to your bank and find out which travel credit card is best for your needs. Many allow you to collect points for your daily expenses so you can redeem them for free flights. Some of these credit cards are subject to conditions, for example, you can only book flights through your bank or have expiration dates. However, with the large number of credit cards on offer today, they are improving and you can find one that does not contain any of these conditions. This means that you can use your points to redeem your flights anytime, anytime. Sometimes these cards are a small annual membership fee, but the reward is worth it.

The same applies to programs that airlines often offer. The more you fly with one airline, the more often you will gain airplane points. This is great for business travelers because if their company pays for their trips, they can collect frequent flyers so they can buy out their personal travel trips. Some companies even allow employees to book their own flights and then submit reimbursement receipts. This allows the employee to earn points on their credit card for rewards in addition to common postcards.

I hope these tips will help you book your next vacation or trip. Note that these tips have worked in my own experience, but may not work for everyone. Головне, що потрібно пам’ятати, це те, що головне, щоб отримати найкращу пропозицію на своїх рейсах, – це набратися терпіння та бути гнучкими щодо ваших дат подорожі.