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Travel Tips: Cheap Airline Tickets

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY AIRLINE TICKETS AND CHEAPEST DAYS TO FLY?

How frustrating is it to buy airline tickets with all the airline ticket prices changing so frequently with no rhyme or reason. Your time is precious, who has time to sit on the computer for hours trying to find the best deal?

Here are a list of our tips from airfare research to hopefully educate you on how to make the best ticket purchasing decisions .

Cheapest day to fly?

Through data base searches all over, the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday for domestic travel.

Wednesday is one of the three cheapest days, the others are Tuesday and Saturday (Friday and Sunday the most expensive days to travel).

The cheapest time to fly is usually the first flight out in the morning . Next best times are flights at the dinner hour, and obviously the absolute cheapest is the red eye.

When is the best time to buy airline tickets?

Drum roll please? Tuesday at 3pm Eastern. Shopping on Tuesday is the the best time to buy airline tickets, be careful as most of these discounted airfare are pulled on Thursdays, so you will be paying too much if buying on the weekends.

Some helpful hints when travelling as groups

Shop One Passenger First and Save on Trips for Two or More Airline reservations systems must sell everyone in your party the same, even if there are a few cheaper priced seats that could be had by a portion of your group.

This simple reservation system is why you should be shopping for one passenger first in order to save on trips with two or more passengers on the same itinerary.

You’ll have to split your ticket purchase into two transactions but this minor hassle can save you hundreds.

Understand How Airlines Price Tickets

Many people do not pay the same amount for seats. You will be shocked if you spoke to the person next to you and you paid a lot more!

This is very common, shopping in the morning for your trip yields one price and trying an hour or two later and a completely different price appears! This can both be fun and extremely annoying when buying tickets. Tying to beat prices and testing yourself.

Being flexible is a huge key at getting cheap tickets

When you have a specific time to travel eg: large groups or a special occasion, you are taking a lot of the flexibility off the table.

There is always destination flexibility, like flying to Disneyland over Disneyworld which will end up being much cheaper.

Avoid Peak Travel Surcharges

When seats are in short supply, airlines like any other business look to pocket a premium for their seats.

Normally airlines would do this by raising ticket prices, but in this economy, they have resorted to very targeted departure day increases they call peak travel surcharges.
Don’t Shop Too Early or Too Late

Did you know that you can actually shop too early for airline tickets?

It turns out airlines don’t start releasing cheaper seats until 3-4 months before departure for domestic travel and conversely 4-5 months before international travel.

These are just a few of the tips of many you will see on SuperHomeMom.com, so keep checking back in and we hope you make good ticket buying decisions.