By: Shalu Bhatti
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Tips on Buying Cheap Airline Tickets
Though the cheapest days to fly and/or book tickets are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there are other factors as well that one needs to take into consideration. These factors include the destination, the degree of flexibility that you can manage when it comes to your traveling dates, and understanding how airlines revise the prices of their seats. On the other hand there are many tools and techniques by which you can actually catch a pretty good deal and proudly tell your seat mate about your catch! Have a look at the tips mentioned below that can help you bag the lowest airfare for your next trip.
Best Day: Tuesday-Wednesday
Ok, it is Tuesday or Wednesday that you must book your flights on, but then you need to know how the process of airfare works. What happens is that after thousands of people flying over the weekends and returning on Mondays, the airline sort of revises the fares on Monday evening. This is first started by one airline, and to keep the competition alive, the rest follow. Therefore, all the revision takes place by Tuesday afternoon and the bookings at the lower fare continues till Wednesday.
Best Time: As Early as Possible
Well, we know about the best days when it comes to finding cheap airline tickets. But when is the best time to buy airline tickets? Well, according to sources, the airlines finish reviewing and updating the lowest fares by 3 pm on Tuesday afternoons. Therefore, the best time to get hold of the low fare tickets are Tuesday afternoons after 3 pm. On the other hand, you can also wait until early Wednesday mornings as there are chances that some airlines may further lower the prices by then. So even if you missed booking on a Tuesday, you can book on early Wednesday mornings or after Tuesday midnight.
Best Flight: Red Eye orů
The fares also vary depending upon the kind of flight you select. A tip would be to select the flights that are NOT preferable by the rest of the crowd. For example, a red eye flight or an early morning flight would usually get you a lower fare compared to the rest. So if you can manage to 'adjust' your preferences, you are most likely going to get a lower fare.
Enroll for a Fare Watcher
There are many travel websites like Travelocity, Orbitz and Expedia which offer the 'fare watcher' services wherein you can enter the destination pairs and it will notify you via email as soon as the fares go low. However, for this option you need to be really quick and regular in checking your inbox. I have been using travelocity since quite some time now and they usually send a link to book the lower fare flight in the email itself. However, there are limited seats available on that fare so the ones who book the seats first get lucky!
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