We all love to travel and have our leisure weekends, trying to escape the mundane, concrete jungles but as you are probably already aware… travel and even short getaways come at a price.
Many of those who love to travel can’t live without it and will adjust their lives accordingly; however there are ways to help you to find cheap travel without having to give up the mortgage, or kids college fund.
As a former travel agent I’ve had the privilege of working with, and in some cases against other travel agents, product managers and those incredibly smart travellers that fly international two to three times a year.
I’ve picked up many little insider secrets that I learned and witnessed throughout my time as an agent and that could potentially help you save a fortune.
When it comes to saving on your flights the very first thing that you need to keep in mind are the dates you intend to depart and arrive back to your home country.
The departure from your country of origin is more a little important and has the greatest chance of saving you hundreds but the return home can also help you save some cash as well.
You should always be mindful of your departure date as this will determine the seasonality of your ticket, the return flight home can save you with the below techniques on aspects such as taxes, government charges, fuel costs etc.
Sometimes the departure date is set in stone and cannot be changed. It does happen, we can’t always be flexible – maybe it’s for a wedding, a funeral or some kind of event. If your departure date is in the high season, then perhaps a few days earlier it may drop to mid or even better, the low season. This alone has the potential to save you thousands.
In saying that however each and every destination fluctuates with their seasonality and are usually wrapped by their mid-season airfares just before and just after the high season.
So for example let’s say you must travel to Berlin on a certain date. Berlin might be in high season, Frankfurt may be in mid season and Munich might be low season. In this example it would most likely be cheaper to fly to Munich, which is in low season and get the train or even a domestic flight with Air Berlin across. The difference in the high and low seasons could potentially be a lot cheaper than flying an international airline carrier to Berlin in the high season.
Adding even more to the seasonality of airfares is that not all airlines share the exact same seasonality. It is worth your while to look into the seasonality dates over a few different airlines.
While the airline you most preferred may be in high season, going with the 2nd or 3rd choice of airline may already be in low or mid seasons. So check it out as many different airlines that you are willing to travel with.
As mentioned earlier, the departure date is the deciding factor of finding cheap flights using the seasonality. Some airfares are 30 days, 90 days, a year or whatever but the return date does not influence the seasonality of the airfare.
The lesson here in this article is basically to be flexible – it is the best and sure way of how to find cheap flights. Keeping in mind the departure dates seasonality, the routing, the stop over countries and how many people are already booked on the flight will determine your overall price.
The more flexible you are with dates, stop over’s and airlines you can be the more options that would naturally open up. Just try it for yourself and you will soon see that not all airlines are created equal.