Looking to score low airfare prices? Here’s how!
As a self-proclaimed Travelista, I believe I know a thing or two when it comes to flying the friendly skies. Getting the lowest fares for flights isn’t always obtainable, but with a little bit of handy work, you can end up paying lower than you would have otherwise. The airfare game is tricky, but there’s been some recent news to help us Mile High Mavens secure the lowest price on tickets.
A recent study surfaced in February that indicated that to get the lowest fares possible, the best time to buy airline tickets is 54 days before your departure date for domestic travel. The “prime booking window” is 104-29 days before your trip–anytime after that may cause you to pay a mint for your ticket. So word to the wise—plan early.
You can also land a low fare (see what I did there?) by utilizing a Hacker Fare. A Hacker Fare is when you fly to a location with one airline, and fly back with another. Doing these one-way fares on different airlines can cut the costs down on your ticket and make your wallet happy. Kayak.com is great for displaying the Hacker Fare so that you can see what airlines are charing for what. It is something I am using for the next two trips I am taking.
Another way to snag a low airfare (especially if it is last minute) is to use Priceline’s Name Your Own Price. I’ve used this tool twice in the past and received excellent results. The only problem with it is that you have to put in your credit card before you see what is being offered to you and it could involve a long layover.
The “red-eye” is also another method to help snag a low fare and works well when traveling to and from a big city with an international airport.
So now that you know some creative ways to snag an airfare ticket on the low, run and go book your ticket using these tips. And if I missed a trick or two on how to keep your airline fare low, leave your tips in the comment section.