Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. Friends, family and acquaintances are always commenting on how it’s unfair that I travel so much while their working. The common excuse among those who don’t travel is usually due to the expense. A common misconception is that air fare is too expensive. This may prove true depending on where you are traveling to but there are always ways around the expense.
My opinion of the best website to search for the cheapest deals is to go to www.kayak.com. Here you are able to view and compare multiple air lines and the air fare offered for each. I have realized that the prices do change on a constant basis and when you see a good deal, take it because next time you check, the price could be inflated at least $20.
Motivation is another factor when it comes to searching for cheap air fare. Sure, there are deals out there but after taxes are included into the price it doesn’t seem like too good of a deal anymore. In order to search for the best prices, you do need to take some time in actually searching. In my experience, traveling on weekdays is much less in price in comparison to traveling on the weekends. Nonstop flights are more sought after and therefore also more expensive compared to flights that include layovers. However, I personally have found nonstop flights for great deals in the past but again these were on the weekdays, not the weekends.
Once you find and select your air fare, make sure you choose a seat right away. It is a good idea to make sure you have a seat on the flight as soon as possible due to the possibility of flights being overbooked since this does tend to happen on occasion.
Another opinion that I suggest upon is to research the price amounts of one-way flights in comparison to round trip flights. Usually if you plan on going away and coming back, people will typically search for round trip flights. However, in my experience I have came across that if I choose 2 one-way flights rather than a round trip, it tends to save a good amount of money. For example, recently I embarked on a trip that went from JFK (NYC) to Tampa, FL to San Juan, Puerto Rico and back to JFK. A round trip flight between all of these destinations came to a little over $400. However by searching one-way flights I was able to cut the costs down. I obtained a one-way flight from JFK to Tampa for $115 nonstop; Tampa to San Juan for $89 with 1 layover in Miami that was only about a 2 hour duration; San Juan to JFK for $175 also nonstop. Please note that all of these prices did include taxes and the reason for the flight from San Juan to JFK being the most expensive was due to flying home on a Sunday morning in addition to being nonstop.
Hopefully these tips will help make a difference in saving some money on future travels. Happy flying!