Every day thousands of commuters are spending hundreds of extra dollars on expensive airlines tickets months out from their flights when it is unnecessary.
Sure there are occasions when you need to book last-minute flight, and it is pretty much hoping for the best when it comes to getting a good deal at the right price. It’s all about finding the right avenues to travel cheap and be patient if you can.
If you are travelling long in advance and you know it, looking out for specials in advance can help you save a heap of money if you be wise and look out for affordable flights that can be heavily discounted off the regular price.
In February of 2016, I booked accommodation through Luxury Escapes to Koh Samui in Thailand, a luxury hotel I was able to get on the cheap. At that stage, I had no flights, and at school holiday time in Australia, ouch, this was going to be an expensive trip.
Every day from the point of booking accommodation I was looking for the right flights, I was checking out airlines websites, cheapflights.com, sky scanner, Webjet, you name it, everything was bloody expensive.
Out of the blue one day Air Asia came to the party, and while they didn’t fly directly to Koh Samui, they got most me most of the way, and I saved a whopping $1200 to get my wife and me to paradise for our tenth wedding anniversary. It’s all because I played the patient card that I was able to travel cheap.
Booked a Holiday Months in Advance? Be Patient and Travel Cheap
A few tips from personal experiences
- Be Patient: As I mentioned, if time is on your side, let the prices come to you, and I can assure you the right price eventually will arrive as there are a lot of airline carriers out there and money to be saved. That means more to spend on your travels or your next holidays.
- Early Bird: Sign up to email alerts of the various airlines, whether it is a preferred airline like Singapore Airlines or budget airline in AirAsia or Jet Star. At one point or another, they all come out with their early-bird specials and if you have booked time off work with months to spare, keep a lookout for the specials. Depending on the Airline, some early bird specials can go as far as 18 months in advance but most up to a year.
- Frequent Flyer Points: For the everyday honest working person, points can seem to take years to accrue, and in most instances, this is true. However, eventually they build up, that is assuming that you haven’t gone spending your Frequent Flyer points on supermarket vouchers of course.
The few tips I have given are all from personal experiences, and it has saved me plenty of dollars in the past much dollars as and the same will work for you. When you think about it, we’re looking to save as many dollars as possible and put the extra money to more benefits on your holiday, or perhaps to save that money for another holiday down the road.
Cheers and Happy Travelling.