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5 Tips to Save Money on Airfare

5 tips for saving money on airline tickets

One of the most expensive parts of any vacation is booking air travel. Here are 5 tips from Tripin Time Travel on how to save money on airfare.

1. Use airfare flexible date searching

Sometimes when we travel, there are strict date ranges that must be met, but other times you have more flexibility. Most airfare booking sites will give options for flexible departure and arrival dates. When you use this feature, you will be presented with the dates containing the cheapest flight options.

2. Consider the time of year you are traveling

If you are trying to be creative with a vacation, consider doing research on when peak season is. For example, if you are traveling to the mountains in Colorado, you will pay top dollar in January during ski season. If you visit in August, you might have the opportunity to stay in a world class ski resort at a fraction of the price.

3. Track prices and use alerts

If you have time to sit back and monitor flight prices, you should! Many major booking sites (ex. Kayak, Google Flights) will recommend whether it is a good time to buy or if you should wait. You can also set alerts on your flights that notify you when the price goes down. Use caution, flight prices can always increase for sell out. If flights are scarce or appear to be selling out, you might want to jump on the tickets right away.

4. Consider the day of week you want to travel

Some days of the week are cheaper than others. For domestic flights, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are usually the cheapest. You can also find good deals on Saturdays by avoiding the Sunday travel rush. It can be helpful to do some searching for your flight and identify which days normally have lower prices. This is a great opportunity to use the flexible booking options.

5. Decide what airline you are willing to use

Every airline is different. Many times you will find discount airlines have lower ticket costs, but higher fees. This can be a major benefit if you don't need bags or seat assignments. If you find yourself needing those add-ons, you may want to consider a higher priced ticket that includes the extras. Our rule of thumb? You get what you pay for.

We hope some of these tips allow you to maximize your travel for a budget you can afford. Need help planning your travel? Visit Tripin Time below!

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