Travel is expensive and most of us can’t afford to do it as often as we’d like. If you want to travel more, you can make yourself a strict budget and try to pull together as much money as possible to pay for the flights and accommodation. You can also consider working while you travel to pay for it. But the best way to afford more regular travel is to cut the cost of your flights because they’re usually the most expensive bit, especially if you’re traveling long distances. Luckily, there are some simple hacks you can use to get cheap airline tickets.
Don’t Wait Too Long For Deals
When you do find a good deal, you need to snap it up as quickly as possible. They don’t usually last that long and if you wait, you’ll miss out. That’s why it’s always a good idea to save a bit of money and put it aside so when a deal comes up, you’ll have the money there to buy the tickets right away. If you do find an amazing deal but you don’t have the cash right now, it’s often a good idea to borrow the money from a loan company so you don’t miss out on the deal, and then pay the money back later. Just remember that you shouldn’t make a habit of it and only borrow the money if you’re confident that you’ll actually be able to pay it back. You don’t want to bury yourself under a mountain of debt, otherwise, you’ll struggle to afford to travel at all.
Asian airlines are great for getting cheap deals at certain times of the year. They base their prices on local demand which means that western holidays like Christmas and Easter are usually priced very reasonably. Asia is a great travel destination but it’s often expensive to get flights out there. But if you take advantage of their pricing and go during a period when they’re offering cheaper deals, it’s a lot more manageable.
Last Minute Flights
If you book a flight a couple of weeks before it leaves, you’re usually going to pay a lot more for the ticket. Airlines will raise the prices because the majority of people that are booking last minute are traveling for work and they’ll buy the ticket regardless. There are, however, a few exceptions to this rule. Airlines that get a lot of their business from package holidays are more likely to be undersold and they’ll want to fill those seats so you can get a far cheaper ticket. The best ones are Thomas Cook and TUI.
You should also make use of last minute booking websites that specialize in filling empty hotel rooms and flights. You can get some great deals with your flights and accommodation all rolled into one. To get the best deals, you’ll have to be a bit flexible on where and when you go, but it’s actually a bonus a lot of the time. If you put in the dates and your budget, it’ll bring up a list of possibilities and you’ll find that you end up going to places you would never have thought of before.
By using these simple hacks, you can beat the system and massively cut the cost of your flights next time you go away.