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3 Tips For Getting Cheaper Flight Tickets

Submitted by on September 19, 2012 – 1:59 pmNo Comment | 2,632 views

flightPurchasing an airplane ticket can be quite expensive. Although generally airfares have drastically reduced over the past thirty years, making air travel accessible to virtually all levels of income, there is still a huge different in airfare depending on a number of variables. Due to the allocation of various booking classes, it is well possible that two people find themselves sitting next to each other, where one has paid twice the price of the other.

But what are these variables, and what can you do to get a cheaper flight ticket?


The first variable is flexibility. The less flexibility you would like to have, the cheaper air tickets tend to be. Reduced flexibility on the one hand means booking a flight well in advance, sometimes as much as nearly a year. But second, reduced flexibility also means, that you will not have the possibility to cancel or rebook the flight free of charge. This means, that cancelling or having to rebook your flight might turn out to be very expensive.

Fly on Tuesday and Wednesday

Depending on the days of the week, certain days are higher in demand than others. Especially in the weekends, many people want to fly to their destinations, in order to utilize their holidays as much as they can. Also, many arrangements can be booked only from Saturday to Saturday.

Tuesdays and Wednesday are much less in demand. Most tourists to do not want to fly on these days, and businessmen frequently fly on Friday to Monday, heading to or returning from their business trip.

Don’t fly non-stop

Non-stop flights are often more expensive than flights with one or two stop overs. Many airlines are trying to get their seats filled up on half booked flights, by offering lower fares do different destinations over the world, usually with a stop at their home base airport.

Thus, you may fly from New York to Zurich via KLM with a stop in Amsterdam, or you could fly from Singapore to London with Thai Airways, with a stop in Bangkok.

Wrapping it up

The basic story line is, that when there is high demand, prices are higher. Often, people prefer a certain degree of flexibility and they do not like booking a year ahead, people prefer to fly during the weekend, and non-stop flights are for sure more preferred. By doing exactly what most people are not willing to do, chances are you can secure a cheaper ticket. Perhaps it will offer somewhat less comfort, but in the end you will still reach your destination.

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